Lake Mutanda Resort
Lake mutanda resort is located near lake mutanda peninsular near the Virunga mountains in the southwestern part of Uganda. It’s categorized as a mid-range accommodation facility with comfortable accommodation that gives beautiful views of the surroundings. The accommodation facilities at lake mutanda resort are in form of cottages that are constructed on elevated wooden platforms with having a private balcony, veranda, and an inside bathroom. They have free parking, breakfast, internet, laundry services, and much more. lake mutanda resort is one of the lodges where you can base for gorilla trekking, birding, golden monkey trekking, hiking, and much more.
How to access Lake Mutanda resort
You can get to Lake Mutanda Resort from Kampala/Entebbe using Masaka-Mbarara-Kabale- Kisoro and then to Lake Mutanda taking 9-18 hours. The journey is long but with beautiful views of the countryside, rolling hills, smiling people, a stopover at the equator, and much more. Travelers from Kigali can access Lake Mutanda resort using the Cyanika border in Kabale which takes about 4-5 hours. You can also travel using air transport from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Kasese airstrip in just 2 hours and from here you can drive to the lodge by road taking a few hours.
Activities to engage in while having a stay at Lake Mutanda resort
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
While staying at Lake Mutanda resort, one can go for gorilla trekking activities in either Mgahinga national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The gorilla trekking activities allow tourists to be around mountain gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour as they learn about their habits, watch them do daily activities, and take photos. While staying at lake mutanda, you will need to wake up early in the morning and join other trekkers at the briefing centers where you will be taught about the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity, and from here, each group not exceeding 8 will be led by ranger guides who will take them through different trails of the park. During the search, you will have opportunities of meeting different primates, birds, buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, and different tree species. On finding the mountain gorillas, the trekkers will be given a maximum of 1 hour to be around mountain gorillas taking photos, learning their habits, and watching them do daily activities like breastfeeding, patrolling, and hunting among others.
Spending 1 hour with golden monkey in Mgahinga national park
Golden monkeys are endangered beautiful primates only found in Mgahinga national park in Uganda. Golden monkey trekking is the second most done activity in this park and it requires one to have a valid golden monkey trekking permit that is got from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Guests at Lake Mutanda Resort will have to wake up in the morning and join other trekkers at the briefing center where they will be taught about the dos and don’ts of golden monkey trekking and from here the ranger guides will lead the group to the bamboo vegetation to look for these primates. while looking for the golden monkeys, there are chances of meeting animals like giant forest hogs, bush pigs, elephants, birds, and different vegetation covers. After finding the mountain gorillas, you will be given 1 hour to be around the golden monkeys as you learn about their habits, watch them do daily activities, and take photos.
Batwa cultural trail
Batwa cultural trail is one of the things you shouldn’t miss out on while staying at Lake Mutanda resort. The Batwa cultural trail is led by the Batwa people who take you around the forest showing you how they used to stay happily in the forest, hunt small animals using bows and arrows, make fire using sticks, use plants as local medicine, and how they used to gather fruits and collect honey for food. You will get entertained by the locals through traditional dances and drama and you can support them by buying some of their crafts.
Hiking (Muhabura, Sabyinyo, and Gahinga) in Mgahinga national park
While staying at lake mutanda resort, you can decide to hike any of the mountains found within the park and the options are mountain Muhabura, mountain Gahinga, and mountain Sabyinyo. Hiking any of the mountains takes you through different vegetation covers, mountain animals like the buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, birds among others. At the summit of the mountains gives you stunning views of the surrounding, Virunga mountains, mountain Rwenzori, DR Congo, and much more.
Lake mutanda region is one of the best spots for bird-watching safaris while in the southwestern part of Uganda because the lake attracts several bird species to the shore. Some of the bird species to watch out for at lake mutanda include moorland chat, Rwenzori turaco, Collared Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, African olive pigeon, archer’s robin-chat, alpine swift, black kite, Montane Masked Apalis, olive pigeon, grey capped warbler, Rwenzori nightjar, crowned hornbill, Kivu Ground Thrush, blue-headed coucal, dusky Crimsonwing, moorland chat, Kivu ground thrush, olive woodpecker, red-faced woodland warbler, blue-headed coucal, fire finch stonechat, olive pigeon, scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, Rwenzori batis, pin-tailed whydah, and white-necked raven among others.
Travelers staying at lake mutanda can go for a simple boat cruise around the lake. The boat cruise on lake mutanda is done on locally made canoes that give tourists a thrilling adventure around the lake. While doing a boat cruise on lake mutanda, you have opportunities of seeing different bird species, water animals and explore some of the lake islands that give the lake a magical view. Boat cruises on lake mutanda are done in the morning hours and those that love swimming can have swimming here. There are also swimming activities at lake mutanda.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.