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Mahogany springs lodge

Mahogany springs lodge

Mahogany springs lodge

Mahogany Springs Lodge is a luxury lodge situated at the forestage of Buhoma on the northern side of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. This lodge can be used by travelers who want to visit the Buhoma region or the Ruhija region of the park. The Mahogany Springs Lodge is one of the best lodges where you can have a comfortable stay while on a safari in Bwindi. The lodge has well-trained personnel who offer you the best services and prepare delicious food that is both local and international. The lodge can be accessed by either road or air transport at any time of the year.

Mahogany springs lodge has different suites that are in form of twin, double, or triple with beautiful windows and large double doors. Every single suite at Mahogany Springs Lodge has its own designed terrace giving stunning views of the surrounding. Mahogany springs lodge is a perfect place to begin gorilla trekking, bird watching, nature walks, and Batwa cultural experience.

Getting to mahogany springs lodge

Travelers can get to mahogany lodge by road transport or air transport. By road transport, the journey can start from Kampala to Kabale taking 8-9 hours. the journey is quite long but it gives travelers a beautiful view of the countryside, rivers, swamps, hills, and smiling people nit forgetting a stopover at the equator. Travelers from Rwanda can access the lodge using Katuna border in Kabale which takes 4-5 hours. You can also access Buhoma and Ruhija by air transport and that is from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi airstrip of Bwindi taking a few hours. From the airstrip, the lodge is located a few kilometers and a driver-guide will be ready to pick you up. Aerolink Uganda organizes flying safaris to Bwindi national park every day in the morning and evening.

Activities to engage in while having a stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge

Gorilla trekking

Mountain gorilla trekking is the main activity done by travelers staying at Mahogany Springs Lodge. The lodge is located near Buhoma and Ruhija sector of the park which means travelers can do gorilla trekking in any of the sectors. Gorilla trekking in Buhoma or Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park simply meaning search mountain gorillas and be around them for 1 hour. To trek these endangered primate species, you will need to have a valid gorilla trekking permit issued out by the Uganda Wildlife Authority a body in charge of tourism. The gorilla trekking permits for these sectors cost 700 for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 citizens of East Africa.

Travelers having a stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge will be required to wake up early in the morning to catch up with other trekkers at the briefing point. At the sectors offices, the trekkers will be briefed by ranger guides about the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking activity after which grouping will be done according to age and physical fitness. The ranger guides thereafter lead different groups into the jungle to search for the assigned mountain gorilla families. Using different trails of the sectors, the trekkers get opportunities of meeting different park animals such as baboons, duikers, elephants, golden cats, giant forest hogs, buffaloes, birds, swamps, and plant species. After several hours of searching and meeting the assigned mountain gorilla family, the trekkers are given 1 hour to be around these beautiful gentle primates, watch them do daily activities like hunting, feeding, breastfeeding, as you learn about their habits and take photos.

Encounter birds at Mahogany Springs Lodge

Travelers having a stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge can book birding safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park to encounter some of the bird species in the area. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to over 351 bird species that have been so far recorded in the park and travelers at the lodge have opportunities of seeing birds such as Blue-headed Sunbird, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Handsome Francolin, Turner’s Eremomela, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Green-headed Sunbird, Evergreen Warbler, Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis, Buff-throated Apalis, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Compact Weaver, Dark-backed Weaver, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Stripe-breasted Tit, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Great Blue Turaco, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Rwenzori Nightjar, Grey Apalis, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Crombec, Grey-headed Sparrow, Crowned Hornbill, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown Woodland Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Cassin’s Honeybird, White-browed Crombec, Green Hylia, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Coppery Sunbird, Grey-throated Barbet, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Common Bulbul, Cardinal Woodpecker, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Dusky Tit,African Pitta, Stripe-breasted Tit, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-breasted Negrofinch, Honeyguide Greenbul, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Klass’ Cuckoo, and Collared Sunbird among others.

Nature walks at Mahogany Springs Lodge Buhoma

During your stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge, you can spare some time and have a guided nature walk around the lodge or Bwindi impenetrable forest. The nature walks take you through different trails of the forest and give you an opportunity to see different swamps, rivers, tree species, watch different park birds like the Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-breasted Negrofinch, Chestnut Wattle-eye, and animals such as elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, duikers, baboons to mention but a few.

Visit the Batwa pygmies

Visiting the Batwa pygmies is one of the things that travelers staying at Mahogany Springs Lodge can do in their free time. The Batwa people live around Bwindi impenetrable forest since they were evicted out of the forest by the government to protect the mountain gorillas and the forest. The Batwa people themselves will lead you around the different trails of the park while showing you different plants they used as local medicine, illustrating how they used sticks to make fires, how they used bows and arrows to make fires among others. The Batwa cultural visits also enable you to get entertained by the Batwa people who perform different traditional dances and drama and by all this you have appreciated their culture and supported their living. You can go further and visit the craft shops where you can buy souvenirs to take back home.

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, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.

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