Budget accommodation in Mgahinga National Park: Mgahinga National park is located in the South Western corner of Uganda and borders Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite being the smallest national park (33.7 sq. km) in the country, Mgahinga is endowed with various gifts of nature such as the endangered mountain gorillas, endangered golden monkeys and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
For travelers who are interested in visiting this beautiful national park, there are budget accommodation facilities which offer comfortable and affordable accommodation such as;
Amajambere Iwacu Camp
This community camp is situated by the entrance to Mgahinga National Park and is only 12 kilometers from the South western town of Kisoro near the Rwandan border.
At this camp, visitors are able to enjoy the stunning views of the famous Virunga Volcanoes and can also take part in monkey trekking.
More to that, it is strategically positioned at the starting point for golden monkey trekking.
- camping facilities and 4 bandas
- spacious gathering shelter with indoor and outdoor dining
With further regard to accommodation, the camp has a variety of rooms which gives guests a wide range of options to choose from; either bandas, dormitories or campsites. There is a large area that is suitable for camping. On the other hand, the bandas are well-built and can provide comfortable accommodation to travelers.
- well-stocked canteen serving beers, sodas, snacks and basic essentials
- Restaurant serving delicious typical Ugandan meals
- traditional dances
These traditional dances/performances are organized by the local women’s group as well as the Batwa people.
- guided walks through the village and to nearby lava tubes, caves and the Crater Lake
Golden Monkey Guest House
Firstly, this guest house is ranked among the best budget lodges in Kisoro town. Secondly, they offer a wide range of delicious food menus that have both meat and vegetarian options.
Thirdly, the lodge offers a wide range of accommodation options. They include single rooms, double rooms, self-contained rooms and dormitories.
The guest house offers accommodation basing on the guest’s travel budget and interests in order to provide them with the comfort that they need.
- Gorilla trekking
This lodge offers a suitable base for trekking Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- Volcano hiking and golden monkey trekking
The guest house also provides a good base for volcano hiking and golden monkey trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
- canoe trekking trips
Besides the above activities, the guest house arranges canoe trekking trips to the beautiful Lake Mutanda, which you can access within 1 hour on foot.
How to access Golden Monkey Guest House:
This amazing guest house can be accessed by road. One can travel from Kampala crossing the Equator, through Mbarara-Kabale onto Kisoro. The guest house is located behind the Uganda Wildlife Authority information office in Kisoro town.
Countryside Guest House
It is located a few minutes’ walk from Kisoro town Centre. At Countryside, the staff will welcome with abundant warmth and friendship.
In addition, the guest house has rolling hills, the spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the evergreen farms in its vicinity.
The guest house is also strategically located to provide access to both Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Nkuringo sector).
More to that, this facility offers amenities such as;
- on-site restaurant
- conference facilities
- internet access
- gift shop
- fitness gym
- laundry/dry cleaning
Mutanda Eco–Community Centre
To start with, this facility is located just 6 kilometers away from Kisoro town in South Western Uganda. Furthermore, it is the community’s eco-lodge sitting at the South shores of Lake Mutanda.
At this camp, travelers get camping facilities, accommodation and food as part of the package. More to that, it is the perfect base for those who are enthusiastic about gorilla trekking due to its close proximity with Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks.
The suite camp consists of a structure of a platform on pillars and a roof. The platform is above the ground and provides a base/floor for a couple of tents. In addition, the camp has 3 tents which can accommodate 6 people.
The community center offers tents to provide a comfortable form of lodging or tenting and thus one does not have to carry their own tent. Also, the tents at this facility provide protection from the ground and the rain and thus allowing you to enjoy your safari with a calm piece of mind.
Besides the tents that are provided, the camp has ample space to cater for travelers who carry their own tents.
There are several activities that one can engage in at Lake Mutanda such as;
- boat riding
- otter viewing
- Snake safari
- Village visits
Also, the camp offers volunteer opportunities for clients who willing to support community projects. These projects involve teaching swimming lessons to children, working at health centers and teaching conservation education at the nearby Chihe Primary School.