Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge is one of the best mid-range accommodation facilities located on Lake Mulehe a few kilometers from Kisoro town. The Lodge is one of the best places to stay while having a safari in Mgahinga national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. These two national parks are homes to mountain gorillas which are found nowhere else in Uganda.
Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge is the best place to stay if you are visiting the Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga national park. The lodge provides accommodation for both budget and mid-range travelers. The lodge contains 12 en suite elegant cottages categorized into double, twin, single and triple all built in a modern style. Rooms at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge have been constructed giving great views of the surrounding places such as Lake Mulehe and Virunga ranges. This Lodge rooms have suite showers with hot and cold showers, comfortable beds, and they d have room service. The lodge has free parking, free internet, a well-stocked bar, a restaurant with professional chefs and they do have children’s activities.
Getting to Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
Travelers can get to Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge in just a single day using road transport or air transport. it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to fly to Kisoro airstrip and 1 – 2 hours to drive to the Lodge from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip. Travelers can access this Safari Lodge using road transport from Kigali by crossing to Uganda using Katuna border in Kabale or Cyanika border in Kisoro. Travelers from Kampala can access Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge by driving through Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro road. The journey from Kampala to Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge takes 9-10 hours full of great views of the surroundings.
Activities to do while staying at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
Gorilla trekking while staying at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge can be done in Rushaga sector of Bwindi or Mgahinga national park. The Lodge is located between Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park and therefore guests staying here can either trek gorillas of Rushaga or those of Mgahinga. Gorilla trekking involves moving around the jungle searching for mountain gorillas and when you meet them, an hour is given to you to be around these areas, watch them do daily activities, take photos, and record videos.
Lake mulehe lodge is a perfect place for mid-range travelers that are coming to habituate mountain gorillas in Rushaga sector. Rushaga sector is one of the regions in Bwindi where mountain gorilla habituation is done and it’s done on Bikingi gorilla family. Bikingi gorilla family has been put in place for gorilla habituation purposes only to enable travelers to encounter mountain gorillas for 4 hours and also be part of the activities that make them get used to human presence around them. To habituate mountain gorillas of Bikingi gorilla family in Rushaga region, you need a gorilla habituation permit which is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Staying at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, you can be part of the birding activities around the lodge, Mgahinga national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The birding activity is always guided and there fore bird lovers should carry their birding books, camera and a pair of binoculars. Birds you are likely to meet include pied crow, wallers starling, sooty boubou, tropical boubou, grey crowned crane, strange weaver, splendid starling, yellow bishop, great blue turaco, black bishop, African jacana, dusky twin spot, fan-tailed widowbird, common waxbill, zebra waxbill, pin tailed whydah, thick-billed seed eater, village indigo bird, red-headed bluebill, and African citril among others.
While staying at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, you can be part of the nature walk activities where you get an opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot. The nature walks done inside the parks give you an opportunity to see different species of monkeys, different mammals, and birds. Nature walks are done using different trails that are designed in the park with a help of armed ranger guides.
Golden monkey trekking
While staying at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, golden monkey trekking can only be done in Mgahinga national park which is the only home to these beautiful apes in the country. Just like mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking starts with a briefing at the park headquarters and armed ranger guides lead the treks. The search for these apes takes 2-5 hours depending on their location and the speed of trekkers. When they are spotted, armed ranger guides do give 1 hour to be around them and this gives you an opportunity to watch them do daily activities, take photos and learn more about their habits.
Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge is situated next to Lake Mulehe and therefore guests staying at this lodge can move out to the lake for boat rides. The boat cruises at the Safari Lodge are done in the morning and evening using local dugout canoes. During the boat cruise, you will be able to see different water animals and birds such as Rwenzori turaco, archer’s robin chat, Rwenzori batis, African jacana, and much more.
Best time to stay at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
Travelers visiting Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park can book and stay here at any time of the year however there are months that are better than the rest. The dry months are the best to stay here and these happen from June to September and December to February. They are characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails stay dry, the vegetation is short and thin with good views of the mountain gorillas, and the roads leading to the park and lodge are in good condition.
Travelers can stay at this Safari Lodge in the rainy season of March to May and October to November while on their safari to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga national park. The rainy season favors budget travelers because they benefit from the huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy season is however characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall with unclear views of the animals and the roads connecting to the park and lodge are impassable.