Mahogany Springs Lodge

distinctive Camp | Bwindi National Park, Uganda

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Mahogany Springs Lodge enjoys one of the finest locations in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Ten large thatched cottages, all suites, overlook the clear waters of the Munyanga River and face the dense jungles of the national park that’s home to half the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. The lodge combines privacy, serenity, scenery and exceptional comfort to create a gorilla and birding safari base that has few peers.

Photo of Ben Bressler

Our Expert Says

Gorilla trekking is one of adventure travel's greatest thrills, so when you return from an afternoon with these magical animals, a celebration is definitely in order. Why not enjoy a champagne toast on a terrace with spectacular views over the pristine rainforest while listening to the sounds of the Munyanga River?

– Ben Bressler


Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Number of Suites: 10

Eight suites at Mahogany Springs are spacious, standalone cottages, with large double doors and windows that bring the outdoors in. There are also two family suites connected by a shared living space. Each suite has a private balcony that overlooks the verdant valley. Suites have hardwood floors, minimalist wood beds with crisp white linens, writing desks and bathrooms with terracotta mosaic-tiled showers. The Presidential Suite features two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a large living room, ideal for families. The main building features high ceilings under thatch and wrap-around terraces that survey the panorama of river and forest. Enjoy a glass of wine at the impressive wooden bar, or relax in front of the double-sided fireplace with a book or board game from the library. Meals are memorable, with the resident chef preparing a wide range of international flavors, served by the fireplace or out on the terrace. Afternoon tea includes fresh cakes and biscuits baked by the pastry chef. Private bush breakfasts and dinners by the river are also available.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and shower
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
  • Hair dryer
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • In-room massage (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included
  • Credit cards accepted
  • No air conditioning or telephone

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Mahogany Springs is an ideal base for gorilla tracking. The lodge overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, part of the Virunga volcano chain at the nexus of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. One of the most biologically diverse places on earth, the park shelters more than half the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas. Coming face to face with these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience. Small groups set out into the forest with trackers to find the habituated groups, which move about daily. Lodge guests may sometimes even view gorillas from the terrace, as they cross the river below. Bwindi is also habitat for 120 mammal species, 220 butterfly species and 350 species of birds—more bird species per square mile than anywhere else on earth! Mahogany Springs’ open setting by the river ensures that many rare bird species visit every day. In additional to gorilla treks and guided birding walks, guests may also visit a local Batwa pygmy tribe.

Bwindi offers some of the best mountain gorilla viewing in Africa. Other primate viewing may include colobus monkeys, chimpanzee, as well as eight other primate species. Rarer sightings may include elephant, giant forest hog and African civet. Exact sightings will depend on seasonality and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Chimpanzee
Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Bwindi National Park

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 73° F 64° F 3.07 in
22° C 17° C 78 mm
February 73° F 64° F 3.5 in
22° C 17° C 89 mm
March 73° F 64° F 5.55 in
22° C 17° C 141 mm
April 72° F 64° F 6.77 in
22° C 17° C 172 mm
May 73° F 64° F 4.76 in
22° C 17° C 121 mm
June 75° F 52° F 2.05 in
23° C 11° C 52 mm
July 75° F 64° F 1.69 in
23° C 17° C 43 mm
August 77° F 66° F 3.11 in
25° C 18° C 79 mm
September 77° F 64° F 4.8 in
25° C 17° C 122 mm
October 73° F 64° F 5.47 in
22° C 17° C 139 mm
November 72° F 64° F 6.02 in
22° C 17° C 153 mm
December 73° F 64° F 4.02 in
22° C 17° C 102 mm

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Photo: Conservation

Conservation

Mahogany Springs is committed to environmental conservation and demonstrates the importance of ‘giving back’ in a variety of ways. A unique tree-planting program offers lodge guests a chance to dig into the dirt, plant a seedling and thereby offset at least some of the carbon footprint from their travels. The lodge manager gives a short talk on CO2 use generated by travel, then invites guests to plant a new tree on the grounds. (Tree planting must be arranged in advance.) If guests are amenable, a photo of themselves with their newly planted tree will be placed in the tree-planting gallery on the lodge website. Mahogany Springs also sponsors an orphanage in Kampala, including its football team, providing clothing, pens, soccer balls and uniforms. Other community projects include putting in a tap for local access to clean drinking water and supporting a local hydro-power project that provides electricity to the local area and hospital.

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