A long drive of 4 hours took us from Kigali, Rwanda to Lake Mutanda in Uganda, where our accommodation was located for the next 3 days. On the following day we were going to do Gorilla tracking, as I told you on the latest post.

Lake Mutanda is a freshwater lake located in Kisoro District approximately 450 kilometres from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. At an altitude of 1,800 metres it sits between three volcanoes, Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga that can be seen from the lake. There are also several small islands in the lake.

The environment is unique with beautiful landscapes and proximity with nature. A really relaxing time can be enjoyed there. For me I felt a sensation of peace surrounding the area.

During the day women and children can be seen carrying all kinds of materials to their houses. Because of the location of Lake Mutanda they have to do miles and miles to get essential things like water.

Our little friends near the lake

My experience staying at Mutanda Lake Resort

The Lodge

Staying at Mutanda Lake Resort makes it the perfect location for the nature lovers and the gorilla trackers because it’s very close to Bwindi National Park, where I went to do gorilla tracking.

There are several cottages. Each cottage is spaced from each other’s with private, individual wooden platforms, overlooking the lake. The rooms are perfectly decorated to suit the nature environment of the lake with light blues and greens. The beds were comfortable and mosquito nets were available although I didn’t see any mosquitos during my stay.

The room balcony

Food and Drink

The restaurant is very cosy and the meals were included with the three day package from Matoke Tours. At dinner time there were always several dishes a la carte to choose from and all delicious. A packed lunch was provided when we spend the day out in Bwindi National Park. Breakfast was very good with several options as well between things like scrambled eggs and pancakes. Several types of fruit were on display and they were super fresh!

The balcony outside the restaurant is perfect to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset, one of the best ones in Africa.

The staff in the lodge were very nice and ready to help us with our choices of meals and enjoyed talking to us and answering the many questions we had about the gorillas and the local area. The hosts were always around making sure we were happy and comfortable and that gave us an almost homely feeling.

Activities in Mutanda Lake Resort

Depending on how long you’re staying, there is a big list of activities that the lodge can help you with, from walking tours, hiking, mountain biking to even cultural tours and water sport activities. The most interesting ones are:

  • Watching the birds by canoe
  • A cultural tour to the village of Mukozi
  • Full day tour – Lake Mulehe
  • Trip to Mutanda Island
  • Climb Mount Muhavura
  • Trekking to see the Golden Monkey (Mgahinga Forest National Park)

You can get more information about the lodge here.

I would definitely come back to Mutanda Lake Resort because it’s such a quiet and special place.

Mutanda Lake Resort

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

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  1. It’s very isolated but completely refreshing! I recommend it to anyone who’s planning to go out there for Gorilla Tracking, x

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