HOTELS AND LODGES IN THE RWENZORI
If you are planning to trek the Rwenzori from the central circuit and therefore to reach the National Park entry point in Nyakalenjija, there are a number of hotels and lodges where you can stay. We reviewed them for your information. If you just wish to stay for few days relax on the foothills of the Rwenzori, you can choose one of these hotels and then plan some of the short one-day activities. If you are coming from Kampala, you will be just pleased to breath such a fresh mountain air. Nyakalenjija is located at around 1600 meters above sea level.
- TOURS HOLIDAY INN CAMP BASE
- EQUATOR SNOW LODGE
- RUBONI COMMUNITY CAMP
- MIHUNGA SAFARI LODGE
- RWENZORI TURACO VIEW CAMPSITE
Tours Holiday Inn (Ibanda)
Tours Holiday Inn Camp Base is located on the main road towards Nyakalenjija (about 2 km before), in Ibanda trading center. This hotel can accommodate up to 40 people in 15 self contained rooms plus extension building. The place was recently renovated and the rooms which were not self contained now they have private toilet. Also the water heaters are provided in each room and electricity is stable and reliable from public electricity supply. A part from the main building, there is another extension located behind the gardens, with an extra capacity of five self contained rooms. The place is very nice as it is surrounded by beautiful gardens with many plants and flower. From the front entrance, is operational a bar which also serves external visitors. Inside the hotel, there is a cozy and private dining room for restaurant and breakfast. Unique is the electrical coffee espresso machine. The kitchen provides a variety of cuisine, from continental to German style, to Italian style and when we went there in several occasions food was always very good. This hotel is owned by the trading company of Mr. Costantino Bwambale an entrepreneur of Kasese. The place has developed over the years and now it also has a conference center annexed.
Rooms are available at a reasonable price from 45 USD single and 65 USD double or twin, breakfast inclusive.
Equator Snow Lodge.
The lodge in 2012 is still under construction, but when open it will be the only five stars accommodation in the area. It is built by Geolodges Uganda. The lodge has a spacious dining and restaurant halls, decorated with images and history of the Rwenzori. The main feature will be a number of cottages, with a raised wooden platform plus a construction with local stones. Actually it resembles the beauty of the structure of the Serena Ngorongoro Lodge in Tanzania. Bathrooms are spacious with windows overlooking the forest. The main area of the cottage is completed with a raised verandah where you can breathe and feel all the mountains around. The lodge is actually located near the entrance gate of Rwenzori Mountains National Park. We cannot provide photos as the lodge is not completed.
Ruboni Community Camp
Ruboni Community Camp is one of the oldest accommodations in Nyakalenjija, next to the gate of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The place is run as a community project and it is member of UCOTA, the association for the community tourism in Uganda. You can find here two self contained bandas / cottages and four not self contained rooms served with a shower and flushing toilet just outside and in very good condition. The place is clean and well kept by the staff. One of the challenges is electricity, as the power line does not reach this point and the batteries (to which the power is connected) are charged from Kasese when they are empty. The water is warmed up using fire. The restaurant is located a bit higher on the slop of the hill, with a view of the forest and serves also as a meeting and information point. The kitchen serves continental food as well as local cuisine.
This place is simple and the welcome given by the staff is remarkable. It guarantees a total immersion in the nature of the forest where the national park starts. A part from this, you find at Ruboni Community good information and the service of guides for short activities like village walk, forest walk and hill walk. Being the lodge member of UCOTA, it contributes directly to the development of sustainable tourism and community tourism. On the other hand, it is sad to see that over the last years the lodge has not much developed its potential; probably it needs more support from tourists.
The rooms and cottages are available at a reasonable price.
Mihunga Safari Lodge
Mihunga Safari Lodge was open in 2010 with five self contained, wooden cottages. It is located after Nyakalenjija, in Mihunga village as you proceed in the direction of the gate of the National Park, on the right side. The lodge is owned by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS), the same who manage also the huts along the central circuit. The restaurant and dining hall is quite big and the kitchen provides continental food and local food. The electricity is provided for few hours during the evening with a generator. Hot water is provided through the system of warming up water with fire. Reservations for Mihunga Lodge are through the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services.
Rwenzori Turaco View Campsite.
Rwenzori Turaco View Campsite is a new lodge and offers a restaurant, bar, three room’s accommodation in bandas and the camping site. The place is community run and co-owned by Mr. John Baluku. The location is in Mihunga village. The camping site has also some eco-san toilets and showers. The restaurant offers typical Ugandan food and is cooked traditionally. We were much welcomed here and we hope that this new lodge will see some development and marketing in the next years.