Mihingo Lodge is one of the finest properties in Lake Mburo N.P. Whether you are stopping off or staying for a little longer, the property provides a brilliant base from which to explore the national park.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge is usually accessed from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala via road transfer, a journey of approximately four-and-a-half hours. Mihingo is just 22 kilometres from the main road and easy to spot due to its elevated position. The property makes for a very pleasant stop-off destination between Entebbe or Kampala and Uganda’s western parks.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal buildings are made out of timber, stone, and thatch, in the classic safari style. They merge beautifully with the surrounding trees and rocky ridges. Spaces for relaxing include a lounge with sumptuous sofas within a newly built tower, where the views are breathtakingly good. There is also a well-cushioned cement couch within Mihingo’s bar, where you can sit back with a drink and get to know your fellow travellers. The bar has a good selection of reading material too. Meals are enjoyed in the property’s thatched dining area – you can tuck into delicious cuisine while admiring the scenery all around you. Just behind the dining area, there is a shop selling handmade crafts from every part of Uganda. You can also spend time looking around Mihingo’s vegetable and herb garden, or enjoying a massage in a tranquil rondavel surrounded by forest. If you need to cool off a little, the infinity pool is the place to be. It’s also great for watching wildlife, as it overlooks a waterhole and saltlick. And staff place lanterns around the pool’s edges come evening, for swimming under the Ugandan night skies.
Guest accommodation at Mihingo consists of 12 tented rooms, positioned in a variety of locations across the site. Some are high up on the kopje, others are deep within the forest, and other still are close to the waterhole. All are authentic in their design, not least because they either let in or are very much inspired by the natural world around them. For example, the kopje rooms contain rocks and stones, while the forest rooms use wood from local trees. All rooms are individually furnished, and common features include comfy beds, mosquito nets, solar-powered lighting, campaign chairs, storage space, and a lovely private veranda. En-suite facilities typically comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and shower with hot and cold running water. We would recommend the rooms closest to the waterhole, as they bring you closest to the wildlife, but the other rooms provide superb views too.
Mihingo offers an amazing assortment of activities. You could start with a classic game drive around Lake Mburo National Park, looking out for such species as leopard, buffalo, zebra, eland, impala, jackal, hyena, warthog, and hippo. The bird count is impressive too – highlights include shoebill, saddle-billed stork, and black-bellied bustard. Drives are also available outside the park, presenting opportunities to get to know the local culture. Walking safaris take place both inside and outside the park as well – within the park, guests are always accompanied by a guide with expert knowledge of the area. This activity is all about getting up close to nature – and viewing from hides is also recommended for scrutiny of the wildlife in this part of the world. Another way of exploring the region is on horseback. Mihingo has 14 horses in its stables, and the lodge caters for beginners and experienced riders alike.
For a bit of a treat, you can take an overnight horse safari, travelling to a fly camp and returning the following morning after a hearty breakfast. Safarists who like to spend time on the water will relish a boat trip on Lake Mburo, checking out hippos, crocodiles, and plenty of birdlife. If you enjoy keeping fit on holiday, you can do some bush biking or even running over the community lands outside the park. You could stop off at a Bahima homestead for a cultural visit, learning about local farming methods and milking a cow. Fishing village trips are also available, as are excursions to a local school. If you are travelling with young children, Mihingo supplies special bush courses for the youngsters, encouraging them to interact with nature and discover all sorts of exciting things about the wildlife of the national park and surrounds.
Further activities are available at the lodge. There are regular yoga events and back-of-house tours. The site is often visited by bushbabies, who tend to turn up most nights on a platform below the bar. They have become accustomed to human company, and it is great fun to watch them eating and at play. This is just one of many highlights to a stay at Mihingo.