Engagi Lodge is set in a beautiful location, between the park headquarters and the Munyaga river. Engagi Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a location that is both fabulous and convenient for starting out to track the gorillas! Guests at Engagi are accompanied on gorilla treks by very knowledgeable guides, who ensure you have a memorable time in the forests of Bwindi.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Engagi Lodge is situated on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, just over 1 kilometre from the starting point for gorilla treks! This is a beautiful location, between the park headquarters and the Munyaga river. The property is accessed via flight followed by road transfer. It is well signposted, and has a rather grand timber-and-thatch porch high over its entrance gate!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal building is also constructed from timber and thatch, as well as carefully laid local stone. In fact, all of these materials have been sourced locally, so the lodge blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Inside, there is a pleasant lounge/bar, featuring sumptuous seating, elegant little coffee tables, a line of padded stools along the bar area, and complementary Wi-Fi. The dining room, which adjoins this space, has smartly presented tables and flows out on to a dining deck. Here, you can relax and marvel at views of the forest!
Forest views are also enjoyed from each of Engagi’s eight en-suite cottages, dotted around the grounds. A private veranda entices guests to gaze out over the canopy! The interior of each cottage is spacious and comfy, featuring a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and en-suite facilities comprising flush toilet, washbasin, and walk-in shower. The cottages have been built using the same materials as the communal building – eucalyptus trees, rocks found in the area, and banana-fibre thatch. Wood-burning boilers provide hot running water, and electricity throughout Engagi comes from solar power.
From this comfortable base, guests can head out on gorilla treks! The starting point for treks is just over 1 kilometre from camp. The length of treks varies according to where the gorillas are situated, and if they are high in the mountains of Bwindi you will be in for a steep climb! However, the effort is worth the experience of observing the gorillas in their natural habitat – feeding, drinking, at rest, and at play. Engagi offers other walks too, for example from the lodge down to the River Munyaga, which is a great opportunity to check out all the other wildlife in this spectacular part of the world. And travellers who like to take in a little culture while on holiday will love visiting a local tea farm!