Engagi Lodge: Our View
Engagi Lodge in Bwindi is a comfortable lodge in a forest setting offering stunning views over the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Though the walk down from the carpark to the main lodge was a bit steep, there were handrails, and we were rewarded with the most stunning views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as a welcoming cooldrink upon arrival. Engagi Lodge is situated on a large tract of land right opposite the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Lodge gardens run down to the nearby Munyaga river, a short and enjoyable walk. Along the river are further trails, where we were privileged to meet Batwa (Pygmy) residents on an afternoon ramble. It is believed that the Batwa have inhabited the Great Lakes region for at least 4000 years!
Engagi Lodge has been built using local materials and local builders. The lodge is constructed largely from rock found in and around the Engagi grounds, as well as from planks and beams of Eucalyptus wood. The cottages are thatched from banana fibre sourced from local farmers.
The main lodge building is divided into a bar with open lounge, a dining room, and a large outdoor veranda/viewing platform with spectacular views of the forest canopy. The main lodge building is big enough to cater for larger groups but still allows for smaller individual groups to enjoy privacy in its various areas.
The lodge consists of just 8 en-suite cottages, spaced out and hidden from each other amongst trees. Each cottage has either double or twin beds, a bathroom with flushing toilet, as well as hot and cold running water. All cottages have private verandas overlooking the forest canopy as well as sliding glass doors to make the most of the incredible view.
The Starting point for Gorilla tracking is just up the road, within walking distance from Engagi Lodge. We found this to be very convenient.
Engagi Lodge: Quick Facts
- 8 comfortable en-suite cottages
- Hot and cold running water with flush toilets
- On site restaurant and bar
- Close to the starting point for Gorilla tracking
- Guided forest walks
- Private walking trails around the lodge and down to the nearby river
- Local community run tea farm visits available
Engagi Lodge: The Details
Electricity at Engagi Lodge is provided by solar power with a back-up generator. Hot water is supplied by eco-friendly wood burning boilers.
Guests can walk around the lodge and down to the river, viewing the birdlife and flora of the area. Guests may also enjoy a visit to the functioning tea farm on the Lodge grounds, which is maintained by members of the community.
The Engagi lodge kitchen, built a little away from the main lodge, prepares a variety of tasty dishes for guests, served in the main area.