“Engagi” means gorilla in Rukiga, the language spoken in and around Bwindi.
A newly built lodge, Engagi stands on the borders of a tea farm with magnificent views over the Bwindi forest. Bordered by a river and with immediate access to the national reserve, the lodge offers panoramic views, a warm central dining area and lounge and a series of charming cottages. The main lodge is built entirely from rocks found in and around the site and eucalyptus trees, while the roof has been thatched using banana leaves sourced from local farmers.
The camp is located just outside the boundary of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Reserve, which is in south-western Uganda, 120 km north-east of Kabale.
The lodge consists of just 8 en-suite cottages, evenly spaced out and hidden in the foliage. Each cottage has either double or twin beds (complete with hot water bottles), a bathroom with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water. All have private verandas where guests can enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they watch out over the forest canopy. Electricity is supplied by solar power, with a backup generator. Hot water is supplied by wood burning boilers, however we intend to install solar powered heaters in the future with the wood burners as backup.
Dining and bars
The Main Lodge building is divided into 3 sections: a “rock” bar and lounge, the restaurant, and a large wooden verandah with a separate outdoor viewing platform. The lodge building is large enough to cater for sizeable groups needing banqueting tables, but still allows smaller individual groups to spread out in the various different areas for privacy. The lodge is open ended at the front, allowing a dramatic view of the National Park forest from every corner inside the building.
The camp has a central dining area with lounge and bar. At night, a campfire is lit.
The lodge welcomes children over the age of 15.
What to see and do
Mountain gorilla viewing is the main attraction in Bwindi. Until recently, two gorilla groups, Mubare and Habinyanja were habituated in the vicinity of Buhoma. In 2003, however, the Habinyanja group split into groups A and B. Six permits to track each of the two established groups are issued daily, while four are issued for the new splinter group. Booking is recommended three months in advance (no longer than a year).
The reserve also offers: primatology talks, guided walks, waterfall walks, ornithological walks, guided village tours.
Wildlife highlights although the park has at least 120 species of mammals, it is particularly known for its mountain gorillas. Other species include; chimpanzee, bushpig, giant forest hog and two types of duiker. There are a few elephant. 364 species of birds.
The camp offers laundry services, safes (in room and at reception), resident’s lounge, room service, resident doctor on call, tea and coffee-making facilities in room, wildlife videos nightly, board games, darts board, guided village walks and a gift shop.
Walking trails, tours of tea farms.