Have you ever wondered how Volcanoes Safaris Mount Gahinga Lodge came to be? Well back in 1966 at the age of 12, Volcanoes Safaris Founder, Praveen Moman, went walking near Gahinga with his father, Kuldip Rai Moman. That walk left its mark because over thirty years later, in 1997, Praveen returned to the region to help rebuild gorilla tourism. And just one year later, in 1998, he started to build the beautiful Mount Gahinga Lodge – the first of the Volcanoes Safaris lodges.
Today, Mount Gahinga Lodge is a much-loved jewel and symbolizes the connection of Volcanoes Safaris lodges with the communities and conservation. For those looking to embark on a gorilla tracking adventure, track the rare golden money, climb a volcano, walk through local villages, or learn and share the culture of the Batwa, Mount Gahinga is the perfect starting point!
What other exciting things have been happening at Mount Gahinga? In May 2018, the VSPT launched the Gahinga Batwa Village, a permanent settlement for over 100 members of the Gahinga Batwa community. In August, the lodge launched a deluxe banda named “Moman Banda” to mark the centenary of Kuldip Rai Moman’s birth in 1918. The earthy natural tones of the room complement the locally made furniture and the beautiful Ugandan handwoven textiles, and the decor consists of colorful handmade crafts made by the Batwa women at the nearby Volcanoes Batwa Vocational Centre. And starting in October, the lodge will have a direct private footpath to the entrance of Mgahinga National Park.