Interesting facts

Location

The Lodge

Activities

Distances

Facilities at the resort

Meals

Transport

Lake Chahafi Resort is located on the shore of lake Chahafi in kisoro South Eastern direction close to Rwanda border and has a twin lake called Lake Kayumbu.

Located 11 kilometres to Cyanika border and Kisoro airstrip and 17 and 22 Kilometres to Muhabura and Ntebeko gate at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Owing to the conditions of the road we budget for 40 minutes transfer to Mgahinga and 20 minutes to cyanika border and Kisoro airstrip.

Lake Chahafi is endowed with a lush vegetation cover of papyrus and water lilies that are home to rare birds like canary, Lesser Jacana, warbler and cisticolas etc Lying low between two swamp covers in southern and northern shores of lake Chahafi and papyrus around the lake. Chahafi is a birders paradise with the background of the outstanding Mt. Muhabura with early morning sun rise views and evening sunset views that are not to be missed.

The Northern shore at Murora Hill was a fortified base during World War1 where the Anglo Belgian coalition force fought against the Germans who had attacked from Rwanda on January 1st 1915. Trenches can still be seen.

The resort is seated on 3 acres of developed land with possibility of expansion on additional three acres of undeveloped land.

The resort has a lush garden with a well-stocked bar and restaurant, 8 Cabins ecologically built with wooden floors erected on stilts and permanent en suite bathrooms and see through French doors to allow for outdoor views.

Out of the 8Cabins, 4 are double rooms fitted with king size beds and furnished with bedside tables and lampshades and covered with thick layer beds. Hot water bottles are provided to keep you warm.

Four other rooms are twin rooms and also fitted with bedside tables, reading tables and veranda chairs to allow you relax as you enjoy the volcano views. One triple room with three beds is still under construction and will be complete by end of September.

The resort has proper running water with both hot and cold showers and is connected to both
hydroelectric and solar water heaters.

Activities are done around the lake and in the Parks of Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable parks.

Activities around the lake Include:

Jacana/ World war1 Trail.

This activity can take up to 3 hours and starts at the lodge in a boat which is more spectacular while enjoying canoeing on the lake, bird watching and sightseeing of the rolling hills and the volcano. It covers the Northern part of the lake and includes a visit to the World War1 site where trenches can still be seen, and on the trail there is a community primary school that you will visit and see how children go about their lives in rural Uganda.

The activity will take you through villages, homesteads and farmlands and will complete the loop back at the resort where our friendly staff will be waiting to welcome you back for Dinner or Lunch and then you can refresh and sit on the veranda/ campfire and enjoy watching the stars.

You are expected to see birds like Jacana, grey crowned crane, swamp fly catcher, malachite kingfisher, yellow billed ducks, African fish eagle among other birds.

This excursion can be done from 9 am to 12 pm for residents we do this to give ample time to enjoy their breakfast without rush or can be done in the afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Activity cost USD 20 per person. Drinking water is provided on the tour.

Twin Lakes Trail: Kayumbu and Lake Chahafi

The excursion will take up to 3hours and starts at the Lake shore resort to the southern tip of Lake Chahafi where you will navigate by a boat with a guide through the papyrus and water lilies that are a habitat of spectacular birds. This southern side of the lake is surrounded with hills so much of what to see is open waters with possibilities of sighting the African Jacana, pied Kingfisher, hammerkop, grey crowned crane, common moorhen.

You will dock and cross over to see the twin lake Kayumbu and walk back to the lodge through the African village trading centre and see how the rural folk live their lives and while at the lodge you will find a team of staff and a women group ready to give you welcome back entertainment. If the trail is from 9 am to 12:00 pm you will be welcomed for Lunch and after you can relax on your verandah chair and read a book as you enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the muhavura.

This tour can also be done in the afternoon from 3pm to 6pm and thereafter Dinner will be served at 7:30 pm and a campfire will be set for you to enjoy the stars.

We recommend these excursions to enable the guests have a good experience of the surroundings and immerse themselves in the community rather than sleeping and rushing through to Mountain gorillas.

The guests always wished to have stayed longer especially those who were booked one night.

Activity cost USD20 per person with a professional local guide and drinking water is provided.

Distances

Lake Chahafi resort to Mgahinga- Muhabura gate 17 Kilometres – 45 minutes drive

Lake Chahafi resort to Mgahinga -Ntebeko gate 22 Kilometres – 1 hour’s drive

Lake Chahafi resort to Cyanika border 11Kilometres – 20 minutes drive

Lake Chahafi resort to Kisoro airstrip 11Kilometers – 20 minutes drive

Lake Chahafi resort to Kisoro town 12Kilometres – 30 minutes drive

Lake Chahafi resort to Bwindi Rushaga gorilla 48Kilometres -1 hr 30 minutes

Lake Chahafi resort to Kigali International Airport 120 Kilometres – 2hrs 30 minutes drive

9 individual cabins built as a studio with a patio/veranda overlooking the lake and Mt.Muhavura

 4 double rooms with King size beds; 4 twin rooms and one tripple made of elegant hard woodMvule/Elgon Teak and Mugavu

 Cabins are built with a mixture of permanent walls for the bathroom, ripstob canvass tent and wooden french doors to allow for scenic views on the surroundings.

The Cabins are ensuite with smooth running showers both cold and hot and have thick layer beddings to keep you cozy, during the turn down the beds are sprayed to protect the rooms from bugs

The cabins are fitted with mosquito nets much as we know that kisoro has few mosquitoes but we don’t take anything for granted, we provide a wakeup call and we are always available for service.

Fire Making facilities in the garden during or after dinner

Free WIFI in the cabins, the garden and the restaurant

Hotel owned dugout canoe and a big boat of up to 20 people

Well stocked bar and restaurant

Well secured and ample parking space

We provide full English breakfast a choice of fruits, a choice of Juice, hot meals of bacon, sausages, eggs done your way, potatoes etc

Lunch we provide packed and a la carte but we make sure we take orders from clients to ensure their choice is respected and served on time.

Dinner is a four course meal with a starter, Soup, main course and dissert we have a vegetable garden where we grow most of our vegetables and serve fresh food.

We do ground transfers however apparently we are outsourcing vehicles from Kisoro town until next year where Lake Chahafi resort will be in position to have 2 hard top land cruisers to do the ground transfers to transport clients to Bwindi or Mgahinga from Kisoro Airstrip.

The vehicles available in Kisoro town are land cruiser prados hired at USD 100 per day and super
customs at USD 80 per day.