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Gahiza Island Retreat

Gahiza Island Retreat is a remarkable place worth considering for your relaxation and overnight stay on vacation in Lake Mutanda, South Western Uganda. It is a perfect place for nature retreats during your safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It also offers the breathtaking views of the Virunga Volcanoes that form the Mgahinga National Park.


Gahiza Island Retreat is set on Lake Mutanda nearby Kisoro town and gateway to the spectacular Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. With its strategic location, overnight stay here makes it easier to connect the gorilla parks for different activities that include gorilla tracking and golden monkey tracking.

Gahiza Retreat facility boasts of its commanding views of the surrounding Virunga volcanoes and diverse bird species exist on the island. Think of a place to retire for a night around Lake Mutanda or Kisoro, and think not beyond Gahiza Island Retreat.

Gahiza Island Retreat is a budget accommodation property in Kisoro and has varied room types including basic tent and deluxe double/twin room, romantic cabin and comfortable double room.

The facilities or amenities;

The available amenities at this property include accessible parking and concierge services, housekeeping, 24-hour front desk, dry cleaning, laundry facilities, and luggage storage.

Room types and their amenities –Double Room amenities include towels, sitting area, slippers, private bathroom, private entrance, shower, toilet, socket close to the bed, mosquito net, marble floor, cleaning products and others.

The romantic cabin has amenities such as 2 king size beds, capacity of 2pax, Wi-Fi, shower, marble floor, toilet, private bathroom, private entrance, socket near the bed and more.

Basic tent – this features 2 twin beds and is ideal for family/friends on a vacation; mosquito net, private entrance, outside bathroom, towels, safes, slippers and others.

Deluxe double/twin room –this is composed of 2 twin beds/one double bed in the room with capacity of 2pax. There is a balcony and useful amenities/facilities such as slippers, private entrance, Wi-Fi, sitting area, marble floor, and toilet, etc.

Services offered;

The different services provided at Gahiza include 24-hour security, 24-hour front desk, fire extinguisher, shared TV or lounge, security alarm, luggage storage and more.

Amazing features located adjacent to Gahiza Island Retreat facility

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park accessible within an hour drive from Gahiza Island Retreat. A visit to Bwindi from Gahiza involves engaging in the varied experiences such as gorilla trekking, birding, forest/nature walks and Batwa/Bakiga cultural experience.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park for savanna wildlife encounters and from Gahiza, this park is accessible within 5 hours’ drive. Queen Elizabeth NP shelters variety of mammals including large herds of buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, and a total of 620 species of birds.
  • Kisoro, visit Mgahinga National Park to see the golden monkeys and mountain gorillas in the wild. This is also ideal for birding tours, Batwa trail experience and Volcano hiking adventure.
  • Lake Mutanda –a spectacular freshwater lake located in Kisoro occupies a small area and is ideal for relaxation, canoe riding, birding (birds to find here include kites, hawks, sacred ibis, African spoonbill, and more), biking along the vicinity of the lake as you explore the scenic countryside like a local.

Getting to and around Gahiza Island Retreat

The Gahiza Retreat facility is 6.5km off from Kisoro town and from Kampala/Entebbe, 8-9 hours’ drive. By air, a scheduled/charter flight can also be arranged and you set off from Entebbe to Kihihi/Kisoro airstrip then drive to Gahiza.

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