Formerly known as Mantana Tented camp, and now known as Engagi lodge , Mantana was replaced with a modern lodge in a magnificent setting proffering striking views over the Bwindi forest canopy. Engagi lodge is beautifully placed on a large tract of land adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is located at the main Buhoma road and runs down to the Munyaga River.
The lodge is open ended at the front, allowing a dramatic view of the Bwindi National Park forest from every corner inside the building.
The Main Lodge structure is alienated into 3 parts: the restaurant, a rock bar, and a large wooden verandah with a detached al fresco viewing podium. The lodge structure is substantial enough to outfit for large groups needing banqueting tables, but still permits smaller individual groups to extend out in the a choice of different areas for solitude.
The main lodge is built completely from rocks originating from around the site and eucalyptus trees, while the covering has been thatched using banana fiber which were produced by local farmers.
The kitchen which is set a distance away from the lodge to ensure privacy for the clients prepares a variety of 3 course meals and all requirements . The lodge caters for both vegetarians and vegans.
Engagi lodge has 8 en-suite cottages, equally separated out and hidden in the undergrowth. Each cottage has either a double or twin beds complete with hot water bottles, a bathroom with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water in bathrooms . All have private verandas where guests can enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they watch out over the forest canopy.
Electricity is abounding by solar power, with a backup generator. Hot water is supplied by wood burning boilers, however we the lodge has future plans for powered heaters in the future with the wood burners as backup.
The main Reception was built along Buhoma Road and the lodge has a large and secure roadside car-park, both of these are a good distance away from the main lodge buildings. Drivers can be accommodated in our permanent staff buildings. At Engagi lodge, visitors are on a treat with a number of private walking trails surrounding the lodge and down to the river. Those interested in tea farms inside the site may visit them and see the role of the community in adapting to conservation measures around Bwindi Np.