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THis place has a fabulous gift shop for starters...the view is spectacular over looking the lake. The (free) French pressed coffee is very good to relax by the fireplace! The food is 5*..the staff is first rate. I met with the owner Doris as she helps stray cats and dogs..I brought her some needed supplies such as de-wormer, flea and tick shampoo, eye salve and first aid ointments as well as food and treats..such a lovely lady..after our trek our boots were cleaned and just like new! I would love to go back just to stay here! They also supply bottled water in your room.
As you arrive, you see the different colors of the buildings and you know you are not at your average lodge. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated. The view from the main lodge is amazing and we had an equally lovely view from our patio. The staff are all very attentive but Spensa seemed to always be there when we were seeking something. I was a bit ill while we were there and they were so accommodating. I think they may have chopped all the ginger they had in the kitchen for my ginger tea! In addition to offering lovely accommodations and food, they have a nice selection in their gift shop. While the road to this lodge is rough, this is like a lovely pot of gold at the end.
We endured an 'African Massage' drive to the lodge and then to and from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see gorillas. The roads are terrible at best. But, the lodge location and staff are great. However, the meals could do with a lot of improvement.Staff members were excellent and did everything that they could to make our visit memorable. From what we saw, this is the best 'game in town' that was anywhere near to the Bwindi gorilla families so one takes what one gets.
I stayed at the lodge for three nights in October this year and will try to come back next year! I loved the view over Lake Mutanda and the Virunga Volcanoes, the colourful freestanding cottages, the food, and above all the professional and friendly staff - they go out of their way to accommodate your every whim, be it special lunch/dinner requests or the planning of ad-hoc activities.
I went Gorilla trekking in Bwindi on the first day, and volcano hiking in Mgahinga on the second day. Both activities were great fun and experiences I would not want to miss. Despite some comments to the contrary, I found the lodge very well situated for both activities. The transfer from Kisoro Airport to the lodge took under one hour and the trips to Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park were 45m and 1h15m, respectively. Except for the last stretch to Mgahinga where the street does turn a bit rough, the condition of the streets was okay and in line with what you would expect to find in rural Uganda.
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at the Chameleon Hill Lodge and look forward to coming back, hopefully as early as next year.
Yes, it's true that the views are stunning. It's over an hour from Kisoro on a very winding road. Don't stay here if you get car sick!
The lodge is a series of multi-coloured buildings perched on the edge of the hilltop. The views over Lake Mutanda are wonderful. But, to be honest, it's over rated. The rooms are a bit basic for what is supposed to be a more upmarket lodge (and for the price).
Food was tasty albeit simple (and sometimes just a bit too western--steak, pasta etc): always 3 courses with soup, main course and pudding. If you want something a little bit different ask for a typical local meal; you will need to do this in the morning so they can get the ingredients. We also asked for goat stew (also local) one night as well, but the goat was a bit chewy for our taste.
Be aware that the power is turned off from 8am until 630pm. this isn't a problem since most people are generally away from the lodge during the day. But, plan your charging accordingly!
The staff were a bit stand-offish; not terribly friendly.
The one annoying thing is that they actually charge you for water if you order a bottle in the restaurant despite the fact that give you 2 free bottles of water in your room everyday. This is just mean.
We arrange a boat tour of the lake that included a visit to an island which is still inhabited by locals who refuse to move to the mainland. It's incredibly poor even by Ugandan standards; the women display their baskets, which you somehow feel obligated to buy. At $50 per person, this was incredibly expensive and poor value for money. We have a boat driver and a guide from the lodge, who spent most of the time sending messages on his mobile phone.
We were there and the weather was cool but comfortable. I normally wore pants and a long sleeve in the day and put on a light jacket as the sun was going down. I also wore a jacket the day I spent on the lake as it was... More
We were there and the weather was cool but comfortable. I normally wore pants and a long sleeve in the day and put on a light jacket as the sun was going down. I also wore a jacket the day I spent on the lake as it was raining a little that day. I saw others bundle up a little bit even though I believe it was in the 60's so a fleece or a jacket thicker than a wind breaker might not be a bad idea just to be safe.