In all our journeys and intrepid explorations, we have seen the top and the bottom from all angle but we have a special attachment to this place. It is one of those places that is simple with its unique blend of luxury and mid-range accommodation. Rwakobo Rock is one thing…special!
Peaceful and Secluded
Rwakobo Rock is peaceful and secluded. You can breathe in the essence of the wilderness just outside Lake Mburo National Park. The nine comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranch lands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park; whether you want to sit back, sip on an ice-cold drink in a hammock or head out into Lake Mburo National Park for a day of exciting exploration, there is something for everyone here.
Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breath-taking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, eland and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night, the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.
This unique spot is located just over one kilometer from the Nshara Gate of Lake Mburo National Park. Day or night excursions into the park are very worthwhile. The drive from the main road passes through the lovely Nshara government ranch, where the magnificent Ankole cattle graze peacefully alongside herds of Zebra and Impala. The Bahima pastoralists of the area still live traditional lives and are excellent custodians of the natural landscape and its biodiversity.
Rwakobo offers a variety of both easy and challenging walks offering the chance to get close to nature. Rwakobo also offers mountain biking and caters for night drives, while the park can be discovered by vehicle, foot or boat.
Every night, (weather permitting), the friendly Rwakobo staff stoke up a campfire so you can watch the sunset explode into a brilliant starlit sky.
The main lounge area has a beautiful thatched roof structure, which has a bar, and reception area near the entrance, a hammock strung between two eucalyptus poles and a few sofas and chairs to relax in. There is also a nook with a glass bottle wall and built in adobe style seating covered with cushions, a nice place to sit and enjoy some of the magazines, books and games that are provided. At the far end is the dining area with a view of the watering hole that has been constructed to attract birds and wildlife. This provides a ready source of water for animals that roam around the area especially in the dry season when water is scarce, that way; they do not have to move long distances to a water source.
The restaurant and bar have overlook Lake Mburo National Park and have the added attraction of a nearby rocky pool where animals, such as impala, warthog and bushbuck, can often be seen drinking. The restaurant serves tasty food and caters for vegetarians and other dietary needs.
With a fusion of Ugandan and western flavours, there is a selection of choices daily, taking advantage of the plentiful fresh fruit, vegetables and meats from the surrounding area.
Local sourcing is also a strategy we use to benefit neighbours and reduce food miles. The well-stocked bar provides a range of cold beers and soft drinks as well as wine and spirits. Coffee and tea can also be requested from the bar when required.
Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate and lunch can be provided as an extra if you wish; either in the restaurant or as a packed lunch for your safari.
The lodge has a number of vehicles, which you can be hired for game drives (mostly Land Rovers…oh yeah, Land Rovers J and some Land Cruisers) within the park.
The rooms are a walk away down different gravel paths. There is a place to seat on the veranda, and on some of the cottages, a seat hung from the roof for gently rocking as you take in the view. The beds are comfortable with clean white cotton bedding. The mosquito nets are floor-to-ceiling and there is the optional insect spray in the room so you could have a comfortable and relaxed night’s sleep without insects. The bathroom is also worth a special mention, it is made of local stone and with a shower dispensing lots of hot water at good pressure.
The owners are very lovely and clearly have a vision of what it takes to have a special boutique safari lodge, and they are achieving it well. Little touches like the swinging seat up on the rock near reception give you the sense that this is much more than a basic place to spend the night.
How to reach Rwakobo Rock
Only three and a half hours from Kampala. Take the first exit towards Lake Mburo National Park when travelling west on the main road between Kampala and Mbarara.
Rwakobo Rock is situated about 8km from the main road and 1.5 km from the Nshara park gate. There is a very clear signpost from any of the directions you will be coming from so it is very unlikely that you may miss it.
Public Transport: Buses from Kampala – towards Mbarara
Buses leave regularly from Central Bus Park. We advise choosing a full bus, as buses leave once they are full.
Get off about 15km after Lyantonde at a charcoal trading centre called Akageti. From Akageti a special hire taxi (approx 30,000UGX) or boda (approx 7,000UGX) can bring you to Rwakobo Rock (8km). Alternatively, a lodge vehicle can pick you up if previously arranged (approx 30,000UGX).
From Mbarara – towards Kampala
Akageti is about 50km from Mbarara. Do not take the first turn towards Lake Mburo at Sanga. Take the second turning on the right.