Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp
Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp (also known as Mgahinga Community Campground) is located by the entrance to Mgahinga National Park and is only 12 km from the southwestern town of Kisoro.
At the camp, visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the famous Virunga Volcanoes and take part in mountain gorilla and golden monkey trekking. The camp is located at the perfect starting point for hiking the Virunga Volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.
Location of Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp:
Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp is at the main entrance of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park at the Ntebeko gate. If traveling to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to hike Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Gahinga, trekking gorillas and golden monkeys, Amajambere Camp is the only budget accommodation at the park boundary at Ntebeko. The camp is about 45mins to an hour's drive from the nearby town Kisoro of Kisoro.
Accessibility and Transportation:
No public transportation from Kisoro to the camp exists. If not driving into Kisoro, hiring a vehicle in Kisoro town is the best option. The cost of a one-way car hire from Kisoro town to the camp ranges between UGX80,000 ($20) to UGX150,000 ($40), depending on the size/type of the car. Taking a boda boda (motorbike) is the least expensive option. A boda boda from Kisoro town to the camp costs UGX15,000-UGX25,000 depending on the nature of the road. If you are looking for a boda boda to get you to the camp, please call our recommended boda boda rider. His name is Bernard, and he can be reached at +256774259308 or +256783152903.
Guests can choose between the campsite, dormitories or bandas. The camp has a wide area for camping as well as five bandas, of which two serve as dormitories.
Gorilla Tracking and Hiking
Amajambere Community Camp is a perfect location for overnight stay en-route to the mountain gorillas. The camp is located right at the main gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is the starting point for gorilla tracking.
A range of community-based activities can be booked at Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp, including village walks and exploration of Ruhengu caves.
What makes us unique?
- The Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp has provided funds to two local schools; one used the funds to roof its main building, and the other used it for the construction of the main buildings themselves.
- The community camp came together to establish a stretcher club, so that, when needed, funds are available to get someone to hospital.
- The community camp provides English lessons, and environmental and tourism awareness programmes to about 100 children per year.
- The camp sensitizes members of the Mgahinga community about nature conservation through various initiatives.
- The camp camp are locally sourced from surrounding communities to create employment opportunities.
- The camp acquires all of its fruits, vegetables, and food from surrounding communities.
A Brief History
Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp (AICC) is a community owned camp that has been running since 1994. The camp was established families who were displaced at the creation of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The camp is located just outside the main gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is only 12 km from the southwestern town of Kisoro. The camp is an ideal place to stay for tourists visiting the national park because of the camp’s unbeatable prices. Apart from providing accommodation for tourists, AICC also directly supports community based initiatives such as a handcrafts group for women. There are 6 employees staffing the camp.
At the camp, visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the famous Virunga Volcanoes and take part in mountain gorilla trekking. The camp is located at a perfect starting point for hiking the Virunga Volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.
I want to move here
This place was Africa at it’s best. First of all it was affordable AND nice, something almost impossible to find in my experience. It’s basic – there was no electricity or hot water, but they heated water for you when you needed a shower and it was lovely. It was great to have no computer, internet, music for a few days. The setting is spectactular, and they have worked... Read this review
The best place to be close to the forest of Mgahinga. The nights are cold and there is nothing better than a warm fire in the living room. The night is full of stars and the scent of flowers. In the morning we are at a moment of departure for Golden Monkeys, gorillas or climb volcanoes. Excellent and very economical. Profits go to local communities.
We spent here three nights and we had a great time!
If you are looking for an authentic camping experience, great local food (bravo for the chef Jonas) and extremely friendly people, that's the place to choose! Plus, it's very close to the main gate. We will come back! :)
Thanks again for the good conversations!
Simple but charming, close to nature and quiet accommodation right at the trailhead with good views of the national park. The people are also very helpful, organised and friendly. Thanks again for the good conversations! Besides, you support the local community with your overnight stay. We can only hope that the road will be repaired soon, because the approach road is really quite challenging for the vehicle