Visions of sitting with my head in the clouds... well thats my first impression of Imbu Rano Lodge built at an elevation of 380 meters, and looking towards the crater of Mt Rano on Kolombangara Island. Even its name, which was chosen from a marvellous selection of entrants in a local competition, means 'the mist' which greets you on the porch first thing in the morning. Along with the peace of the natural forest is the chorus of crickets, cicadas, frogs and song birds including endemic species such as the Golden Whistler and the Kolombangara White Eye. A very special resident to the area is the Pale Mountain Pigeon .
The development of the lodge and protection of the area is a joint effort from Dr Chris Filadi of the American Museum of Natural History and many contributors including Simon Legassic who is General Manager of KFPL ( Kolombangara Forestry Products Limited), Tim Bula also of KFPL, and local NGO groups aiming for the conservation of this great biodiversity .
Guests enjoy the cooler day and night time temperatures of low 20's C making this a fantastic starting point for short and longer walks down into the crater or up to the peak. 3 wardens have been trained to look after guests and show them around the forest, or for those less able, relax on the expansive deck and watch nature and its ever changing parade.
The roomy self catering kitchen has gas stove, pots, pans and a full compliment of plates and cutlery.
Solar lighting and some power points to charge phones and laptops were installed at the accommodation
Walking trails can be explored escorted and overnight trips to other camp sites can be pre arranged. Although the mobile network does not work on that part of the mountain, the wardens are in communication with Ringgi Cove by VHF radio.