Bwindi National Park is one of Uganda’s most stunning protected areas that you shouldn’t miss out to visit for mountain gorilla trekking adventures. Gorilla safaris in Bwindi National Park are facilitated by availability of various accommodation facilities and all visitors on safari in Uganda have a wide range of options to choose the best lodge for a night stay. For visitors who are interested in spending a night at a luxurious lodge which offers the most outstanding accommodation, the following are some of the luxury lodges that you should consider for your stay while on safari in Bwindi;
Chameleon Hill Lodge
This lodge lies on the shores of Lake Mutanda and offers spectacular views of Lake Mutanda, Great Virunga Mountain ranges and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It offers a luxury overnight stay for travelers on mountain gorilla safari in Uganda. Visitors who choose to stay around this area have opportunity to trek gorilla families in areas of Rushaga and Nkuringo which include the Mishaya, Bweza, Kahungye, Busingye and Nkuringo group. It comes with 10 private cottages that feature distinct colors that make up the background for name chameleon hill lodge. It comes with stunning chalets that feature classic chalets, luxury décor in the interior while its exterior offers the most remarkable views of the surrounding areas of the park. The rooms have mosquito nets, extra blankets, fully stocked bar, restaurant that accommodates up to 20 visitors and both local and international cuisines are offered here, private and safe fire extinguisher. It has 5 twin rooms each of which has twin beds while the other queen sized beds.
Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge
This is one of the most stunning safari lodges that are located in the remotest Nkuringo region in the southeast of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It stands within 2000 meters above sea level making it one of the highest lodges in the Bwindi National Park. The lodge overviews remarkable Virunga Mountain ranges and the stunning Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It has 8 cottages which are established using the local volcanic stone and the two of these have 2 bed rooms that can accommodate family travelers. The lodge comes with luxurious sitting room, fireplace, armchairs, hand woven carpets, rare artwork per cottage and en-suite washrooms with showers as well as restaurant, bar, reading area, lounge, big panoramic clear glasses offering views of the Virunga Mountains and amazing design and décor. It also has a spa, adequate parking space and the spectacular garden.
This is an up-market lodge that is situated in the north of Bwindi and for visitors who are interested in tracking any of the habituated gorilla groups in Buhoma area this is one of the excellent lodges that you should consider for your stay. Buhoma area features habituated families like Rushegura, Mubare and Habinyanja. It features private verandah that offers the stunning views of the park’s forest, comfortable beds, en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot shower, bath tubs in some rooms and safety deposit boxes as well as fireplace, dining facilities, bar, lounge, solar power, Wi-Fi, recharging facilities with a UK square 3-pin plugs 240v in the central area, mosquito proof rooms and many more.
Gorilla Forest Camp
This is situated in Buhoma region in the north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where mountain gorilla adventures usually start from. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp belongs to the group of sanctuary retreat lodges which are popular globally as up-market lodges and it lies at the park entrance. The camp features mini spa, camp fire, dining room, bar and lounge.
Gorilla Safari Lodge
This is also one of Bwindi’s up-market which is situated at the entrance of Rushaga area south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It features 8 cottages that come with en-suite facilities, solar lights, private verandahs, restaurant, bar, camp fire, lounge and many more.
Mahogany Springs Camp
Mahogany Springs Camp is an up market facility which is found near the Buhoma area entrance in the north of Bwindi and comes with the best privacy and serenity. It features superior suites and presidential suites. The superior suites feature twin, double and triple, mosquito net, dressing table, power points for recharging, private terrace towering the surrounding areas, luxurious double doors and windows while the presidential suite comes with twin, double, triple and quadruple, 2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, 2 desks, power points, bar, restaurant, gift shop, reading area, large private terrace towering the River and many more.
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge is a luxury lodging facility which is situated in Ruhija regions about 5 minutes’ drive to Ruhija trailhead. It has eight cottages which overlook at the park’s forest and the Virunga Mountains ranges. The cottages have 4 superior room twin cabins with about 8 people, 4 deluxe room cabin with up to eight occupancy and 6 standard rooms with around 12 people occupancy. The lodge has side bed lamp stands, toilet and private shower bathrooms, extra blankets, storage cabins for luggage both superior and deluxe cabins, hot water bottles, fire place, reading chair and table in the superior cabins, well stocked bar and wine cellar, Wi-Fi internet connection, DSTV, hair dryer, gift shop, tea and coffee making facilities, traditional entertainment, laundry, mini library and many more.
Volcanoes Safari Bwindi Lodge
This is also another luxury lodging facility that is situated in Buhoma area, north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The lodge features 8 bandas and offers the most stunning views of the park’s forest canopy and it comes with private terrace and en-suite bathrooms. The facilities in this lodge include bar, lounge, restaurant, communal fireplace, recharging facilities, baby crib, laundry and many more.
In conclusion, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has several luxury safari lodges that are worthy spending a night on while on mountain gorilla tours in Uganda. They offer the most comfortable and excellent experience that comes once in a lifetime.
The notable mid range or standard safari lodges for your stays in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park include the following;
Gorilla Mist Camp
Gorilla Mist Camp is situated in Ruhija area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It offers standard accommodation facilities for visitors who are planning to track in Ruhija area. This lodge is only 5 minutes’ drive from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters where trekkers are always briefed. This is a private lodge which provides accommodation in thatched cottages which are eco-friendly and hence friendly with the surrounding eco system. The cottages feature raised decks with stunning views of the forest. They have en-suite facilities including a bathtub with provision for both cold and hot running water. The camp has luxurious restaurant with bar and lounge where you chill.
Gorilla Valley Lodge
This is one of the amazing midrange facilities that are situated in Rushaga area-south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It stands on steep slope which overviews the jungles of Bwindi. The lodge has 12 rooms which are self contained with their verandahs over viewing the forest. The facilities in lode include en-suite, solar water heaters, beds, interior design. It also comes with double sided fire place, bar, restaurant and panoramic views of the forest. It is one of the best lodges that you can spend a night when tracking gorilla groups of Bweza, Kahungye, Mishaya and Nshongi.
Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
This lodge is situated on Nteko ridge about 2161 meters above sea level and offers standard accommodation to travelers on gorilla tour in Uganda. The camp over views River Kashasha valley and the park itself and this is the best lodge for visitors who intend to track gorillas in Nkuringo and Rushaga. The lodge features 4 luxury en-suite handcraft cottages, 4 en-suite Virunga Terrace rooms, solar power, parking space, bar, fire place and many more.
Silverback Lodge Bwindi
This is owned and operated by Marasa Africa one of the most famous investors in hospitality lodges in East Africa. The lodge offers standard accommodation to visitors on gorilla safari in Buhoma area of Bwindi. Silverback Lodge is situated on raised platform and it feature the most stunning views of the park. There are 12 rooms in this lodge one single, seven twin rooms and four double rooms and offers facilities like en-suite bathroom and every room has cold and hot running water, restaurant, fully stocked bar, the stunning gardens, bonfire as well as verandah.
Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort
This is situated near Kitahurira ranger station in between Ruhija and Buhoma area and offers visitors a chance to track gorilla families like Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro and Buhoma area groups of Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja. Eco marvels gorilla resort is best for single occupancy, double and camping experiences. The facilities in the lodge include cottages, tented bandas, campsites, fully furnished kitchen, free mobile internet and intercontinental restaurant
Engagi Lodge Bwindi
This is a standard lodging facility which is situated in Buhoma sector of Bwindi National Park. It is established using local materials and local workmanship. The local materials include the rocks extracted in and around the lodge place, the eucalyptus trees and banana fiber thatch. There are eight cottages with en-suites-flush toilets, hot and cold running water, privately situated, double or twin beds, private verandahs, solar power, bar, main building, wood burning boilers for hot water supply, dinning room and many other facilities.
Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp
Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp was established in 1994 and offers a luxury camping accommodation in Buhoma region, north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The camp comes with an African style setting as well as a modern touch of modernity which gives that remarkable comfort zone for visitors on gorilla safari in Uganda. It has 20 most stunning tents each of which comes with the name of bird species in Uganda and they are self contained, 24 hours solar power running, hot or cold showers and bathtubs, bar, restaurant and many more.
In conclusion, besides the luxury and budget safari lodges, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park also comes with mid range or standard safari lodges for travelers on gorilla safari in Uganda. They come in large numbers giving travelers a wide range of options to make the best choice for their stays while on safari in the pearl of Africa.