Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Location: Ruhija amidst Bwindi forest

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge is a beautiful luxury safari lodge that provides guests with the finest hospitality, restaurant services, bar service and a wonderful bed in your own personalized cottage. The Lodge is located in Ruhija amidst Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep slopes of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rain forest is one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last ice age; it is home to more than half of the world’s 700 surviving mountain gorillas.

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge is a unique luxury hotel that welcomes you with the breathtaking scenery of the forest and its tranquility – a home away from home to enjoy the melodies of insects and birds and the surprise visits of monkeys and even gorillas.

The lodge has carefully designed rooms to blend the natural environment with luxury and hospitality. Our cottages are well equipped with comfortable beds and furniture and well designed to maximize your comfort. The bathrooms are fitted with hot and cold water and every detail has been taken care of to assure the absolute comfort of guests.

Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • Tour/Travel desk
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning
  • Gift shop
  • Library/Reading Area
  • On-site Bar
  • On-site wildlife

Room Description

All rooms have a fireplace, TV, hot water and a private bathroom.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Gorilla tracking: Venture into the forest and listen to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant males.
  • Bird watching: The forest contains 23 endemic birds.
  • Forest walk

Sustainability Efforts

  • We encourage every group or individual to plant a tree at the lodge, or to water the seedlings.
  • Tours include Batwa cultural performances where tourist can see cultural displays and samples of handicrafts

Contact

Tel:
+256 414 503 065
Website:
www.gorillasafari.travel
Email:
reservations@gorillasafari.travel

Price

  • $100-$199
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Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort Campsite

Location: Ruhija Village, adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and less than 1 km from the gorillas’ natural habitat.

The community members of Katojo Parish, Kabale District created the Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort in July 2008 to support the community’s income by providing tourists with affordable accommodation and access to the region’s incredible gorilla population and other wildlife.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restuarant
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Onsite wildlife viewing

Room Amenities

  • Fireplace
  • Fans
  • Self-catering
  • Hot water
  • Private bathrooms

Activities At The Lodge

  • Hiking and trekking
  • Birdwatching
  • Village walks
  • Cultural performances
  • Craft and curio markets
  • Wildlife viewing

Responsible Travel

  • We are taking active measures to separate waste, as well as use of water and electricity at the lodge.  We have information displayed at the lodge about the use of water.
  • We support local schools and health care facilities, and work to make their activities environmentally sustainable.
  • The lodge staff are hired from the local community, provided with on-the-job training, and encouraged to pursue further studies.
  • We purchase locally grown food, artisanal crafts, fabric, lodge decor, and furniture from the local community.

Contact

Pearls of Uganda
Tel:
+256-414501866+256-414501866 / +256-772657700+256-772657700
Email:
info@pearlsofuganda.org
Web:
www.pearlsofuganda.org

Price

Twin Bed Canvas Tent:
  • $60 for one person B&B
  • $120 for two people B&B
Single Bed:
  • $20 for one person
  • $40 for two people
Camping with Tent Hire:
  • $15 for one person
  • $30 for two people
  • $10 own tent
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Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas

Location: Nyundo Village, 6km from the Buhoma entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The residents of Nyundo were firsthand witnesses to climate change. They cultivated crops on the steep hillsides bordering Bwindi Impenetrable forest, but had noticed erosion, changing rain patterns and the disappearance of the forest´s characteristic mist. Ultimately, their crops began to fail. The Nyundo Community Conservation Project was developed in response to this. The community decided to protect the land and allow the forest to grow back, and now the trees, the rains and the mist have all returned to Nyundo.
Experience life in this beautiful rural region of south western Uganda: sleep in a cozy, traditional banda; wake up to the mists swirling over the dark hillsides of the Impenetrable Forest; and enjoy delicious meals freshly prepared by the village women using local ingredients. The residents of Nyundo welcome you into their village, and your stay here supports local livelihoods and forest conservation.

Lodge Amenities

  • Private bandas in secluded gardens
  • Dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Room Description

Five bandas, constructed in traditional style using natural materials, are designed to represent the traditional African family homestead. All bandas have sheets and mosquito nets. Latrines and showers are shared between the bandas. The showers have cold running water, with hot water provided on request.

Available rooms include:
  • Three bandas with two bunks (each sleeps four)
  • One banda with one bunk
  • One banda with a single bed

Activities At The Lodge

  • Traditional Skills Trail: Learn about farming, cooking and traditional midwifery in the region. 2 hours, 20,000 USh.
  • Waterfall Hike: Visit the bath of the kings, and learn of Nyundo’s history with the village elders. 2 hours, 20,000 USh.
  • Hill Hikes: Trek the Congo-Uganda border, with astonishing views of the Rwenzori Mountains, the Virunga Volcanoes and the Rift Valley. 4 hours, 20,000 USh.

Responsible Travel

  • Everyone involved in the tourism project is from Nyundo. There is a craft hut selling items made by local women and orphans.
  • Almost all food is grown in or around the community, and is both organic and traditional Ugandan food.
  • Tourism provides an alternative income for those who have abandoned their farms in order to let the forest grow back and conserve the local environment – discouraging poaching and inappropriate land use.
  • The craft hut sells baskets and paper-bead jewelry made by local women and children, and banana leaf dolls made by local orphans.

Contact

Pearls of Uganda
Tel:

+256(0)772930304 / +256(0)772657700
Email:
info@pearlsofuganda.org
Web:
www.pearlsofuganda.org

Price

Full Board
30,000 USh
Self-Catering
20,000 USh

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Lake Kitandara Bwindi Lodge 

Location: Bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We have a tented camp beside the main entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Our specialties are gorilla trekking, bird watching, white water rafting on the exotic waters of the Nile, mountain cycling and climbing, and tours of the numerous national parks throughout Uganda in private groups group or via individual itineraries.


Room Description

We have a luxurious tented camp and campsite in Bwindi just a stone throw away from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park gate. They have:

  • Flush toilets
  • Shower and bathtub

Activities At The Lodge

  • Gorilla tracking
  • Bird watching
  • White water rafting on the exotic waters of the Nile
  • Mountain cycling and climbing 
  • Tours of National Parks in the region

Sustainability Efforts

  • We use solar power and water warming as source of energy and heating
  • We market local community walks  and support local schools, hospital and orphanages
  • We encourage guests to purchase locally made handcrafts.
  • We also have local cultural groups perform at the lodge. This helps them share their culture with others and also generate income for their communities.  

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0)312 277204
+256 (0)312 276878
+256 41-220494
Website:
www.lkttsafaris.co.ug
Reservation Email:
kitanda@infocom.co.ug

Price

  • Range $200

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Gorilla Safari Lodge

Location: Nshongi, bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Safari Lodge is a luxurious lodge tucked away at the boundary line of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – home of the endangered mountain gorilla. It is the ideal base from which to trek the Nshongi group of Gorillas, the biggest group ever habituated.

The lodge offers accommodations in eight en suite cabins with individual verandahs allowing exclusive views towards the pristine tropical rain forest. The restaurant, bar, and comfortable lounge at the main lodge have large windows to allow guests to make the most of the view – and a fireplace to take the chill off the misty mountain air.

As well as gorilla tracking, we are ideally located for bird watching, hiking and cultural tours of the local community – or simply relaxing with a good book on your private porch.

You will feel on top of the world from your first gaze across the landscape that simply takes your breath away!

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Tour desk
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Gift shop selling local crafts
  • Laundry service
  • Camp fire

Room Description

Reached by walkways along the hillside, these elegantly designed bandas offer comfort, style and privacy. All bandas have en suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets, private verandahs and fireplaces for the refreshing mountain evenings. Suites and family cottages have seating areas by the fireplace.

Available rooms include:
  • Three double bandas
  • Three suites (double bandas with seating area)
  • Two family cottages with two twin rooms,
  • One twin banda

Activities At The Lodge

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Community Walks
  • Guided Forest Walks and Bird watching
  • Waterfall tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Responsible Travel

  • Many vegetables served in the restaurant come from community gardens.
  • The Lodge started several vegetable gardens and have supplied seedlings – so that even during low season the community has a source of income.
  • They work with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme and the local community in workshops.
  • Local crafts are sold at the Lodge – all profits are returned to the artists.

Contact

Tel:
+256 414 345742, 0772 470260, 0712 470260
Email:
reservations@gorillasafarilodge.com
Web:
www.gorillasafarilodge.com

Price

  • Double banda: $300 US per room full board
  • Suite: $350 US per room full board
  • Family cottages: $500 US per cottage full board
  • Twin banda: $300 US per banda full board
  • Single guest: $200 US full board

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape – this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. It’s hard to fathom that such luxury and sophistication could be available in an area as remote as this, and we did face enormous obstacles – but it was worth the wait. 

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi. Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire. On cooler evenings, the central cottage provides a warm shelter. Our camp is the only accommodation within the National Park, offering guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp also receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves, up to 2 – 4 visits per month. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even trekking into the hills!

The eight tents are just as impressive as the communal areas. Wooden floors and decks support comfortable warm beds, and each tent boasts a bathtub, ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent tracking and meeting gorillas, that looks straight out into the jungle’s canopy.

Lodge Amenities

  • 8 double en-suite tents, 2 queen-sized beds
  • En-suite facilities with a bathtub overlooking the forest
  • Private wooden deck overlooking the forest
  • Bar/dining cottage
  • Outside platform for open air dining
  • Electricity
  • Gift shop

Room Description

Each tent has a spacious wooden verandah where guests can relax, enjoy a private meal and absorb the mysterious beauty of the rainforest.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Traditional African campfire
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Bird watching
  • Forest trail
  • Waterfall and Munyaga River exploration
  • Community walk and cultural perfomances
  • Batwa cultural experience 
  • Lecture by primatologist
  • Enjoy open air dining
  • Bar overlooks the rainforest

Sustainability Efforts

  • The camp is currently working with community groups who come to its campfire to perform and tell stories. This income is directly reinvested into their communities
  • We purchase most of our vegetables from AMAGARA vegetable garden. In the process we give back to small-scale local farmers.
  • We recycle all our empty plastic water bottles and donate them to the local school which uses them in the construction of water reservoirs.
  • We recently launched the conservation club which will spearhead all the conservation practices in camp.
  • At the lodge we supplement our power needs with deep cycle batteries and kerosene lamps to minimize the generator running hours.
  • Gorilla Forest Camp has a well-stocked arts and crafts shop containing attractive professional works. The income from the sale of these works is distributed to local artists.
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp took the lead in fundraising and offering donations to the local community hospital BCH; The achievements are at such igreat levels that they have chnaged and sustained many lives.
  • The local primary school has over thirty students supported by our guests, furthering regional education
  • 98 % of our staff are local and many serve as heads of departments. We also offer training for the local tourism students which has developed a valuable human resource pool in the area. 

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0)312 277204
+256 (0)312 276878
+256 41-220494
Website:
lkttsafaris.co.ug
Reservation Email:
kitanda@infocom.co.ug

Price

  • Range $592- $900

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Clouds Mounta

in Gorilla Lodge

Location: Nkuringo, bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is Bwindi’s most exclusive and luxurious place to stay, with gorgeous architecture; indulgent three-course meals; roaring fires; Volcano panoramas; and attentive personal staff to ensure your stay at the Lodge is as memorable and enjoyable as your encounters with Bwindi’s mountain gorillas. Spacious villas nestled in the cloud forest have full-length windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery, and are serviced by your own personal staff member

Delicious meals include hearty breakfasts to prepare you for a day in the forest, and the well-stocked bar has enormous armchairs, cosy fires and free wifi so you can share your adventures with friends back home.

Clouds is owned by the local village, so you can be sure that your stay contributes to the wellbeing of the surrounding Bakiga and Batwa communities,which you can visit on one of our fascinating cultural tours.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Wireless internet access
  • Large lounge with fireplaces and sofas
  • Massage spa
  • Curio shop

Room Description

Clouds Lodge comprises eight stone villas, two of which are double-roomed family suites. Villas have a patio area, private garden lounges and double-sided fireplaces. Family suites have one double and one twin bedroom, and a communal lounge area with an open fireplace. Each bedroom has its own spacious en suite bathroom.

Responsible Travel

Clouds supports the Nkuringo Conservation and Development Foundation, and runs community tours to support and educate both the local people and visitors. The village tour provides an insight into Bakiga and Batwa life, and proceeds are returned to the community. So far, Clouds has supported chicken and pig farming and vegetable garden projects.

Contact

Phone:
+256-414501866
+256-772657700
Website:
www.wildplacesafrica.com
Email:

info@wildplacesafrica.com

Price

Twin: E. African resident/ child supplement: $315/$150, none residents/ child supplement: $470/$220 Single: E. African Residents/ child supplement: $455/$150, none residents/ child supplement: $700/$220 Laundry and wifi are included in the room rate.
  • Activities at the Lodge
  • Village Walks to Bakiga or Batwa communities, $15
  • Evening dance performances by a local groups, free
  • Buniga forest walk with trained naturalist guides, $15, or $35 with a picnic lunch
  • Bird watching, $65
  • Photography tours, $40

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Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Location: Buhoma, at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This fun, friendly camp is perched on a hillside at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s Buhoma’s best value accommodation, and as an added bonus you may even spot a gorilla in the grounds!

Private, covered safari tents connected by paths winding along the hillside all look out onto the densely-forested slopes of the park, and individual balconies offer guests the chance to make the most of these exceptional views.

An open-fronted restaurant doubles up as a bar and common room – a wonderful space to meet fellow travelers, relax with a book or wrap your hands around a hot cup of tea to warm yourself on the chilly mountain evenings.

As the lodge is operated by the local community, you’ll sleep well at night knowing that your stay is contributing to the wellbeing of the surrounding villagers!

Lodge Amenities

  • Open-fronted restaurant and bar with common room
  • Electricity
  • Hot and cold running water

Room Description

Furnished twin and double safari tents stand on platforms overlooking the forest. The tents have mosquito nets, sheets and balconies. En suite and shared bathroom facilities are available, with hot showers and flushing toilets.

Available rooms include:

  • Eight tents with en suite bathrooms
  • Five tents with shared bathrooms
  • One dormitory with six beds

Activities At The Lodge

  • Buhoma Village Walk: Activities include a performance by the Batwa and visits to a primary school and a traditional healer. 3 hours, $15
  • Gorilla Tracking: Bwindi’s unforgettable experience
  • Birdwatching: Over 350 species of birds inhabit the Park

Responsible Travel

  • All staff are local, and the banana brewing and sale of handicrafts benefit local producers
  • The Batwa receive the proceeds from their performances and the community secondary school has been opened with funds from tourism. The Rest Camp also supports a local primary school and funds local nurseries.
  • A microfinance “circle” has also been started in the community

Contact

Tel:
+256 312 100 060
+
256 772 384 965
Email:

buhomacommunity@yahoo.com
Web:
www.buhomacommunity.com

Price

Self-contained banda:
  • $120 full board for two people
  • $72 for a single person
  • $96room only (2 people sharing)
Non self-contained banda:
  • $96 full board for two people
  • $60 single person
  • $78 room only (2 people sharing)
Dormitory:
  • $12 per person bed only
  • $48 full board

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