Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge
Location: At the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This eloquent eco-friendly safari lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, which is home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. You can understand why this lodge was named “the best safari lodge in Uganda” (Msafiri Magazine) when you sit on the terrace that juts out into the forest, and take in the exotic sounds and sights of primates and birds in the canopy.
Bwindi Lodge’s delicious, hearty meals will prepare you for a day in the forest, the fireplace will warm you on your return, and the complimentary massage will be a welcome treat after tracking gorillas on the steep mountain slopes. In between forest adventures, guests can relax on the terrace listening to the sounds of the primates and the birds in the canopy, or take a tour of the local village of Buhoma and the nearby Batwa community.
- Restaurant and bar
- Communal fireplace
- Laundry service
- On-site wildlife viewing
- 24 hour security guard
- Baby crib available
- Charging facilities for phones, laptops etc.
Eight private cottages are built along the hillside, each with its own unspoiled view of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The stone and tile cottages have thatched roofs, and blend in beautifully with the surrounding scenery. The rooms have large, comfortable beds, large windows, indoor and outdoor seating areas and private bathrooms.
Activities at the Lodge
- Guests can go on a nature forest walk. This can last between 2-5 hours and provides opportunities to see the many species of butterflies, or one of the 90 mammal species including 11 primates, of which the black and white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. One of the walks leads to a very beautiful waterfall.
- Guests can go on a birding walk. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present.
- Guests can go on a village walk. The tour visits a traditional medicine man, views how banana gin is made, and sees the local school and hospital, both of which Volcanoes Safaris supports.
- Guests can also spend the day with the Batwa pygmies. This excursion starts with a hike through the forest past stunning vistas. Along the way you will watch demonstrations of how the Batwa used to live in the forest, how they use medicinal plans, and how they hunt and gather. You will also visit local dwellings, try a spot of archery and even see local dancing.
- Guests can walk along the beautiful Bwindi Lodge river trail through regenerated bush that we have carefully nurtured as a buffer zone. This walk is about 40 minutes long.
- Guests can visit the Amagara Farming Projects. This tour requires a short drive, but guests will get the chance to visit the local agriculture project where the lodge buys a great deal of vegetables to support local communities. Activities there include taking a tour of the vegetable gardens, or you can have cooking lessons on local cuisine.
Water disposal is controlled and solar electricity is also used; we ask our guests to be mindful of their usage.
When possible, we source our food from local producers, helping strengthen our relationship with our neighbors and providing them with extra income. We also encourage our guests to visit the local orphanage where they can see a dance performance.
The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust receives $100 from every safari and has purchased school roofs and water tanks, and made donations to hospitals.
- Single banda (sleeps one): USD $480
- Single banda (sleeps one + extra person): $680
- Double banda (sleeps two): $800
- Twin banda (sleeps two): $800
All prices are in US dollars, and include breakfast, lunch and dinner and a complimentary massage.
Children under 2 are free, children aged 3-12 are charged 50% of the adult rate.
- Buhoma Community
- Buhoma Batwa community