Uganda : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is on the edge of the Rift Valley in the south west of Uganda and is the true African mountain jungle with incredibly dense vegetation and dramatic scenery. Bwindi is home to over half the world's remaining population of mountain gorillas, the rest of which are heavily protected in Rwanda. It is one of the most unique and richest forests in Africa, as well as the gorillas there are other primates, elephant, genet, bush buck, duiker, buffalo, leopard and civet, over 350 bird species and lots of butterflies. The gorilla families, are within different areas of the park but it depends on the availability of gorilla permits which will determine where you will stay. There are 3 areas, the best known is Buhoma, which is quite a touristy area with the greatest number of gorillas and lodges. Ruhija is an hour and a half drive from Buhoma and a fairly new gorilla family can be seen here, there are a couple of lodges within the simple and untouristy village. Then to the west is Nkuringo where the new luxury Clouds Lodge is situated. Most people stay in Buhoma but you can drive up to 3 hrs to the start of your trek so it’s worth staying in the area where you have the gorilla permits.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a new luxury lodge on the southern side of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which has greatly improved access to the gorillas on this side of the park. From Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, you can track the Nkuringo group of gorillas from the lodge without long 4x4 journeys at the beginning or the end of the day. Tracking gorillas is one of the most exciting wildlife adventures and a captivating, humbling experience which we highly recommend. The lodge has panoramic views from its huge windows, and each of the eight stone cottages has its own sitting room with an open log fire.
Gorilla Forest Camp is a permanent luxury tented camp situated in the mist-swathed rainforests of a mountainside in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is the ideal base for gorilla tracking, primate viewing and birding excursions. Its eight elevated tents all have views of the rainforest from their bathtubs. The lodge has a swimming pool, and excellent food and service.
Buhoma Lodge is a lovely lodge just 300 metres from the edge of Bwindi Forest, and has striking uninterrupted views of the forest. It has recently been completely refurbished and the new eco-lodge has eight beautifully constructed cottages, each with their own private veranda overlooking the forest. The six doubles have en-suite facilities and the twins share a bathroom (ideal for families). The lodge serves wholesome meals, and as well as gorilla tracking there are nature walks on offer.
Bwindi Lodge is a stunning eco-lodge overlooking the primeval Bwindi Forest, which is home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and a plethora of birds. There are eight thatched bandas, with their own veranda and an en-suite bathroom with a bucket shower. The thatched open-sided bar and dining area has a cosy log fire and excellent views of the surrounding forest. As well as tracking gorillas in the so-called 'impenetrable' forest, you can spend the day on the terrace just enjoying the sights and sounds and go on lovely guided walks. The lodge has created a walk to the river through regenerated bush, which has become a favourite haunt for the gorillas and they often sleep at the lodge! Bwindi Lodge is an hour's flight from Entebbe, a long drive day's drive from Kampala or six hours' drive from Kigali.