There are lots of places to stay in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From luxurious 5 star lodges to budget camping, there are lots of options for tourists visiting the park. In this article, we explore the top 5 Bwindi safari lodges that will make your Mountain Gorilla safari a memorable one.
Mountain gorilla or birding safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are incomplete without lodging or accommodation facilities for tourists to spend a night.
The availability of these facilities is what makes travelers enjoy their safari in the destination with minimal disturbance.
This park covers about 331 square kilometers and offers refuge to the endangered mountain gorillas, which is why it is one of the best destinations for gorilla trekking in the world.
Located in the misty valleys in Southwestern Uganda is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Below is a list of accommodation facilities for you to choose from while on a safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Located 2161 miles on the Nteko ridge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge overlooks a beautiful swath of the World-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha River Valley to the forested hill known as ‘Nkuringo’ and the surrounding swathe of trees of the Bwindi Forest.
This section of forest is home to the three Nkuringo Gorilla families of Mountain Gorillas from where the Lodge provides a prime access point to the start of the amazing mountain gorilla trekking activity.
The Lodge has panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the Virunga chain, across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DRC Congo.
Accommodation at Nkuringo comprises of Eight Garden Cottages, 3 Villas made up of 2 interconnecting superior cottages and 1 family Villa with shared balcony.
All cottages are hand-crafted using local materials, each cottage featuring a sitting area, fireplace, en-suite bathroom, and private Veranda/Balcony.
Gorilla Safari Lodge is a relaxed and luxurious lodge on the boundary line of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest just next to the starting point of trekking the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla Safari Lodge offers its guests luxury accommodation in eighteen spacious cottages, each providing the perfect setting to relax after an exciting day of trekking.
The well-appointed cottages all have solar-powered lighting, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flush toilets, individual verandahs offering excellent views of the unspoiled tropical rainforest.
Five of the cottages have two rooms (both en-suite and featuring a cozy fireplace) with an inter-joining door making them the ideal choice for families or larger groups of people traveling together.
There is also the spa where you can have a massage after the tiresome gorilla trekking/habituation experience.
The main lodge includes a restaurant, bar, lounge and campfire area overlooking the forest.
Gorilla Safari Lodge provides the ideal base for an unforgettable gorilla safari experience.
Nshogi camp is one of the perfect locations to start a Mountain Gorilla tracking safari. It is in fact one of those places where one can track five different Gorilla groups that include Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye, Busingye, and Bwezza.
The camp is located few meters from the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Eco-friendly, rustic and warm, locally own, Nshongi Camp is known as the ideal base for Gorilla tracking, viewing and birding, several of the 315 bird species, many of them endemics and monkeys can be seen here.
Sometimes at night, even the bush elephants come close to the camp.
The camp has just 4 traditional bandas and is the perfect place to be connected to nature or for a romantic stay.
Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire.
At this camp, there 3 meals course served, and they can prepare a lunch box for your tracking.
Hot coffee, tea, and drinks are always available.
Rushaga area, is a village inhabited by the Batwa and Bafumbira communities which also gives you the opportunity to visit these communities.
Gorilla CloseUp Lodge is a mid-range and luxury lodge located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where some times gorillas come very close to Rooms and cottages.
In this lodge, you can get a very close range photo shot of the rare mountain gorilla(s).
Gorilla Closeup lodge is strategically located on the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you easily track Mountain Gorillas from Rushaga and Nkuringo Gate.
The lodge is built on a 40-acre piece of land that shares the boundary with the park, this has made it possible for mountain gorillas more especially the nkuringo gorilla groups visit the lodge.
They do this in search of myrica, eucalyptus tree backs, fans and many other indigenous shrubs gorillas like feeding on.
The lodge is ecologically built in harmony with nature
This is another great Lodge for you to try out on your mountain Gorilla safari.
Set in the heart of the jungle of Gorilla land – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful, hospitable and comfortable Bwindi Safari lodges to stay before visiting one of Uganda’s premier safari attractions- THE GORILLAS.
The lodge has carefully designed rooms to blend the natural environment which provides luxury and hospitality.
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge offers superb chalet accommodation, fine dining, an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities, a well-stocked bar, Wine Cellar, Free WiFi Internet Connection, DSTV, Hairdryer, Gift Shop with the Best Unique Gifts, Tea and Coffee making Facilities, traditional entertainment, a mini library with magazines and books about the beautiful continent of Africa and furthermore.
This lodge is a unique luxury hotel and the finest choice for both upper class and medium class.
Inconclusion, due to the increasingly growing tourism in Uganda, the hospitality sector has also greatly improved over the years.
There are a lot more safari lodges that offer luxury accommodation since Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park receives a large number of visitors every month, there is a need to book your accommodation weeks before your safari.