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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

BWINDI FOREST IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

The name Bwindi derives from a local phrase mubwindi bwa nyinamukari which most originally referred to the mubwindi swamp in the south east of the park rather than the forest itself. The name goes back about a century ago when a family migrating from Kisoro area found them standing at the southern end of a seemingly impenetrable swamp.  The parents asked the swamp spirits for guidance and they were told if only they sacrificed their most beautiful daughter nyinamukari the family would cross without any mishap and after two days of deliberation, the family decided that they could not turn back south and so they threw the girl into the water to drown and went on their way safely to the other side. When news of sacrifice spread, people began to avoid the swamp calling it mubwindi bwa nyinamukari – dark place of nyinamukari.

The forest was proclaimed impenetrable forest reserve in 1932, and in 1991 it was gazetted as a national park and named Bwindi. Today, most people refer to the perk as plain Bwindi, though the swamp is still known by the more correct name of mubwindi.

Located in southwestern Uganda along the D.R.Congo boarder, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of Africa’s finest eco geographical areas. It is next to the Virunga National park in DRC, about 25Km north; and it’s on the edge of the Albertine rift valley. Bwindi is a habitant to about 480 Mountain gorillas, which is almost half of the world’s population for the endangered species.

Over 350 bird species have been recorded in Bwindi, unlike most other national park checklists; it includes very few water birds. Of particular interest to birders, there are 23 species endemic to the Albertine rift and at least 14 species are recorded nowhere else in uganda, among them is the African green broadbill, white-tailed blue flycatcher, white-bellied robin chat and the Frazer’s eagle owl. In addition to the extensive bird list, Bwindi is home to at over 200 butterfly species including 8 Albertine rift endemics and a dedicated butterfly watcher might hope to identify more than 50 varieties in one day.

The park is also home to about 27 amphibians and 120 mammal species. Its home to a large number of primates which include: monkeys, chimpanzees and the popular mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are one of the most critically endangered species according to IUCN. About 880 mountain gorillas are remaining in the world and 400 of these species thrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda whereas the rest dwell in the Virunga massif.

Uganda Safari Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorillas as a Uganda Safari Attraction in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas. There is about a minimum of 880 mountain gorillas in the world. Over the years, the population of mountain gorillas in the park has been tending to grow.

Mountain gorillas are primarily terrestrial species. They entirely live on land and move in a quadruped formats, using all four limbs to help them in movement. During this kind of movement, it uses its Knuckles to support its weight with curved fingers. However, they are also able to move in a format of using only legs to move, reaching a height of up to 6m. Like all great apes, its arms are longer than the legs. Mountain Gorillas are diurnal, meaning they are only active during day time. As early as 6am, just like the way a human would wake up to go to work, Gorillas are already on the move in the forest looking for what to feed on. At midday, the species rest by taking cover under trees and canopy like plant species to protect it from sunshine. Later in the evening at around 6pm, the species resumes its activity of looking for food before nightfall comes. A male begins mating between the ages of 12 to 15yrs when he is in charge of a group. Females will give birth from the age of around 10yrs and will have off springs every 3 to 4yrs.

Gorillas are generally shy, but when two groups meet, the two heads of both groups (silverbacks) could get into a deadly fight using their canines to injure one another. They will hoot, rise on their legs, throw- slap –tear vegetation, beat their chest with cupped hands, kick with one leg and thump the ground with their palms.

Mountain gorilla groups in Buhoma

Rushegura

19 members with 1 silverback

Started with 12 individuals (5 female) in 2002. The name is derived from ebishegura, a dominant tree species found where the group lives. The group is led by Mwirima, the dominant silverback

Habinyanja

Habinyanja has 17 members and 1 silverback

The name is derived from Nyanja meaning Lake. It’s named after the swamp where the group was first sighted in 1999. The dominant female is called Kisho.

Mubare

12members 1 silverback

This is the oldest group in Uganda. It was found in Mubare hills hence the name Mubare; and was habituated in1993. It’s led by the dominant silverback Ruhondeza. It once had 18 members, but the missing members died in fights with other groups and migrating to other groups.

Mountain gorillas groups in Ruhija  

Bitukura

14members 4silverbacks

The group is named after the river where it was first sighted. Its habituation started in July 2007 and after 15months it was visited by tourists. The dominant silverback is Ndahura who is the second Youngest amongst the adult silverbacks. The dominant female is Ruhara.

Oruzongo

23 members with 2 silverbacks

Led by a silverback Tibirikwata, the group became open to visitors in 2011. The dominant male is Ntamurungi.

Kyaguriro

19members 2silverbacks

This group has been closely watched by researchers; learning much about Mountain gorillas. The group is led by a silverback Rukina.

Mountain gorillas groups in Rushaga  

Nshongi

6 members 1silverback

It was the largest group habituated in the park. It was named after river Nshongi which is near where they were first seen in 2009. Nshongi is derived from “Omushongi Gwoboki” which means Honey. It had 25members with 2 silverbacks. However, the group split in 2011 forming Mishaya and Bweza. The dominant silverback is Nshongi

Bweza

11members 1silverback

The members were once part of the Nshongi group. In 2010 July, Silverback Bweza left the Nshongi group to start his own. He left with 6 other members to form the Bweza group. The group was open for tracking in 2012

Mishaya

12members 1silverback

The group was once part of the Nshongi group, in 2011 april, it departed with Nshongi with the influence of the lead silverback Mishaya. He however acquired several injuries during the fights that forced him to start up his own groups. The injuries were treated by veterans from the Mount Gorilla veterinary Project.

Kahungye

13members 3silverbacks

The dominant silverback is Rwigi followed by 2 old gorillas Rumansi and Ruhamuka. The group once consisted of 27 members before some members split to form the Busingye group. It was open for tracking in 2011.

Busingye

9 members 1silverback

The group was formed after breaking away from Kahungye group. The formation of Busingye was influenced by the dominant silverback Busingye. Busingye means peace. He is known for legendary fights with other gorilla silverbacks and grabbing females from other groups to join his.

Mountain gorilla groups in Nkuringo

Nkuringo

19 members 2 silverbacks

Nkuringo means round hill in Rukiga. The group is named after the hill where it was first sighted. The group used to feed on the community’s plantation that included bananas. Tourist visits were then open where the community would directly benefit. The group was once led by a dominant silverback Nkuringo who died in April 2008. He had two sons, Safari and Rafiki. Safari became his father’s successor becoming the dominant silverback. The group received twins from mother Kwitonda, Katungi and Muhozi. Katungi however died at the age of 1 and half years’ due to illness.

Batwa pygmies as a Uganda safari Attraction in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Before the eviction of the Batwa’s in 1991 when the land was declared a national park; the tribe lived in the forest and was nicknamed “keepers of the Forest”. They survived on hunting game meat using arrows and nets; and gathering fruits in the rain forest; leaves and roots for medicine, papyrus and thatch for building shelter.

The Batwa people are pygmies believed to have migrated from the Ituri forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of Wild animals. However, they were allowed to occupy part of the land again.

Birds as a Uganda safari Attraction in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Whereas Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park is perhaps most known for being home to almost half of the world’s remaining population of the endangered Mountain Gorillas, this 321km2 forest national park is a superb birding site for all the birders on a Uganda safari.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the finest safari destinations in Uganda for birding with over 350 bird species that are extremely challenging to see in other areas within East Africa.

Some of the other special bird species include; the honey guide, Dusky Crimson, Bar-tailed Trogon, the Wing, Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, kivu ground thrush, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Rusty-faced woodland Gruel’s Rush Warbler and for a passionate bird lover will be in position to identify over  100 species of birds on a given day. The varied habitats of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park Uganda’s oldest natural forest means it is the ideal habitat for a variety of bird species, with over 350 bird species recorded, including 23 Albertine rift valley endemics that is 90% of all the Albertine Rift endemics such as: Short-tailed Warbler and Blue headed Sunbird as well as 7 IUCN red data listed species. The birds that are easy to see are: African Emerald Cuckoo, Dark caped Bulbul, White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.

Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park takes place along the main trails of Buhoma Waterfall Trail, the bamboo zones and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija section.

For birding as a Uganda safari activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, one must pay both park entrance fees and guide fees.

You will be led by some of the best bird specialist guides the south-western region of Uganda has to offer.

Whether you are walking and at the same time viewing or sitting in a hidden place and watching from a distance are the best way for you to spot the birds, our company will be able to provide a lifetime birding in Uganda experience which impresses any bird enthusiasts.  If you are a beginner bird watcher, our safari guides have all the passion and knowledge to open this whole new world birds up for you.

Other Fauna as a Uganda safari Attraction in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The park is a habitant to about 220 butterflies, 27 frogs and 120 mammal species. Its home to a number of primates which include monkeys and chimpanzees

Uganda Safari Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla tracking as a Uganda safari Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas. There is about a minimum of 800 gorillas in the world. Over the years, the population of gorillas in the park has been tending to grow.

The activity is done in 4 areas within the park; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushanga and Nkuringo. The best place to trek the species is Rushanga because it has more social groups than the rest of the areas. Gorillas live in groups headed by a silverback(male).The groups include; Kahungye, Mubare, Rushegura, Busingye, Nkuringo, Habinyanja, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Nyakagezi, Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza and the group under research Kyaguriro.

Permit Rate US$600 (include park entrance, guide fee) and US$450 (discounted for the low season April, May and November)

Guided day walks as a Uganda safari Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park.           

Bwindi is widely thought to support the greatest biodiversity of any east African forest and the Buhoma area has more to offer than just gorilla tracking. There are five different day trails that lead from Buhoma offering an opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of the forest and to see different monkey species. For birders, this is the place to be as it hosts roughly over 190 bird species 10 species of which are endemic to the Albertine rift.

The muyanga river trail lies outside the national park and it is half an hour walk, starting at the end of Buhoma road from where it follows the Bizenga River to its confluence with the Muyanga River. Birding in this area can be good in the morning and late afternoon, with the shining blue kingfisher being a particular specialty.

Hiking as a Uganda safari Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park

The Nkuringo circuit is superbly a scenic area with great potential for hiking outside the forest.

However there are other trails like the Rushurra river trail where travellers have a view of the Albertine rift valley floor, Lake Edward and Rwenzori Mountains. The muyanga trail is a short trail which last about an hour. The Ruizi river trail recommended for those who would like to view birds, primates, forest; as they walk through the park. It trail is the longest in the park.

Batwa community walks as a Uganda safari Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park.

The Batwa people are pygmies believed to have migrated from the Ituri forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of Wild animals. However, they were allowed to occupy part of the land again. During the encounter which is guided by the batwa’s, there is a demonstration of how to make bamboo cups, hunting styles, collect honey and other activities. There is also traditional singing and dancing by the Batwa dance group.

Birding as a Uganda safari Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park

A total of 350 bird species have been recorded in Bwindi, unlike most other national park checklists, it includes very few water-associated birds. Of particular interest to birders, there are 23 species endemic to the Albertine rift and at least 14 species are recorded nowhere else in uganda, among them is the African green broadbill, white-tailed blue flycatcher, brown necked parrot, white-bellied robin chat and the Frazer’s eagle owl. The activity can take place along the Buhoma trail; along the Buhoma waterfall, bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp in Ruhija.

GETTING TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK ON A UGANDA SAFARI

Getting to Bwindi impenetrable National Park by Road

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be accessed through Queen Elizabeth National Park in the northern just 2-3 hours’ drive and from Kampala through the Mbarara route, it can take you about 6-8 hours’ drive and from Kabale town to the southern part of the park is just 1-2 hours. The roads then converge at Butogota that is just 17 km from Buhoma entrance. A 4WD safari vehicle is needed through the rainy season. There is also a daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihihi.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in the south-western region in Uganda with approximately 540km distance from Kampala capital city and the easiest means of transport to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is by road.

There is also another route through Queen Elizabeth national Park to Kihihi then to Buhoma in the northern section of the park.

On your way to the Bwindi via Queen Elizabeth national park, you will pass through Ishasha section in the southern region of queen where you enjoy and experience the climbing lions along with monkeys and baboons on the road. Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park covers is about160km from Mweya and 64km from Ishasha.

The Kabale route has a tarmac highway and covers an area distance of about 414 km and can take 8-10 hours’ drive. The next route after is a murram road and has 120km which runs through Kanungu as well as Kanyantorogo and it can take about 4-5 hours.

The most convenient and easiest route is from Kampala-Rukungiri-Buhoma and is about 390km in addition to murram road to Buhoma.

The Kampala via Kabale–Ruhija covers route covers an area of about 95km2 from on the murram road and its takes about 3-4hrs.

The Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo covers about 105kms from Kabale town and it takes about 4 hours to get to the hilly murram road. Some tourists spend nights in Kisoro town and the remaining distance just 80km from Kabale prior to Nkuringo. The road in Kisoro is a meandering road of 35km and it takes about 1-2 hours.

There is also public transport means where a bus sets on every day from Kampala-Butogota. There is a taxi that can be hired for the last 17km to Buhoma section. Nkuringo section has no public means of transport and the best option is always hiring a vehicle from Kisoro town.

Driving time to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park depends on where you are coming from. From Entebbe Airport which is Uganda’s major entry point, you will drive approximately for 9-10 hours to reach Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park. This journey is an exciting one as it goes through different districts of Uganda. However you may have a stopover at the equator with a road side craft shop, the beautiful views of the rolling Kigezi hills, vegetation changes before reaching Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park the home to the famous mountain gorillas. The distance from Kampala to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is 550km on a fairly good road.

The Ishasha road sometimes is in poor conditions more especially during the rainy seasons when some bridges tend to breakdown partly due to heavy power down of rain with the heavy tracks going to the D.R.Congo the road becomes impassable. There is a short cut that safari drivers use though you might find yourself using Ishaka-Rukungiri to Nengo-Kihihi-Buhoma.

Getting to Bwindi impenetrable National Park by Air

Today, the Gorilla trekking safaris to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be less-hectic because besides driving from Kampala to this Park, one can always fly to and from Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for gorilla tracking.

Traveler on a Uganda safari can choose to fly from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro air-strip. Additionally there are planes that may as well be chartered to the grass

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is served by 3 airfields:  Kihihi, Kayonza for the northern section of the park and Nyakabande in Kisoro for mountain gorilla trackers within the southern area of the park.

One can use scheduled or charter flight with Eagle air, Aero link Uganda, Ndege ya ju among others.

There are always daily flights with morning flights departing at around 7:30 am at Entebbe airport and afternoons one departs at 12:30pm.

This also means that if one is just arriving in Uganda and departing for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park on that same day, you must have arrived there before afternoon for you to catch that afternoon flight otherwise; you will have to fly the next day.

From Entebbe international airport, it takes about 2 hours to get to Kihihi airstrip or Kisoro airfield depending on the section of the park one will be tracking the mountain gorillas from.

When flying from Bwindi impenetrable forest national park to Entebbe international air-port, the flight departs in the morning at 9: 00 am and in the afternoon at 2pm daily.

How to book for those internal flights

Prime Uganda safaris and tours limited is willing to handle all internal flight booking for persons willing to fly to Bwindi for gorilla tracking. The company will check the availability of the flight for the clients on the particular planned date and make provisional booking and then later confirm with full payment with a discounted rate since they are booking through an agent.

When the travellers arrive at the air strip, one of our guides will be waiting for him with a car ready to drive to the safari lodge in this park where he will be staying. The guide will take you throughout your trip, guiding on what to do, how and when to do that particular activity.

While flying back to Entebbe international airport, our safari guide will transfer you to the air-strip and to board back.

Uganda safari Accommodation in Buhoma Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Up-market Uganda safari Accommodation in Buhoma Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. Located within Bwindi National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. A bar and dining cottage overlooks the rainforest, and a raised natural platform is built for open air-dining under the stars by the roaring campfire.

Mahogany springs camp

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare. Mahogany Springs is the perfect base from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. The Gorillas have been to known to visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience.

Buhoma Lodge

It’s an up market lodge found at Buhoma inside the park. It has a fully stocked bar, dining area, Wireless internet and 10 double chalet cottages with en-suit rooms and private verandah.

US$330 (double) US$445 (single). All rates are of Full Board.

Volcanoes safaris lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the finest lodge in Bwindi! The adventure lodge in Uganda boasts eight bandas facing the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which you can spot wildlife, including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and monkeys jumping from tree to tree mere metres away. Each room in our gorilla safari lodge has en-suite bathrooms and the eco-luxury comforts are all provided in eco-sensitive ways.

Mid-range Uganda safari Accommodation in Buhoma Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Silverback Lodge

Silverback Lodge is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails. Bird watching and sometimes primate viewing is possible right from the front door of your room. With 12 rooms, we are the largest lodge in the area and will remain one of the best value properties in the region, whilst keeping the Marasa Africa standards of comfort and hospitality. The lodge is being completely re-furbished; we assure you that your stay will be of the highest comfort and standard. The latest addition to the Marasa Africa properties is Silverback Lodge, located in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in western Uganda, Silverback Lodge is only a 5 minute walk to the national park and has sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it.

Engagi lodge

Engagi Lodge in Bwindi is a modern lodge in a breathtaking setting offering stunning views over the forest canopy. The lodge is situated in a large tract of land contiguous to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and runs from the main road to the Park Headquarters down to the Muyanga River. The main lodge building is divided into a bar cum sitting room, the dining room and a large outdoor verandah viewing platform. The lodge building is big enough to cater for larger groups but still allows for smaller individual groups to spread out in the various different areas for privacy. The lodge consists of just 8 en-suite cottages, spaced out and hidden in the foliage. Each cottage has either double or twin beds, a bathroom with flushing toilets and hot and cold running water. All have private verandahs where guests can enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they watch out over the forest canopy.

Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort

This is a State of the Art Resort located just adjacent to the Magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda. The Resort has a panoramic view of the breathtaking ranges of the Impenetrable forest and the congruence to the Local Communities around the Park. The Resort is the only accommodation facility in Bwindi where you have a chance of tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas with ease. From the Gorilla Country Resort, visitors can access Oruzogo and Habinyanja Gorilla Groups which are the most popular due to their composition and numbers. One has an opportunity to see a gentle giant in the jungles of Bwindi without having to drive kilometers. The Resort offers Plush Cottages, Luxury Tented Bandas and an accomplished Campsite for the fans of camping, a fully furnished kitchen and an Intercontinental Restaurant. The lush rooms come as Deluxe Singles, Doubles and Family Happiness.  Our entire guest is served with a breakfast of choice. All our guests are offered FREE mobile internet and a guided community walk for those who wish to do so.

 

 

Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

The tented Camp opened in 1994. Lake Kitandara Camp is the best Camp for upper market visitors in Bwindi National Park. It has been modernized in an African style. It has unique tents which retain some original features but also have modern conveniences. “Where adventure begins”. It is adjacent to Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park overlooking the beautiful forest with primates. The unique Luxury Camp for upper class visitors welcomes you with the breath taking scenery of the forest. It’s a home away from home, very quiet environment; you are only entertained by different melodies of birds. The atmosphere is very charming and friendly. If you are lucky you will get a surprise visit by the mountain gorillas! The Bar has been refurbished to suit your highest expectations. It overlooks the forest. The evening breeze from the forest will relax you after Gorilla tracking. Drinks range from soft drinks, beers, Sherries, wines, spirits to mention but a few. The bar is well stocked and open from 9 am to mid night with an exciting view and atmosphere. The emphasis is on the finest International cuisine and the very best in fresh local produce. The restaurant is in an elevated position above the forest.

Budget Uganda safari Accommodation in Buhoma Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Haven Lodge opened in December 2014 to help BMCDA cater for clients interested in something more than budget accommodation.

The lodge’s spacious site lies above Buhoma village, a 5-minute drive from the main road, and this elevated location guarantees best views across Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

PRICES FOR FULL BOARD:

$201 single occupancy

$159 Double/twin/triple per person (sharing)

$600 family cottage (4 pax; any extra $80)

PRICES FOR BED & BREAKFAST:

$161 single occupancy

$119 twin/double per person (sharing)

$440 family cottage

PRICES FOR BED ONLY:

$141 single occupancy

$99 twin/double per person (sharing)

$420 family cottage

Gorilla Resort

The Gorilla Resort is such an amazing safari camp with a magnificent sight of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It’s suited at Buhoma along with Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park besides the Mountain. The camp is enclosed with lavishness cottages in addition to the East Africa Safari Tents that are positioned on an eminent wooden platform providing a beautiful scenic view of the area. The wooden decks will definitely give you a perfect view of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as River Muyanga.

Bwindi Guest House

The Bwindi Community Hospital Guest House has functioned for more than 10 years hosting visitors who are interested in the work at Bwindi. Their goal is for Bwindi Guest House to be a hospitable and welcoming environment providing quality services for the volunteers and guests who frequent it.

Bwindi View Bandas

With stunning views of virgin forest opposite and nestled away on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park a mere 100 meters from the National Park gate you will find one of Uganda’s gem budget travellers accommodation facilities. Bwindi View Bandas and Campsite has been looking after the needs of the travellers to this one of Uganda’s premiere tourist attractions for several years. Guaranteeing the visitor a warm friendly welcome and providing assistance in helping them to get the most out of their visit to the park your stay at Bwindi View Bandas will be a memorable experience. Activities include gorilla tracking, tours and trekking expeditions.

Room Type                                   Rates (USD)

Single Banda Occupancy                  $ 80

Double Banda Occupancy               $ 130

Family Banda                                   $ 220

Uganda safari Accommodation in Nkuringo Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Up-market Uganda safari Accommodation in Nkuringo / Rushaga Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

It is remote. It is beautiful. It is intimate. And at over 2,000 metres above sea level, it is Uganda’s highest lodge. Since it opened, this small, remote lodge continues to win prizes, awards and accolades both internationally and locally. Guests at Clouds stay in their own cottage. Built of local volcanic stone, every cottage has a large sitting room with fireplace, vast overstuffed armchairs, and hand-woven carpets.

Chameleon Hill Lodge

Chameleon Hill Lodge is set in one of the most magnificent locations in Uganda, in terms of the beautiful scenery, dramatic landscapes, & a variety of activities. Found in Kisoro District, southwestern Uganda, the lodge is built on a ridge overlooking Lake Mutanda, thus commanding outstanding views of the lake, and in the distance, a stunning backdrop of cloudy peaks of the Virunga Mountain Volcanoes. The lodge has a total of 10 chalets that include 5 doubles and 5 twins. Odd numbers are doubles while even numbers are twins.

Mid-range Uganda safari Accommodation in Nkuringo Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Nkuringo Gorilla lodge

Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge (formerly known as Nkuringo Gorilla Camp) advantageously located on the ridge to give visitors the greatest view of the distant Rwenzori Mountains glacier peaks and tops of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Room type Single Double
Private En-suite Cottage 300 418
Virunga Terrace room 200 250
Family Cottage 300 418

 

Budget Uganda safari Accommodation in Nkuringo / Rushaga Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park

Nshongi Camp

The camp is located few meters from the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. 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 birds species,  many of them endemics and monkeys can be seen here. Sometime at night even the bush elephants come close to the camp. The camp has just 4 traditional bandas and is the perfect place for be connected to the nature or for a romantic stay.

Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp

Wagtail Eco safari camp offers a unique and ultimate way to experience the Panoramic hills of Kigezi as you visit the camp. On your way you encounter the beautiful scenic volcanoes of the great Virunga and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Uganda safari Accommodation in Ruhija Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Up-market Uganda safari Accommodation in Ruhija Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

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 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 Wi-Fi Internet Connection, DSTV, Hair dryer, 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, we accept major credit cards. This lodge is a unique luxury hotel and the finest choice for both upper class and medium class.

Room Type Full board Bed & break fast Room only (FNR) Resident Rates (BB)
Twin single Twin single Twin single Twin Single
Superior room $ 237 $ 272 $187 $222 $167 $202 $123 $159
Deluxe room $ 202 $ 242 $152 $202 $132 $172 $92 $119
Standard room $ 102 $ 127 $72 $92 $52 $72 $47 $65

 

Mid-range Uganda safari Accommodation in Ruhija Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Cuckoo land Tented Lodge

Cuckoo land is a small, comfortable mid-range lodge in a spectacular setting, right on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, with superb views overlooking the forest. Set in 10 acres of grounds, built almost entirely of locally sourced natural materials, accommodation consists of 4 spacious comfortably furnished double tents, built on wooden platforms and with a thatched roof and large veranda.

  Non Residents East-African Residents Ugandans
2 person sharing $ 70 $ 60 130.000 Ugx
Single occupancy $ 100 $ 90 158.000 Ugx
Lunch $ 10 $ 10 15.000 Ugx
Supper $ 15 $ 15 25.000 Ugx

 

Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp

Privately operated and locally owned, our experience in the tourism industry gives us first-hand knowledge about client care services. Customer care and comfort is our goal as we take pride in our service. A typical African safari lodge with landscaped gardens, breathtaking views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Virunga Mountains, this lodge is located in South Western part of Uganda.

Classic Accommodation

– Fast and Reliable Wi-Fi

– Restaurant

– Fully Stocked Bar

– Clear View of Rwanda hills

Budget Uganda safari Accommodation in Ruhija Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Trekkers Tavern cottages

Trekker’s tavern Cottages is located at the hill top in Ruhija overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park Ruhija side, one of the most famous parks and home to more than half of the world population of mountain gorillas. The lodge is very eco-friendly and has a lovely cozy atmosphere with 5 spacious cottages all with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. A place of infinite calm surrounded by untamed majesty and commanding panoramic views of the Virunga on a clear day, the beautiful sunrise, Lake Edward and Bwindi forest in the south. It is around 2 km from the park headquarters.

Gift of Nature Lodge

The Gift of Nature Lodge is located in the Kabale Ruhija Country, the ideal place to stay while tracking gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The lodge is situated near to the famous gorilla trekking site, and offers a peaceful atmosphere.

Facilities

  • Indoor Fireplace
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises

Standard Rooms

Sleeps 3 Price: For 2 adults

R2233

Twin Rooms

Sleeps 3 Price: For 2 adults

R2233b

Ruhija Community Rest Camp

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

  • Restaurant
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Gift shop

Twin Bed Canvas Tent:

$30 for one person B&B

$60 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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