Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
AccommodationBwindi Lodge calls itself "Jungle Lodge", as the main building and rooms are beautifully nestled in the wild forests of Bwindi. The stylish main building offers a lounge, restaurant and the Bwindi Bar, which awaits you with drinks and samples of local cuisine.
The large windows of the main building are creating light and a sense of being in the middle of the forest. The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for guests to relax and discuss their gorilla tracking experience. A newly designed outdoor terrace gives dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage.
Guests are accommodated in eight tasteful bandas, which have en-suite bathrooms, showers and double washbasins. Most rooms also have a small terrace with lounge chairs. The two newly built deluxe bandas are larger and your upgrade option. A personal butler service is provided for all guests.
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LocationBwindi Lodge is located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the northern part of the National Park, in the so-called Buhoma sector. The lodge is located at the entrance of the village below the access road. The park boundary and ranger headquarters is about 5 minutes drive from the lodge. At the foot of the lodge a small river meanders along the forest.
Travel time to Bwindi Lodge from Entebbe is around nine hours. Flights from Entebbe to Kihihi Airstrip take about one hour and from there it is only a one-hour drive to the lodge.
WildlifeThe dense vegetation of Bwindi National Park is difficult to access and provides the perfect retreat for some 400 mountain gorillas. In addition to the endangered mountain gorillas, seven other primate species live here, including chimpanzees and the rare and beautiful L'Hoest monkeys. In total, Bwindi offers shelter to additional 80 mammals, some of which are very rare, such as forest elephants, bushbok, wild hog or the shy golden cat. Together with more than 560 bird species Bwindi is clearly a biologically highly varied region.
Four different gorilla groups can be visited in the Buhoma sector. They are called Rushegura, Habinyanja, Katwe and Mubare. Bwindi Lodge is only a five-minute drive away from the rangers headquarter where most treks to the gorillas start. The track first leads down to the river and then up the mountain on the other side.
ActivitiesGorilla trekking, forest walks, guided tours to the tea plantations, hikes along the river or to a nearby waterfall.
Gorilla trekking starts in the morning and can take as little as two hours or as much as six hours, depending on where the gorillas are. Only 8 guests are allowed per gorilla group and the maximum time spent with the gorillas is strictly 1 hour. The walk may include trekking through dense forest, sometimes including steeper climbs and guests need a bit of endurance and good footgear but will be rewarded with a life changing experience. Minimum age for Gorilla Trekking is 15 years.
Good to knowHumula mw' Ishamba Spa pampers guests with a nice massage after gorilla trekking. Wifi available in the main building.
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