Details & Prices
Per person per night
CHF 239-312Cottage
 
Sole use of accommodation per night
CHF 958-1614Villa

Inclusive
All meals.

Good to know
Families:Minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years. The villas have two bedrooms and provide space for maximum 4 guests.
 
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Accommodation
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge has grown from a former campsite to a respectable lodge in the last few years. The lodge is basically part of the Nkuringo village and is situated close to the local school.

Nkuringo Lodge offers eight garden cottages with en-suite bathroom, fireplace and large veranda. Four so-called two-bedroom villas are basically two cottages connected and are well suited for groups of four or families. Most rooms look deep down into a valley and are accessible only by steep stairs.

Location
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is located on Nteko Ridge near the village of Nkuringo at an altitude of 2,160m. From Kisoro airstrip a bumpy gravel road leads along Lake Mutanda to the lodge. The lodge recommends combining this journey with a boat trip on Lake Mutanda.

Travel time from Entebbe to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge would be a good 10 hours, too far for a single day's drive. Flights from Entebbe take 1 hour 15 minutes to Kisoro Airstrip. The road transfer from the airstrip to the lodge is just over an hour.

Wildlife
The 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.

Three gorilla families live in the immediate vicinity of the lodge: Nkuringo, Bushaho and Christmas. The rangers headquarter is very close and most treks to these groups start right from the headquarter. The Nkuringo trek drops down into a valley, past some farmers fields to the primary forest where the gorillas normally hang around. Climbing back uphill to the headquarter is naturally a bit harder but doable.

Seven more gorilla groups live in the Rushaga sector which is about an hour drive away: the families are called Mishaya, Kahungye, Shongi, Busingye, Bikingi, Bweza and Kutu.

Activities
Gorilla trekking, guided forest walks, visit to surrounding villages and the Batwa pygmies, boat trips on Lake Mutanda, bird watching.

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 know
The mountains of Uganda are considered more difficult to trek than their counterparts in Rwanda. If you are looking for an easier trek in the south of Bwindi, the Rushaga sector is your choice, as some gorilla groups tend to stay in areas where access is easier.



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