Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kibale Forest
Taken over by the Serena group in 2007, Kigali Serena Hotel is now a modern, contemporary hotel providing the best accommodation option in Kigali.
From standard room to presidential suite, this 150-room hotel offers various categories of accommodation. All rooms come with 24 hr service, air conditioning, WiFi, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and coffee station.
The hotel boasts several in-house restaurants, a large swimming pool, fitness studio and spa.
Nyungwe House is refreshingly modern and the best choice for visiting Nyungwe Forest. The lodge is surrounded by tea fields and during the week the workers pick the delicate top tea leaves and carry the harvest to the factory.
The main house is centrally located and elevated on the hill and is surrounded in a semicircle by the individual rooms. The lodge offers a good restaurant, a tea lounge, a bar and a beautiful terrace. Here you can have a wonderful breakfast in the morning when the sun rises behind the forest and the first rays of sun fall on the lush green meadows.
The rooms are in single houses, four rooms per house, two of them are suites (for 4 guests), one of them with Jacuzi. All 24 rooms have a fireplace, air conditioning, safe, tea/coffee station, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi. From your balcony you can see the green of the Nyungwe Forest and sometimes some curious monkeys appear.
There is also a separate heated swimming pool and spa with fitness room.
With an annual rainfall of over 2000 mm, the evergreen Nyungwe Forest is a so-called cloud or fog forest. Nyungwe House is located close to Gisakura on the forest’s western edge.
The lodge can be reached by car from Kigali in approximately 6 hours. You actually cross Nyungwe Forest from East to West before reaching the lodge.
There are two habituated chimp groups in Nyungwe Forest. One of them stays around Uwinka deep in the forest, the second one lives in a forest on the outskirts of Nyungwe, called Cyamudongo (say: Cha-mu-dongo). It is about a one hour-drive from Gisakura Reception Center. Chimp trekking at Cyamudongo offers the best chance to see the chimpanzees.
Occupying an enviable position on the shores of Lake Kivu, the small and charming Cormoran Lodge offers just seven rooms made entirely of wood and stone. The raised chalets afford spectacular views of the huge lake in Rwanda’s Western Province; some of them even have views of the active Nyiragongo Volcano in the neighbouring Congo.
The lodge’s panorama restaurant and its rooms (en-suite with TV, HiFi and fridge) are all furnished in a rustic and authentic style. A steep path leads down to a private beach where loungers and towels lie waiting.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge offers an imposing view of the Volcanoes National Park. The main building houses the reception, a bar, the dining room and a library. Guests can warm themselves by the crackling fireside in the dining room on colder days, or dine on the terrace when the weather is warm. The individual, spacious cottages are all built to ensure maximum peace and privacy, and offer guests the ideal place to relax and unwind after an event-filled day.
The lodge comprises a total of six cottages, two slightly larger suites and one family suite (two en-suite bedrooms), each with its own fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and large modern bathroom. Large windows offer magnificent views of the surrounding nature, and private terraces allow guests to absorb the spectacular landscape. Telephone and Internet connection are available for use, and morning tea/coffee is served in the cottages.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the national park, approximately 30-minutes drive from the park's headquarters.
The trekking takes anything from two hours to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorilla group. Please note that the duration of stay with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour. The gorillas are often very curious towards guests, especially the teenagers in the group like to investigate.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is located in southwestern Uganda, perched high on a hill, with sensational views of the Virunga volcanoes that stretch from Uganda via Rwanda into the Democratic Republic of Congo. At night, the glow of the Nyiragongo volcano shimmers in the distance. This view alone is already worth the nightly rate.
Clouds Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the natural habitat of the mountain gorillas of Bwindi. The Nkuringo group of gorillas can be reached in about 1.5 hours on foot. A truly unforgettable and touching experience.
The lodge is also considered a pioneer for ecotourism in Uganda and its involvement with the local people. Regional artists have contributed to the design of the lodge interior. In return guests of Clouds Lodge have preferential access to the Nkuringo sector and priority in the allocation of permits to this sector.
Built of local volcanic stone, the lodge's eight chalets (two of which are family rooms) have spacious en-suite bathrooms, a large sitting room with double-sided fireplace and beautiful views over the valley from your private veranda.
Travel time to Clouds Lodge from Entebbe is a whopping 10 hours. 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.
The ten tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are elevated on wooden platforms and provide comfort and relaxation after a day spent tracking gorillas. Each tent features two queen sized beds and an ensuite bathroom with a large bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy as well as an indoor shower. Guests can also enjoy the rainforest from their private veranda. Smaller monkeys can often be observed from here, skillfully prancing around in the trees.
Gorilla Forest Camp is a high quality camp with good food and professional service with a personal attendant to cater for to guests’ every need. From the parking lot a steep staircase leads up to the lodge, where guests are greeted by a signboard with the message 'made it!'. The open and tasteful main building includes a cozy lounge, a dining area and a well-stocked bar. A staircase leads down to a well-kept lawn with a fireplace where guests meet for sundowners.
A variety of treatments are offered at the small in-house spa.
Travel time to Gorilla Forest Camp 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 camp.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a classic safari camp with ten guest tents that all feature en-suite bathroom, shower and running water. The camp was built in a romantic location on the banks of Ntungwe River under shady trees. Guests who do not expect too much luxury and enjoy a typical safari camp in the middle of the wilderness will love this camp.
The open main building comes with a large dining and lounge area. Down by the river is a fire pit where guests can sit around the open fire in the evening and enjoy a drink.
Bwindi Forest can be reached in about two hours. The northern section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mweya Peninsula, Mweya Lodge) in about 3 hrs, depending on the road conditions. Kihihi Airstrip is about 45 minutes from the camp.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge offers eight remarkably tasteful bandas with double or twin beds. The wooden floors, high ceilings and carefully chosen interior design give the rooms style and grandeur - your perfect home away from home in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Four of the rooms, the Deluxe Bandas, are larger and provide even more space.
Here are the Images of the Kyambura Deluxe Bandas
All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilet, double washbasins, shower and a private balcony. The rooms are named after the chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge and are slightly elevated on a hillside. Enjoy views across Queen Elizabeth National Park to the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, which are clearly visible on good days.
The lodge has vast grounds - in the middle of it sits the beautifully restored main house, which was a coffee roastery once. The old building has been carefully restored and transformed into a modern living room. If the weather permits, meals are served on the terrace. There is also a beautiful swimming pool and spa.
Kyambura Gorge is situated close to the lodge. Descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness. Chimp Trekking requires a permit, which is issued in advance and the trekkers must be accompanied by an official ranger.
Kazinga Channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George, named after Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII and his successor, George V. The boat trips start at Mweya Lodge, which can be reached in about an hours drive.
A drive from Kampala / Entebbe takes about seven hours. Kibale Forest and the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park can be reached in about three hours.
This charming colonial-style lodge consists of an elegant main house and eight cozy cottages with views of the Rwenzori Mountains to the west. The mountain peaks are clearly visible on a good day and especially in the evening at sunset, the view is simply spectacular.
Ndali Lodge occupies a beautiful spot and guests can experience the rural atmosphere of Uganda in a very authentic way. The gardens are enchanting and offer various corners where you can read and relax. At the back of the main house there is a pergola from where the Nyinambuga crater lake can be seen.
Ndali is run by the owner couple.
Ndali Lodge is located on the edge of the imposing Nyinambuga Crater Lake, about 10km west of Kibale Forest. The land around Ndali is privately owned and still operated in the traditional way.
The lodge is about 45 minutes drive from the starting point of the chimpanzee trekking. Queen Elizabeth National Park can be reached within two hours.
You will visit one of these chimpanzee groups today. The trek starts at Kanyanchu Visitor Centre and usually takes two to four hours of easy trekking with your rangers. The actual time with the chimpanzees is limited to one hour.
Individual journey. A professional guide will accompany you on this trip. The journey will be planned on your preferred dates.
Duration 17 nights. Min 2 guests. Trip vice versa possible.
Includes all transfers from Kigali/Entebbe to the hotels/camps to Entebbe/Kigali
- Kigali Serena Hotel: Superior Room. Breakfast.
- Nyungwe House: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands).
- Cormoran Lodge: Double Room. Breakfast.
- Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
- Gorilla Forest Camp: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands).
- Kyambura Gorge Lodge: Standard Banda. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service.
- Ndali Lodge: Double Room. All meals.
1 x Chimpanzee Trekking
1 x Colobus Monkey Trekking
Included Permits Volcanoes/Bwindi:
1 x Gorilla Trekking Ruanda
1 x Golden Monkey Trekking Ruanda
2 x Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Includes all game drives, park fees, chimp trekking at Kibale Forest, boat trip on Kazinga channel, 4-5 hrs transfer walk through Bwindi, 1 x private boat trip to Murchison Falls and 1x private boat cruise to the Nile delta, plus all permits as listed above.
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