The 10 best lodges to stay at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park for your Gorilla trekking Safari
Well, you earlier had a dream of reaching out to the impressive Mountain Gorillas for that unique experience and now you have knocked down a plan to visit them but still unsure about the best accommodation at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. We have your back and are here to narrow down the search for the perfect place for your stay before and after the trek.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park has quite a number of exquisite lodges spread in its different sectors(Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo) with some in the surrounding areas. Below is a list of the 10 best lodges to stay at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park for your Gorilla trekking adventure:
- Gorilla Heights Lodge
- Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
- Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
- Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge
- Mount Gahinga Lodge
- Buhoma Lodge
- Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
- Trackers Safari Lodge
- Mahogany Springs Hotel
- Chameleon Hill Lodge.
As you may be already aware that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is an expanse of Mountainous forest land spanning over 321SqKm sheltering about 400 Mountain Gorillas, also be informed that Gorilla trekking does not take place or start from one particular point/place. Trek starting points for the different trail heads were established following the movement of the habituated Gorilla families in the forest and later the division of the park into 4 sectors of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. An overnight stay closer to the trek starting point is therefore a requirement.
Trekking involves a lot of upward and downward foot movement inside the impenetrable forest insearch of the Gorillas. It turns out to be somewhat a strenuous activity(though worth the effort) and therefore requires a good night’s rest before and after the trek. A selection of the above lodges does not only cater for that requirement but will greatly complement your Gorilla tracking holiday experience.
A stay at any of those lodges will be an experience of its own. One thing they all share in common is being eco-friendly and beautifully laid out to face the forest while others command uninterrupted views of the majestic Virunga Volcanoes as well. You will be fully immersed in this beautiful nature and you will be amazed by the magical weather scenes especially in the Nkuringo side. Temperatures are relatively low in the area and drama ensues in when the clear sky which allows a view of the forest canopy abruptly turns cloudy. The cloud may clear after some rain and there sets in mist which creates darkness during the day. A pinch of the sun’s warmth might be swept away by the mist and that’s how the weather keeps rolling in the area.
By virtue of their location at the edge of the forest, some of these lodges receive (occasionally) surprise visits by the Gorillas. Monkeys and birds are a common sight even outside the forest but not Gorillas. It is always a moment of excitement for the (lucky)guests when the Gorillas tend to reach out to the lodges.
As you make a choice for your preferred lodge from a list of our recommended lodges above, please bear in mind that the place of stay dictates the tracking sector and vice versa. To secure accommodation, first ensure that you have a permit that allows you to track Gorillas in that very sector where your accommodation is located and vice versa. You can not track Gorillas of any sector other than the one indicated on your permit. Consult us for further guidance on your accommodation choice and the Gorilla trekking permit availability or for a full Gorilla tracking package.
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