Accommodation at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Where to Stay in Buhoma Area?
There is a variety of accommodation places to stay basing on which gorilla group you to track.
Budget Accommodation at Buhomaat Buhoma
Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Buhoma Community Rest Camp 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. Currently offer 2 beautifully designed twin/double cottages and 1 family cottage, all self-contained (en suite) and merging simple elegance with local materials. This lodge was constructed with support from people of America (USADF)’.
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. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the closest to Kihihi airstrip which is 1 hour and 15 minutes from the camp. The camp can also be reached by vehicle from Kampala; and there is also the option of a scenic road transfer from Kigali, Rwanda.
Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp
Lake Kitandara Tented Camp is a mid-range camp found in the middle of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It was built in 1994 and has hosted several guests since its opening. Accommodation comprises of twenty furnished tents having twin plus double beds. Every tent features a bathroom having hot plus cold water. There are solar powered lights in every tent.
A nicely designed verandah looking over the Impenetrable forest, offers you an opportunity to various wildlife and if lucky even Mountain gorillas moving about the camp. There are also provisions for charging batteries and other electrical gadgets. Meals are tasty and properly prepared with international and local dishes prepared.
The staff is warm and friendly and at all times ready to serve you in accordance with your preference. They offer packed lunch for those going gorilla tracking. There are as well Camping facilities available and best of all it is only a 5 minute walk from this camp up to the park Headquarters found in Buhoma.
CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp
CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp is budget option offering accommodation on the edge of the beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a stunning panoramic view of the top of the Forest. For those who want to learn and give something back to a local project, CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp offers rustic and comfortable accommodation for tourists, students and researchers, where profits go towards supporting our gorilla conservation efforts on the ground. The camp has a new Guest House with four self-contained rooms together with two tents based around a shaded dining area set amongst the trees. Located in Buhoma Village the Gorilla Conservation Camp is near the Batwa village and only 2 km from the entrance to the national park.
The camp is adjacent to CTPH’s Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre. The Centre works in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority to analyze gorilla samples to help prevent the spread of disease between the local population and the gorillas, helping to conserve the critically endangered mountain gorilla. We also host community conservation activities at the Centre. You can visit the Centre during your stay.
Bwindi Guest House
Bwindi Guest House is located very near to the gate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park buhoma trekking sector, Bwindi Guest House is in the ideal location for enjoying all that this region of Uganda has to offer. Whether your plans include volunteering at the local hospital, trekking the mountain gorillas or simply relaxing you’ve come to the right place. It offers a wide range of self contained or shared accommodations including full board. Whether you are coming solo, as a couple, a family or a group, the place has a right set-up for you. Also included is 24hr. security, Wi-Fi in the dining room, hot water & free parking.
Bwindi View Bandas
Bwindi View Bandas is in the category of budget accommodation although it’s strategically located overlooking the Impenetrable forest. The distance to the Headquarters is quite short. It’s beautifully furnished to make your stay comfortable and worth remembering. Their satisfaction is achieved by taking good care of their visitors. Accommodation is built in form of bandas, the experience is unforgotten. They have a dining place where meals are served; they are well prepared by an expert chef. The staff is friendly and welcoming to meet all your needs.
Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort
Eco Marvel’s gorilla lodge is situated in strategical place just in between Buhoma and Ruhija. This makes Eco Marvel’s lodge very proximate and enables visitors to access Buho to Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Bitukura, Oruzogo, and Kyaguriro Gorilla Groups in both Ruhija and Buhoma sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ecomarvels Gorilla Resort is located few meters from Hakikome trading center, Mpungu Subcounty, near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Kitahurira Ranger Out post. The Resort can be reached from Kampala via Kabale-Ruhija-Mpungu-Buhoma road or from Kampala via Rukungiri-Kihihi-Butogota-Mpungu road. A 4×4 is recommended during the rains. There are daily bus services leaving Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi or Kampala to Kabale. A vehile can be hired from Butogota or Kabale to Mpungu, Ecomarvels Gorilla Resort. The Kabale – Ruhija- Kitahurira segment on this route is 41 km on a murram road branching off at Harutenga junction on the Kabale-Kisoro road. Travelers can fly from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi airfield) to the grass Kayonza or Savannah airstrips.
Mid-range Accommodation at Buhoma
Buhoma Lodge, a top quality and intimate property, commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. One of only two lodges situated within the National Park, it is a short walking distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. An elevated central lounge area, complete with bar, dining and spa facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings. It has ten comfortable chalets that are individually designed and carefully built using locally sourced materials wherever possible, without compromising levels of comfort. Each of your own private verandas allows wonderful views and vistas of the forest canopy of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Silverback Lodge is perched high above the valley overlooking beautiful flora and fauna. From the Summit Bar you can enjoy après-trekking cocktails with friends and family. Bird watching and primate viewing are possible right from the front door of your room. With 12 rooms, and it is largest lodge in the area and remain one of the best value properties in the region, whilst keeping the Marasa Africa standards of comfort and hospitality. The latest addition to the family of Marasa Africa properties in Uganda is Silverback Lodge, located in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Silverback Lodge is only a 5-minute walk to the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters and has sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it.
Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is the finest luxury lodge at Bwindi. With dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique properties. The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge is perfectly located for a Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is the finest luxury lodge at Bwindi. With dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique properties. The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge is perfectly located for a Uganda jungle gorilla tracking experience. The eight individual bandas, each having their own view of the forest, have been been totally restyled with warm luxurious interiors and inviting four poster beds and locally-inspired furniture.
Welcome to Engagi Lodge – Bwindi
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 Munyaga River. The lodge was built using local materials and a local workforce.
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.
Electricity is provided by solar power with a back-up generator. Hot water is supplied by eco-friendly wood burning boilers.
Gorilla resort is a luxury facility in the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest. Cottages and furnished en-suite African luxury tents, Gorilla Resort attractive furnishings all are overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Rain forest. It has 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.
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 Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park .At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team. Mahogany Springs is the perfect base from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. The Gorillas have been to known to the visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience. For gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
Where to stay at Ruhija trekking sector
If you are tracking gorillas in Ruhija, you may also consider accommodation at Buhoma. Early risers can make it from Lake Bunyonyi or Kabale town hotel as well. However the center has a number of luxury, mid-range and budget accommodations.
Key meal plans: HB= half board, FB= full board, BB= bed&breakfast, S= single, D= double (one big bed), T= twin (two beds), S/C= self-contained (private bathroom), banda= cottag
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge has a beautiful position in the southern part of Bwindi National Park. Each of the eight cottages is en-suite with a spacious bedroom and lounge which are linked by a fireplace, ensuring the rooms are kept warm and cozy in the cool evenings. The main lodge facilities include a library and lounge area, a lush botanical garden and a sheltered veranda where guests can relax with a cup of tea enjoying the views. Food is cooked using fresh local produce and is plentiful and tasty. On arrival, you are appointed with your own personal butler, who will attend to your every need, around the clock.
A major advantage with this lodge is that guests can walk from their cottage to the trailhead where they will start and end their gorilla tracking day. The group of gorillas tracked is the Nkuringo Group which can be challenging to visit, and the walk may take four hours or more. The lodge is very involved with the local Nkuringo community and a development fund ensures that the local population directly benefits from each guests stay at the lodge. If you are looking for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda Rwanda and DR Congo
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is situated on the South of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with stunning views over Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and the Great Albertine Rift Valley. There are 12 individually hand-crafted cottages, each offering the tranquility of the rainforest, the atmosphere of a mountain chalet and the warm hospitality Ugandans are known for. Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge prides itself on its green credentials and through its various initiatives including solar energy and rainwater harvesting proudly operates as a carbon neutral lodge.
The main areas of the lodge comprise of a cozy restaurant serving fantastic homemade meals and freshly baked bread, a bar and a coffee-shop with amazing views over the mountains beyond. Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is situated in the heart of the Nkuringo local community and not only provides a fantastic base from which to go Mountain Gorilla Trekking and birdlife of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but also allows its guests to experience the rich and vibrant culture of the communities that surround it.
RUSHAGA TREKKING SECTOR
Nshongi Camp, has the perfect location to start your Gorilla tracking, in fact it’s the only place in Uganda and in the world where you can track FIVE different Gorilla Groups, Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye, Busingye, Bweza. Nshongi Camp is just a few minutes’ walk to the Ugandan Wildlife Service hut, the starting point of the Gorilla tracking.
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.
Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire. We serve 3 meals course, and we can prepare lunch box for your tracking. Hot coffee, tea, and drinks are always available.
Rushaga area, is a village inhabited by the Batwa and Bafumbira communities, ask the camp staff to visit their communities for have the opportunity to experience a new culture.
Bwindi Jungle View Lodge
Bwindi jungle view lodge is situated in Lake Muhele 20kilometres from Bwindi impenetrable national park in the south western part of Uganda.
It’s in a unique location and not far from Mgahinga national park, the lodge is tucked in Bwindi forest and shores of Muhele Lake giving exceptional views from the site and it’s also a birders paradise for tourists with bird watching included in their itinerary.
The lodge contains cottages built with local timber and the volcanic stones extracted from the virunga volcanoes
They also offer variety of soft and hot drinks from the bar area with restaurant giving delicious meals of local and international cuisine with special meals on order for vegetarians.
The dining overlooks the lake shores with a fresh breeze throughout the day. The lodge has a fireplace and shoes are cleansed from a tiresome gorilla trekking trip
ROOMS AND PRICES
Single, double and triple cottages
Self contained rooms
Community visits to the Batwa
FACILITIES AND AMENITIES
RUHIJA TREKKING SECTOR
Cuckoo land is set in a spectacular location in a steeply-sided valley overlooking the forest and is away from any road. You need to walk down for 10 minutes from the car park and more importantly when leaving, need to walk up what can in places be a fairly steep path. Thus Cuckoo land is not suitable for the elderly, the disabled or those with a serious health condition. If in doubt, please contact before booking.
Cuckoo land accommodation Bwindi Ruhija is situated on the Butogota-Ruhija road on the eastern side of the park, 25kms from Butogota and 15kms from Ruhija. It can be reached either from Kabale or from Ishasha Gate of Queen Elizabeth National Park, taking around 2 ½ hours in either case. A 4WD vehicle is advisable especially in the rainy season.
WHAT TO DO – ACTIVITIES
You could spend many days just relaxing, taking in the natural beauty and looking at the prolific wildlife at the forest edge. However, many other opportunities exist for the more adventurous.
- Guided walks in the forest with a park ranger
- Swimming in the natural swimming pond
- Working out in the forest gym
- Touring the local community, including seeing their farms, tea small-holdings, schools etc.
- Visit to a tea factory
- Gorilla tracking [this has to be booked in advance through Uganda Wildlife Authority (U.W.A.)
- Bird-watching with an expert local guide
Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas
Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas is in Nyundo Village, 6km from the Buhoma entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the residents of Nyundo were firsthand witnesses to climate change. They cultivated crops on the steep hillsides bordering Bwindi Impenetrable forest, but had noticed erosion, changing rain patterns and the disappearance of the forest´s characteristic mist. Ultimately, their crops began to fail. The Nyundo Community Conservation Project was developed in response to this. The community decided to protect the land and allow the forest to grow back, and now the trees, the rains and the mist have all returned to Nyundo. It owns five bandas, constructed in traditional style using natural materials, are designed to represent the traditional African family homestead. All bandas have sheets and mosquito nets. Latrines and showers are shared between the bandas. The showers have cold running water, with hot water provided on request.
Bakiga Lodge was built on the top of a beautiful valley overlooking Bwindi forest, Bakiga lodge is a wonderful accommodation for visitors looking for a real African experience with great views of Bwindi impenetrable forest.
It is a luxury safari lodge, situated in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi national park, just a few minutes’ drive from the Gorilla Trekking meeting point. Main concern is your comfort – they offer warm African service and fantastic food.
The Lodge offers 4 family Cabins and 2 twin tents, all self-contained with en-suite bathrooms and spectacular views.
Relax in comfort around our fire or at the bar after your Gorilla Trek or Birding tour.
WIFI internet is available at the lodge.
We are a nonprofit safari lodge – part of the Bakiga Community Project – a registered NGO in Uganda and a registered charity in the UK.
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge invites you to surround yourself with the splendor of beautiful calm natural environment and forest-fresh air, while experiencing the luxury and serenity of our lodge. It welcomes you with a breath taking scenery of the forest, peace and tranquility – a home away from home! Come enjoy the melodies of insects and birds, butterflies, enjoy the surprise visits of monkeys or even gorillas.
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. Each of the eight en-suite cottages faces the Forest and allows views of the forest canopy, with breathtaking views of the Virunga Mountain ranges. The lodge offers superb chalet accommodation, fine dining, an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities, a well stocked bar, traditional entertainment, a mini library with magazines and books on the beautiful continent of Africa. Each Room is fitted with twin beds with en-suite bathroom, flash toilets, overhead shower that supplies hot and cold water, an extra blanket and a hot water bottle for those cold nights; all rooms are serviced daily by housekeeping.
Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp
Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Gorilla mist camp is a camp located in Bwindi impenetrable national park on the South western wing Ruhija Tracking area, where the gorilla families Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro are found. It is one of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’s prime accommodations. With options ranging from most hospitable accommodation to Perfect services from finest staff. It is the place to feel at home. Gorilla Mist Camp is located 50 kilometers from Kabale town and it takes you 2 and half hours drive. From Buhoma Gorilla Sector, it’s 50 Kilometers and still takes 2 and half hours drive. 2 hours from kabale town on a murrum bumpy road brings you to a wooden gate of Ndego that opens up to the forest drive. A 12km drive through the forest whistles and creaks deep in a secret world of mossy-green and pearl gray filled with ferns all over the trees will drive with you up to the second gate Ruhiija gate.
– Classic Accommodation
– Fast and Reliable Wi-Fi
– Ample & Secure Parking Space
– Fully Stocked Bar
– Clear View of Rwanda hills
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 en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. A place of infinite calm surrounded by untamed majesty and commanding panoramic views of the Virungas on a clear day, the beautiful sunrise, Lake Edward and Bwindi forest in the south. It is around 2 kms from the park headquarters. Trekker’s Tavern is located 2 kilometers from the park headquarters past the trading centre of Ikumba. It is 52 kilometers from Kabale, 44 kms from Buhoma, 462 kms from Kampala and 502 kilometers from Entebbe.
Ruhija Community Rest Camp is situated just at the edge of Bwindi Gorilla Park as you approach Ruhija community village. This hotel is a popular spot for backpackers. The Camp hosts 3 different accommodation set ups from Tents, Cabins to Cottages all with double beds.
The camp has a restaurant where guests serve both Local and International meals. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available at the bar.
Guests can enjoy a variety of activities such as trekking safaris, gorilla and mountain walking.
Ruhija Community Rest Camp is 5 min walk to Ruhija Trekking site.