Safari Lodges Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda
Safari lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Accommodation places in Buhoma Region
Buhoma sector is part of the Northern Bwindi forest block where mountain gorillas reside. Families that are found in Buhoma include Rushegura gorilla family, Habinyanja gorilla group and Mubare gorilla family.
Each of these families can easily be accessed when you spend a night or more at the various lodges that are located in this sector. It is advisable for visitors to know the gorilla group they intend to trek so as to determine where to spend the night to avoid long hour drives early in the morning to the briefing point.
Buhoma sector of Bwindi can be accessed from Kampala/ Entebbe-Rukungiri-Kihihi-Butogota-Buhoma
For Fly in Gorilla safari holidays, this sector can be accessed from Entebbe to Kihihi Air strip or Kayonza Air strip
Buhoma Lodge –Luxury.
The lodge is located in Buhoma sector, at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The lodge is the main unique and world class accommodation facility in the Buhoma sector and its proudly standing above the forest canopy, the Lodge’s cabins offers spectacular as well as uninterrupted views and sights of the of beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, habitat of the world’s endangered species of the mountain gorilla.
Buhoma Lodge’s raised lounge area containing bar and dining facilities, provide visitors with a comfortable surroundings to share the day’s activities and experiences with each other around the fireplaces, which is set to add warmth to the cool evenings.
Meals are freshly prepared with many local ingredients, offering a balance of international as well as locally flavored cuisine with meals being of several courses. The Lodge bar has a selection of all local as well as imported beverages.
The wonderful service which is memorable is offered by the friendly local staffs who attend to visitors in professional manner. Hot beverages are also served to visitor direct on their respective cottages with an early morning wake up calls as required, this is done to allow visitor to wake early to gently enjoy the nice morning sounds of the impenetrable forest.
Buhoma Lodge offers number of amenities in the elevated lounge room with fireplace and these include Restaurant and bar, Recharging facilities for cameras, phones, Massage room, and Safe deposit boxes.
The lodge facility boasts of eight comfortable cottages that are carefully well built, each with its own separate verandah which allows visitor to enjoy beautiful views of the Impenetrable forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the lodge cottages visitors will find comfortable beds and a well-appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower and some rooms have bathtubs.
The lodge organizes various activities or tourist and among these activities includes Buhoma Village Walk where visitors are taken to nearby community areas to enjoy the wonderful traditional performance performed by the Batwa .One can also pay visit to local primary school as well as visiting a traditional healer and the village walks usually take 3 hours.
Beside village walks the lodge also makes arrangements for visitors to enjoy the Nyundo Community Eco Trails which leads them to a waterfall found within the area and also other travellers join locals to learn traditional skills. This usually take an estimate of two 2 hours,
In terms of responsible Travel, the lodge was built using local sustainable as well as natural materials where possible. This has tried to help the local communities because building materials were supplies by the locals.
The Staff working in the accommodation facility are generally got from the local community and the trained on site to see that they meet the standards of world class staffs working in the hotel industry.
|Room Type||Rates in USD|
|Children||50% of adult rates between ages 5-12 years|
|Under 5 years, sharing with adults||Free of charge|
Mahogany Springs Bwindi- Luxury.
Mahogany Springs lodge is located close to Munyanga River overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The lodge provides privacy as well as serenity mixed with optimal comfort in an exclusive setting. The lodge is one of the most luxurious accommodations places in the whole of East Africa and visitors staying in this lodge make them gain un comparable experience.
All the rooms in the accommodation facility are suites and most of the rooms are superior suites and there is only one presidential suite which contains two ensuite bedrooms, hence making it a very ideal place for people travelling with their families.
The superior suites of the lodge are all spacious and big enough, built with large glass doors which take one onto a balcony that offers relaxing and beautiful views of the surrounding. All the room used for sleeping have mosquito nets around their beds and the big spacious ensuite bathroom containing shower is present. The main lodge building on its upper sides contains a thatched roof as well as a large terrace where visitors are served with breakfast, and a dining room with fireplaces.
There is also a gift shop located within the lodge area and the lounge area equipped with a library of books which can be read by visitors on their free time, The other interesting things include a portable DVD players as well as a DVD library plus board games which can be utilized or watched by guest in order to enhance their experience.
The lodge serves clients with menu containing a la carte and during afternoon times tea with freshly baked cakes and pastries is served to visitors especially after one getting involved in hectic activity of trekking the gorillas.
Despite of the fact that the lodge offers lodging facilities and amenities, it also organizes excursion for visitors to visit local communities and also do chimpanzee trekking. The various tours organized in the lodge include nature walks, guided bird walks as well as visits to the lodge’s vegetable garden.
Engagi Lodge: Mid-Range
The lodge is located in a vast tract of land which is adjecent to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and runs from the main Buhoma road down to the Munyaga River.
The structure of the lodge is built using mainly local materials which are sourced from the local areas. The main lodge building is partitioned into three parts i.e. Rock bar, the restaurants as well as a large wooden verandah with unique platform which can be used by visitors for viewing the beautiful surrounding.
The lodge is composed of just 8 en-suite cottages which are evenly spaced out and hidden in the foliage. Each cottage is provided with double or twin beds and they are complete with hot water bottles, a bathroom with flushing toilets, cold and hot running water. All the cottages have private verandas where one can comfortably enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they marvel out over the forest canopy.
The lodge’s structure is big enough to cater for large number travels and those in need of banqueting tables. It also allows smaller member groups to spread out in the different areas for privacy.
The Engagi lodge is open ended at the front, offering panoramic views of the wonderful Bwindi National Park.
The kitchen in the lodge has been constructed some few meters away from the lodge in order to offer guest with good convenient atmosphere which is private. The kitchen prepares a variety of three course meals and also other requirements like vegetarians and Vegans are prepared by the lodge chefs.
Solar power is the main source of Electricity and also there is a backup generator. Hot water in the lodge is supplied by wood burning boilers.
Guests sleeping in this lodge can also enjoy various private walking trails which are developed around the lodge and down to the river. They also have chances to enjoy visiting a number of operating tea farms located inside the site and maintained by local’s people.
Silverback Lodge –Mid-Range
Silverback Lodge is positioned on high area overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The view offered by the lodge is absolutely attractive and it’s the best lodge for any visitor wishing to enjoy Apès-trekking cocktails. Silverback Lodge is just located at an estimated workable distance of 5 minutes from the national park with extensive views of the valley as well as the forests surrounding the lodge.
The lodge offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy Bird watching as well as primate viewing especially on the front door of visitor’s rooms in the lodge.
The lodge which is managed by Marasa Africa Accommodations in Uganda has 12 rooms and these provide visitors an eco-style living especially when under taking gorilla safari holiday in Uganda.
The beautiful lodge is located in the famous Buhoma sector which is just few meters away from the Park Headquarters for Mountain Gorilla trekking.
The Lodge is decorated with beautiful architectural design which is depicting an image of all Geo-Lodges in Uganda which are now famous in the country.
The lodge rooms are built next to each other and well designed using the local materials like the forest vines as well as sisal rope plus purple slate stone. Each room in the lodge facility has an ensuite bathroom full of hot water showers and each and very private veranda of the lodge rooms offer best options where clients can enjoy views of the forest and clouds that drift by in the valley.
There is also a large garden area full of green vegetation where visitors can relax and refresh especially during the evening hours. It is a well-planned lodge where visitors can enjoy both their respective rooms and the stunning surroundings.
Above all there is a friendly and very helpful staff that is trained to offer world class services to visitors. The interesting staff ensures that the visitors stay at the lodge is the best and he or she receives a wonderful experience on his Uganda gorilla safari.
The restaurant in the lodge has unique and very creative menus that are prepared by the experienced Chef for suit the visitors taste. Dishes served in the lodge are both local and international menus,
The snack bar is well stocked and in a comfortable setting which is perfect for sharing the day’s adventures of gorilla-trekking, primate watching and bird viewing.
Silverback Lodge, Bwindi -2015 Nightly Rates
|Peak Season Rates||Single||Double|
|Bed & Breakfast USD||224||300|
|Full Board USD||248||348|
|Low Season Rates||Single||Double|
|Bed & Breakfast USD||187||237|
|Full Board USD||211||285|
Buhoma Community Rest Camp – Budget
Buhoma Community Rest Camp (BCRC) was built in the year 1993 by Buhoma Community Development Association and it’s the main source of funding to the Association activities since its inception in 1993. The accommodation facility spanning at the extremity of Bwindi Impenetrable national park was built with aim of offering quality lodging services and facilities to travellers on their gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi.
The accommodation facilities are offered to visitors by the six Well-built bandas that are decorated with an African traditional and Architectural local Design .The Bandas are also built by use of the local Materials and each room is well furnished. The bandas range from 4 – 6 bed basing on the Banda’s Size and visitor’s need.
The campsite also has well organized and open ground where visitors can enjoy Camping activities near the Edge of the beautiful Impenetrable Forests. In addition, the campsite has Mini Bar with all local and some international drinks & Restaurant which serves both African traditional cuisines mainly Ugandan and Western Cuisines.
The lodging facility also has a local craft and Arts Center were locally made crafts are sold and therefore visitors can buy these locally made products which range from the hand woven bags to more interesting sculptures as well as baskets made from local materials.
The community campsite also organizes or makes arrangement for tourists to have cultural encounter with the local community through Local cultural Dance & Drama groups which the lodge tends to invite to entertain the visitors.
The facility also enables its visitors to have Cultural walk to tour the Batwa communities (Pygmies) who are the traditional inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable forests.
Buhoma Community Rest Camp Rates
|Accommodation||Full Board Single||Full Board Double||BB per person|
|BB per person||US$80||US$40||US$60|
Eco-marvels Gorilla Resort- Budget
The Resort is located in Kitahurira which is close to Buhoma and Ruhija and this makes it to be the best Suitable accommodation place for those trekking the Oruzogo as well as Habinyanja gorilla families.
Eco marvels Gorilla Resort Bwindi has self-contained executive bandas as well as camping facilities. The resort has been carefully designed to integrate the natural environment which provides luxury hospitality to all guests.
The Resort accommodation is well equipped with comfortable beds and furniture. All beds are designed purposely to ensure that visitors get the maximum comfort. It has 24 hours solar power running. No detail has been overlooked in the refurbishment of this magnificent place.
Meals of choice are provided on advance indication of visitor’s choice of cuisine.
Accommodation places in Ruhija sector.
Ruhija sector of Bwindi National Park is placed in the North Eastern part of Bwindi. From Buhoma Headquarters, the drive to this part may take 2 hours to the starting point of gorilla trekking. Ruhija part is home to gorilla families like Bitukura group, Oruzogo gorilla family and Nyakagezi gorilla family which is open for research purpose but when the demand is so high, it may be opened for tourism. This sector can also be accessed when one spends a night in Buhoma sector too.
On the road, this sector can be accessed from Kampala-Rukungiri-Kihihi-Kanungu-Ruhija
some of the accommodations in Ruhija sector include:
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge-Luxury
The safari lodge is positioned in the middle of the jungle Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and it is widely considered as one of the most beautiful, hospitable as well as comfortable lodges one should opted to stay before and when participating in Uganda’s premier Gorilla safaris.
The lodge has well-built accommodation rooms that blend the natural environment but retaining the modern aspects needed by most travellers all over the world.
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge offers superb chalet accommodation, fine dining, an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities, a well-stocked bar, Wine Cellar, Free wifi Internet Connection, DSTV, Hair dryer, Gift Shop with the Best Unique Gifts, Tea and Coffee making Facilities, traditional entertainment, a mini library with magazines and books about the beautiful continent of Africa and furthermore, we accept major credit cards.
This lodge is a unique luxury hotel and the finest choice for both upper class and medium class.
Gorilla Mist Camp-Mid-range
Gorilla Mist Camp is privately operated and locally owned accommodation facility located in Kabale district just 55km of travel from kabale town on a murrum bumpy road the wooden gate “Ndego gate” that opens up to the forest drive.
The unique Luxury Camp is facility for upper class travellers and moment visitor reaches the gate of the Camp, he or she is welcomed with breath taking scenery of the forest were the lodge is located. The camp’s location in the quiet environment makes it home but away from usually home. The location of the lodge offers an opportunity where one is entertained by different melodies of birds. The surrounding atmosphere is very charming, calm and friendly which favors travellers interested in escaping from the city noise.
The tents are well equipped with comfortable beds and furniture. All beds are designed purposely to ensure that visitors receive the comfort they deserve. The bathrooms are fitted with hot as well as cold showers and bath tubs. For visitors searching for luxury accommodation, Gorilla Mist Camp provides the modern rooms all of which are self-contained. Running hot water available on tap in the self-contained units. Visitors can decide to take their meals in the Lodge dining area.
All the buildings of the Campsite are connected with electric lighting and there are various camping grounds for those with their own equipment to camp. Cold beers and sodas are available with local produce used to provide visitors meals. The Camp has been carefully and well designed to integrate the natural environment which offers luxury hospitality to all guests.
Gorilla mist camp is described as place of unfathomable natural beauty that is composed of unique natural formations, culture and colorful history as well as exciting recreation opportunities.
|Accommodation Type||Bed and Breakfast||Full Board|
|Twin/double per room||$180||$260|
Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort Campsite-Budget
The Resort campsite is situated in Ruhija Village just adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and less than 1 km from the gorillas’ natural habitat.
The community members of Katojo Parish, Kabale District created the Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort in July 2008 to support the community’s income by providing tourists with affordable accommodation and access to the region’s incredible gorilla population and other wildlife.
The entire lodge Rooms have the following amenities Fireplace, Fans as well as Self-catering and Hot water plus Private bathrooms.
The Lodge Amenities offered to clients include Restaurant which serves both local and some international dishes, Tour desk which provides information about tourists’ attractions and other relevant information needed by the traveller, Laundry, Bar the is full of local and some international wines,.
The lodge has Gift shop where travellers can accesses various gifts thy can take to their home countries as proof that one had his holiday in the pearl of Africa Uganda. Onsite wildlife viewing can also be done by visitors on the lodges viewing verandas.
The activities at the Lodge that visitor can enjoy include Hiking and trekking in dense forests of Bwindi, Bird watching, Village walks mainly to the Batwa communities, Having cultural encounters through Cultural performances Craft and curio markets ,Wildlife viewing
Accommodation places in Rushaga Region in Bwindi
Gorilla Safari Lodge-Luxury
Gorilla Safari Lodge is a luxurious lodge located in Nshongi area tucked away at the boundary line of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home of the endangered mountain gorilla in the pearl of Africa Uganda. It is the ideal base from which one can easily trek the Nshongi group of Gorillas, which is the biggest group ever habituated in Bwindi National park.
The lodge offers accommodations in eight en suite cabins with individual verandahs allowing exclusive views towards the pristine tropical rain forest. The restaurant, bar, and comfortable lounge at the main lodge have large windows to allow guests to enjoy most of the views – and a fireplace to take the chill off the misty mountain air.
Reached by walkways along the hillside, these elegantly designed bandas offer comfort, style and privacy. All bandas have en suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets, private verandahs and fireplaces for the refreshing mountain evenings. Suites and family cottages have seating areas by the fireplace.
The rooms which are available in the lodge include three double bandas, three suites as well as double bandas with seating area, Two family cottages with two twin rooms and lastly One twin banda are the rooms which be booked by any visitor wishing to stay in this lodge.
The Lodge Amenities include
- Restaurant and bar which serves both local and international dishes,
- Tour desk which provides travel information to the clients,
- On-site wildlife viewing,
- Gift shop selling local crafts
- Laundry service, and Camp fire
The activities at the Lodge include Gorilla Trekking, Community Walks as well as Guided Forest Walks and Bird watching, Waterfall tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volunteer Opportunities is can be explored by the visitors.
|Double banda||$300 US per room full board|
|Suite||$350 US per room full board|
|Family cottages||$500 US per cottage full board|
|Twin banda||$300 US per banda full board|
|Single guest||$200 US full board|
The lodge is just a few minutes’ walk to the Ugandan Wildlife Service hut of Rushaga, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the starting point of the Gorilla tracking.
It is the ideal base from which to trek the Nshongi group of Gorillas -the largest group of gorillas in Bwindi and the Nkuringo group which is a few minutes’ drive away.
The camp has only three traditional Bandas and its perfect place for those who desire to be connected to nature.
They serve 3 meals course, and a lunch box for your tracking. Hot coffee, tea, and drinks are always available.
While at the lodge, you can also easily visit the Batwa and Bafumbira communities staying in the nearby villages and have an experience with their culture as they perform the gorilla dances for you.
Accommodation Lodges in Nkuringo Region.
Nkuringo Bwindi sub sector is part of the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This part is the habitat to Nkuringo gorilla family. Close to it is Rushaga subsector which is also close to this Nkuringo family. In its vicinity are gorilla families like Nshongi Gorilla group, Kahungye gorilla family, Mishaya gorilla group, Busingye group and Bweza gorilla family. This sector can be accessed when you drive from Kampala- Mbarara-Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi-Kisoro-Rubuguri- NKuringo.
For Fly in Gorilla safari holidays, this sector can be accessed from Entebbe to Kisoro Air strip
Clouds lodge is a super luxury lodge in the southern sector of Bwindi National Park. The lodge overlooks the prehistoric Bwindi Forest and it has eight spacious en suite natural stone rooms including a two room family unit.
Guests at Clouds stay in their own cottage. Built out of local volcanic stones, each and every cottage has a large sitting room with fireplace, vast overstuffed armchairs, and hand-woven carpets. Each individual cottage features the work of one of Uganda’s most respected artists (we call them the ‘Clouds 9’) Their work has been so highly regarded by guests that they have commissioned their own pieces and now the work of these artists graces the walls of homes and offices in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and London.
Its lounge has very comfortable chairs that offer you with absolute comfort to relax after gorilla trekking. The lodge has a large reception area, gift shop and bar and six fireplaces located throughout the building to keep guests warm on chilly nights.
The main lodge feels like someplace else – soaring ceilings, massive exposed wooden beams, big picture windows with endless views of treetops, volcanoes and mountains. It feels like a ski chalet in the Alps. Or a stone palace in the Rocky Mountains. But with the gentle and warm welcome, the quiet dedication of the personal butlers and the smiles on the faces of virtually all the staff, this can only be in Uganda.
|Room Type||Low Season||High Season||East Africans|
Kisoro Tourist Hotel –Mid-range
Kisoro Tourist Hotel in Kisoro south western Uganda is the best option for anyone visiting the southwest of Uganda, on the way to Rwanda, Congo and Bwindi. The strategic location of the hotel at the foothills of Mount Muhavura, allows guests to enjoy a good panoramic view of the nearby mountains and volcanoes along the borders of Rwanda and the Congo.
The hotel rooms also have TV-Cable/Satellite were visitors can watch international and local updates, The TV can get Local Stations clearly, Fans, Hot water, Private Bathroom are also provided to ensure that visitor get better stay
The hotel has one of the best restaurants recognized in country for the high-standard food preparation in both traditional and international dishes.
The hotel provides the following amenities on-site are;
- On-site restaurant,
- Tour/Travel desk,
- Conference Facilities,
- Internet Access, Gift shop,
- On-site Bar, Fitness Room/Gym,
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning,
- Library/Reading Area.
Due to the need to protect the environment and giving back to the local communities, the hotel organizes different responsible tourism activities such as;
The women´s dance group performances are organized by the hotel in order to have massages that raise awareness about how the environment can be protected and also through the drama performances, the young people in the community are encouraged to stop illegal activities such as poaching wild animals in the park.
The profits earned by the women dance’s groups are used to purchase a piece of land, which they planing to build more accommodations for the guests. The hotel also provides assistance to AIDs awareness campaigns in local schools and focus on stopping young people from involving in the acts that may lead them to contract AIDS.
The hotel also has a craft shop at the hotel Centre and host cultural dances where community members can perform. These offerings help raise money for the surrounding communities.
The table shows the prices charged by Hotel for both Bed and Breakfast and Full Board.
|Room Type||Bed and Breakfast||Half Board||Full Board|
Kisoro Travelers’ Rest Hotel –Mid-Range
Travellers Rest Hotel is a colonial-style hotel situated just 14km from the famous Mgahinga Gorilla National Park outside Kisoro Town, in the extreme southwestern part of Uganda. The hotels location provides a perfect base for trips into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. When the visitor is just entering, he or she is welcomed by the ibis typical sound. The wonderful-green surrounding garden is a natural home of various birds species. When the guest is just seated on the terrace he or she is rewarded by nice smell of the sweet perfume from the honeysuckle. In the cool evenings, one can experience a warm atmosphere which is provided by the fireplace in the lounge, surrounded by unusual African artifacts and a huge collection of Congolese masks.
The surrounding landscape, dominated by the peaks of the Massifs of Virunga Volcanoes Have got very interesting beauty which is eye catching to each and every traveller. The volcanoes offer spectacular views of the Rift Valley and the emerald-green Lake Mutanda in the distance.
The Lodge Amenities in this precious hotel are; Restaurant,, Travel desk, Bikes to rent, Lounge area with fireplace, bar and large meeting table Internet access, Massages, Laundry service, Gift Shop, Enclosed garden, Huge selection of Congolese masks
All the Spotless private rooms lead out onto the pleasant garden and have private bathrooms with hot water. Available rooms include single, twin, double, triple and a suite.
The activities organized by the hotel are, Paying visits to the a local primary school where the deaf children study from and here willing guests are welcomed to make donations, also the hotel organizes traditional performances done by the local orphan group and some of the activities also include having cycle ride to lake Mutanda, visiting the local market mainly on market days, Batwa Forest Trail through the National Park among others.
Most of food prepared by the rest Hotel is sourced from Kisoro market, which is supplied by the local Bafumbira and Bakiga communities. The hotel staffs are mostly from Kisoro. Staff training and career development of the staff members is of great importance to the Hotel management.
|Room Type||Room Only||Half Board||Full Board|
Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite -Budget to Moderate
Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Nkuringo gorilla camp is placed on the Nteko ridge in the southern sector of Bwindi National park. It is in the Nkuringo sub sector of Bwindi National park. The camp enjoys a magnificent view of Mountain Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo in Rwanda. It is strategically placed closer to the starting point of tracking Nkuringo Gorilla Family.
The lodge has 2 cottages with en suite facilities and 6 terrace rooms each with a window overlooking the mighty Bwindi Forest. The Camp also has a camping area with shared facilities. Its compound is also a haven for other primates like black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabey, L’hoest, baboons and several others. Several bird species also roam around the lodge premises. Visitor who stay here simply enjoy the convenient location of the lodge. There is a hike here to the top of the world and look into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The campsite provides all the comfort travellers are willing to pay for. It has great food, comfortable and very clean rooms. The staff is extremely helpful. The campsite is on the edge of the Nkuringo community which you will want to visit and interact with its people.
You can also be able to visit the school and speak to some community children. You can play football with the boys from the local village (very authentic experience) and then enjoy the songs of the local children all looking over gorgeous valleys and mountains. In the evenings, the staff is excellent and jolly hosts and the conversations around the campfire are memorable.
The most interesting part bit of the lodge is that, its budget, except for two handcrafted cottages that are a recent addition. The cottages also have a stunning view and you can sit on your porch and take in the peaceful quiet of the area only to be broken by the sounds of birds or the wind gently caressing the trees.
Mountain Gorillas, Mountain Gorillas are the major tourist’s attraction in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is natural home to an approximated total number of about 400 individual mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), making it to be housing almost half of all the remaining mountain gorillas in the globe thriving in the wild. The other half of the mountain gorilla population is housed in the nearby Virunga Mountains distributed in three national parks of Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda, Volcanoes in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo.
Birds, Bwindi Impenetrable forest park provides some of the finest/the best montane forest bird watching destination in the great African continent, and safe birding destination for any birder visiting Uganda. There are an approximated three hundred and fifty ( 350) bird species with twenty three (23) which are endemic to the Albertine Rift and fourteen species (14) which are not recorded nowhere else in Uganda.
Tourist Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bird Watching in Bwindi, Bwindi Impenetrable forest is dubbed Bird watchers safe haven in Uganda. The park boasts of 350 bird species and houses 90% of all Albertine Rift Valley Endemics such as; the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in single day especially in the bird endowed areas of Ruhija and Buhoma. Birding activities mostly done early morning in the park take place along the main trail, such as the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija region.. Read More
Cultural Encounter in Bwindi Cultural encounters are mostly done in the evenings after hectic gorilla trekking in the morning; you can participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups, village walks, blacksmith visits, and craft shops. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park. The activity allows you to explore the unique cultures of the local Bakiga and Batwa communities who are the traditional inhabitants of the areas covered famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. Read More
Cycling/Moutain Biking in Bwindi Mountain biking is one of the interesting activities developing in Bwindi. This follows a well-established trail from the park headquarters at Buhoma to the Ivi River. Along this 13km trail you may see wildlife such as bushbucks, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys. The six-seven hour round trip departs in the morning, and is organized by Buhoma Community Rest Camp under the “Ride for a Woman “community development initiative. Read More
Hiking/Nature Walks In Bwindi, For those interested in nature walks and hiking, Bwindi Impenetrable national park has six (6) fantastic nature hiking trails. On all these 6 trails, one has rare chance to discover the wonders inhabited in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable forest park. Along the trails, visitors are usually rewarded with the views and sights of the several bird species, butterflies, trees species, and some other primate species. Arrange at the reception for a guide. Read More
Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Mountain gorilla trekking is the most rewarding tourism activity done at the park .The Mountain Gorillas are also star attraction in Bwindi and these have been habituated since April 1993.Spaning in an area of 321kms of forested land, Bwindi is separated into four (4) gorilla tracking regions including Buhoma trekking region, Ruhija sector, Rushaga region and Nkuringo sectors. In all the gorilla trekking regions, gorilla trekking experience stats very early in the morning when trekkers report to the park headquarters for an early morning registration and briefing from the senior rangers about the rule and regulations to follow when tracking the mountain gorillas in forested areas of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Read More
Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi can be accessed either by air from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip or by road from Kampala.
From Entebbe, there are scheduled flights to Kihihi which is close to the northern sector of Bwindi and also flights to Kisoro which is close to the Southern sector of Bwindi. Flights to Kisoro only leave in the morning while Kihihi has both morning and afternoon departures from Entebbe. You can also do charter flights from Kajjansi Airstrip to either Kisoro or Kihihi.
By road, there are alternatives that include;
Kampala-Kabale-Kanungu-Buhoma which follows a tarmac highway until Kabale for about 414km spending about 6-8 hrs and then connect on a murram road through Kanungu and Kanyantorogo for about 120km to Buhoma. For the latter route, it is highly recommended to have a 4WD vehicle and this journey can take about 4-5 hrs.
Kampala-Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma which follows the same route as the above first option except the Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma section is about 95km on a murram road and can take about 3-4 hrs also highly recommended to have a 4WD vehicle.
Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo also follows the same as the above routes to Kabale and an additional 105km about 4-5 hrs drive on a mountainous murram road to Nkuringo from Kabale. Some people prefer spending a night in Kisoro which is about 80km from Kabale and in the morning proceed to Nkuringo for gorilla tracking.
Kampala-Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Kihihi-Buhoma is regarded as the quickest and most direct of all the routes from Kampala and follows a tarmac rout to Rukungiri about 390km followed by murram roads to Buhoma for about 82km.
There is also a route that goes through Queen Elizabeth National Park via Kihihi and to Buhoma passing through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famed for the tree climbing lions. Sometimes this route is not favored because of the bridge which keeps on breaking down.
Uganda Safari Parks – Uganda Safari Destinations
As of now, Uganda features a count of 10 national parks including Mount Elgon National Park in the east, Kidepo Valley National Park in the north east, Murchison Falls National Park in the north west, Kibale National Park, Semliki National Park and Rwenzori National Park in the west, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Lake Mburo National Park in the south west.
Right from the colonial era, a range of national parks have been gazetted in the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo over time and the independent national governments have continued with the initiative.
Uganda is a land gifted by nature. Uganda stands among the many on the continent as the Pearl of Africa teaming with a count of ten National Parks that are spread all over Uganda. The range of biodiversity thrives in these protected areas from which they find their natural protection to push their existence to posterity.The Uganda National Parks present opportunity for a myriad of tourist activities like gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, the forest hiking, birding, classic wild game viewing among other activities explored on safaris in Uganda. Read More
Kibale Forest National Park has thirteen (13) recorded primate species including the L’Hoest’s monkey and its 1,450 chimpanzees which cannot be seen anywhere else in Uganda in such big numbers. The park also has an additional sixty (60) mammal species including the migrant, the warthogs, bush pigs, buffalos, 500 elephants and hippos. Kibale National Park also serves its visitors to four (4) species of wild felids including the leopards and the lions which migrate between Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kibale National park adjoins with Queen Elizabeth National Park to form a 180km (111 mi) wildlife corridor, and for this reason a number of ground-dwelling mammals cannot be seen regularly. Read More
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the Uganda gorilla safaris & Tours park is conveniently situated in the Kigezi Highlands of south-west Uganda, adjacent to the frontier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. It was created due to its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 163 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Various bird species and butterflies, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. Read More
Lake Mburo national park has a number of bird species including the uncommonly seen shoebill, the white winged warbler, the African fish eagles and the red faced barbet which can only be viewed in Lake Mburo National Park. In total birders can be delighted to see over 300 bird species in Lake Mburo National Park. Read More
Like three other National Parks in Africa, Mgahinga provides a refuge to some of the world’s remaining population of world mountain gorillas. Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National park, together provide shelter to over half of the world’s total mountain gorilla population. Mgahinga National Park is positioned in the far southwestern part of Uganda in a district called Kisoro about 510km from Uganda’s Capital City Kampala. The park is Uganda’s smallest national park with a total area of 33.7km2. Read More
Mountain Elgon National Park is located on the eastern part Uganda and bisected by the border of Kenya and Uganda. The park is also the largest and oldest solitary, volcanic mountain in East African region. Its enormous areas form, eighty (80) km in diameter and rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna. Read More
Queen Elizabeth National Park which is described as “Uganda’s Great Rift Valley” by Andrew Roberts is the second largest national park in Uganda spanning in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. The park was established in 1954 and it covers almost 1,978 square kilometers. It is bordered in the West by Lake Edward and in the North by the Rwenzori Mountains, and is separated into two parts, the Northern and Southern park. Read More
Uganda Gorilla Safari Tours – Uganda Gorilla trekking Safaris
Uganda Gorilla Safaris comes with an exceptional experience that is not only got from encountering the Mountain gorillas but also a tour to different wildlife safari destination of Queen Elizabeth national park alive with tree climbing lions, Kazinga Channel, undertaking an ultimate primate trekking encounter and wetland nature walk in Kibale forest park or visiting the different cultural sites spread in different parts of Uganda.
These together with their unique rich cultural heritage combine to trigger or offer an utmost Uganda Gorilla safari experience.
Long Uganda Safaris – Long Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour & Wildlife Tours
Other Related Uganda Safaris – Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safaris
The 7 days Uganda Primate safari tour provides travelers on primate trekking that rare chance to trek the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Bwindi Impenetrable national park conveniently positioned in south western part of Uganda. The safari takes travellers through Kibale forest national park. Read More
The 3 days Kibale chimpanzee trekking tour enables you to explore Kibale National Park dubbed the primate capital of the world with largest counts of habituated chimpanzees in the whole of Uganda. The 3 day’s Chimpanzee trekking safari offers you an opportunity to encounter the habituated chimpanzees in their natural habitat.. Read More
The 3 Days Murchison falls Wildlife tour is good tour package that will take you to Uganda largest national park –Murchison falls located in the North Western part of Uganda .The tour will offers you an opportunity to explore the world’s most powerful water fall and have an account of unique wildlife species like giraffes, elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopard among others. Read More
The 4 days Uganda Wildlife Safari to Kidepo Valley National Park is good wildlife tour that entails you encountering Africa’s wilderness park-Kidepo National Park conveniently located in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja region on the far northern frontier of Uganda and Sudan. The 4 days wildlife safari to Kidepo allows you to view wide –range of exciting faunas like the greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah, lion, leopard, spotted hyena. Read More
The 4 day Bwindi gorilla trek &Lake Mburo Wildlife Tour is short interesting tour that gives you chance to have life changing experience of trekking the mountain gorillas thriving in the ancient Impenetrable forests in Bwindi. The safari starts from Kampala and it takes you to south western Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable where you will have the best experience on earth to interact with the stunning apes of the mountain gorillas. Read More
This 4 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari will enable you to participate in the highly experiential tourism activities in Uganda‘s Second largest National Park-Queen Elizabeth national park. The 4 Days wildlife safari will allow you to encounter the adventurous launch cruise on the picturesque waters of the Kazinga Channel, undertake an early morning game drive in the well-coordinated Kasenyi tracks and chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura George. Read More
The 12 Days Uganda Classic Wild Safari is one of the comprehensive safari packages that are organized by prime Safaris & Tours for tourists interested in wildlife viewing experience in the Pearl of Africa. This complete Safari package will allow you to explore Kampala Capital City which is destination endowed with different attractions ranging from historical to cultural and religious attractions. Read More
The 15 days, Uganda Wildlife safari is complete safari package that will take you through the most marvels of Uganda the pearl of Africa. The safari offers you an opportunity to take park in the top tourism activities within Uganda’s national parks including wildlife viewing in Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth, Chimpanzee tracking in the primate Capital-Kibale forest Park. Read More
The 16 days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour is a comprehensive Safari package that entails wildlife viewing, adventure activities, culture tours, scenery viewing, Chimpanzees and Gorillas trekking. It takes you through the cosmopolitan city of Kampala, Jinja adventure Capital of East Africa, Kidepo national park and local Karamojong community, habituated chimpanzees of Kibale, wild game of Queen Elizabeth, gorilla trekking in Bwindi. Read More
5 Day Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Wildlife Tour is an interesting tour package that is organized for visitors interested in trekking the chimpanzees and participating in boat cruise, game drive, forest walk, wetland walk and community tours. The safari tour take you to explore Kibale National Park, home to a total of 70 mammal species, most popularly the thirteen (13) species of primate including the chimpanzees and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Read More
The 6 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari is good safari packages that visitor on Uganda Safari should opt for. The Safari package enables you to explore the two outstanding protected areas in Uganda –the pearl of Africa. The 6 days Uganda wildlife safari starts from Kampala and it takes you to Kidepo Valley National park strategically positioned in the unexplored Karamoja region in the North Eastern part of Uganda. Read More
This 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari is complete safari package that is targeted for visitors interested in wild game viewing. The Safari takes you to Murchison Falls National Park- Uganda ‘s Largest National Park with the world’s powerful falls and an account of unique wildlife species like Elephants, Lions, Hippos. Read More