GUIDE ON BWINDI LODGE IN UGANDA
Bwindi Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?Bwindi Lodge is a luxury safari stayover standing at the edge of the namesake forest canopy, just outside the boundaries of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Tour vacationers staying at this Uganda lodge will be pleased to learn that the magnificent mountain gorillas they are here to see could, instead, visit them! The lodge sits at an altitude of 1472 meters above sea level, and it’s known for some fascinating visitors that are often seen wandering around the grounds. Spend time in the lounge, which allows for breathtaking views of the primate reserve and the dramatic mists floating above the forest canopy.
Perhaps relax out on the rock-lined deck or under the thatched roof gazebo, which is furnished with rough-hewn chairs. You might also spot some of the 350 species of birds that thrive in the lush environs of Bwindi National Park, along with primates like the red-tailed monkey or black and white colobus monkeys. With luck, you may even witness gorillas traversing the grounds of Bwindi Lodge. If you’re feeling like a bit of pampering, visit the Humula Forest Spa for expert massages that smooth away the aches and pains from your trekking trips.
- Standing at an altitude of 1475 meters on the edge of the Bwindi Forest
- Location just outside Bwindi Impenetrable Park allowing for easy accessibility to the trailheads
- Spell-binding vistas of the mist-covered volcanic peaks. Gorillas have previously visited the lodge grounds on several occasions
- Spa for getting expert massages to soothe aching muscles from trekking expeditions
- Lounge with large windows and rustic ambiance in keeping with the forest surroundings
What To Expect At Bwindi Lodge Accommodation?
- Luxury Safari Tier 1 Experience. Total of 9 banda chalets reached by walking over stone-paved pathways
- Choice of standard and deluxe banda chalets with twin single beds or a large double bed
- Ensuite bathroom featuring twin vanities, shower area, and hairdryer
- Private butler assigned to each tent to take care of the guests’ needs
- Private patio with a seating arrangement for sipping on coffee and enjoying the forest views
Other features in the rooms include side tables, area rugs, power outlets for charging electronics, and a table at the end of the bed for placing baggage. The ensuite bathroom is at the back and features twin vanities, a hairdryer, and a shower area lined with rock detailing. Enjoy sipping on coffee or drinks served by your private butler outside on the patio while reveling in the gorgeous forest vistas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Bwindi Lodge On Bwindi Safari?
- Trekking through the forest to see the gorilla family assigned to you and observing their habits
- Spotting some of the 150 species of butterflies and other flora and fauna that abounds in the park
- Walking tours to explore the picturesque river underneath the lodge or visit the forest waterfalls
- Birding excursion to spot some of the Albertine endemics of Bwindi
- Visits to Bwindi Bar for cultural interactions with the local people at their community and participation in their regular activities
Travel along the forest trails under the supervision of an expert guide, who will help you spot some of the 350 bird species, 200 species of butterflies and 150 varieties of mammals that also call the forest home. Your AfricanMecca Safaris consultant can also work with you to plan a visit to the river underneath the lodge or the Munyanga River Trail, which are known for their calming beauty amidst the tranquility of Bwindi Forest.
How Is The Dining At Bwindi Lodge?
- Lip-smacking three-course meals served in the dining area warmed by a fireplace
- Traditional Ugandan and international cuisines available. Visit Bwindi Bar to sample the local foods
- Indoor and alfresco dining options on request
- Provision for meals to be served on a communal table so guests can interact with fellow travelers
- Fine dining experience amidst the wilderness of Bwindi Park
Pros & Cons At Bwindi Lodge In Bwindi
What We Like About Bwindi Lodge
- Easy access to mountain gorilla tracking excursions, with the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park trailhead just 500 meters away.
- Offers 9 banda chalets, allowing for an intimate safari vacation experience without the crowd of many guests. A personal butler service is attached to each room.
- Offers an immersive fauna-viewing experience, with mountain gorilla families, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other primates visiting the lodge grounds.
- The Humula Forest Spa provides expert massages to soothe aches and pains from trekking adventures. One complimentary massage during your stay.
- The lodge owner has created a non-profit trust to assist in creating self-sustaining programs that enhances the lives of the local communities, conservation of Bwindi’s wildlife, the restoration of surrounding ecology and minimization of human-wildlife conflict.
Things To Note When Staying At Bwindi Lodge
- Some rooms are accessible only via stone-paved pathways with steps and not suitable for physically challenged tourists.
- Lodge reaches capacity quickly and guests visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park should book 12-18 months in advance for their preferred travel dates.
- No swimming pool or fitness center for the right reason i.e. to maintain the authenticity of a safari lodge amidst the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda.
- Bwindi Lodge is located in the Buhoma sector, which receives the highest footfall of primate-seeking tourists.
- Out of the 9 chalets, 2 of them are the deluxe category with a higher price range.
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When staying at Bwindi Lodge during your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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