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Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi


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Chameleon Hill Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

Standing on the banks of Lake Mutanda with a 45 - 60 minutes drive to the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a fascinating economy stayover called Chameleon Hill Lodge. Adventurers on their Uganda safari vacation arriving at the lodge can spot it from a distance thanks to its vibrant, kitschy hues that seem to reflect the spirit of Africa.

The stayover is located at about 2000 meters above sea level and comprises a series of structures overlooking the lake and the Virunga volcanoes in the backdrop. Spend time in the comfortable circular lounge or out on the deck, which is furnished with stools, chairs, and tables so that tour guests can enjoy panoramic views over the lake. You can also borrow a book from the small library and read in the warmth of the fireplace. Why not learn about the fascinating mountain gorillas of Bwindi Park that you will see on your hiking trips?

Key Takeaways

  • Located on the banks of Lake Mutanda on the outskirts of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Stands at the height of 2000 meters above sea level
  • Series of structures overlooking the lake with the Virunga Mountains in the backdrop
  • Midway access in either directions to Kisoro Town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks
  • Nice outdoor seating arrangements for viewing the magnificence of the lakeside wilderness
Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi Park View

What To Expect At Chameleon Hill Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Value Safari Tier 3 Experience. Total of 10 chalets adorned in colors reflecting the foliage of the park
  • Choice of rooms with twin single beds or a large double bed covered with mosquito netting
  • Separate patio for enjoying the floral views in the company of traveling companions
  • Ensuite bathroom featuring a vanity and glass shower stall with rock detailing
  • Each rectangular or roundish unit painted in brilliant hues that stand out against the landscape
Follow the paved pathways to one of the 10 chalets that Chameleon Hill Lodge offers as a safari holiday accommodation. Revel in the striking colors of both the interior and exterior of your room, which is themed to match the colors of the Kitenge textile prints that the Ugandan women wear. Choose from rooms with twin singles or a double bed, protected by mosquito netting suspended from the ceiling. Side tables, area rugs, a luggage rack, and a dugout canoe add to the whimsical feel of the room. You will also have a private patio, where you can unwind while enjoying the floral views of the lakeside ecology. The ensuite bathroom includes a glass shower stall with rock detailing or tiling and a vanity.
Chameleon Hill Lodge Accommodation Bwindi

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Chameleon Hill Lodge On Bwindi Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Trekking through the Bwindi Impenetrable Park in the company of 350 bird species and other flora and fauna
  • Spending 60 minutes in the company of the assigned mountain gorilla family to observe their habits
  • Tracking some of the 10 species of primates known to live on the reserve
  • Boating excursions on Lake Mutanda
  • Visits to the local community to participate in their activities like basket weaving, carving artifacts, and making bead jewelry
As you travel through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it may feel like you are wandering the gardens of Eden – an explosion of lush vegetation, songs of the 350 bird species, and sightings of small animals abound. The precious 60 minutes that you spend in the presence of the Bwindi’s mountain gorillas will no doubt fill you with wonder and awe at their strength, grace, and gentleness. The reserve has a total of 10 different primate species, and you can book a safari tour that takes you to see the golden monkeys of the Mgahinga National Park.

The proximity of the lodge to Lake Mutanda allows for boat ride excursions, and you can spend a whole day exploring the environs. Stop by the nearby village for an opportunity to watch and participate in some of their activities, including weaving a basket, carving a gorilla mask, or learning the art of crafting jewelry. At the end of your visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable Park, be sure to buy a few souvenirs at the lodge store in support of the community artisans.
Chameleon Hill Lodge Safari Bwindi Tour

How Is The Dining At Chameleon Hill Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • All meals cooked using fresh produce sourced from the lodge kitchen gardens
  • Choice of traditional Ugandan and international cuisine served beside the restaurant fireplace
  • With prior notice, specific dietary requirements including lactose-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free can be addressed
  • A bar for ordering drinks and cocktails best enjoyed with views of the setting sun
  • Three-course dinners are served. Freshly-baked bread served with the dishes
The lodge serves mouth-watering meals in the dining area. Each dish is cooked with produce from the on-site gardens and is enlivened with herbs, spices, and fresh bread baked in wood fire ovens. Enjoy both global and local cuisine while reveling in the coziness of the fireplace and the company of the resident cats. With prior notice, the chef can prepare special meals, and is happy to cater to food allergies and preferences including vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free diets. As safari guests, be sure to order a drink at the bar and take it out to the deck to sip on as the sun sets over the lake (best visiting season to go to Uganda).
Chameleon Hill Lodge Meals Bwindi Dining

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Pros & Cons At Chameleon Hill Lodge In Bwindi

What We Like About Chameleon Hill Lodge

  1. Located on the banks of Lake Mutanda with a spectacular view.
  2. Has a whimsical, kitschy appeal, with vibrant colors that vacationers relish in.
  3. Accommodates just 20 guests in 10 chalets, allowing for a quiet, intimate safari experience.
  4. Kitchen cooks with fresh produce from the on-site garden and is happy to prepare food according to specific dietary preferences and restrictions.
  5. Ideal single location if you want to track gorillas in Bwindi and golden monkeys in Mgahinga without switching accommodations but with the below caveat.

Things To Note When Staying At Chameleon Hill Lodge

  1. It is 1 hour to drive to Bwindi (Rushaga sector) and 2 hours out to Mgahinga. Not the best location as this would require a very early start to get to the trek meet-up point.
  2. The access road leading up to the lodge is extremely bumpy and rough. Steps lead to the main reception area and rooms; mobility-challenged tourists may find it difficult.
  3. The service levels from the staff can be variable at time; though, expected from a Value Safari Tier 3 property.
  4. Lacks a swimming pool, fitness center, and spa for the right reasons - authenticy, but arranges for the services of an expert masseuse upon request.
  5. Offers modest facilities and amenities that high-end and deluxe guests may find unsuitable for their stay. There is electricity rationing as the property is not on the grid nor operates through solar panels. The generator is switched on from 5:00 am to 6.30 am in the morning and again in the evening from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm.
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When staying at Chameleon Hill 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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