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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Bwindi

CLOUDS MOUNTAIN GORILLA LODGE

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GUIDE ON CLOUDS MOUNTAIN GORILLA LODGE IN UGANDA

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

The Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a luxury safari vacation base that was developed as a joint venture between the International Gorilla Conservation Project (IGCP) and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), who are committed to the upliftment of the local communities around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Located at a lofty height of 2,000 meters above sea level, the boutique lodge has a charming stone facade and decor that’s a pleasing combination of rustic grandeur and elegance.

The lounge is a comfortable place to spend time while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace and panoramic views of the reserve’s mist-covered highlands. Travelers looking to spend time visiting the mountain gorillas of Bwindi will be pleased to learn that the lodge offers easy access to the Nkuringo base, where the gorilla tour will begin. On average, the home range of the Nkuringo family is around 1.5 to 2 hours.

Key Takeaways

  • A joint venture between the International Gorilla Conservation Project (IGCP) and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
  • Located at the height of 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Easy access to the Nkuringo Sector, the trek entry point of the namesake gorilla family
  • Pleasing decor that combines elements of rustic luxury and elegance
  • Fantastic views of the Bwindi Park and Virunga Mountains Range with their mist-covered peaks
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Bwindi Park View

What To Expect At Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Premier Safari Tier 1 Experience. Total of 7 cottages reached by walking over stone-paved pathways
  • Constructed using natural volcanic rock collected sustainably from the park
  • Separate living room with handmade paintings, two fireplaces, and plush sofas for relaxation
  • Dedicated butler and housekeeper take care of guests’ needs
  • Ensuite bathroom featuring a shower and twin vanities
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge has just 7 cottages (18 safari guests capacity), which can be reached by following the stone-paved pathways leading through beautifully-landscaped gardens. Each of the rooms is constructed out of natural, sustainable volcanic rock harvested from the neighbouring wilderness (reasons to go to Uganda). Sloping roofs supported by visible rafters cover the structures, while expansive glass windows let in the views of surrounding lush greenery.

Plush sofas in the living room, a writing desk, a two-sided wood fireplace, area rugs, and throw pillows lend warmth and lavish comfort to the accommodations. Pieces of lovely, hand-painted art by local artists grace the walls, and a dedicated butler and housekeeper are available to take care of your needs. You will also have a private patio, where you can relax with coffee or freshly-made juice while watching the highlands of Bwindi lighting the sky a brilliant red during twilight. Ensuite bathrooms include twin vanities and showers.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Accommodation Bwindi

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge On Bwindi Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Primary explorations in the Nkuringo Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Option of tracking the famed mountain gorillas in Rushaga Sector, around 60 - 90 drive minutes away
  • Spending 60 minutes in the company of the gentle primates to watch and learn their behavior
  • Walking tours to spot some of the 350 species of birds, 200 kinds of butterflies, and 150 types of mammals
  • Cultural excursions to visit the local village of the Batwa people
As you safari holiday in Bwindi Impenetrable Park, you will learn that the reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for hosting the rare and magnificent mountain gorillas. Under the supervision of an expert guide, you can spend 60 minutes in the company of your assigned gorilla family. Before you set off on your trek in the in the Nkuringo Sector, you will receive instructions on how to conduct yourself around these animals. Watch as the gentle giants forage for food and care for their young, and come away feeling like you have received a rare privilege.

Bwindi is also famous for being home to nearly 350 species of birds, 150 varieties of mammals, 200 kinds of butterflies, and various reptiles, amphibians, and insects. You can go on bird-watching and hiking trips for an opportunity to view some of the species native to the Albertine Rift Valley. In all, the reserve hosts 10 different primates, including black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys. You may also have the opportunity to visit the lakes and local villages, where the pygmy Batwa communities live.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Safari Bwindi Tour

How Is The Dining At Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • Inhouse restaurant and bar where meals are served with the accompaniment of fine wines
  • Indoor and alfresco dining options available to revel in the enchanting views
  • All meals cooked using organic ingredients grown in the kitchen gardens
  • Provision for ordering breakfast, tea, and desserts in your room
  • Requests for specific tastes and dietary requirements accepted
The lodge’s lounge also has a restaurant and bar, where safari guests of Bwindi (reasons to visit) can dine on delicious meals served with a selection of wines. Choose from indoor and al fresco dining options, and enjoy the organic fare cooked with produce from the kitchen gardens. The lodge offers meals to suit most guest preferences and offers breakfast, tea, and dessert in your room.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Meals Bwindi Dining
 

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Pros & Cons At Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge In Bwindi

What We Like About Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

  1. Located close to the Nkuringo base, with easy access to trekking trails and fabulous views of Bwindi Forest Park Virunga Volcanoes Range.
  2. Endorsed partnership by International Gorilla Conservation Project (IGCP) and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).
  3. Dedicated butlers, housekeeper, and other staff members take special care of touring guests with laundry and shoe cleaning, serving in-room meals, and other requirements.
  4. With just 7 rooms, the lodge is ideal for an intimate, tranquil luxury safari experience with few other visitors.
  5. Supports the local community and contributes a percentage of earnings from each room towards development projects.

Things To Note When Staying At Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

  1. The road leading from Kisoro Airport to the lodge is a dirt track, resulting in an uncomfortable and bumpy 2-3 hour ride to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  2. Does not have a swimming pool, spa, or fitness center. Wi-fi is available in the main.
  3. Not entirely eco-friendly nor carbon neutral; building materials are green, but lodge lacks solar panels for electricity, water harvesting and its social responsibility needs more exposure and growth.
  4. Rooms only accessible via steps, so lodge may not be suitable for guests who are physically challenged. Due to the 2000 meter altitude, we recommend you acclimate yourself for your trek and stay at Clouds.
  5. Do not miss out on the complimentary hand massage on arrival. Extra massage services can be booked at the lodge. Spa setup is rustic and small - needs an aesthetic oomph.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR CLOUDS MOUNTAIN GORILLA LODGE IN BWINDI UGANDA

When staying at Clouds Mountain Gorilla 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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