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All Inclusive Uganda Gorillas, Primates Wildlife & Murchison Falls Safari - 9 Days

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
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Overview

All Inclusive Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari with Murchison Falls - 9 Days

All inclusive 9 day Uganda tour and holiday to see primates, enjoy comprehensive game drives,  Uganda scenery,  with game viewing on the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls NP  - giraffe, elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, and leopard among others. Track the fast moving chimpanzees in Kibale National Park and the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi as well as the unique tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector.

This tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture & animals.  

  • Day 1: Murchison Falls National Park | Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park | Game Drive | Boat Trip
  • Day 3: Kibale National Park | Fort Portal
  • Day 4: Kibale National Park | Chimpanzee Tracking | Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary (or upgrade to full day chimps habituation experience - extra $70)
  • Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park | Rwenzori Mountains
  • Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park | Game Drive | Boat Trip 
  • Day 7: Tree-climbing lions in Ishasha; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 8: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (or upgrade to Gorilla habituation experience - extra $900)
  • Day 9: Depart to Kampala  or Entebbe or Kigali for home departing flight.
Itinerary

Day 1: Murchison Falls National Park & Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle to Murchison Falls National Park.

Our first stop is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you track the wild white rhinos. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore rhino populations in Uganda's protected areas in a later stage. Take a stop over at Masindi Hotel for lunch.

We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3,840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap.

The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamplands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos.

Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge | Lodge Paraa Safari Lodge

Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park | Game Drive | Boat Trip

After break fast head to the delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls.

This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly coloured kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge| Paraa Safari Lodge

Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 3: Kibale National Park & Fort Portal

Leave Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of Lake Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join Lake Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to Lake Albert and north to the Mediterranean sea.

Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalise the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.

During the afternoon we have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is Kasenda Crater Lakes region. It sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga—the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which were perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and we can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 4:Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white columbus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen on this walk.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of Central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialise with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and others.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park & Rwenzori Mountains

Either a day’s walk in the foothills of the Rwenzoris, one of the great mountain ranges of the world, looking out for its forbidding peaks in the distance, or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth National Parl. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.

Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving). Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains - the famed "Mountains of the Moon".

This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the north east by Lake George and on the south west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the Mountains of the Moon – the Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wild game

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge |  Katara Lodge

Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge| Enganzi Lodge | Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge | Simba Safari Camp | Buffalo Safari Resort 

Budget: Bush Lodge (tents)|  Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Pumba Cottages 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive & Boat Trip

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants and solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range.

In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippos huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge |  Katara Lodge

Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge| Enganzi Lodge | Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge | Simba Safari Camp | Buffalo Safari Resort 

Budget: Bush Lodge (tents)|  Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Pumba Cottages 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

 

 

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

With previous day’s memories, enjoy your breakfast ready to proceed to Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and

acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

 

The journey takes about 2-3 hours but driving through interesting features. We shall be arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas plus 11 other primates species including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge| Mahogany Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp | Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Buhoma Community Campground

Day 8: Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.

We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

 

 

 

Day 9: Leave Bwindi and  Return to Kampala / Entebbe or to Kigali

Rise early for breakfast before saying farewell to the camp’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala / Entebbe.

En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment', then local community crafts shops and fruit markets.

We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

 

 

 

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
 
 

Baker’s Lodge (Murchison Falls NP)

Baker's Lodge Murchison Falls NP Uganda

Baker's Lodge Murchison Falls NP Uganda

Baker's Lodge sits on the south bank of the river, benefiting from one of the best locations for wildlife viewing, as many animals come here to drink from the waters.

Baker's Lodge is comprised of eight traditional, thatched cottages, and a central lounge area. Each is raised off the ground, and offers uninterrupted views of the Nile, with regular opportunities to spot elephant, hippo and a wide variety of birdlife. All eight cottages have their own private decks, and are well spaced apart to offer guests privacy and seclusion. Cottages are spacious and traditionally decorated with wooden furnishings and locally crafted items on display. An eco-friendly lodge with modern comforts, solar lighting runs throughout, and en-suite facilities provide solar hot water showers, and in some cases, bathtubs.

Baker's Lodge has just eight raised cottages, each with uninterrupted river views and a private deck. All have en-suite bathrooms, some of which have bathtubs. Rooms are traditionally decorated in a rustic style, with thatched roofs, and are spread out to ensure privacy and excellent views.

Meals are taken in the central lodge dining area, which also offers a comfortable lounge and bar. It is also possible to arrange a bush breakfast or private riverside dining for an extra special experience.

 

Fort Murchison

Fort Murchison Lodge

Fort Murchison Lodge

Fort Murchison is located along the Eastern banks of Albert Nile, on a slightly elevated point alongside the Nile and affords a great view of the river.

where you enter the park at the Tangi Gate, where even the drive across a Borassus Palm Tree studded Savannah is a treat where you will see a lots of wildlife even before you reach the traditional wildlife game tracks.

Fort Murchison is a very different Safari Lodge in that it combines some of Uganda’s historic past with the present. The ruins of the old Fort Wadelai are only 30 kilometers from the new

Fort Murchison and Fort Murchison have been built in the spirit of historic places such as Fort Wadelai or even Fort Dufile further down the Nile but there is the where it ends since Fort Murchison gives you the look of old combined with the comfort of a quality lodging facility at a most moderate price and moderate price is something that Murchison Falls Park has needed on the Wildlife Side of the Park with no morning ferry crossing but a straight scenic drive to the game drive tracks. Accommodation is either in tents or rooms, we stayed in the rooms and they were fairly well laid out.

Fort Murchison is in what was known as the Aswa Lolim Game Reserve, though the reserve is no longer operational much wildlife is still found here and you can see some while having dinner, sitting on the balcony of your room or the deck of your tent along with a most splendid view Fort-Murchison-View-of-Lake-Albert-Nileof the historic River Nile with sunrises and sunsets that you can only find in Africa.

Fort Murchison has 12 en-suite rooms that are furnished with comfortable beds, bathrooms with hot water from its Eco-friendly solar water heaters. The rooms give you the best of African comfort blending in the style of the Swahili Culture resulting in one of the best lodging facilities owned by Nature Lodges and in the tradition of Nature Lodges philosophy once again they have combined exceptional comfort, superb food (4 course dinners), a setting in the African Wild and yet an affordable price ( a double room full board is 150 usd per night).

There is also the budget option of furnished tents with shared facilities such as showers at 90 usd – full board.

The Tents

Away from the main accommodation, Fort Murchison also offers a more budget option in the form of some non-self-contained tents. Furnished with 2 single beds, the tents share communal ablution blocks.

Red Chilli rest camp

Red Chilli rest camp is a budget campsite which is situated inside Murchison falls national park, on the south-bank of the River. The camp is suitable for the Budget travellers.

Red Chilli Rest Camp is just 500 metres from the Paraa ferry, where all vehicles cross the Nile for game drives around the Nile Delta, and where boats can be hired for game viewing. 

Red Chilli Rest Camp, overlooking the Nile in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park, offers great value camping and accommodation in safari tents and bandas amid some spectacular scenery.

Paraa Safari Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge Murchison Falls NP

Paraa Safari Lodge Murchison Falls NP

Paraa Safari Lodge is situated on the bank of the the Nile River opposite the launch jetty. Architecturally, the lodge falls in the category of a 'hotel in bush' type of lodges - a double storey monolith that in most repects wouldn't look out of place on  a beach or in a city - but the extensive use of natural materials and African interior decor give it a definite organic feel. The large and luxurious decorated rooms all have private balconies facing the river, walk-in mosquito netting and a specious bath or shower.

The grounds are dominated by a curvaceous swimming pool, reportedly the largest in the country, and offer a good view of the Nile.

Logistically, it is the most conveniently located of the upmarket lodges for game drives in the north and the launch trip to the base of Murchison Falls.

The rooms are big and beautiful, and bathroom amenities are great, lobby/lounge is large with a marvelous welcoming atmosphere. The front desk folks make you feel immediately welcome. You have to have experienced \the roads and dust in Uganda to know how appreciated that is!! 

The lodge is located on a slightly elevated point alongside the Nile and affords a great view of the river. Accommodation is either in tents or rooms, we stayed in the rooms and they were fairly well laid out.

 Internet

If you don't have a laptop for lobby wifi, there are three desktop computers that anyone can use, right off the lobby.

The food was delicious at dinner and breakfast. Meals are delightfully served - a breakfast with countless of choices - eggs prepared just to your liking, freshly baked goods - Lunch on the verandah in a relaxing atmosphere - served by attentive staff and dinner as the African night sets - You have had a long day and now a time to recount the happenings of the day, the things along the drive, the wildlife encountered, the top of the falls, the boat ride up the River Nile. The chief chef checks diners to make sure all guests are happy. The candlelit terrrace at dinner is beautiful.

Paraa Lodge is a simply the right place to come home to while on Safari at Murchison Falls. Many have stayed here and most truly enjoy it. It was more than a lodge, but a pleasant experience for most.

Value-Is one of the points most often raised - in Africa where Safari Lodging can into a lot of money - Paraa is truly an affordable Jewel on the Nile - its full board treatment leave littleadded costs such as sodas or alcoholic drinks.

Kyaninga Lodge

   

Kyaninga Lodge is located 15 minutes outside Fort Portal town. Perched atop a hill overlooking a stunning blue crater lake, the lodge enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, set against a magnificent backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The lodge accommodates twenty guests in eight raised log cabins.

The rooms have got space more than enough and if that piece of earth is not enough you can spend your afternoon with a tennis match on grass ground.

This lodge consists of a series of lofty thatch cottages, each gracefully perched on stilts, marching up a steep hilltop, and culminating in a double-storey log structure with Reception, Bar/Sitting Room, and a Dining Hall, complete with a loft for those wanting to dine apart from the crowd. The cottages are interconnected with a glorious Escher-like cascade of suspended wooden stairways and bridges, and overlook a stunning landscape of fields and forests on one side, a spectacular crater-lake and mountains on the other. The interiors are tastefully finished in wood and thatch, with custom-designed wooden furniture.

The level of service was exceptional, and the food was good. The environmentally-friendly banana-leaf wrappings to our pack lunches were a nice touch.

 PS: Don't miss the opportunity to take the Crater Walk, an easy hike with gorgeous views that takes you on a circular route around the lake.  

Facilities:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • International Chef

Primate Lodge Kibale

Primate Lodge Kibale is located at the Kanyanchu Visitors Centre in Kibale Forest National Park. From Fort Portal follow the road to Kamwenge for 36 kms and branch off at the sign post directing to Primate Lodge Kibale.

Primate Lodge Safari Tents are self contained with lovely bathrooms at the rear of the tents - it fits almost seamlessly. The rooms are raised tents with porches overlooking the forest all located on a circular trail that runs behind the dining/reception area and bar. The rooms are fine - comfortable and spacious, you can get a good night's rest and wake up somewhere totally wild to the chorus of birds and monkeys!

The trail is worth a wander during day light hours as you will probably see some nice birds, butterflies and, of course, monkeys! From the trail, and even from the porch of your tent, you can see plenty from a range of species - baboons, colobus and red-tailed in particular. You can hear chimps screaming at each other from not too far away, and they do pop in on rare occasions

Also highly recommend while here is the Bigodi Wetlands walk as an additional local activity - should see lots of birds, and a variety of the other primates living in Kibale Forest. The Wetlands Walk affords you the best opportunity to see these, as when tracking the chimps you are really focused on seeing one thing only. You will see five species of monkey in the wetlands (red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, L'Hoest's and grey-cheeked mangabey), and seven primate species in total in Kibale

Primate Lodge has the resources and ability to make your stay at Kibale Forest most comfortable with their caring and local staff, their International and Local Cuisine that will simply delight you for breakfast, lunch and or dinner.

Rooms:

• Luxury Tented Camp including 8 deluxe safari tents with en suite facilities

• Six spacious forest cottages with en suite facilities

• One elevated banda with en suite facilities

• One remote Sky Tree House for the adventurous travellers (non self-contained)

• Well maintained campsite

Facilities:

• Two restaurants with local and international dishes

• Well-stocked bar

• Comfortable lounge

• Camp fire area

Facilities:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • International Chef

Kibale Forest Camp

Kibale Forest Camp tents

Kibale Forest Camp is suited off Fort port- Kamwenge, subsequent to the park’s edge.

The camp is well designed with about 7 safari tents; containing double beds with en-suite bathroom along with an eco friendly toilet. The verandah will give you a perfect view of the colobus monkeys in the forest.

Chimps Nest Kibale

Chimps Nest Kibale is situated near Nyabubale, a small village between Nkingo and Bigodi. It's only a 15-minute drive from Kanyanchu, the starting point of UWA chimp-tracking and other activities in Kibale Forest. Chimps' Nest also borders the Bigodi Swamps.

Visitors can choose cottages, family cottage, tree house inside the forest, backpacker rooms, or our campsite.

Backpackers and campers have sufficient access to flushing toilets, washbasins and warm showers.

The beautifully finished cottage with its space and fantastic open bathroom or the adventurous tree house inside the rain forest with monkeys at eye-level. Both have a great though totally different setting.

Chimps Nest Kibale cottages are all situated on a hill facing the forest and the Rwenzori mountains (that we missed to see because the sky was not clear).

The tree house is about 50 feet up high in the middle of the rain forest. It also has a bathroom with hot water (!) and flush toilet.

Also highly recommend while here is the Bigodi Wetlands walk as an additional local activity - should see lots of birds, and a variety of the other primates living in Kibale Forest. The Wetlands Walk affords you the best opportunity to see these, as when tracking the chimps you are really focused on seeing one thing only. You will see five species of monkey in the wetlands (red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, L'Hoest's and grey-cheeked mangabey), and seven primate species in total in Kibale.

 

Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge is situated in Uganda in the idyllic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, well known for being home to the rare and elusive mountain gorilla. From the private veranda of each cottage guests can enjoy views overlooking the forest whilst relaxing and taking in the stunning natural surrounds. Buhoma is an ideal accommodation for guests interested in gorilla trekking, being closely located to the meeting point for the treks.

There are ten comfortable cottages at Buhoma Lodge, each complete with a private veranda offering superb views of the forest. Cottages are traditionally decorated with wooden furnishings, but each is comfortable and spacious. Each cottage has en-suite facilities, and some provide bathtubs.

Meals are taken in the main, elevated lounge area, and are prepared using local ingredients to create an international cuisine. Located in the lounge, the bar is the perfect place to relax after the day's activities, or enjoy a drink around the fireplace.

Engagi Lodge

Engagi Lodge is a small and exclusive property on the edge of the Impenetrable Forest, close to the park headquarters. The lodge is open-ended at the front allowing a dramatic view of the Bwindi National Park from every corner inside the building.

The accommodation consists of eight en-suite Cottages which are evenly 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 units have private verandahs where guests can enjoy their early morning tea or coffee.

The kitchen, which has been built a distance away from the lodge to ensure privacy for the clients, prepares a variety of three course meals and all requirements such as vegetarians and vegans are catered for by our team of experienced Kampala trained chefs. The main lodge comprises a rock bar, the restaurant and a large wooden verandah with a separate outdoor viewing platform. The lodge building is large enough to cater for sizeable groups needing banqueting tables, but still allows smaller individual groups to spread out in the various different areas for privacy.

Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a midrange facility located in the Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Its within a walking distance from the Park Headquarters in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi.

Offering free WiFi and a sun terrace, Rushaga Gorilla Camp is located in Bugambira. Rushaga Gorilla Tracking (Nshongi Group) is 6 km away.

It offers 6 Luxury tents,  6 self-contained  Rooms (twin/double), and and ample Camping  site. All units feature a seating area. Some units have a terrace and/or balcony with garden views.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar. The property also offers packed lunches.

Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for cycling.

Gorilla Valley Lodge

Located on the border of the Bwindi impenetrable forest and set on a steep slope the lodge has a truly unique setting. Imagine waking up with the sounds of the forest, having your cup of coffee or tea on you private terrace, experiencing the forest coming alive and the mist mysteriously giving way for a lush jungle.

Gorilla Valley Lodge consists of 12 en-suite rooms, built on a steep slope, ensuring the best views on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

All rooms have a private terrace from where to experience the splender of the forest. Tastefully decorated and equipped with solar water heaters and comfortable beds our rooms ensure a peaceful sleep.

Mahogany Springs

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting.

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 staff.

Spend the day tracking for Gorillas through the forest, sitting on the terrace of your room or even down by the Munyanga River listening to the flowing waters as time slowly passes by.

The Rooms

All the rooms at Mahogany Springs are suites. The Superior Suites can be Twin, Double or Triple. These suites are spacious with large double doors and

beautiful windows. Each suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest area.

All suites have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower. For added comfort and peace of mind all the suites have an advanced mosquito net system that wraps around the entire area of the beds.

There are power points in the living room and bedrooms as well as 2 desks/dressing tables.

Silverback Gorilla Lodge Bwindi

The lodge is located just minutes from the gate to the National Park where the gorilla tracking starts, and has stunning views over the forest. 

The food was good and plentiful. Buffet breakfast of cereal, fruit, eggs, bacon, grilled tomato etc.

The rooms are clean with functional mosquito nets and all have views over the forest with fantastic hot showers. There is also small gift shop in the lodge.

Gorilla Mist Camp Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable N.Park

This is a small camp with 4 thatched roof cottages with balconies overlooking the valley, forest and volcanoes. Located about 5 minutes from Bwindi/ Ruhija park offices from where gorilla tracking for either of the three families Oruzogo, Bitukula, and Kyaguliro starts.

Accommodation at the Gorilla Mist Camp is provided in clean well maintained rooms. All the accommodation has electric lighting installed. There are several leveled terraces for those with their own equipment to camp. Cold beers and sodas are available with local produce used to provide visitors meals.

Chameleon Hill Lodge

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill’s biggest leverage are the best views imaginable – from up the lush highlands, to the magical Lake Mutanda & its lush islands below and the sprawling highlands all around it, and to crown it off with a perfect backdrop of the Virunga Volcanic Mountains. The most visible of the volcanoes are Muhabura, Gahinga & Sabinyo whose peaks are cloudy most of the time. On clearer days, other Virunga volcanoes from Rwanda & D.R Congo can be sighted. At night, there is a good chance of spotting magma spilling in the air from the active volcano Nyiragongo, its epic!

The lodge has a unique style of multiple colors; each building painted a different color of the rainbow, which makes it so colorful and stand out beautifully.

Facilities and Services

  • The Lobby – housed by the main castle, is comfy with colorful cushions. On arrival, it is here the lodge manager warmly welcomes you, served a glass of juice to refresh, & briefed before proceeding to check in to your room.
  • The Restaurant – serves 3 meals a day, that is, breakfast, lunch & dinner, of both local & international delicacies. Lunch and dinner are served 3 courses (starter, main course & dessert). A daily menu for the main meal course is displayed. Visitors that require special consideration for meals or an alternative from the day’s menu make prior communication with the manager.
  • Tea/Coffee is available in the Restaurant throughout the day.
  • A Bar – located right next to the restaurant, has a good collection of renowned international wines & spirits in addition to the local beer brands.
  • The Lounge, offers comfort on quality seats, sofas with cushions, and magnificent vistas of Lake Mutanda & the impressive landscape. Even better it has a fireplace to make your evenings cozy.
  • A Library – placed in the lounge, has a good collection of travel information & books including field guides of birds, Trees & Shrubs, etc.
  • A large deck, extending from the main house (that houses the Restaurant, Bar, & Lounge) overlooks the magnificent scenery – Lake Mutanda, the lush highlands, & cloudy Volcanoes.
  • Evenings are kept entertained with traditional folklore by the local dancing group
  • Electricity is provided by a generator, switched on from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Laundry services are available at small cost.

Accommodation at Chameleon Hill Lodge

The lodge has a total of 10 chalets that include 5 doubles and 5 twins. Odd numbers are doubles while even numbers are twins.

Each chalet comprises of 1 large bed for the doubles, 2 beds (not as large as those in the doubles) for the twins. In the twins, beds can be pushed together to form a double. An extra bed can be added in the double room on request, for instance to accommodate a child. Mosquito nets over the bed, in spite of this being a mosquito-free area/zone.

Other extras in the room include extra thick blanket for the colder nights; bottle of drinking water per day; wardrobe;  a Safe; Umbrella, a patio with excellent views over Lake Mutanda, highlands & Volcanoes

In the en-suite bathroom you will find, Linen and bath towels, a toilet, shower, and a wash bowl. Hot shower are available 24/7.

In between chalets is a fencing to ensure maximum privacy.

Trackers Lodge Buhoma

Trekker's tavern Cottages is located at the hilltop 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 ensuite 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 15 minutes walk  from the Ruhija park headquarters.

The lodge is a perfect place for bird watchers as a variety of albertine rift endemics and other special birds can be viewed from the verandas of the cottages. A day walk to the mines offers a bird watcher a chance to see the Spotted Eagle Owl in a day roost, Doherty's Bushshrike, Mackinnon's Bushshrike, Red throated Wryneck, Dusky Twinspot, a variety of Waxbills and many others.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp (BCRC) is attractive complex set in wooded grounds on the slope facing a forest gallery immediately inside Bwindi National park entrance gate and has been in existence since 1993. They have self contained Bandas which are cabins in African Style, Self Contained Tents and Dormitories  for your accommodation needs while doing a  Gorilla Tracking tour in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp is setup at the Edge of Bwindi impenetrable National Park with the main aim of providing quality Lodging service to tourists and visitors.
They have got six (6) well finished safari tents, which are self-contained facing the forest with a spectacular view.

Wake up and go to sleep with the relaxing music of nature. Two cottages that are self-contained facing the forest. Nothing beats the scenes that unfold right in front of you. Gorillas do drop by to say hullo occasionally.

We also have got five (5) twin cottage bandas which are non-self-contained and are built with local materials with African architectural design.

Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable N.Park

It is located about 600m from the Ruhija Gorilla tracking trail-head. An ideal budget lodging in Ruhija accommodation during your trip for you to track Kyanguriro, Bitukura and Oruzongo Gorilla Groups.   The campsite has  4 furnished safari tents ($30 per person bed breakfast), a restaurant and bar.

 Spectacular views overlooking valley towards the forest. Also 3 twin rooms available and camping possible.

Inclusions
  • Gorilla permits (each at US$600)
  • Chimpanzee viewing permits
  • Game drives
  • Accommodation with all meals during the tour
  • Services of  a goos and experienced safari guide
  • Bottled drinking water on the vehicle
  • Park fees for the various parks
  • Transport on tour using a 4x4 safari land cruisers
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme
  • Boat rides as on the programme 

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