Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park  is convenient for all kinds of travelers as the lodges are categorized into midrange, luxury, and budget.( bwindi  lodges).

Bwindi impenetrable national park is a famous UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) site well known for being home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas, it is located Kanungu district with Kanungu town as the nearest town in the south western region of Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable national park at the altitude variation of 1160m – 2607 m lies on the edge of rift valley bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national park. The mist-covered hills of the impenetrable forest contains various species of plants approximately 400 making it more attractive and suitable for nature lovers, the park covers an area of 321 kilometers harboring a huge population of mountain gorillas estimated to be 400 in number, hills of the park are also a source to five rivers and also over 120 mammals, primates like baboons, chimpanzees, approximately 350 species of birds and the famous Batwa pygmy trails.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park receives a lot of tourists with differing touring desires for example nature walks, birding, community visits and gorilla trekking which is the major activity in Bwindi impenetrable national park. A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs US$ 600 which is cheaper than Rwanda gorilla trekking permits. The gorilla trekking expedition is a tiresome activity that begins early in the morning and it requires tourists to stay nearby so as to be in time for the briefing by the rangers and embark on the expedition.

Bwindi impenetrable national park has a lot of many accommodation facilities around it which offer beddings, food, and beverages. These accommodation facilities are of different types that are luxury, mid-range, and budget.

Budget accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park include

Buhoma community rest camp

Buhoma community rest camp is one of the oldest accommodation facilities found in buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park owned and run by the local community which starting operating in 1993 and it is ranked as budget accommodation. Accommodation is offered the following ways

  • 6 en suite safari tents
  • 3 en suite cottages
  • 2 non-self-contained twin cottage bandas
  • 6 bed dormitory 
  • Campsites

With bedding types of single, double, twin and triple, the Banda cottages in buhoma community rest camp are unique African architectural facilities constructed using local materials (mabada and grass on the rooftop). Amenities offered by buhoma community rest camp include complimentary coffee, massage, parking, laundry services, craft shop, post cards for sale, reading materials, transport service, restaurant and a bar.

Broadbill forest camp.

Broadbill forest camp is found in the Ruhija sector eastern region of Bwindi impenetrable national park ranked as budget accommodation, broadbill forest camp is a comfortable accommodation facility made up of tents with wooden floors and grass-thatched roofs, these tents have self-contained rooms. Rooms offered are single and double rooms, the camp also offers restaurants and bars in the main building.

 Wagtail eco safari camp

Wagtail Eco safari camp is found in Rubuguri town south of Bwindi impenetrable national park, it is the best option for tourists intending to do gorilla trekking in the Rushaga sector south of the park which is 10 kilometers from Rubuguri. Wagtail eco safari camp was built using local materials that is papyrus on the roof, banana fibers on roof and local stones for the floor. The following rooms are offered wagtail eco safari camp, guest room, deluxe queen, junior king, superior king. Services offered include a restaurant and a well-stocked bar.

Bwindi view bandas 

Bwindi view bandas is found in the buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park approximately 100 meters from the entrance of the park. Accommodation in Bwindi view bandas is offered as three bandas rooms that is a sparrow, Robin and Eagle each equipped with four beds. 2 small bandas that is Kiwi and Warbler each equipped with two beds and camping facilities.

Facilities offered by Bwindi view bandas include laundry services, parking, and picnic area, reading materials, rental services for binoculars, tents, gumboots, grocery stores, and showers.

Ruhija gorilla friends resort 

Ruhija gorilla forest resort is the best accommodation facility for tourists intending to do gorilla trekking in the Ruhija sector east region of Bwindi impenetrable national park. Ruhija gorilla friends resort is a joint project of members of the katojo parish of kabale district formed on 2008 primarily to promote sustainable utilization of tourist attractions in the region and to provide services to tourists. Accommodation facilities in Ruhija gorilla friends resort is offered in tents that overlook the deep valleys. Facilities offered by Ruhija gorilla friends resort include laundry, tour desk, self-catering, fire places, private bathrooms, gift shop, bar and restaurant.

Ruhija gorilla friends resort 

Trekkers tavern cottages  

Trekkers tavern cottages are found on Ruhija hills top with direct view of Bwindi impenetrable national park and it is a best option for tourists trekking I Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable national. Trekkers tavern cottages offers facilities of 5 cottages, en suite rooms with bathroom facilities and also its amenities include restaurant and bar.

Gift of nature lodge

Gift of nature lodge is also found in kibale Ruhija sub country and ranked budget offered single, double and twin rooms, with amnesties including the lounge. Restaurant and free widescreen television.

Gift of nature lodge

Nshongi Camp

Nshongi camp is found in the Rushaga sector south of Bwindi impenetrable national park, for tourists tracking Mishaya, kahungye, Bweza, Busingye and Nshongi gorilla families in Rushaga Nshongi camp is the best choice, Nshongi camp was beautifully built in a traditional way using local materials with grass-thatched rooftops. The camp offers four bandas and camping site with facilities which include champ fire, cultural dance performances, electric lamps, restaurant, and umbrellas in case it rains. 

Nshongi Gorilla resort 

Nshongi gorilla resort located in southern region of Bwindi impenetrable national park in Rubuguri town which is adjacent to Rushanga and Nkurigo gorilla trekking sectors, Nshongi resort provides both guest house and cottages with self-contained rooms, double rooms with either twin or triple beds. These rooms have large double windows for viewing outside nature, hot water in bathrooms, wireless internet, dining room, mosquito nets, reading tables and seats. Nshongi Gorilla resort offers the following amnesties, fully stocked bar and restaurant, parking, and self-contained rooms.

Ruhija community rest camp

Ruhija community rest camp is a budget accommodation facility in eastern region of Bwindi impenetrable national park in Ruhija region, the camp is close Uganda wild life authority headquarters at Ruhija and opposite the institute of tropical forests conservation. Ruhija community rest camp offers 4 en suite cottages with double beds, 2 twin cottages and 2 general campsites for own camping with facilities including restaurant, bar and gift shop. 

 Luxury accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park 

Volcanoes safaris Bwindi lodge

Volcanoes safaris Bwindi lodge is a luxury accommodation facility located in buhoma sector north of Bwindi impenetrable national park. The lodge consists of eight bandas with a direct view to the forest canopy, private terrace and en-suite bathrooms, facilities offered include restaurant, bar, lounge, communal fire place, security guard, laundry service, baby crib available for tourists with kids. Rooms in Volcanoes safaris Bwindi lodge costs US$ 250 on high season and US$ 225 for a double room, US$ 300 on high season and US$ 270 on lower season for a single room. 

Buhoma lodge

Buhoma lodge is located in buhoma sector north of Bwindi impenetrable national park very close to park’s main gate making it the most ideal accommodation for tourist tracking Habinyanja, Rushegura and mubare family groups of buhoma sector. Buhoma lodge has beautiful built cottages 10 in number with private verandah, comfortable beds, bath tubes, safety deposit boxes and fully equipped bathrooms. Cottages have facilities which include lounge area, bar, dining facilities, fire place, solar power, mosquito proof rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and free recharging portlets for charging phones.  

Chameleon hill lodge

Chameleon hill lodge was located in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi impenetrable national park it was established on the shores of Lake Mutanda and it is a perfect accommodation spot for tourist doing trekking in Nkurigo and Rushaga sector. In chameleon hill lodge there is 10 private cottages five of them are twin rooms with twin beds and five are queen sized beds. Cottages are decorated with different colors on the exterior reflecting a chameleon, the interior of the cottages is decorated with lush chalets. The rooms are equipped with mosquito nets, extra blankets, fire extinguisher and facilities include a fully stocked bar, a restaurant offering both local and international cuisines

Gorilla safari lodge

Gorilla safari lodge is a luxury accommodation facility adjacent to the entrance of Bwindi impenetrable national park in south in Rushaga sector. Gorilla safari lodge has 8 cottages with a fire place, solar lights, private verandahs and en suite facilities, it also offers facilities which include bar and restaurant, lounge and camp fire space. Rooms in gorilla safari lodge cost US$ 236 on high season and US$ 165 in low season for luxury double or twin, US$ 295 on high season and US$ 212 on low season for luxury single room, a standard double room/ twin costs US$ 177 on high season and US$ 147 on low season and US$ 708 for family cottages on high season and US$ 566 on lower season.

Clouds mount gorilla lodge

Clouds mount gorilla lodge is a famous accommodation facility lieing at the altitude of 2,000 meters located in Nkurigo area southeast of Bwindi impenetrable national park, it is 10 kilometers from the Nkurigo gorilla group. While at Clouds mount gorilla lodge a tourist can get a chance to view all 8 Virunga volcanoes and also the Bwindi forest canopy. Accommodation is provided in 8 cottages constructed using volcano stones, two of the cottages have two bedrooms purposely for family tourists. Clouds mount gorilla lodge offers the following services and amenities

  • Library 
  • Resturant
  • Bar 
  • Lounge 
  • Spa 
  • Parking 
  • Gardens 
  • Spacious 

Rooms in these cottages have a spacious sitting room, fireplace for warming purposes, hand-woven carpets and unique artwork. 

Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge

Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge is an establishment located in Ruhija sector 5 minutes from mountain gorilla trekking spot, the camp is made up of 8 cottages built using natural local materials with a direct view of forest canopy and the Virunga volcanoes. These cottages contain 4 superior room twin cabins with occupancy range of 4 to 8, four deluxe cabins with up to 8 people occupancy and 6 standard rooms of up to 12 people occupancy and the following amenities are offered in these rooms 

  • Side bed lampstands
  • Extra blankets
  • Bathrooms with toilets and shower with water heaters
  • Hot water bottles 
  • T6rash cans 
  • Fireplaces especially inn each superior cabins
  • Storage cabins for visitor’s luggage in both superior and deluxe cabins

The following services are offered 

  • Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Gift shop
  • Tea and coffee connection
  • Traditional entrainment
  • Mini library 
  • Laundry
  • Parking  
  • Hairdryer 

Gorilla forest camp

Gorilla forest camp is adjacent to the main entrance of the park and is found north of Bwindi impenetrable national park in the buhoma sector, gorilla forest camp is owned by a group of sanctuary retreat lodges called luxury upmarket lodges. The camp is made up of 8 chalets with 2 queen-sized beds, facilities offered by gorilla forest camp include a lounge, bar area, dining, mini-spa, and campfire.

Mahogany springs camp

Mahogany spring camp is a luxury accommodation found in the buhoma sector north of Bwindi impenetrable national park, it has both superior and presidential suites. Superior suites have twin, double or triple, private terrace overlooking the surrounding, power points, dressing desk, and mosquito net with private terrace overlooking the forest canopy. Presidential suites were constructed in a very private location with twin, double, triple or quadruple beddings, 2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, large living room, large private terrace with the river in the view, 2 dressing desks and a mosquito net. Mahogany springs camp has a main building that houses most of the services including a panoramic terrace, a well-stocked bar, double-sided fireplace, a library for books and DVDs, gift shop and restaurant. Rooms at mahogany spring lodge cost US$ 245 for twin / double room on high season and US$ 205 on low season, US$ 325 for single rooms on high season and US$ 290 on low season.

Mid-range accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park include

Lake Kitandara Bwindi camp

Lake Kitandara Bwindi camp is located in buhoma north of Bwindi impenetrable national park established in 1994, it was made out of African materials with a modernity touch, the camp is made up of 20 tents named using names of birds of Uganda. Tents are self-contained with comfortable beds and furniture, solar power and bath tubes. Lake Kitandara Bwindi camp offers restaurant and bar services.

Eco marvels gorilla resort

Eco marvels gorilla resort is adjacent to kitahurira ranger, it is the best option for a tourist intending to do trekking in Ruhija and the buhoma gorilla sector. The resort offers the following facilities free mobile internet, tented bandas, campsite with rooms of single, double occupancy and camping.

Engagi Lodge Bwindi 

Engagi lodge Bwindi is found in the buhoma area north of Bwindi impenetrable national park offering an impressive view of forest built using local materials including rocks, eucalyptus trees, and banana fibers. Engagi lodges contain privately located 8 cottages with en-suite with flushing toilets, private verandahs with double or twin beds 

Other mid-range hotels include Silverback lodge, Gorilla mist camp, Gorilla valley lodge, and Nkurigo gorilla camp.

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