Bwindi Best Lodges
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a unique and incredible destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Located in the heart of Uganda, it is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with a wide variety of flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
One of the main attractions of Bwindi is the opportunity to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This park is home to nearly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, making it a top destination for those interested in wildlife viewing and conservation.
In addition to gorillas, there are also a number of other primates found in the park, including chimpanzees, baboons, and colobus monkeys, as well as a variety of bird species and other wildlife.
It’s great to hear that Paradise Adventure Vacations offers customized safari tours in Bwindi, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in this unique and incredible destination. Whether you’re interested in wildlife viewing, exploring the forest, or learning about local culture and history, there is something for everyone in Bwindi.
Some of the Best Lodges in Bwindi
Bwindi Safari Lodge (High end)
Bwindi Luxury & Mid-Range Lodges, Bwindi Safari Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas. The lodge has recently been completely refurbished and now offers unequaled comfort and style. Eight bandas overlook the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the treetops.
Each ensuite stone bathroom consists of double sinks, hot running showers, low flushing toilets, and the same unique, stylish décor. The main lodge building also maximizes on the beautiful views of the forest canopy. With both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest. Finally a cozy fireside bar and lounge area enables guests to enjoy a drink while swapping stories of their gorilla tracking experiences
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (High-end)
As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area. Furthermore, as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivaled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves.
Buhoma Lodge (High-end)
The comfortable cottages have been carefully built. Each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages, you will find comfortable beds, a well-appointed en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and a hot shower, and also some rooms with bathtubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment. To discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.
Engagi Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Engagi Lodge in Bwindi is a modern lodge in a breathtaking setting offering stunning views over the forest canopy. Situated in a large tract of land contiguous to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. And runs from the main road to the Park Headquarters down to the Munyaga River. The lodge has been built using local materials and a local workforce.
Meanwhile, it is constructed from rocks found in and around the site and eucalyptus trees while the rooms are thatched from banana fiber sourced from local farmers. The lodge consists of just 8 en-suite cottages, 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 have private verandahs where guests can enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they watch out over the forest canopy.
Mahogany Springs (Semi-luxe)
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 the unrivaled service levels provided by the highly trained management team. All the rooms at Mahogany Springs are suites. These suites are spacious with large double doors and beautiful windows. Each suite has its own private terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding area. All suites have large en suite bathrooms with 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.
Silverback Lodge (Mid-range)
Silverback Lodge is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails. Bird watching and sometimes primate viewing is possible right from the front door of your room. They have 12 rooms. The rooms are a bit small, but they are sufficient and affordable. The view however will make up for it. It’s without a doubt the best view in Buhoma.
Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)
Located at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma Community Rest Camp gives outdoor enthusiasts a taste of safari-style living and is an excellent base camp for gorilla tracking as well as observing the many endemic bird species that inhabit the region. This pleasant and well-kept camp provides guests several lodging options such as bandas, self-contained safari tents, dormitory-style accommodations, and leveled terraces for those with camping equipment. The camp has an open-fronted restaurant where guests can enjoy exceptional views of the magnificent forest.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST (SOUTHERN SIDE/ KISORO)
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (High end)
The main lodge feels like someplace else – soaring ceilings, massive exposed wooden beams, big picture windows with endless views of treetops, volcanoes, and mountains. It feels like a ski chalet in the Alps or a stone palace in the Rocky Mountains. But with the gentle and warm welcome. The quiet dedication of your personal butler and the smiles on the faces of virtually all the staff. This can only be in Uganda.
Built of local volcanic stone, every cottage has a large sitting room with fireplace, vast overstuffed armchairs, and hand-woven carpets. Each individual cottage features the work of one of Uganda’s most respected artists (we call them the ‘Clouds 9’) Their work has been so highly regarded by guests. That they have commissioned their own pieces and now the work of these artists graces the walls of homes and offices in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and London.
Chameleon Hill (Semi-luxe)
Situated between Mgahinga and Bwindi National parks and Kisoro . You will find a place full of inspiration and enjoyment called Chameleon Hill Lodge. Located on the shores of one of East Africa’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Mutanda. You will enjoy spectacular views across the lake with its islands and surrounding hills. In the backdrop the Virunga Vulcanoes greet you. You have arrived. The “arty” design of the lodge has mainly been influenced by the location of the site itself. The most important element is undoubtedly the breathtaking view. The lodge and every single Chalet are positioned in a way that the view across the lake and volcanoes is unobstructed at all times.
Mutanda Lake Resort (Mid-range)
Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda. Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country. Their cuisine is listed amongst the best in Uganda. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers. And bird lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature. Don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as its Bilharzia free. So safe to swim, paddleboard or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake. The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time.
Gorilla Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Gorilla Safari Lodge comprises of 8 cottages with two of these being double-roomed family units for people traveling together. All rooms view Bwindi Forest. The discreetly serviced and superbly appointed cottages have a wonderful setting to relax and unwind and each room has its own en suite bathroom, with hot and cold water, as well as solar lights and a cozy fireplace. It is the ideal base from which to trek the Nshongi group of Gorillas. The lodge is locally owned and managed.
Gorilla Valley Lodge (Budget-mid-range)
Located on the border of the 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 your private terrace, experiencing the forest coming alive, and the mist mysteriously giving way for a lush jungle. Bwindi Luxury & Mid-Range Lodges, 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 splendor of the forest.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST (EASTERN SIDE/RUHIJA)
Bakiga Lodge (Budget)
This would be our pick for your Ruhija accommodation. Bakiga is a non-profit lodge in Ruhija the heart of Bwindi Forest, Uganda. They offer 2 nice twin tents and 2 family Cabins, all self-contained with ensuite bathrooms. Bakiga Lodge is part of the Bakiga Community Project, a registered NGO in Uganda, and a registered charity in the UK.
They work across Kabale to help the community’s access water. Bwindi Luxury & Mid-Range Lodges, As such, all profits of Bakiga Lodge are used to finance the water projects. Bakiga Lodge is just a five-minute drive to the Ruhija Gorilla trekking meeting point and from the start of birding guided walks. With stunning views across the valley onto the Bwindi forest, the lodge is an ideal location to base your Gorilla trekking or bird viewing tour.
Gorilla Friends Camp (Budget)
Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite is a nice budget accommodation conveniently located for tracking Bitukura and Oruzongo gorilla groups. Indeed, the Ruhija briefing point is only 500m from the campsite. The campsite has furnished safari tents, a restaurant, and a bar. The tents and restaurants overlook the deep forested valleys making ideal places to relax and observe the nearby wildlife. The camp shop offers local tourism products offered by the different groups within the area.