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Where is the best place to stay for gorilla trekking in Uganda?

Where to stay in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Diary of a Muzungu's Ultimate Guide to Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Take a deep breath, Enjoy the Ultimate Guide to Mountain Gorilla Trekking.


I love Bwindi Lodge! The interiors are superb and the full frontal view of the rainforest is second to none.

Buhoma Lodge is one of two lodges inside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is a luxury eco-lodge of fixed tents with excellent ensuite bathrooms, set into a hill with beautiful views of the rainforest.

Buhoma lodges I’ve visited include: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Mahogany Springs, Engagi Lodge, Trackers, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Haven Lodge, Silverback Lodge. Write-ups coming soon.

The Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) Gorilla Conservation Camp offers comfortable budget accommodation just 2 km from the Buhoma entrance to the national park for gorilla trekkers, students and researchers. 100% of Gorilla Conservation Camp’s profits go to gorilla conservation.

Bwindi: Ruhija / Nkuringo / Rushaga

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is set on the crest of a small hill. In the one direction, the camp overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In the other direction, on a clear day, guests can see the eight volcanic peaks of the Virunga.

Chameleon Hill is unique! A technicolour dream, overlooking Lake Mutanda and the Virunga volcanoes.

You’ll pay top dollar to stay at Clouds, but if a helipad and a personal butler are what you’re looking for, then look this place up!

Travellers’ Rest in Kisoro has simple, comfortable rooms and was a frequent stop for renowned primatologist Dian Fossey when she travelled through Uganda. It is about an hour’s drive from the Bwindi park gate.

Budget accommodation options can be arranged through the innovative Gorilla Highlands project.


Where to stay in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mount Gahinga Lodge is just five minutes’ walk from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Nestled beneath the volcanic peaks, this four-star eco-lodge has fabulous food. Every stay includes a complimentary massage. The lodge’s numerous well thought-out community initiatives are a real hit with visitors. Meet the Batwa, the ancient forest tribe.

For gorilla trekking stories and Uganda and Rwanda travel advice, click on the hyperlinks in the
 Ultimate Guide to Mountain Gorilla Trekking. Still got a question? Contact the Muzungu.