GORILLAS, BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES – the natural treasures of BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
Uganda is a dramatically scenic land locked East African country with a diverse landscape stretching from the snow covered peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the seemingly endless waters of Lake Victoria. Blessed with an abundance of wildlife, it is widely renowned for the endangered mountain gorillas who find sanctuary in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
It is an impressive country, where Wild Frontiers run 3 camps/lodges:
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Baker’s Lodge in Murchison Falls
- Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi
Today, we’d like to take you on a quick “tour” of our Buhoma Lodge.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s mist-covered hills are blanketed by one of Africa’s oldest rainforests, and is home to an estimated 350 mountain gorillas – almost half of the world’s population. Exploring this National Park on a peaceful forest walk uncovers a host of natural treasures. The forest buzzes with birdsong and insects calls, being one of the top 10 birding sites in Africa with over 350 species, including 23 endemics and 7 IUCN red data listed species. Home to over 200 species of butterfly and 120 small mammals including L’Hoest monkeys with their white beards, the shy Giant Forest Hog and the Clawless otter, time spent in this forest is a “CTRL ATL DELETE” reboot for the soul, where a walk to the Muyanga Waterfall is a must. Community interactions include visits to the award-winning Bwindi Community Hospital, a community walk through local villages to see how locals brew local gin(waragi) from bananas; a visit to the Batwa Pygmy Tribe and a visit to the local school and orphanage.
Buhoma Lodge, set inside the National Park, commands uninterrupted views over the Forest – Mountain Gorillas have even been spotted in our garden!
At a glance:
- Eco friendly lodge constructed using sustainable local materials
- Solar lighting
- 10 spacious en suite chalets with private balconies and forest views
- Homely lounge/ bar area with cosy fireplace
- Free Wifi
Activities in the area:
- Gorilla Trekking
- Forest walks
- Cultural Interaction – Batwa Pygmies
- Local school/ hospital/ orphanage visit
- Local village visit
When to go:
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest may be visited throughout the year.
- High season: Jun-Aug and Dec-Feb is drier and trails are less slippery but permits are more expensive
- Low Season: Apr-May and Nov is the green season and permits are more affordable
- Daily scheduled flights from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip
- 2-3 hours drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha sector)
- Full day drive from Entebbe or Kampala
- 6-7 hour drive from Lake Mburo National Park
Reviews and Guest comments:
We’ve been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellent for consistently great traveller reviews.
“Excellent service. All meals were delightful; the staff really makes this place shine!”
“Buhoma is a must stay. Food was incredible, accommodations impeccable down to a hot water bottle in your bed each night. The staff are world class and made us feel very welcome. Complimentary massages are a great touch after trekking to see the gorillas. Do not consider staying anywhere else, this place is deserving of 5 stars.”