Bwindi Lodge
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Bwindi Lodge Terrace
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Bwindi Lodge

Volcanoes Safaris

Celebrating twenty years of gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in Uganda and Rwanda
1997-2017

Volcanoes Safaris is the leading luxury lodge company in Uganda and Rwanda. We have been at the forefront of reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in the region since 1997.

Twenty years ago we were the first to set up simple camps in the areas around the gorilla parks. Today, Volcanoes Safaris is the leading luxury lodge company in Uganda and Rwanda:

Country

Uganda

Highlights

New flying safaris make it easier than ever to visit the gorillas. Internal flights depart from Entebbe and take a short but very scenic 1-hour journey over Lake Victoria and onto Bwindi Impenetrable forest making it much easier for those on a tight time schedule. • In 2009, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) was established by Volcanoes Safaris Ltd. VSPT is a non- profit organization that undertakes community and conservation activities in areas that neighbour all four Volcanoes Safaris lodges and great ape habitats. The VSPT aims to create long-term, self- sustaining projects that will enrich the livelihoods of local communities, promote the conservation of the great apes, restore natural habitats and work with communities and institutions to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in the areas neighbouring our lodges. The objectives of VSPT are achieved through regular donations from Volcanoes Safaris who contribute a voluntary donation of $100 from every full cost safari purchased. • A 50-acre plot of land around Bwindi Lodge has been created to act as a buffer zone between the expanding village of Nkwenda and the forest. Tea has been planted here and is processed by local people in partnership with the VSPT, which gives them an additional source of work and income. The VSPT runs a Tea Processing exhibit at Bwindi Lodge in partnership with local communities. The tea tour demonstrates how tea is grown, picked and traditionally processed in Uganda. Tea has also proved to be a very effective buffer crop when planted between forest areas with protected wildlife and local human communities. Animals do not eat tea so feel no need to come out of the forest to ‘crop raid’, which is the source of much human-wildlife conflict in areas around National Parks, particularly in Uganda and Rwanda. We also support organizations such as the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, who carry out vital work on gorilla conservation by inviting them to give talks to guests at our lodges and channeling donations through them.

Need to Know

• 8 newly renovated luxury bandas. 6 doubles and 2 twins, of which 2 have a fireplace in the room. All rooms offer spectacular views of the forest. No guide/tour leader rooms available at the lodge.
• All rooms are complete with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water.
• Terrace overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with scenic panoramic views.
• Personal butler service for all guests.
• The Forest Spa Humula mw' Ishamba will open in April 2018. One 30-minute complimentary massage per guest per stay. Extra massages are available at extra cost.
• Full board accommodation including all soft drinks and house alcoholic beverages (excludes premium drinks). Local food tasting at Bwindi Bar.
• Complimentary laundry service. 
• Power sockets/charging facilities and hair dryer in the rooms. No air conditioners.
• Wi-Fi and internet access available in the main lodge only (connection can be slow).

Getting to the Lodge 

1 hour flight from Entebbe International airport  

8 hour drive from Kigali, Rwanda 

6 hour drive from Virunga Lodge 

15 minute flight from Mount Gahinga Lodge 

15 minute flight from Kyambura Gorge Lodge


SafarisSafaris


4-Day Bwindi Safari

This 4-day Bwindi adventure invites guests into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage Site, in search of the enchanting mountain gorillas. Spend four days on the edge of the forest, spotting monkeys, birds and other wildlife. We also welcome you to interact with and learn about the local communities of Bwindi & Buhoma.

Highlights Include:

    Gorilla Tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    Forest Walks in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
    Bwindi Community Hospital visit
    Birding
    Community Project visits in Bwindi and Buhoma

 

High season 4-Day Bwindi Safari Price 2018:  USD $3,038 Per Person Sharing USD $165 Single room supplement

Low season 4-Day Bwindi Safari Price 2018:  USD $2,785 Per Person Sharing USD $114 Single room supplement

High season rates are applicable on bookings from 1 June to 30 September and 15 December to 28 February. (2018)

Low season rates are applicable on bookings from 1 October to 14 December and 1 March to 31 May. (2018)

* These rates are based on Minimum 2 people


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

One of Africa’s most bio-diverse rainforests and one of its richest ecosystems, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is located in southwestern Uganda, situated along the edge of the Albertine Rift. Neighbouring the lodge, this primeval 25,000 year old forest comprises 331 km2 of jungle and contains both montane and lowland forest; in 1994 the UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site. Bwindi is not only home to just under half of the world's mountain gorilla population but also nine other primate species including chimpanzees, black and white colobus and red-tailed monkeys. The forest is filled with a spectacular array of colourful butterflies with more than 300 different species having been recorded in the park. This lush, green forest also has over 1000 species of flowering plants and more than 200 species of tree – any one of the various nature walks and trails in the park will lead guests through glades of giant ferns and ancient primary rainforest. Bwindi is also a prime destination for bird watching; its 350 birds species include 90% (23 species) of all Albertine Rift endemics and 14 species recorded nowhere else in Uganda - an experienced birder can easily identify up to 100 species in a day. There are only two populations of mountain gorilla found anywhere in the world: one in Bwindi and the other in the Virunga Massif (Uganda, Rwanda & DRC). Mountain gorillas are a critically endangered subspecies of the Eastern gorilla, with only about 880 left in the world. Tracking gorillas in the so-called ‘impenetrable' forest is a magical experience. Nothing can prepare you for the impact of encountering a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man yet remarkably peaceable, playful and tolerant of human visitors. It is a privilege to spend an hour sitting with and watching these wild relatives.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Gorilla Tracking

Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day, and to minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness; however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

Bwindi Bar

In August 2015, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) opened Bwindi Bar on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Buhoma. The bar provides a practical training institution for local disadvantaged youths, and a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy an ice-cold local beer or handcrafted latte.

Tea Processing

In 2013 the VSPT began simple tea processing in partnership with the local communities, at the Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, which is located at the edge of the primordial Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, World Heritage Site and home to the famous Mountain Gorilla, in South West Uganda.

Tea has proven to be a very useful buffer crop when planted between forest areas with protected wildlife, and local human communities. Animals do not eat tea so feel no need to come out of the forest to “crop raid” which is the source of much human-wildlife conflict in areas around National Parks.

A tea tour is available to interested Volcanoes Safaris guests, demonstrating how tea is grown, picked and traditionally processed in Uganda. The tour also shows how ‘black’, ‘green’ and ‘white’ teas are produced and differentiated. Guests are invited to sample the fine teas at the end of the tour whilst looking out over the impressive forest.

Birding

Both Uganda and Rwanda offer some of the world’s best bird watching, with a vast diversity of bird species. Uganda has over 1,000 bird species with 150 found only in Uganda. Rwanda has over 700 bird species and is home to the second highest number of Albertine endemics in the Albertine region. Each of our lodges offers the chance to see a number of different birds, with the vast majority endemic to the Region.

Bwindi Community Hospital

This internationally supported hospital is a beacon of hope to the local communities. Walkable from Bwindi Lodge, guests are welcome to visit the hospital and learn about the daily challenges and successes of the institution and remarkable staff.

FacilitiesFacilities

• 8 newly renovated luxury bandas. 6 doubles and 2 twins, of which 2 have a fireplace in the room. All rooms offer spectacular views of the forest. No guide/tour leader rooms available at the lodge.
• All rooms are complete with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water.
• Terrace overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with scenic panoramic views.
• Personal butler service for all guests.
• The Forest Spa Humula mw' Ishamba will open in April 2018. One 30-minute complimentary massage per guest per stay. Extra massages are available at extra cost.
• Full board accommodation including all soft drinks and house alcoholic beverages (excludes premium drinks). Local food tasting at Bwindi Bar.
• Complimentary laundry service. 
• Power sockets/charging facilities and hair dryer in the rooms. No air conditioners.
• Wi-Fi and internet access available in the main lodge only (connection can be slow).

AccommodationAccommodation

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is the finest luxury lodge at Bwindi. With dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique properties. The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge is perfectly located for a Uganda jungle gorilla tracking experience.

During 2017 the lodge has been progressively renovated and all areas have fully reopened in January 2018. The luxury forest lodge in Bwindi now features a redesigned guest lounge and dining area, that bring the feel of the forest into the stylish interiors. The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for guests to relax and discuss their gorilla tracking experience. A newly designed outdoor terrace gives dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage.

The eight individual bandas, each having their own view of the forest, have been been totally restyled with warm luxurious interiors and inviting four poster beds and locally-inspired furniture‚Äč.

A new spa, massage and relaxation centre is due to open by the end of March.

The award-winning Bwindi Bar, in the high street of the village nearby is the most stylish and colourful bar in the area! Guests also enjoy informal tapas style meals inspired by Ugandan dishes at the Award-winning Bwindi Bar, in the local high street. It’s the Harry’s Bar of Bwindi! Guests can even make their ‘rolex’ wrap. The bar was set up to train disadvantaged local youngsters in hospitality. It is run by Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.

Lodge Overview

  • Eight plaster and timber glass-fronted guest bandas with thatch roofs (six doubles and two twins) reflect the local building style.
  • En-suite shower rooms with flushing toilet, double vanity, shower with hot and cold running water.
  • Personal butler service for all guests.
  • Rooms have walk-in mosquito nets, charging stations, hairdryers, and 240v lighting.
  • Bandas are individually named after Bwindi gorillas.
  • Wi-fi is available in the main lodge building.

Ready to book your jungle gorilla safari? Contact our sales team now!

AccoladesAccolades

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Execllence,  Conde Nast Traveler – 2013 World Saver Awards, Small Hotel Chains Doing it All Gold HSMAI Adrian Award 2013 Global Vision – Sustainability Award, 2012 National Geographic – Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, 2009 Travel Africa Magazine – Bwindi: Number 1 birding destination in Africa

In 2017 Bwindi Lodge has been ranked on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the best Africa Resorts in their 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards.

SeasonSeason

 

The Equatorial climate of Uganda is a major attraction with temperatures on the plains ranging between a very agreeable 21°C and 30°C. The climate does not change much, meaning both countries are ideal holiday destinations throughout the year.

In the mountainous areas it is colder than on the plains (especially at night) and the rainfall is greater. Temperatures in the mountainous areas can go down as low as 10°C in certain months.

The rainy seasons tend to be from March to April and October to November, but this varies and it can rain any time of year, especially in the gorilla park areas. Travel can be slower in the rainy season but the views are often better as the rain clears the air of dust.

Gorilla tracking can be muddier during the rainy season but with the right equipment and a helpful porter to guide you, gorilla tracking still remains open to visitors.

Our advice is to travel when it is most convenient for you. Visitors generally agree that the rain, which is usually just for short periods of time, is part of the great travel experience.

Average StayAverage Stay

2-3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

US $275 per person sharing and USD 330 for single occupancy (High Season) US $210 per person sharing USD 248 for single occupancy (Low Season)

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children are welcome, though we do not have childcare facilities at the lodge.Children of 16 years and under staying in the same room as their parents pay US$ 50 per night. Children under 5 years stay for free.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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