Sleepovers with Mountain Gorillas & Wildlife in Uganda: The Top 3 Uganda Properties for Getting Up Close to Nature

by Sandy Salle on October 4, 2012

trip to ugandaConsidering a trip to Uganda for your next life-changing adventure? Here are 3 of our favorite properties in Uganda to find relaxation and adventure:

Gorilla Forest Camp: Situated within the enchanting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Gorilla Forest Camp allows visitors to escape from their busy day-to-day lives to find complete solitude in the tranquility of nature. But Bwindi is not your typical nature-getaway. With dramatic terrain comprised of jagged volcanoes, lush valleys, mystical waterfalls, sprawling lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains, you’ll experience nature in an entirely new way than you ever have before.

Image above taken from the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp website


Image above taken from the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Lodge website


Image above taken from the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Lodge website


But it’s not just the unique surroundings that travelers to the Gorilla Forest Camp find so inspiring; it’s also the visitors who come from deep within the forest to satisfy their curiosity for the lodge guests—the mountain gorillas. Frequently spotted roaming around the camp, the residential mountain gorillas enjoy exploring the terrain and meeting new visitors.

Here are some of the main highlights guests take away from a stay at the Gorilla Forest Camp:

  • Exceptional views of wild game and birds from the comfort of the camp’s bar area, dining facilities, and manicured lawns.
  • Due to the location of Gorilla Forest Camp, guests can take part in daily gorilla trekking safaris and hikes to witness the amazing mountain gorillas in person (and as mentioned above, gorillas can often be spotted at the camp itself!).
  • The property’s eight lavish and spacious tents ensure that guests have an exclusive and highly personalized experience at the camp and during daily treks.
  • For guests who are physically impaired, they may still embark on gorilla treks, being carried on customized sedan chairs through the forest.
  • In addition to gorilla trekking safaris, guests can also take part in an interactive Batwa Pygmy tribe experience, birding safaris, and forest walks.
  • Guests can choose to partake in a community walk through the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy communities. This two-hour walk brings guests to a small tea farming project, a local beer brewery (where beer is made with bananas!), and a local clinic that supports a variety of community projects.

Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge: A spectacular property located in the wildlife-lush Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge is surrounded by lush green terrain with the Rwenzori Mountains in the backdrop. The remote location allows guests to discover complete balance and relaxation—a rare treat that many of us do not experience very often.

The property is a restored coffee plantation that exudes history with the elements of contemporary design and modern amenities, and is one of Uganda’s most luxurious properties.

Because of its location within the Queen Elizabeth National Park, guests can embark on chimpanzee trekking safaris within the nearby Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu Forest.

Image taken from the Volcanoes Safaris Website


Screenshot above taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Screenshot above taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Screenshot taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Screenshot above taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Screenshot above taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Here are some of the main highlights guests take away from a stay at the Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge:

  • One of the best properties for chimpanzee trekking, the Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge offers exceptional chimp safaris that bring guests into close proximity to these fascinating creatures.
  • The lodge features four grass and tinned-roof bandas (6 bedrooms in total), which allow guests to enjoy an intimate and personalized atmosphere.
  • In addition to chimpanzee safaris, guests can also partake in boat trips along the Kazinga Channel, game drives (to witness elephant, antelope, buffalo, lion, and a wide variety of bird species), wildlife gorge walks, community coffee tours, tree climbing lion excursions in Ishasha, birding safaris, and visits to The Omumashaka Drama Group.

Bwindi Lodge: Located within the Bwindi forest, the Bwindi Lodge is famous for the surrounding wildlife spotted at the lodge, including gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, and birds. And for some of these wildlife visitors–such as the gorillas–they like to spend the night at the lodge (don’t worry, they sleep outside, of course!).

The Bwindi Forest National Park is home to four gorilla families, which guests can track during their stay. The lodges location within the forest is so superb, that guests often come across a gorilla family within one hour of gorilla trekking.

It’s also important to note that the Bwindi Lodge is an eco-friendly property, operating on solar energy!

bwindi lodge

Image above taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Image above taken from Volcanoes Safari website


Image above taken from the Volcanoes Safaris website


Here are some of the main highlights guests take away from a stay at the Bwindi Lodge:

  • With eight extremely spacious stone and tile bandas, Bwindi Lodge provides guests with a comfortable and relaxing stay in luxury.
  • The Rushegura gorilla group frequently visits the lodge, which is a surprising and truly fascinating treat for guests.
  • In addition to gorilla trekking safaris, guests can also take part in guided nature walks, community walks, and waterfall hikes—or, for guests who just want to relax, they can sit by the lodge’s pool and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

Contact us to receive a complimentary 15-minute consultation with our safari planning team to discuss your dream Uganda safari vacation.

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