Bwindi National Park Lodges

Exceptional Uganda Safaris can help you book any of the luxury, mid-range and budget hotels and lodges in buhoma. whether you want a hotel or lodge we will be more than delighted to help you book accommodation in buhoma. we are in contact with most of the buhoma lodges and hotels. We provide standard rates to make sure you reserve a room with the best price possible. When we recommend a lodging facility it is because most of our clients have given a good report about it.


ENGAGI-LODGEEngangi lodge is a small   ,simple lodge located just outside of the bwindi park headquarters at Buhoma,where you start  and end your gorilla trackingexcursions. The name meaning ‘’gorilla’’ is derived from the local Rukiga language which is spoken in and around bwindi. There are 8 cottages located on the property  ,all of which boast views of the forest valley and hills opposite from the comfort of their balconies .  Each has double or twin beds and En-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water ,showers and flush toilets .   the rooms are fairly simple in their design and decoration ,but are perfectly comfortable. The main bar and restaurant area ,however is excellent , very stylish designed and decorated . it’s lovely place to relax and soak up the views in very peaceful surroundings ,gorillas have been known to come to the grounds of the lodge. The main activity is obviously gorilla tracking  ,however guests can also enjoy several private walking trails around the lodge to the munyaga river. It is also possible to visit a neighbouring tea farm if you are interested.


VOLCANOES BWINDI LODGE Overlooking the mesmerizing bwindi forest   , where primates like gorillas  ,monkeys and chimpanzees roam free.  Volcanoes bwindi lodge has an enviable location in one of the most biologically diverse ares in Africa   , and on earth .  here tracking mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest provides guests with magical memories ,and some of these gentle creatures even visit the camp on regular basis. This beautifully appointed eco-lodge with eight stone and tile En-suite bandas is truly an oasis . Built and run on ecological principles ,  volcanoes bwindi features solar powered lighting and hot bucket showers to control water consumption and reduce a negative impact on the environment .

Local materials were used in the construction of the lodge   ,which means the camp has a rustic ,earthly ,African feel . This is complemented by the friendly and well trained staff.  Who are recruited from local communities .  Guests at Volcanoes Bwindi are treated to fresh and western cuisines. There’s a dinning room as well as a veranda restaurant providing gorgeous views of the valley   . the terrace which just out into the forest ,is the perfect place to soak up the sight and sounds of the surroundings.


BUHOMA LODGE Buhoma lodge is a top quality and intimate property  ,commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ,home to the rare and elusive mountain gorillas .  one of two lodges situated within the National Park where a short walking distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. An elevated central lounge area, complete with bar,dinning and spa facilities ,offers a cosy ,comfortable environment. To discuss the days activities around the fireplaces   which adds atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings. designed and carefully built using locally sourced materials wherever possible, without compromising levels of comfort. Each of your own private verandas allows wonderful views and vistas of the canopy of the bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Inside the spacious chalets you will find large, comfortable beds and everything you need to make yourself at home .The well-appointed and roomy en-suite bathroom with flush toilet contains a rain shower with a copious supply of hot water and equipped with locally produced natural ranges of complementary bathroom amenities .  some chalets also offer a bathtub for relaxation and enjoyment after the day’s activities. Each chalet is fitted with insect proof window screens  ,Eco-friendly solar lighting and a secure safe. Our family /honeymoon chalet ,  in addition to all of the above,also features a separate lounge room with an open fire place.

Our open air lounge and bar area offer uninterrupted views   and whether the mists of the forest envelop you ,or your views are crisp and bright. Buhoma offers its  own special magic. Our four course meals are freshly prepared from local produce ,ensuring you take away warm homely memories of your time with us.our bar has a selection of local and imported beverages and our friendly local staff will attend to your needs, free WI-FI internet and recharging facilities are available in the bar. Hot beverages are available throughout the day on a self service basis,but are delivered to your chalet with early morning wake up calls as required ,allowing you to awake gently and savour the early morning sounds of the forest.

Our spa treatment room is available to all overnight lodge guests who are entitled to a complimentary laundry and hiking –boot cleaning service  ,all invaluable after a day of gorilla trekking. We offer arrangements for special occasions   ,including birthday and other celebrations ,private dinning,cultural dancing and interaction as well as room service as required which is communicated through our in-house private telephone service available in each chalet.


MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE Mahogany springs is one of the new luxury lodges in the northern section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park providing clients with an option for Accommodation . This unique lodge with a mixture of traditional and international blends has become one of the thought after accommodation by clients. The lodge has been constructed to make a difference with all details put into consideration.

Mahogany springs offers unrivaled service to clients due to the highly trained and professional staff employed at the lodge. mahogany springs is one of the perfect lodges to reside in a night before and after your gorilla trek in the northern section of Bwindi Park. Some gorilla families frequently and surprisingly visit this lodge so once in a while occupants get to view these gorillas. Mahogany springs close proximity to Bwindi Park allows visitors to participate in activities such as gorilla tracking in Buhoma and Ruhija with 5 gorilla groups trekked from the lodge.

These include Rushegura, Mubare, Habinyanja , Oruzogo and Bitakura the last two gorilla families requiring a drive to reach the starting point .  The other activities include forest walks,  Buhoma Village  walk that takes you around tea and banana plantations .  The home of the Batwa who once inhabited  the  Bwindi Forest but where chased out of the office when this forest was gazette as a national park.

Mahogany springs comprises of suites constructed and designed to utilize the surrounding beauty. Each room has large and wide windows to allow for freshening views of the forest and the nearby plantations all suites /rooms have an En-suite bathrooms, dressing table and all beds have mosquito nets to protect you from any mosquito bites. Mahogany springs is one of the few lodges that have Hydro Electric power so while at the lodge ,you can charge your cameras ,phone and whatever else that is there to charge.


SILVERBACK LODGE BWINDI Perfect for relaxing and enjoying the magnificent landscape of the bwindi forest.   Silver back lodge is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park . the view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy apres –tracking cocktails. Bird watching and sometimes primate viewing is possible right from the front door of your room. With 12 rooms, we are the largest lodge in the area and will remain one of the best value properties in the region ,whilst keeping the Marasa Africa standards of comfort and hospitality.


Silverback lodge is perched high above the valley overlooking beautiful flora and fauna .from the summit bar you can enjoy apres –trekking cocktails with friends and family .    the lodge has beautiful gardens ,perfect for relaxating and enjoying the magnificent landscapes of the Bwindi Forest after a long day’s hike.


SANCTUARY GORILLA Located within Bwindi National Park   , Sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp offers guests an unrivaled location,including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the bwindi Area. Due to its unique location, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself. As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous residents –the mountain gorilla.  The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments  .

The 8 tents at sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp are stylish and spacious,each featuring two queen sized beds.  In addition to the comfortable warm beds ,each tent has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle ,canopy ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas. Observe rare forest species while soaking in the tub,followed by a cocktail on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant.


BUHOMA COMMUNITY REST CAMP Buhoma community Rest Camp is postioned just close to Bwindi Impenetrable National parks with an inspiration of establishing an excellent lodge with high quality services that suites both tourists and visitors. Below are some of the services provided.

  • An extensive as well as designed camping grounds just close to Bwindi forests.
  • Well stocked bar and restaurant with a wonderful staff that prepares both international and local cuisines.
  • Art and craft shop that is fully stocked with wood sculptures,woven bags , baskets and local fabrics.
  • Full night entertainment with dance and drama.

The bandas have a touch of an African architectural design and the six bandas are fully furnished with about 4 beds that will favour all groups of tourists. While you are here you can take time to venture in Buhoma community and experience great activities such as beer brewing from Bananas, cultural dances as well as singing. The community is blessed with beautiful attractions such as Butterflies, handcraft shops, bird watching along with orphanage support projects. the area is famous for chimpanzee and gorilla tracking.


The Nkuringo group is among the most challenging trek within Bwindi Impenetrable forest situated in south Bwindi within the Nkuringo Area. Nkuringo Gorilla Group is among the larger groups within Bwindi impenetrable national park and their silverback was Nkuringo, however he passed away and the silver-back safari took his place. The tracking experience here is rather exciting and one requires being in sound shape. This group has 19 members with one dominant male and 3 silver-backs. Nkuringo has your accommodation expectations settled. clouds mountain gorilla lodge is a high-end/luxury accommodation.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is midrange /standard while bwindi backpackers is a budget and basic but there are also provisions for mid-range accommodation. Below is a list of accommodations for Nkuringo gorilla tracking point

Exceptional Uganda Safaris can help you book any of the luxury, mid-range and budget lodges in Nkuringo. Whether you want a hotel or lodge we will be  more than delighted to help you book accommodation in Nkuringo. We are in contact with most of the Nkuringo lodges and  hotels. we provide standard rates to make sure you reserve a room with the best price possible. when we recommend a lodging facility it is because most of our clients have given a good report about it.


Located on the Nteko ridge of Bwindi National Park. The lodge overlooks a beautiful swathe of the world –renowned forest. The ridge provides a superb vantage point across the kanshasha river valley and the forested hill beyond. Prime access point to some incredible opportunities for gorilla tracking. The camp enjoys panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the virunga chain and across the escarpment with in the democratic Republic of Congo. To top it off, both the Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes light up the night sky on clear evenings for the intrepid travelers who reach this lodge.

Accommodation at Nkuringo is in 12 beautifully crafted cottages with En-suite bathrooms,private terraces and wonderful views. rooms are split into three categories. six virunga  terrace rooms,four garden cottages and a two bedroom villa.  Garden cottages offer guests slightly more privacy as they are hidden away in the lush garden ,also containing a fireplace for colder evenings. the two bedroom villa is ideal for families or groups of four people travelling together ,complete with a private sitting area.

Solar lighting is provided in each of the rooms and a generator is used for an hour or so every evening to allow guests charge their cameras and batteries. The small one onsite restaurant uses a variety of locally sourced ingredients, rustling up a host of wholesome and delicious meals catering to all dietary requirements.

Aside from gorilla tracking and trekking there are a range of experiences on offer for any wilderness enthusiast. You could spend a day hiking and canoeing on the peaceful lake mutanda or hike through Bwindi. To learn more about Ugandan culture ,you could try the batwa experience. These forest people lived peacefully alongside the gorillas and chimpanzees until they were evicted in 1991 after the forest was made into a national park .this experience takes you in time to teach you how they lived off the plants in the forest and see the homes they used to live in in .visits to the local community are also available to show you how the lodge supports a local orphanage school ,women and youth groups and environmental projects.

Clouds mountain gorilla lodge nestles in the heart of Bwindi impenetrable forest with stunning views of the virunga volcanoes. The lodge accommodates guests in 8 stone cottages each of which has its own fireplace for keeping warm on cool evenings. Located as it is in the southern part of the park,the lodge is just steps away from the trailhead for tracking the nkuringo gorilla family ( the largest and the friendliest of bwindi accessible troops) making it an ideal base for travelers seeking what David Attenborough called one of the most exciting encounters of his life.

Guests stay in one ten volcanic stone cottages, with cosy fireplaces, big picture windows, loft-like interiors and specially commissioned art by the clouds 9 a group of the country’s most respected local artists. you  will also find a sheltered veranda perfect for a cocktail or a cup of tea, taking in the remote beauty of the forest and the breathtaking views of the virunga volcanoes glowing red on the horizon.

Massage and beauty spas are also available, along with bird watching, guided forest walks and delicious local delicacies fresh from the kitchen, while a private butler will ensure you have everything you need throughout your stay. It’s no wonder that this  eco-lodge gem continues to win awards.


BWINDI BACKPACKERS LODGEBwindi packpackers lodge is one kind travelers paradise located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ,a world heritage site the home to two great ape chimpanzee and  mountain Gorillas. We have budget mid range accommodation starting from self camping   ,rooms with shared bathrooms,  self contained rooms  and cottages.

We  do organize and process gorilla tracking  permits for our clients at no extra fee and our clients can pay by card or bank transfer or if near our offices pay by cash in US Dollars or Uganda shillings or pounds or Euros. we do also organize active Nyiragongo hikes , Queen Elizabeth trips and many more activities.

It is on top of a hill that shares the boundary with bwindi forest with immediate access of the road network suitable for all cars from salon cars to big trucks ,  the lodge site is frequently visited by Nkuringo Gorilla group and sometimes visitors watch gorillas from the lodge compound.


Ruhija is located in the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and has three gorilla families which include Bitukura gorilla family, Oruzogo and kyaguriro group which is mainly for research .This therefore means that 16 gorilla permits are available and sometimes the research group is also tracked when the demand is high..

Due to the fact that, there  are few families in Ruhija, there is less congestion as compared to Buhoma which is more touristic in nature so Ruhija offers a more eco-tourism experience compared to Buhoma. Ruhija can be accessed from several angles, if you are going from kampala / Entebbe it’s better to pass through kabala town and then turn left on the kabale–kisoro highway there are signposts showing Bwindi impenetrable National Park .this route requires a four wheel drive vehicle as some sections of the road are rough ,bumpy and dusty and sometimes when it rains they may become impassable

For those interested in flying ,there is no direct flight scheduled to Ruhija so the only option is to fly via kihihi ( which ideally is on Buhoma side ) and then you drive two hours to Ruhija. you can also as well land in kabala town (using charter  flights ) and then drive to ruhija.

Ruhija offers one of the best accomodations for tourists ranging from midrange and budget. Below is a list of accommodations for Ruhija.  The good news is that for those who are interested in staying at Buhoma in the northern sector of Bwindi Park, he/she can still track gorillas in Ruhija section. this however will take you approximately 2 hours drive on a bumpy and dusty road .  Those tracking from Ruhija can as well stay in kabale town and have an early drive to Ruhija. Ruhija offers good value lodges which include the following.

Exceptional Uganda Safaris can help you book any of the luxury, midrange and budget Lodges in Ruhija. whether you want a hotel or lodge we will be  more than delighted  to help you book accommodation in Ruhija. we are in contact with most of the ruhija lodges and hotels . we provide standard rates to make sure you reserve a room with the best price possible. when we recommend a lodging facility it is because most of our clients have given a good report about it.


Ruhija gorilla safari lodge welcomes you to enjoy the scenic  ,beautiful ,calm and natural environment with forest fresh  air, while experiencing the luxury and serenity of our lodge .  it welcomes you with a breathtaking scenery of the forest ,peace and tranquility – a home away from home. Come enjoy the great melodies of the insects .birds and butterflies plus the surprise visits of monkeys or even gorillas.

Set in the heart of the jungle of Gorilla land –Bwindi Impenetrable forest,  Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ,hospitable and comfortable lodges to stay before visiting one of the uganda’s premier attractions-THE GORILLAS. The lodge has   carefully designed rooms to blend the natural environment which provides luxury and hospitality.

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge offers superb chalet accommodation, fine dining ,an abundance of indoor and outdoor activites ,a well stocked bar,wine Cellar, free WI-FI internet connection ,DSTV,  Hair dryer , Gift  shop with the best unique gifts ,tea and coffee making facilities ,traditional entertainment ,a mini library with magazines and books about the beautiful continent of Africa and furthermore,  we accept major credit cards. This lodge is a unique luxury hotel and the finest choice for both upper class and medium class.


Trekker’s Tavern cottages are located at the hilltop in Ruhija overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Ruhija side.the lodge is very Eco-friendly and has a lovely cozy atmosphere with 5 spacious cottages all with en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets.

A place of infinite calm surrounding untamed by majesty and commanding panoramic views of the virungas on a clear  day, the beautiful sunrise ,Lake Edward and bwindi forest in the south ,it is around 2 km from the park headquarters. With one of the best chefs in the country .Trekker’s Tavern is an unforgettable experience ,the lodge’s special atmosphere ,friendly and welcoming staff all from the local villages and trained by the lodge. The lodge is located 2 km from the park headquarters past the trading centre of Ikumba. It is 52 kilometres from kabale  ,44 kms from Buhoma .462 kms from kampala and 502 km from Entebbe.

The major activities here include gorilla tracking and bird watching, one gorilla group open for tracking which is bitukura group. The lodge is a perfect place for bird watcher’s as a variety of albertine rift endemics can be viewed from the verandas of the cottages. a day walk to the mines offers a bird watcher a chance to see the spotted Eagle owl in a day.


Gorilla mist camp is a camp located in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the south-western wing Ruhija Tracking area ,where the gorilla families  Oruzogo ,Bitakura and Kyaguliro are found.

Gorilla mist camp is a place of profound beauty with its unique natural formations  ,colorful history and culture ,and exciting recreation opportunities ,it is located in kabala district south-west of Uganda , 19 hours drive over 405 km from Ugandan capital, kampala. Nestled in the foothills of kabale ,our guests will feel right at home in any of our camp accommodations rooms,Gorilla mist camp is located 50 kilometres from kabala town and it takes 2 and half hours drive. From Buhoma gorilla sector .it’s 50 kilometres and still takes 2 and half hours drive.

It stands a mid-range accommodation facility privately owned and run presenting accommodation in En-suite cottages equipped with cosy beds and clean linen. Ruhija being a cold area  ,the rooms are equipped with hot water containers that generate the much needed warmth at night as always encountered on gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda.

The main lodge is so spacious with a restaurant   ,bar and lounge where the travelers settle for meals,sundowners or even chilling itself . The one side of the main lodge overlook the impenetrable forest as it is the case for all the private decks at the respective individual cottages where the sights of birds and lush flora catch the eye of even the seasoned traveler.

At only 5 minutes drive to the gorilla tracking assembly point,  Gorilla Mist camp presents the perfect base from which the mountain gorillas in the ruhija region can be explored.the staff are very friendly and welcoming all the time thus making the place a home away from home. 


Rushaga is one of the gorilla tracking points in bwindi that is situated in the southern part of bwindi National Park. The reason why Rushaga is one of the best place for tracking is because it offers more tracking permits than any other area in Bwindi  Forest .

There are two groups being habituated in the   Rushaga area and you can join researchers  ,trackers ,and any others in spending four hours with a gorilla family ,add the hike to the tracking group and back out again and you have a full day activity that will stay with you for a long time to come.

Permits for the gorilla Habituation Experience are 1,500 USD and the number of permits for a group is limited in the rushaga area of the park. It takes a bit more planning as to do the activity because of limited permits available. It is a 10 hour journey from Entebbe Airport in Uganda to Rushaga area of bwindi . and it is a 3 hour drive from Kigali airport to rushaga area .

When you access Uganda to visit the Rushaga area of Bwindi forest you can take advantage of the east African visa which allows you access to both countries plus Kenya. The rushaga area of bwindi can be easily accesses from Entebbe or kampala by taking a flight to kisoro –flight is one of the more scenic ones in Uganda and includes views of the virunga volcanoes–Lake Bunyonyi and lake Mutanda. the flight is 1 ½ hours long to the town of kisoro from Entebbe and then it is  short drive to the  Rushaga or Nkuringo  area to your lodge that you have chosen for your Gorilla activity in the area .

The flight back to Entebbe is just as easy for connection of a flight back to your home country or continue your safari with us to other places within Uganda. Rushaga has many choices for lodging which include upmarket or luxury .midrange /standard and basic/basic . below is a list of lodges for rushaga gorilla tracking point.

Exceptional Uganda Safaris can help you book any of the luxury, midrange and budget lodges in russhaga  . whether you want a hotel or lodge we will be  more than delighted  to help you book accommodation in rushaga .we are in contact with most of the rushaga lodges  . we provide standard rates to make sure you reserve a room with the best price possible . when we recommend a lodging facility it is because most of our clients have given a good report about it.


Gorilla safari lodge provides the ideal base for outstanding gorilla tracking opportunities .the lodge focuses on top quality service  ,good food and comfortable accommodation. gorilla safari lodge is a relaxed and luxurious lodge on the boundary line of bwindi Impenetrable Forest (just next to the starting point of trekking the gorillas) Bwindi has a population of around 400 gorillas roughly half of the remaining mountain gorillas  in the world. The ancient forest is home to the biggest ever troop of gorillas that are familiarized with is humbling once–in–a lifetime experience to be able to observe these shy and peaceful  animals in their natural habitat.

Gorilla safari lodge offers its guests luxury accommodation in eleven spacious cottages  ,each providing the perfect setting to relax after an exciting day of tracking. The well appointed cottages all have solar-powered lighting  ,En-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water and flush toilets and individual verandahs offering excellent views of the unspoiled tropical rainforest.

Two of the cottages have two rooms (both en-suite and featuring a cosy fireplace) with an inter joining door making them the ideal choice for families or larger groups of people travelling together. There is also a spa where you can have a massage after the tiresome gorilla tracking /habituation experience. The main lodge includes a restaurant ,bar ,lounge  and campfire overlooking the forest.
Other activities offered by the lodge include:

  • Guided community walks
  • Guided forest walks
  • Volunteer tourism
  • Waterfall walks
  • Guided bird watching
  • Guided bird watching

-Forest  guided walks to the bayenda falls.


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one meter away from your feels like you are invited into a home of the majestic Mountain Gorillas  , but these gentle giants are not yet your hosts ,just your neighbours ,occasionally coming out of the forest to spend some time in our garden .this is what makes gorilla valley so special.

Located on the border of the impenetrable forest and set on a steep slope the lodge has a truely 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 come alive and the mist mysteriously giving away for a lush jungle.

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  splender  of the forest .tastefully decorated and equipped with solar water heaters and comfortable beds and ensure you have a peaceful sleep.


Nshongi Gorilla resort is located in Rubuguri town in the centre of the mighty Nkuringo Gorilla group  , Nshongi, Mishaya and Kahungye Gorilla group . Nshongi Gorilla resort is established on the church land and the Christians are the beneficiaries hence go straight to the community.

The profit helps the community and in the daily activities of the church. It has 9 self contained rooms with one  single , 4 twin and 4 double beds .  All these are well furnished with warm water and cold water . The main building has a dining along with a fully stocked bar. Meals served are mouth-watering and well prepared to the international standards and off course with friendly staff offering excellent services.  For camping , there are gardens where a tent can be hurled ,it is so impossible not to enjoy your stay at Nshongi Gorilla Resort.


With 8 luxury tents, 2 family cottages and 6 wooden cabins all En-suite built with volcanic stones and timber ,overlooking the forest Rushaga Gorilla camp provides spectacular unequaled views of Bwindi National Park. 

Facilities and Amenities

  • WI-FI
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Fishing ponds
  • Ample parking space
  • Helicopter pad


Bwindi can be accessed using several routes all converging near butogota. From kabale is a 108km drive to buhoma via Ruhija it takes about   3 hours but a bit longer if it rains and a 4WD is recommended highly. From kampala to Buhoma the best route is the surfaced road to kabale up to Ntungamo about 60km from Mbarara   . from Ntungamo a right turn for 45km leads to Rukungiri, from here through kambuga to kanungu finally connects to butogota 17 km to Buhoma park headquarters .This whole journey is around 534 km and takes between 9 – 11 hours . an early start for the journey is recommended as well as a 4WD.

From kasese/fort portal there are two routes  . one via katunguru ,ishasha and kihihi taking 3- 5 hours .  The other route follows the mbarara road as far as Ishaka, 33 km from here to kagambe on kabale  road at the junction with Ntungamo-Rukungiri from here further directions to buhoma are given as above.