Price: from USD 375 pp
Buhoma Lodge, one of only two lodges situated within the boundaries of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, serves as an ideal starting point for gorilla treks from the Buhoma visitor center. It offers unparalleled access to the unspoiled and untamed beauty of this remarkable ecosystem, known as one of the world’s last remaining pristine jungles. The park’s steep ridges and valleys provide a protective habitat for the mountain gorillas, the main attraction in this captivating wilderness. In the Buhoma section of the forest alone, you can find five Mountain Gorilla families.
Nestled amidst this natural wonder, Buhoma Lodge boasts breathtaking and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The lodge’s design is crafted entirely from eco-friendly materials sourced from the forest and neighboring communities, creating a perfect blend that harmonizes with the surroundings. It operates using green energy and maintains sustainable practices in collaboration with the local communities. Each chalet features a private veranda and large windows, allowing guests to revel in spectacular views of the forest canopy.
Awake to the melodious songs of forest birds and the occasional chatter of monkeys. On rare occasions, you might even spot Mountain Gorillas in the lodge’s garden. The open-air lounge and bar area offers uninterrupted views, while the ethereal mist that envelops the forest creates a truly enchanting and magical atmosphere. The chef at Buhoma Lodge prepares delectable multi-course meals using fresh local produce, ensuring that every bite leaves you with warm and homely memories of your time in Uganda.
Accommodation at Buhoma
Buhoma Lodge offers ten cozy and well-appointed cottages, each thoughtfully designed with a focus on local materials to ensure a comfortable and authentic experience without compromising on comfort. From the private verandas of the chalets, guests can enjoy lovely vistas of the forest canopy, immersing themselves in the natural beauty that surrounds them.
Inside the spacious chalets, you’ll find wide and comfortable beds, providing a restful night’s sleep. The en-suite bathrooms are generously sized and equipped with ample hot and cold water, accompanied by complimentary toiletries for your convenience. Some chalets even feature a relaxing bathtub, perfect for unwinding and indulging in a soothing soak after a day of activities. To ensure a pleasant stay, each chalet is fitted with insect-proof window screens, eco-friendly solar lighting, and a secure safe for your peace of mind.
For those seeking an extra touch of luxury, Buhoma Lodge offers a special family/honeymoon chalet. In addition to the above amenities, this exceptional chalet boasts a separate lounge room, providing a cozy space to relax and unwind. The open fireplace adds warmth and creates a romantic ambiance for honeymooners or a comfortable gathering spot for families to enjoy quality time together.
UWA does not permit children under the age of 15 years to trek mountain gorillas. Alternatively, Buhoma Lodge provides a selection of activities with a babysitter to keep them busy at the lodge while you embark on your gorilla trekking experience.
In-room safe deposit box
Forest Canopy Views
Activities in Buhoma Sector
The Buhoma sector offers a variety of activities to enhance your experience in the region:
Buhoma Community Village Walk
This activity allows you to support the local community while immersing yourself in the cultural ambiance of the village. Take a leisurely walk along the village trails, interact with the locals, and gain insights into their way of life. You can also visit the nearby Bwindi Community Hospital to learn about its efforts to improve the quality of life for the local population. Consider pledging your support to this important cause.
Ride 4 a Women
This local organization focuses on empowering native women who face challenges related to HIV, domestic violence, and poverty. A visit to the Ride 4 a Women Center provides a soul-enriching experience as you witness the women working on various skills such as sewing, weaving, and other activities aimed at improving their livelihoods and supporting their children’s education.
Batwa Cultural Experience
The Batwa Development Program offers a popular full-day experience that delves into the historical lifestyle of the Batwa community in the forest. Learn about their traditional hunting and gathering skills, hear stories of their heritage, and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.
Guided Nature Hikes
The Uganda Wildlife Authority organizes guided nature hikes along well-defined forest trails. Embarking on these hikes offers a refreshing and immersive experience of the forest’s flora, fauna, and wildlife. Encounter various monkey and primate species, forest hogs, elephants, and over 23 species of endemic birds from the Albertine Rift. One of the most popular attractions is the 3-4 hour hike to the waterfall. Additionally, Nkuringo Walking Safaris offers extended walking safari hikes across the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through the Kasashari River and Ivy Trails, which are among the oldest forest trails.
These activities provide unique opportunities to engage with the local community, immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the region, and appreciate the incredible biodiversity of the Buhoma sector.
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