Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Rating: Mid-range to Luxury
From: USD 300 pp (full board)

Website: mountaingorillalodge.com

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge sits at a 7000-ft altitude on a magnificent ridge with stunning views across the rugged landscapes and the entire Virunga Volcanoes chain backdrop.

Eleven 45-square-foot private garden cottages, two family-style villas, and three luxurious suites sit above the Bwindi Forest canopy with distinctive elegance and startling luxury amid forest trees, flowers, and shrubs. Locally styled furnishings grace the spacious rooms, and light fills the space from private viewing decks over the forest swath and beyond the entire Virunga Volcanoes chain.

At the highest point on the property sits a grand lounge building housing the dining, drinks, and coffee bar spaces with expansive 360-degree views of the gorgeous rugged landscape.

Based on hundreds of guest reviews, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is an excellent base for trekking mountain gorillas in the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Nkuringo Sector and Rushaga Sector.

The lodge is a six-time winner at the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Uganda’s Leading Safari Lodge and TripAdvisor travelers’ Choice Awards since 2015.

The mountain gorilla lodge is thoughtfully comfortable and concentrates on cheerful African hospitality, which complements its superb location and function as the base for gorilla trekking adventures in the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Unspoiled and untamed, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the world’s last remaining rich ecosystems. It is spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys that form a protective habitat for the mountain gorillas, the main attractions in this pristine jungle.

The Nkuringo section of the forest is home to three Mountain Gorilla families. Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge provides a prime access point to the start of the excellent gorilla trekking activity. And about a 25-minute drive away from the Rushaga gorilla trekking sector, it has eight habituated gorilla families and is also an alternative to trekking Nkuringo gorilla groups.

A sustainable stay at the lodge

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is entirely eco-friendly, with its design inspired and built with natural materials locally sourced within the communities that surround the lodge. It is owned and operated by a Uganda family whose values are deeply rooted in the sustainability of local communities surrounding the lodge.

The lodge is one of the few Carbon Neutral Certified properties in Uganda. It harvests all the water used at the property, distributing the surplus to the community through its Bwindri Drop Project. It has a tree-planting program that encourages all guests to “plant a tree” in the beautifully maintained gardens. The beautifully thought Pack for Purpose program connects every guest who can carry a small gift in their luggage to the low-income families living in villages nearby.

This mountain gorilla lodge entirely uses solar power for light and natural gas for heating and cooking, and it has an onsite fresh vegetable garden to supply the kitchen.

Through their fair-trade policy, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge uses local guides to support their pioneer walking safaris around Bwindi. The program skills local guides with training courses. It extends support to their children in the Nkuringo Junior Stars Program with a primary focus on the girl-child staying in school while their parent earns a comfortable,  sustainable income.

If you are hoping to positively impact the local communities around mountain gorillas with sustainable lodging, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is the best hotel.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge - Luxury Gorilla Safari in Uganda

The Rooms

On the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, on a magnificent ridge, sits Nkuringo Lodge’s eleven garden cottages, three newly added luxury forest suites, and three family villas, each crafted for maximum privacy, taking advantage of the stunning views.

The chalets have a distinctive elegance and surprising luxury amid forest trees, flowers, and shrubs. Locally styled furnishings grace the spacious rooms, and light fills the space from your private viewing deck over the forest swath. The private villas are ideal for families of four people or friends traveling together.

The Forest Suites are individually built with volcano stone and crafted by local artisans with reusable material. The spacious bathrooms are fitted with an elegant bathtub positioned for incredible views over Bwindi. African decor, furniture, fireplace, and large outside sitting area. Private butler and exclusive room service for each suite.

Children

Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted by UWA to trek mountain gorillas, but we have a selection of activities to keep them busy at the lodge while you embark on your gorilla trekking experience with a dedicated babysitter.

NKURINGO 2024 RATES

Standard Garden Cottage RatesAdult sharing per personSingle personchild (4-14) sharing
Low seasonUSD 299USD 394USD 150
High seasonUSD 390USD 510USD 195
Deluxe Garden Cottage RatesAdult sharing per personSingle personchild (4-14) sharing
Low seasonUSD 405USD 525USD 200
High seasonUSD 575USD 745USD 285
Luxury Suite RatesAdult sharing per personSingle personchild (4-14) sharing
Low seasonUSD 700USD 910USD 350
High seasonUSD 935USD 1,215USD 465
Two-Bedroom Villa Rates4 peopleSingle supplement
Low seasonUSD 1,365USD 255
High seasonUSD 1,950USD 310

Amenities

Forest & Mountain Views

25-Hours Electricity

Laundry Services

En-suite bathrooms

Dining

In-room safe deposit box

Private deck/veranda

Fireplace

Activities at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge offers a variety of exciting activities for guests to enjoy during their stay. In addition to the thrilling gorilla trekking experience, guests can explore the local communities, peoples, and cultures by foot or venture on a hike through the misty impenetrable jungles. For a more relaxed experience, guests can even canoe on the nearby tranquil waters of Lake Mutanda and spend a few moments on one of its indescribable small islands.

After a day of adventure, unwind with sundowners on top-of-the-world at Nteko Ridge, located just a few minutes walk from the lodge. Top of the World offers 360-degree views of the rugged and forested region, all the way to the Rwenzori Mountains. Feel the cool and soothing breeze as you take in the panoramic views and sip on a refreshing cocktail. The evening is yours to relax and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge offers a unique and unforgettable experience that combines adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion, making it the perfect destination for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you crave adventure or prefer to relax and soak up the beauty of your surroundings, the lodge has something for everyone.

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