Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, A Luxury in Buhoma, Bwindi Forest
Price Range: $270 – $795 per night
Nestled inside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Buhoma Sector, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a luxurious safari lodge perfect for trekking with gorillas in Uganda. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, the pristine Bwindi jungle provides a protective habitat for Africa’s mountain gorillas, making it one of the world’s last remaining rich ecosystems. The Buhoma section of the forest is home to five Mountain Gorilla families, and Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is perfectly located at the entrance, providing an excellent vantage point to start your gorilla trek.
Ecologically respectful, contemporary, and yet classic in style, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape. The camp’s most cherished experience is the surprise visits by mountain gorillas on the lodge’s lawn, providing an unforgettable and intimate encounter with these magnificent creatures.
The lodge’s prized lounge overlooks the rainforest with a raised natural platform built for open-air dining. Each morning, guests can enjoy a full English and continental breakfast, complemented with delicious packed lunch including fresh fruit, sweet and savory delights to take with them on their morning activity. After a day of adventure, guests can enjoy drinks under the stars by the roaring campfire as they discuss their fantastic gorilla encounter. All meals are à la carte and served in the bar and dining area overlooking the rainforest. Chef Medard serves a silver service dinner with three courses each evening, providing a delightful end to a day of adventure.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests exceptional and unforgettable experiences that combine 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 camp has something for everyone.
Accommodation at Sanctuary
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests a unique and comfortable stay in canvas tents dressed with indigenous prints and furniture made from natural materials. Beds are draped in neutral-toned linens, and local artifacts set the scene for a memorable and authentic experience. Each tent boasts a spacious, stone-walled bathroom with private sections and a free-standing bath, providing a relaxing soak after a day’s trekking.
As the sun rises, the tropical emerald forests light up the camp’s tents like an enchanting village, adding to the magical atmosphere. The camp’s intimate and exclusive feel, thanks to its small size, allows guests to experience Africa’s jungle magic with the lightest of footprints and practically every mood.
April – May, November – December 16th
1 – 3 NIGHTS $415
4 – 6 NIGHTS $311
7+ NIGHTS $270
January 4 – March 31, June 1 – June 30, October 1 – October 31
1 – 3 NIGHTS $630
4 – 6 NIGHTS $536
7+ NIGHTS $504
July 1 – September 30, December 17 – January 2, 2022
1 – 3 NIGHTS $795
4 – 6 NIGHTS $716
7+ NIGHTS $676
UWA does not permit children under the age of 15 years to trek mountain gorillas. Alternatively, Haven Lodge provides a selection of activities with a babysitter to keep them busy at the lodge while you embark on your gorilla trekking experience.
Forest Canopy Views
Experiences Around The Lodge
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests a variety of exciting activities to enjoy during their stay. Immerse yourself in the local community and culture with the Buhoma Community Village Walk, which provides an opportunity to support the local community while walking through the village’s trails. Visit the nearby Bwindi Community Hospital to learn how it helps improve the quality of local lives and consider pledging your support.
A visit to Ride 4 a Women, a local organization supporting native women struggling with issues associated with HIV, domestic violence, and poverty, is a soul-enriching experience. Visitors are invited to view the women working at the local center, sewing, weaving, and learning new skills to make a living and help towards education for their children.
The Batwa cultural experience is a popular activity with guests at Buhoma. The Batwa Development Program conducts whole-day experiences around the community’s historical lifestyle in the forest, such as hunting and gathering skills, providing a unique and unforgettable cultural immersion.
For nature enthusiasts, Uganda Wildlife Authority organizes guided nature hikes along defined forest trails, guaranteeing a fresh experience of forest flora, fauna, and wildlife such as monkeys, primates, forest hogs, elephants, and over 23 Albertine endemic bird species. The most popular attraction is the 3-4 hour hike to the waterfall and the long walking safari hikes by Nkuringo Walking Safaris across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’s oldest trails, Kasashari River and Ivy Trails.
UGANDA GORILLA TOURS
With the help of an expert safari planner, our gorilla tours in Uganda are entirely customizable to ensure that your experience visiting gorillas in Africa is nothing short of incredible. Whether you are seeking a challenging or leisurely trek, we can tailor your experience to your preferences and needs. Our team can show you a range of options for inspiration, from gorilla trekking to cultural experiences, nature hikes, and community visits. We work closely with you to create a personalized itinerary that suits your interests, budget, and schedule, ensuring that your Africa gorilla safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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