Embark on an extraordinary adventure with our luxury Gorilla tracking tours to Nkuringo, the southern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a journey filled with unique African jungle encounters that you’ll cherish forever. The core focus of this trip is to visit Bwindi Forest and track the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Spend an incredible hour observing these majestic creatures as they go about their daily activities, exhibiting behaviors strikingly reminiscent of human culture.
Logistically, this itinerary involves a 9-10-hour drive from Entebbe or Kampala, winding through various Ugandan towns and scenic stopovers. Your journey leads you through the lush rolling hills to the Nkuringo Gorilla region. Alternatively, you can opt for a flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airfield, a trip that takes approximately 1-2 hours. From there, a 2-hour drive will take you to Nkuringo and your chosen lodge.
Nestled on the Nteko ridge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge offers an exceptional vantage point with stunning views across the Kashasha River Valley, where you can witness the beautiful hill known as ‘Nkuringo’ and the surrounding expanse of the Bwindi Forest. This section of the forest is home to three Nkuringo Habituated Gorilla families, making the lodge an ideal gateway to this incredible activity.
From the lodge, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the awe-inspiring Virunga volcanoes and the lush escarpment stretching into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DRC Congo. Accommodation at Nkuringo cottages is thoughtfully designed using local materials. Each cottage features a comfortable sitting area, a cozy fireplace, an en-suite bathroom, and a private veranda or balcony. The lodge offers a peaceful rainforest atmosphere, the warmth of a mountain chalet, and the renowned Ugandan hospitality.
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is committed to sustainability, boasting green credentials. Initiatives such as solar energy and rainwater harvesting help the lodge operate as a carbon-neutral establishment. The lodge takes measures to reduce plastic usage by providing water in jars and encourages guests to bring their water bottles for refilling at the dining area.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge stands as Uganda’s highest lodge, perched at over 2000 meters above sea level. This intimate, remote, and exquisitely beautiful lodge is perched on a ridge, above the clouds, with breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes. Behind the lodge lies the primordial and mysterious Bwindi National Park, a dense and impenetrable forest.
Sitting comfortably in your cottage, sipping chilled wine, freshly brewed coffee, or a refreshing juice, you’ll appreciate the unrivaled luxury provided by your personal butler. Your personal haven is being prepared, complete with freshly laundered clothes. In the kitchen, chefs are crafting delectable meals. After breakfast, you’ll make your way from the lodge to the Nkuringo trailhead for your unforgettable Mountain Gorilla tracking adventure.
Guests at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge have the privilege of staying in their private cottages, constructed with local volcanic stone. Each cottage features a spacious sitting room with a cozy fireplace, oversized armchairs, and hand-woven carpets. What sets these cottages apart is the incredible artwork of Uganda’s most respected artists, lovingly referred to as the ‘Clouds 9’. Their exceptional creations now adorn the walls of homes and offices worldwide.
While tracking gorillas is the primary draw for many visitors, Clouds invites you to linger and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the lodge. Engage in community activities, indulge in rejuvenating massages and beauty treatments, and simply savor the rarity of being pampered amidst such a spectacular setting.
The lodge’s main building is a marvel with soaring ceilings, massive exposed wooden beams, and expansive picture windows offering endless views of treetops, volcanoes, and mountains. It evokes the ambiance of a ski chalet or a stone palace in the Rocky Mountains. However, with the warm welcome, dedicated personal butlers, and the smiles of the staff, you’ll be reminded that you’re in Uganda.
For more information on Nkuringo sector gorilla tracking safaris and to enjoy exceptional services, reach out to Trek Africa Expeditions.