Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is a luxurious accommodation option located in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, situated north of the famous forest. The lodge offers a breathtaking view of the primaeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, making it a perfect place to stay during your visit to the forest.
From the lodge, guests can enjoy stunning views of the Bwindi forest and spot monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage, while listening to the sounds of nature. The early morning mist of the forest adds to the ambiance of the vacation. Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is part of the prestigious Volcanoes Lodges chain, which includes Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Gahinga Lodge, and Virunga Lodge.
The lodge boasts several facilities, including nine bandas (one deluxe), personal butler service for all guests, a Humula Forest Spa with sauna, Bwindi Bar, Wi-Fi in the main lodge building, charging facilities in each banda, and premium wine, whisky, and cocktail menus.
The accommodation at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge consists of separate, beautiful cottages with en-suite bathrooms and toilets. Each cottage is equipped with a verandah and glass windows that offer stunning views of the forest and provide the perfect setting for capturing amazing pictures. Whether you choose the Deluxe Banda or Standard Banda, the lodge strives to provide high standard service that meets your expectations and offers value for money.
Room prices vary depending on the season and the type of Banda you choose to stay in. For instance, the rate card for 2021 ranges from USD 800 per person per night for a Standard Banda to USD 1040 per person per night for a Deluxe Banda during high season months such as December, January, February, June, July, August, and September. These prices include meals on a daily full board basis.
Bwindi Lodge is situated in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and can be accessed via different transportation options. If travelling by road from Kampala/Entebbe, it takes approximately 8-9 hours, during which you can enjoy the scenic views of the landscape, Equator, local people and shops. Another road option is from Kigali, entering Uganda via Katuna Border, which takes about 5-6 hours and offers breathtaking views along the way.
For those who prefer air transport, Kihihi Airstrip is the closest airport to Bwindi Lodge and the Buhoma sector. Domestic airline companies offer daily flights with morning and afternoon schedules, providing a convenient option for travellers who want to save time and enjoy aerial views of the surrounding areas.
When staying at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, one of the top activities to participate in is gorilla trekking in Buhoma. This is an unforgettable experience as you walk through the forest in search of the rare and endangered mountain gorillas. The gorilla trekking starts at Buhoma Park headquarters which is located very close to the lodge.
Early in the morning, visitors are briefed by park guides on the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking. The trek through the forest can be tiresome and visitors can hire porters to help carry their belongings and provide assistance. Once the gorillas are found, visitors are allowed one hour to observe and take photographs of these majestic creatures. It is an experience that is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Trek Africa Expeditions offers gorilla trekking tours in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is an activity that should not be missed by anyone visiting the area.
With over 350 bird species calling Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home, bird watching is a must-do activity in Buhoma region. The Mubwindi swamp is the best spot for birding and we will spend a whole day exploring the area. The 4km trail to the swamp is the perfect location to spot some of the most elusive species such as the Grauer’s Broadbill, Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Other rare species that can be spotted in the Mubwindi swamp include Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis, African Hill Babbler, Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler, and more. As the Bwindi Lodge is located near the forest, you can enjoy bird watching at any time of the day. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera to capture these beautiful birds in their natural habitat.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not just about gorilla trekking; there are several nature trails that offer a unique experience of the forest. Uganda Wildlife Authority has established guided nature walks in Bwindi Forest and Buhoma sector that showcase the diverse flora and fauna of the forest. The guided walks can start at any time of the day, and visitors can choose from different tracks for a thrilling experience. During the walks, you will be able to see the different tree species, forest birds, cross streams and swamps.
The nature walk to the south of the forest from Bwindi to Nkuringo sector is particularly enjoyable. The trail is well-marked and easy to navigate, and you will pass through several scenic spots along the way. As you hike, you will witness the natural beauty of the forest, listen to the sounds of birds and primates, and feel the fresh air. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the memorable moments. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting, the nature walks in Bwindi Forest will offer a unique and unforgettable experience.