What makes Volcanoes special?
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is a luxury accommodation option for gorilla trekkers at the Buhoma trailhead. It's set in the village of the Buhoma, just outside the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the trailhead is an hour away by car.
By comparison, Clouds in the south of the park is much closer to the trailhead, but the trekking there is more difficult. What sets Volcanoes apart is the quality of its design, you feel like you're in the forest as the sloping hills rise above your banda.
The main compound is extremely light, the walls practically made of windows, and the building leads out onto a viewing deck that's perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two before retreating to your private cottage for dinner. The food at Volcanoes is in a league above many other lodges in Uganda, and the service really is top class.
Rooms & Amenities
Accommodation is in 8 standard bandas and 2 deluxe bandas, each banda named after a gorilla. Butler service is included in each room, and there are en-suite bathrooms with a walk-in shower, and a private veranda with awesome views of the forest on your doorstep.
The main building has a lounge area centred on an open fireplace, a bar and restaurant, and a common viewing deck. There is a spa built into the forest just off the main building. The food at Volcanoes is a cut above the rest, and because most travellers passing through the lodge will be doing a gorilla trek, they know exactly what you need before, during and after your trek.
Activities from Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
Even if Bwindi was not home to the mountain gorilla, its remoteness, natural beauty and enthralling biodiversity would attract visitors. But it is those magnificent great apes that have made Bwindi Uganda’s single most important tourist destination.
Beyond the gorillas, Bwindi offers some fantastic forest walks, the wildlife is staggering in its breadth and ranges far beyond just the gorillas, and spending time with the people of Bwindi, learning their history and relationship with the forest is captivating.
Please note that we do not handle lodge only requests. If you are planning a wider adventure in Uganda and want expert support, we are here to help and would love to hear from you.
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