Lodging Choices-Gorilla Trekking-Habituation Experience-Rushaga-Nkuringo

Posted by on August 31, 2018

Your Top Lodging Choices – Gorilla Trekking- Habituation Experience – Rushaga -Nkuringo

Making the right Lodging Choices-Gorilla Trekking-Habituation Experience in Rushaga & Nkuringo – Southern Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda.


Making the right Lodging Choices-Gorilla Trekking-Habituation Experience in Southern Bwindi  Impenetrable Forest – Rushaga & Nkuringo.  Where you stay while on the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience or on a Gorilla Trek is an important decision.

We take the confusion out of picking the right or wrong lodge for you that is near the Gorilla Habituation Trailhead which is different from both the Nkuringo and Rushaga area normal Gorilla Trekking Trailhead.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience requires a bit of drive time from the lodge you might be staying in.  The Gorilla Habituation Experience is at 7:30 am which is a half hour earlier than it is for the normal gorilla trek.

The Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable offers many midrange lodging choices, there is the exclusive Clouds Mountain Lodge, upmarket lodges on the hand limited in the area.  South Bwindi still lacks the upmarket lodges that one finds in the more developed Buhoma area.  There are two lodges trying to meet the need, one is a mix of midrange and upmarket room choices, the other one we most often use for our upmarket clients.  In our opinion a Bwindi Lodge, Mount Gahinga Lodge would be the perfect addition to the present mix of lodges now found in Rushaga and Nkuringo.


Your Top Lodging Choices – for Gorilla Trekking – Habituation Experience – Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


 Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket:

The upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge is the lodge we most use for our upmarket clients. The lodge has tremendous potential due to its location and its nice deluxe Cottages.

It is the only up-market Lodge in the Rushaga Area at an affordable price and a great location near the park headquarters from where you can track gorillas or spend 4 hours with them on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Each cottage comes with a bath and a fireplace to take the chill off of those colder Bwindi Nights.  It is a short ride to the trailheads in Rushaga from here.

Gorilla Safari Lodge has consistently worked with us and our Clients to make their stay in South Bwindi Forest a comfortable – the added plus is that our clients receive a most affordable upmarket rate that is considerably less than for upmarket lodges in other areas of Bwindi Forest.  The majority of our clients have enjoyed their stay here while Gorilla Trekking or going on the Habituation Experience.


 Bwindi Jungle Lodge – Midrange:

Bwindi Jungle Lodge in our opinion which is based on the hundreds of clients we have had stay here while Gorilla Trekking or on the Habituation Experience and enjoyed it.

It is a 40-minute morning drive to the Trailhead but that is not the only criteria we use, it is what you can do after the trek in the afternoon and that is where Bwindi Jungle Lodge wins hands-down.  It is the location along Kake Mulehe that make it a choice spot, the activities, such as boating, birding, hiking, biking, village visits that in our eyes are all part of the equation the create a perfect midrange lodge stay.

Add to that the meals, service, the quality of cottages with views and one cannot forget the easy access to the road that leads to and from Kigali, Rwanda.

Our Clients receive a favorable daily rate here making their comfortable stay here.  Lastly and most important of all, we have not had complaints about this lodge.  That is in our business is worth the drive time to the Trailhead.


 Gorilla Valley Lodge- Mid-Range $$:

Gorilla Valley Lodge is perfectly situated for Gorilla Tracking in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and provides moderate quality lodging at one of the best prices in Bwindi Forest.

Each room comes with a bath, quality beds.  There is a great service and welcome you receive, excellent meals and a quiet lodge with a great view of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The lodge has become quite popular with guests because of what Gorilla Valley Lodge offers and because of the increased gorilla groups that are open for tracking in the Rushaga area.

The lodge is 20 minutes or more from Trailheads in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.


 Rushaga Gorilla Camp – Moderate-Mid-Range:

This newer budget and moderately priced lodge opened up in 2015 and is the newcomer to the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The Rushaga area has the most habituated gorilla families but lacked lodging.  Rushaga Gorilla Camp will make that a bit easier.

Rooms and tented cottages come with bath, tasty meals and cold drinks are served in the main lodge and the lodge is within walking distance to Park Headquarters.

Free Wi-Fi is offered here – you can also hike, bike, visit a village from this lodge.

The lodge is 20 minutes away from the Trailheads in Rushaga – 45 minutes from the Trailhead in Nkuringo.


Top Lodging Choices  For the Gorilla Habituation Experience – Nkuringo Area


 Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge –Exclusive Luxury $$$$:

Ultimate Luxury on top of the World at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge combines its surrounding natural views and splendor, gorillas-birds-wildlife with the luxurious comfort it offers to guests.

Clouds Mountain Lodge is simply a luxurious experience in the Nkuringo area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

From here you can see both the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest below and the Virunga Volcanoes.

The cottages are actually suites and in the sitting area is a fireplace for your comfort.

The Lodge is close to the Nkuringo Trailhead but 45 minutes from the Rushaga area.

One of Uganda best Lodges and definitely the only lodge in the Clouds – the highest up lodge in Uganda.


Lodging Choices – Lake Mutanda – 1 hour plus from Gorilla Trekking and Habituation Experience:


 Chameleon Hill Lodge – Upmarket $$$:

Top Lake Mutanda – Kisoro Lodging Choices and Chameleon Hill Lodge is on top – it is an up-market lodge overlooking Lake Mutanda- Chameleon Hill Lodge is a new addition to the  Mutanda – Kisoro area of southwest Uganda with a splendid view of Lake Mutanda and of the Virunga Volcanoes.

It is the perfect base for hiking, birding, boating around Lake Mutanda and venturing into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you can climb volcanoes, track gorillas and golden monkey, interactive forest walks with the Batwa people.

Chameleon Hill is also a great base for exploring the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest gorilla tracking and hiking.

Our Clients have loved their time here.


 Mutanda Lake Resort -Moderate $$:

Mutanda Lake Resort – is located right on Lake Mutanda on a private peninsula that juts out into the Lake.  It is a  moderately priced lodge with permanently tented cottages with en-suite bath.

Lake Mutanda Resort was formerly Nkuringo Safari Lodge with new ownership came the name change.

It is a great place from which to explore Lake Mutanda, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You can also do birding by boat or foot from here, dugout canoe outings, hikes into the Gorilla Highlands and a hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

It is a 1-hour plus drive to Rushaga or Nkuringo for Gorilla Trekking.  Many do not mind, others choose to stay closer to the trailhead.

This is also an excellent lodge for some Relaxation after the Gorilla Trek.


Your Lodging Choices – Gorilla Habituation Experience and Trekking in Rushaga or Nkuringo Gorilla Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. A 4 hour plus drive to Kigali – Rwanda for your flight in and out – fly in from Entebbe – or make it part of a longer Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Uganda.