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Lodging Choices for Gorilla Trekking-Habituation Experience in Rushaga Area

Posted by on November 4, 2020

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

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

Making the right Lodging Choices for Gorilla Trekking-Habituation Experience, Southern Bwindi Lodging Choices for Gorilla Trekking-Habituation ExperienceImpenetrable Forest.  Staying at the right Lodge while on the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience or a Gorilla Trek is often overlooked by independent travelers.

We take the confusion out of picking the right or wrong Lodge for you near the Gorilla Habituation Trailhead. which is different from the Nkuringo and Rushaga area normal 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, a half-hour earlier than it is for the typical 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.  Two lodges are trying to meet the need. One is a mix of midrange and upmarket room choices, which we most often use for our upmarket clients.  In our opinion, a lodge such as 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 fantastic location near the park headquarters. You can track the gentle giants 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 to make our clients stay in South Bwindi Forest comfortable. The added plus is that our clients receive a most affordable upmarket rate that is less than for upmarket lodges in other areas of Bwindi Forest.  Most of our clients have enjoyed their stay here while Primate Trekking or going on the Habituation Experience.


Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge-Mid-Range:

The Lodge is in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, towering above Lake Mulehe at about 1793m above sea level. The lodge is near to Gorilla Tracking in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

LakeMulehe has 11 comfortable, en-suite rooms, each with private verandas and breathtaking panoramic views

views of Lake Mulehe and the Virunga Volcanoes such As Mount Gahinga, Muhavura, and Sabinyo.

The Lodge gives you added value, with each room having an individual style that reflects the original African architecture. The quality of service is impeccable and the meals offered are a real treat after gorilla trekking.

The cozy lodge areas are welcoming with an open fireplace to take away the chill off cool nights. And the lodge offers a massage service, bliss for tired muscles after a full day of trekking.

Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

This is an excellent quality lodge combining a base for Trekking in the Rushaga Area with the added plus of being along Lake Mulehe with the Virunga Volcanoes providing a beautiful backdrop.

Private, en-suite cottages, consistent customer service, meals prepared with an Italian touch.

Nearby Hiking Trails, Village Visit, Canoe Boat ride on the lake does not get any better.

Staying at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge gives you easy access to the southern portion of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Trekking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

You have also close to Mgahinga Gorilla Park, where you can trek gorillas, golden monkeys and climb three of the Virunga Volcanoes in the park.

Since its beginning, we have used the lodge, and we have never had a complaint from our clients about this lodge.

Rushaga Gorilla Camp – Moderate-Mid-Range:

Rusha Gorilla Camp opened in 2015 and now has become one of the most reliable lodges in the Southern area of Bwindi 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 a 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 guests’ luxurious comfort.

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 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 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 $$$:

Chameleon Hill Lodge is a lodge with a million-dollar view. One of the top photographed locations in the world.

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 primates, and participate in interactive forest walks with the Batwa people.

Chameleon Hill is also an excellent base for exploring the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest primate tracking and hiking.

Chameleon Hill Lodge is one of the best locations to relax and chill out at the end of your safari.  You will find that our recommendation is exactly right.  Chameleon Hill Lodge is the lodge with the best view.

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 an en-suite bath.

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

It is an excellent place 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.

It 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.


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