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“Inside the park....” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buhoma Lodge
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Christiansted, St. Croix
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43 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Inside the park....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

You have to want to get to Bwindi. We arrived from Rwanda, with challenges at the border, causing delay, but we finally got to Bwindi. Interesting tented camp is Buhoma. We enjoyed our 2 nights there. Lots of rain and we were soaked following our trek. Loved the tent. The staff was helpful. This is a rugged area, so be prepared. Our trek included an hour of driving to a spot. Then two hours of hiking to the gorilla family. And walked back in the rain. My wife and I were slow, but we made it and enjoyed every minute of it. Good food and drink....reasonable bath...just let the hot water run until it gets hot.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank crucian-high
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Oakland, CA
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233 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 446 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Wonderful place, very much a forest lodge. It's one of the few accommodations in Buhoma actually located IN Bwindi National Park. As the previous reviewer wrote--it is one of the most fabulous places in the world. The beauty of Bwindi area, and Buhoma Lodge, cannot be put adequately into words.

Rooms are perfect--cozy, wooden, with screened windows completely taking up the top half along two sides of the room. These are not big luxury modern hotel rooms--rather, they are wonderful cozy wooden lodge rooms! You are surrounded by greenery, and you feel it, more than in most lodges--or even tented camps.There's an outside deck in front of each room to sit and watch the mist roll over the mountains across the valley. Tranquility descends on you here.

The cozy main lodge has dining area, sitting area, and bar, and a 24 hour coffee/tea area. Some of Buhoma village's NGO and hospital people come here after work for a drink, and you are bound to join in some interesting conversations, if you wish.

The food at all meals is excellent. Ask to meet the chef--you'll be amazed that someone as young and humble turns out these beautifully presented, delicious meals.

Staff members are terrific. Manager Mambo, the "President's cousin" (-: bravo!! You're a prince! Titus--thank you for a warm welcome and attentiveness throughout my stay. George, from a nearby village, is so gracious and kind. Winnie is shy, sweet and helpful. There are others whose names i apologize for not recalling. Thanks to all, if you see this--you're all a credit to Buhoma Lodge and your corner of the world.
There are accommodations, where you arrive weary (and achey, if you've come on a Ugandan road) just wanting a comfortable bed and hot meal. You get that here, but more significant, you get an indefinable "je ne sais quoi" --genuine warmth and care for the guests.

On arrival, after falling in love with the place, I called the tour planner (from the excellent African Pearl Safaris) pleading "I can't leave after only one night--please, do something to extend the stay!" He did, and those two nights at Buhoma Lodge, and days in the village, were two of the most memorable of a month-long trip to E. Africa.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank calinurse
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Tadworth, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

*8 traditionally built wooden cottages built into the hillside over looking the rain forests where the gorillas live. The food was superb,(set menu) the restaurant has open sides and at dinner they put pots of smouldering charcoal round your table so you don't get cold. A chimnea full of charcoal and a hot water bottle when you get back to your room. It is in the mountains and get chilly after dark. We had a free massage which was great.
The staff made it a magical place to stay. Wonderful

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Peter S
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Kampala, Uganda
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30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

Almost over 90% of materials used in setting up this Property is local and this makes it unique and environmentally friendly. The staff are very warm, dedicated and perform their duties with confidence and passion, a sign that they really enjoy and love what they are doing. I love the manager's zeal to always go an extra mile to give help whenever you require extra information even outside his area of operation; I can't forget his very helpful effort to give me a print out direction for an alternative route at the time which proved very helpful. In order not to litter our forest and possibly expose the animals and the environment to unwanted materials, residents are provided with reusable water bottles filled with clean water, sticks for use during the trekking which you are required to return at the end of your gorilla tracking activity. The location is a walkable distance from both the gorilla tracking briefing/starting points at UWA H/Qs for two groups and The Batwa Experience for those addicted to cultural tourism.

Room Tip: All the rooms are strategically located overlooking the beautiful forest of Bwindi Impenetrable Rain...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Patrick O
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Boston, Massachusetts
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106 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

We came here to see the gorillas, which meant this lodge was in the perfect location. You can literally walk to the starting point from the lodge (note: when getting gorilla permits, ask for the Rushegura Group as that is the family that is closest to Buhoma and will save you A LOT of time in finding the gorillas).

They offer free massages, but only until 6pm or so -- be sure to order in advance as there is usually only one masseuse.

The rooms are good, though not spectacular, and the bathrooms facilities are what you would expect from a unique four-star level resort. The food was also very good and the service at dinner and breakfast was excellent.

Compared to the other places in Buhoma, this is the upper end of the ladder. The cabins aren't as private as they look in the pics (the property is actually very small), but it is a decent place that will take good care of you.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms are up a considerable staircase. I would ask for a room close to the lodge.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Food-Nature-Culture
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Vannes, France
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124 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Loved Buhoma Lodge!!! Great cabins in the forest and all tastefully decorated. Hot water 24/7 and comfy beds. They do laundry and clean boots. Titus and Ken make everyone feel very welcome. They greeted us by first name every time they saw us. The food was delicious and service outstanding. There is a central area in the corner of the living room by the bar and dining area that is for charging electronics. All lights in the rooms are powered by solar energy. Misty mornings and a short 2 minute walk to the ranger station for our briefing to track gorillas! If you have time, walk into the village where there are several craft shops. Cash only accepted here for insight purchases.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank OTBPGourmet
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Strood, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
162 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

We stayed at Buhoma Lodge for 2 nights whilst we went gorilla trekking as part of our tour of Uganda. It was a lovely lodge in a beautiful location and Ken runs it brilliantly. Looking out onto Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from our verandah was so relaxing. The location is a 5 minute walk from the trekking meeting place so really well sited. We were really looking forward to the free massages after our trekking but as we had such a long trek to find them we couldn't take advantage of this facility as we got back so late. Luckily I could soak my sore feet in the plunge pool style bath. The wood fired heated shower was so refreshing after a hot day. The food was great and the service was exemplary. And the hot water bottles put in the bed at night were a lovely surprise. We couldn't fault Buhoma Lodge. Thanks World Primate Safaris - you couldn't have found a better place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jo M
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Property: Buhoma Lodge
Address: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Buhoma Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of only two lodges located within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Buhoma Lodge is a quality, intimate lodge with ten cottages along the hillside, situated adjacent to the forest a short distance from where gorilla tracking commences. Its peaceful location means that you may truly relax before and after your tracking experience, listening to the birds and primates of the forest. Guests can wake up to tea and coffee on their own private veranda with spectacular views of the morning mist rising off the canopy of Bwindi Forest. The cosy central lounge area with its open fire is the perfect place for guests to unwind after a hard day gorilla tracking. ... more   less 
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