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Gorilla Resort Camp
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15 reviews
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“Great views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2010

Great place, only a few minutes walk to the national park HQ for gorilla trekking. Our tent was very spacious, had solar powered lighting, comfy beds and brilliant views. The bathroom was gorgeous, with flushing toilets and a bath. It was the perfect place to relax with a drink after trekking the gorillas. Food was good and the staff were friendly and i also liked the tip box so if you wanted to leave a tip for good service you didn't have to keep getting your money out.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2009

This is a new venture in Buhoma (the gorilla trakking centre of Uganda) and we were keen to try it when priced out of the nearby Gorilla Forest Camp. There are now ten Lodges in this small village and we do wonder on the sustainability of so many beds when only 32 people can trek Gorillas each day. Of course there is fantastic birding as well which was the purpose of our visit.
The Lodge is by the side of the 'main' road through Buhoma and you must descend some steep steps every day and then come back up them. This is usual in Buhoma due to the nature of the topography. Less able people should be aware of this but it is good training for the actual trekking.
There are around 8 self-contained "Tents/chalets" spread around the site so all are quite private from each other. They contain the usual beds and washroom facilities 'out back' through an insect proof screen. There is even a claw foot bath for your post trek indulgence as well as Washbasin, Vanitory unit and WC. This area is not 'inside' and you can admire the view whilst lounging in your bath. Plumbing works but our particular taps were loose and you had to concentrate when washing. Lighting is by Solar Panel and hot water supplied from the log fired "Kampala" Boiler at the rear. If anything the Tents could do with some hanging space for clothes etc., and maybe a better table to place your Cameras and Binos on, but this is being a bit picky. There are no nets as it is too cold for Mossies. So much so that when they turn down your bed during dinner they place Hot Water Bottles in the bed but it is not really THAT cold.
There is a platform/verandah for each tent (they are built on stilts due to the slope of the ground) and the flowers and shrubs bustle with birds. Everything from Turacos to Sunbirds. You can bird from your balcony or just kick back & admire the excellent view of the Forest Canopy over the valley. Gorillas and Chimps do actually pass close by from time to time depending on where the food supply is ripe. The main lapa/restaurant is comfortably furnished and there is also a bar which may or may not have the brand of beer/softee/ or spirit of your first choice. Food is excellent, prepared to order, but Dinner choice is restricted. Pre and post prandial drinks can be taken on a platform outside around the ubiquitous log fire. More birding.
Service by the Manager, Milton, and his staff was beyond reproach and you got the feeling that nothing was too much trouble for them. If it was there, it was served.
I had left my muddy Boots outside the tent solely for hygiene purposes. When I came back from a meeting in the village they had been cleaned and were spotless. Not seen this kind of service in years.
All in all an excellent place and worthy of the name "Resort".
Reasonably priced and excellent value for money. Competition for bed nights will hot up and prices may even come down due to the overcapacity.

  • Liked — The friendly service and overall ambience.
  • Disliked — Having to leave.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2008

When we first arrived i was little disappointed by the rooms but after a few hours it didnt matter any more... the lodge itself is fairly basic but the setting is wonderful, the staff fantastic and the atmosphere is special.

  • Stayed June 2008
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2008

I just returned from three weeks in Rwanda and Uganda and I have to say I loved the Gorilla Resort in Bwindi. It was unbelievable. You have gorgeous views of the mountain (you'll probably be hiking up the next day to see the gorillas) and the beds were great. What was really too much was the free standing gorgeous bath tub with a large window looking out on the same gorgeous views of the mountain. It was awesome. The food was great the the staff were wonderful. I would highly recommend this new lodge if you're going to Bwindi and want a wonderful experience after hiking all day (it took our group from 8 am til 4 p.m. ) for our treking adventure.

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Additional Information about Gorilla Resort Camp

Property: Gorilla Resort Camp
Address: Buhoma | Kanungu District, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Intimate, exclusive safari camp, with a breath-taking view of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located at Buhoma - Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park on a Mountain side. The camp has been constructed and built to the highest standards whilst retaining sympathy with the local surroundings. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gorilla Resort Camp Hotel Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Resort Camp Uganda/Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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