We stayed here for two nights to do our second gorilla trek with the Nkuringo group having travelled from the other side of Bwindi to see our first group, the Rushegura family. After 6 hours of bad roads and detours, we were SO glad to arrive here and were welcomed like old friends immediately. New manageress, Madelaine, met us at reception and introduced us to our own butler, Alex and housekeeper Beatrice, who were both well-skilled, charming and helpful. Our chalet was more like a small private house and the views ( at 7,500 feet ) were breathtaking. Even if you were not here to see the gorillas,( an exceptional experience ) this is a wonderful place to stay and wind down. All the meals were first class and for such a remote location, we still wonder....HOW DO THEY DO IT?
Because we came across our first gorilla group within 15 minutes, we knew the Lords of Karma would not let us get away with such easy trekking twice.
We were right.......this one was 6.5 hours long, and tough, but worth every aching moment of it. The group,the NKURINGO family, were out in a clearing when we came across them and the photographic opportunities were so good, even the guides were snapping away on their phones and we stayed well past our allotted time as we literally sat amongst them. As a semi-fit 60 year old, this was truly one of those special "bucket list " moments. We even received a mock charge from the retired silverback of the group when the twin male gorillas born last year got too close to us. This was an experience more exhilarating than frightening, as the rangers are very professional and know the group well.
When we staggered back to the Lodge, which incidentally, is only 5 mins away from the gorilla HQ, it was suggested that a massage would not go astray. This advice was acted upon immediately and our 1.5 hours with Christine & Co. was heavenly.
After a great dinner we opted to just sit on the porch with our fantastic guide, Robert, from NATURETRACK EXPEDITIONS and take in the remarkable vistas in all directions, listening like school kids as we learnt of the Rift Valley and the active volcanoes in the distance and beyond to the Congo.
Retiring for the night, Alex was on hand with a welcome nightcap, a warm fire, a turned down comfy king size bed, cleaned hiking boots and miniature carved gorillas for us. Aaaarrhh bliss.
Not cheap but if you can manage, put this lodge on your itinerary. Cheers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CLOUDS MOUNTAIN GORILLA LODGE Where: Southern Bwindi, Western Uganda Access from Entebbe: Scheduled or charter flight (1.5 Hrs) | drive (11 hrs) Tucked away in Nkuringo, Clouds has immediate access to track 6 gorilla families, and perfect, uninterrupted views of the Virunga Volcanoes. Guests stay in cottages built of volcanic stone, with big sitting rooms, double-sided fireplaces, vast overstuffed armchairs, large bathrooms and private verandas. Personal butlers, delicious food from our organic vegetable garden, a massage spa and infinite attention-to-detail complete your stay. Rates include all meals, non premium brand drinks, butler service and laundry. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Hotel Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Uganda/Bwindi Impenetrable National Park