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The Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Reviewed October 25, 2012

I stayed here two nights. I wish I had a third night. This "accomodation" was a heavy canvas tent built onto a platform. The back of the tent opens into a permanent bathroom structure that had running water, a shower with hot water, and a flush toilet. I even had electricity!
This was one of the few places that gave me a double bed and plenty of tables to put my suitcase and toiletries out.
The restaurant offered plenty of food selections. Its open air, so bring a light jacket to wear at night since it gets a little chilly (and rainy) in the mountains.
I especially liked that the surrounding community offered several different activites in addition to seeing the gorillas (which was about a 75 yard walk from Buhoma Community Camp). Other activites include a guided Community Walk (I highly recommend), orphans nightly dance show, streetj lined with shops, coffeesnack shops, etc.

Room Tip: I had the Chameleon tent "cabin". It was GREAT. Be aware that unless you want to be righ...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We had 3 nights here. Mainly for bird watching and enjoying the forset (Alfred from Avian Watch an exceptional bird guide- book in advance via his web site). I also enjoyed the village shops and chilling (our gorrila trip was at Ruhija). We were invited to a performance put on at the orphan meeing place next to the rest camp - which is well worth a visit. The whole community benefits from the money you spend in The Buhoma Community Rest Camp, an extra reason to go there!

We did enjoyed our stay here. Our tent felt a tad damp - but it was the rainy season afterall. We had a fascinating visit by a swam of ants doing what they normallym do .....sweeping through the forest looking for food - a natural form of insecticide. They were not interested in coming in our tent just swarmed around and over it- fascinting.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ClaireofClareRoad
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

we stayed at the buhoma rest camp before our gorilla trek in september2012.we were taken to our accomadation which was a big tent under a thatched roof structure it was fantastic.the food was good and staff very helpfull.sometimes gorillas do come through the camp this did happen while we were staying here but sadly we missed it.overhaul stay was brilliant.
brian&fran phillips. newport,gwent,uk.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank brianphillips1
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We stayed in the self contained tents which have beautiful views overlooking the forest in Bwindi. The grounds are attractively landscaped and attract all kinds of wildlife. We had good monkey sightings on the grounds and tons of birds right outside our tent. It is only a short walk to the headquarters of the park where you Gorilla trek begins. Food was great and the staff was very helpful. For the folks who give this place a less-than-satisfactory review you need to remember you are staying in the middle of the forest, so yes there are insects. The rooms are not fancy but very clean and sleeping in a large tent surrounded by the jungle is an extraordinary experience. Plus your money goes to support the local community in a part of Uganda that has high rates of poverty

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

very nice stay, a "normal" traveller doesn't need anything else. Other places charge so much more and after all you're just there for the gorilla's, aren't you?
The whole community benefits from the money you spent in The Buhoma Community Rest Camp, an extra reason to go there!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

For those who prefer to stay in places that are a little more comfortable at the end of an adventurous day's trekking, Buhoma Community Rest Camp is probably not the place for you.

Its location in the middle of the forest is spectacular, and it serves as a convenient jumping-off point to visit local attractions. The restaurant with its panoramic view of the forest and mountainside is beautiful, and it serves pretty good meals. The staff caters to your every need, including cooking breakfast to order and preparing sack lunches for your daily outings.

The bandas, however, leave a little to be desired. We stayed two nights in the Baboon banda, and it was a little dark and dank, with only a bare fluorescent bulb hanging from the ceiling and no electric outlets in the room. The bathroom was open around the ceiling, allowing insects to freely enter the banda. There was plenty of hot water, but it had a strong smell of rust that lingered on your body the rest of the day.

This place is best suited to those for whom sleeping in places that are a little rough around the edges adds to the adventure of a trip. Those who prefer to rest a little more comfortably may want to look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

This was the perfect place to stay for gorilla trekking. The site blends in very well with the environment. We took two tents, which blends right into the forest, but are securely set up in individual wooden "enclosures". You wake up to a lovely scenery of the forest right at your doorstep, and you are only a 2-3min walk to the meeting point for the trek. The rest camp has all the needed facilities, and we paid a bit more to have private washroom facilities (even hot water!).

Breakfast & Dinner served in community canteen was great, and they packed us lunches for the trek. I would not book anywhere else if I ever go back. There are more expensive lodges 4-5x the price nearby, but I think that spoils the point of being there when it get too fancy. This had all the amenities we wanted and blended right in. Staff was also very friendly and you meet a lot more fellow trekkers there to trade stories with!

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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