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Trekkers Tavern
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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360 reviews
238 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 417 helpful votes
“Cooking as good as ever.”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We are fans of this place and have been visiting regularly since it opened and have recommended other travellers to this low key establishment rather than the Larger Lodge next door. We have received regular feedback, some good, some not so good. The latter concerned us a lot.
We, a party of four, were booked in late last year, 2012, and got the usual friendly welcome from Julius and his team. We noticed straight away that some undergrowth had been allowed to proliferate. We got our 'usual' bungalow' and in view of reports we set about testing all the systems. Lights, Water, securityof fittings etc., all was found in order. However our companions had issues over lighting and erratic water supply so we arranged a move for them. We got the water right but sadly not the lighting. We think that maybe the batteries had finished and the poor weather and secluded position in shade was affecting the Cells on the roof.
Food was up to Julius's usual high standard, (Trekkers claim to serve the best food in Uganda.)
We enjoyed our stay as always and will return but the issues were of concern..
I have taken up this point with the owner and following an exchange of mails I have been assured these matters will have his urgent personal attention. I am therefore not going to comment further on these or let them unduly affect my ratings. Let us see what develops.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Tucson, AZ
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Nothing fancy, but one of the few options near Ruhija end of Bwindi. Great staff, food fine, rooms fine. Showers work but water unfiltered, looks like weak tea. You're near 8,000 ft so can be really cold. Hot water bottles welcome. Excellent birding nearby. Forest elephants forced us to abandon swamp hike. Take hiking poles if you try any of the trails nearby.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We stayed here for three nights- well worth staying on site. We had a fantastic experience with the Oruzogo gorilla group for one day then the rest of the time we enjoyed bird watching and spending time in the forest (Alfred from Avian Watch Uganda) or around the trekkers tavern. The service and food were exceptional. The best cook in Uganda. Although our time there was wet and damp- as it was the start of the rainy season after all- the staff went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Including hot water bottles in our duvet bed and an amazing hot coals heater placed under our table at dinner time!! THANK YOU (we were there 7th Sept).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

We stayed here for three nights on a birdwatching tour of Southern Uganda.This was to see the local birds, but also go Gorilla Trekking. Our guide was Hassan, the hotel's owner.
On arrival we received a warm welcome with hot flannels to freshen up, and a cold drink.
Our room was a good size and had a veranda with a couple of chairs and a coffee table.
The bedroom had a large double bed and a rustic suitcase stand. There was one bedside table. Everywhere was nice and clean.
The bathroom had a large shower area, a sink and toilet. There was hot water in the evening, or at other times if you give sufficient notice.
The restaurant served essentially a fixed menu, although they did accomodate for vegetarians.
There was plenty of food, but for us it was a bit too salty.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The hotel supports a local orphanage, and if you are staying here and have room in your suitcase, childrens clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils etc. would be gratefully received.
We enjoyed our stay here and saw many species of birds, and the gorillas!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2011

We stayed here for two nights while we were trekking the Oruzogo gorilla group. On arrival they had hot towels and fresh juice for us (which was much appreciated after the 10 hour drive from Kampala). They showed us to our room which was very basic but very clean and well thought out (nice tub, umbrellas, slippers, extra blankets, etc). They told us we could have our dinner at any time, which was a very filling and tasty 3 course meal. At night the weather was VERY cold and when we arrived at our room after dinner there were hot water bottles in our beds! All meals had 3 courses and were served by the most friendly and helpful server. Overall, we were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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263 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2010

Trekker's Tavern has been much extended since the last review. There are now 5 bungalows, as well as the earlier `rustic' rooms. The dining room remains the same, however, and the alfresco cooking arrangements. However, one of the highlights was the excellent food provided by Justin and his team - and indeed the general high-quality service we received was excellent. It may have helped that the owner was with us, but I don't think so. There were lovely views over the Virunga range, especially sunrise, and we were close enough to the village to appreciate local life. Overall, an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
360 reviews
238 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 28, 2009

This is a new venture by AccessUganda to provide a much needed alternative to UWA Hostels in this remote and beautiful area of Uganda. We tried this 'unseen' and were absolutely delighted.
The property is just off the 'main' road over "the Neck" from Buhoma to Kabale and is in the small village area of Ruhija so beloved of Birders. There are now a Group of Habituated Gorillas in this area too so the location will appeal to Trekkers as well as those seeking the rarer birds of the area. Personally I liked the place so much I would be happy to go there and just spend a few days in the community. Plans are afoot to do just that!
It is reached by turning up the Forestry College road about a mile before the UWA Base. Go through the small village and it is on the rise ahead of you. There was talk of calling the place "Sunrise Bungalows" due to the magnificent daily spectacle but Trekkers Tavern is just so apt. Once complete the grounds will mature better and attract some of the prolific birds of the area. We 'ticked' 3 Albertine endemics from our deck chairs. A family of Great Sparrowhawks have their home in the nearby trees.
There are four New Bungalows, Kitchen and small Restaurant.
Chef Julius is a star. We simply could not fault his cooking which although relatively simple (who needs Crepe Suzettes and Soufles anyway?) were well prepared, delicious and nourishing. There was a plentiful supply of Cold Beer and a good choice of Wines. Once, whilst having a 'sundowner' Julius brought out the finest handmade Potato Crisps (Chips to US readers) we have ever tasted. The Restaurant is temporary and will be re-located although quite adequate as it seated 14 hungry and benighted Italians on our final night.
Rooms are in detached Bungalows and are neatly if rustically equipped and furnished. The beds are not netted but at around 9,000' there were no Mozzies. H&C water and Electricity and the usual porch for sitting out and taking one's ease. Hot Water Bottles in your bed at night after turn down.
Manager Moses was helpful in the extreme and so courteous and considerate. By way of example he brought our 'extras' Bill to the Bunglalow rather than present it in front of the aforesaid Italian Group.
A very congenial place to stay that I wish every success.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Trekkers Tavern
Address: Ruhiza, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Number of rooms: 5
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Trekkers Tavern Uganda/Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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