We were the only two people here so it was certainly a very quiet and peaceful place to spend the night. The views are superb and they people there were super friendly. We met Seths dad, Eric, and had an amazing conversation with him. The manager and the young man that was helping out were super friendly and nice.
The food was ok, not great. But certainly edible, was to be a curry, but was really something mixed with a ketchup sauce I think lol. (Uganda ketchup looks radioactive so I can recognise it a mile off :) ) Breakfast was great, and the packed lunch was tasty too. We found the drinks were very pricy comparative to everywhere else we had been. Wines were 15,000 for a small glass, he kindly reduced to 10,000 when I announced my shock that that was per glass and not for all 3. We had not paid more than 5000-6000 at all other locations. Including a fancy hotel in Ugandan terms. We didn't have a beer so I can't compare that price. We never paid more than 5000 for a beer anywhere else.
For Dinner, Breakfast and a packed lunch it was $25. Sounds reasonable in North American terms but it cost us the same for that one night stay than it did for 2 full days at our previous place where we had incomparably indulged in many beverages and much food. Whilst they do have a bit bumpy trek to bring things out there this was not the first remote place I stayed in so if you are on a tight backpacking budget, just budget for this as it certainly adds up if you start drinking.
We had a very nice room with a private shower,toilet. The only one they had finished for this from the sounds. As is the way with Africa, be prepared for power outs. This happened at every place I stayed at, from the so called high end hotel, to the lowly backpackers. Thats just life in Uganda so carry a torch/flashlight with you. Oh and make sure you have something warm. The temperatures certainly cooled off in the evenings, I'm a bit of a woos when it comes to cool so I had my light fleece and my rain jacket to break the wind. They put a fireplace upstairs, odd, but kinda cool. The downside was if its windy, the smoke is unbearable and you will be carrying the smell in your clothes for a while. Excellent experience. (we had heard from folks staying at the really expensive Gorilla lodge place there too, and they said that was a complete waste of money - so... this is certainly a very nice, clean place and is definitely worth the visit!)
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- Unobstructed sweeping views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park from front rooms and bar/restaurant. Perfectly located for gorilla tracking in southern sector Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Nature walks to nearby pocket forest and waterfall available. Volcano hiking, Golden monkey tracking, Batwa visits, cultural exploration ... more less
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