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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
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Lexington, Kentucky
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Top notch lodging in the middle of Bwindi. Perfect place to recoup after a long hard day of gorilla trekking in the forest. Jackson and his team make your experience one you will never forget. They go above and beyond for their guests. Food was delicious and Precious gives a wonderful massage. Hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Thank KY_Amy80
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Amy,

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are delighted that you had an experience that you will never forget. Thank you for your kind comments especially about our team (especially Jackson & Precious); they were very happy to learn you appreciated their efforts.

We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and the wonderful massage - Precious is brilliant isn’t she!

We would love for you to keep up with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Gorilla Forest Camp by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

Best wishes
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California
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91 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

I LOVED the Gorilla Forest Camp! It is a luxury tented camp right in the middle of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The tented rooms (8 of them) have big verandas, big en suite bathrooms, very comfortable beds. The bathtub is in a separate room with a big window overlooking the jungly garden, and illumination is provided by a candelabra with 6 or so candles. Very romantic! TONS of hot water.
Each room is assigned a room attendant, who takes care of your needs while you are there. Laundry is free, and we had tons of it.
Wifi is available in the main lodge, and is very good. The food was excellent and all of the staff was superb. So gracious and welcoming and friendly and WONDERFUL!

Every night there is a camp fire on the front lawn, and we at least had a musician come and play a local instrument. Lovely.

The lodge is about a 5 minute walk to a little "village" of shops. Interesting to visit to see the baskets, carvings, etc. for sale. Not too much bargaining, prices seemed reasonable and fairly fixed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank N R
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Dear Nancy,

What a rave review - thank you! It’s very much appreciated.

We are thrilled that you LOVED Gorilla Forest Camp and we do hope you return one day soon to sit around the camp fire enjoying the local sounds.

In the meantime please keep up to date with all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Gorilla Forest Camp by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’

Best wishes
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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

I would recommend GFC to anyone traveling to this part of the world, every one that works at this place goes the extra mile to make your stay extra special, from your wake up knock on the door with fresh pressed coffee n warm milk, to your personalized lighted walk back to your room at night to absolutely everything you could possibly want in between. The food is wonderful and plentiful with even snacks in between and even packed lunches for your daily trecking adventures. I hope to go back again to see you all, an experience to cherish and remember forever.... Thank you all, I miss you.... Oh and then there's Warren who play's great music every night at the campfire, I have to come back to get you cd :-)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank sagwisconsin
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

What a great review, thank you so much.

We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience with us and do hope we have the honour of welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Remember you have to come back to get Warren's cd...until we meet again!

Please follow all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Gorilla Forest Camp by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’

Best wishes
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

I found my "home away from home"! Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi Impenetrable N.P., Uganda. Second visit in 3 years. Coming back was like a reunion! So many of the staff were still working there. They remembered my family from 3 years ago. We sat and caught up like friends do. The presentation of the food was always worth taking photo's of, not to mention the delicious flavors and combinations! Always there with early morning smiles, always there to attend to your needs. GFC treats its guests to local entertainment. Mutaka Wellen is a local resident and comes for 2 hours every night to share his musical & vocal talents as you sit around the fire. He adds such a personal touch! Children from the local village also share their talents with song and dance. GFC's location is central to SSOO MANY activities! All within walking distance. Hike to the waterfalls, self guided hike, UWA headquarters for Gorilla trekking, local village with many places to see. Again, you feel a part of the community. Ian, John, Nicholas, Precious, and all my GFC family all my love!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this lovely review on Tripadvisor.

We are delighted that you found your "home away from home" and that this was your second visit to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Thank you for your kind comments, Ian, John, Nicholas, Precious, and the rest of your GFC family loved hosting you and your family and are definitely looking forward to welcoming you "back home" one day soon...

You can follow all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Gorilla Forest Camp by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’

Best wishes
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London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Gorilla Forest Camp for 4 nights. We had an incredible time - the staff was brilliant and the rooms are stunning (and very clean!)

Rooms (or I guess I should call them tents) have big open air bathrooms (with bathtubs) and patios that are great for reading and relaxing. The staff tucks a hot water bottle into your bed each night and greets you at your door with coffee / tea / hot chocolate in the morning. It is true luxury!

Speaking of the staff, everyone was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful. I wanted to go gorilla tracking a second time (without a permit pre-booked) and they went out of their way to help me do this on very last minute notice. It was much appreciated! Also, Precious the spa technician gives the best massage I have ever had.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Bwindi - a nice slice of luxury after a long day of gorilla tracking! My boyfriend and I hope to return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank LindsayT818
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for this great review.

We are glad to hear you had a wonderful, memorable, magnificent stay with us and thank you for all your kind comments especially about our staff, they are our greatest asset and it is definitely rewarding to learn you appreciated their efforts. Precious was absolutely delighted with your comment..they all loved hosting you and can't wait to welcome you both back.

We would love for you to follow all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Gorilla Forest Camp by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’

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Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Gorilla Forest Camp truly lives up to the reputation established by the Sanctuary Retreat hotel group. It is terrific! The "Tents" are spacious, well furnished with comfortable beds and chairs. The stone bathrooms have fulltime hot water! And to go with the shower there is an open air bath tub.
There are only 8 tents - built into a hillside right inside the National Park. The food is excellent - though the fixed menu's don't allow for a lot of choice.
What really makes this place great is the staff. Ian, the manager does a fabulous job of keeping everyone happy. Nicholas takes care of the guests needs. Precious offered up an amazing massage in the mini-spa and the serving staff are always smiling. The meeting place for gorilla tracking is just a short walk from the camp.
I run a Safari Expedition company - cielopictures.com - and stayed here for the first time in June to see if it is worth bringing clients to. We'll be bringing them here as often as we can!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Thank cielopictures
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post this great review on Tripadvisor.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and would like to thank you for your kind comments especially about Ian,Nicholas, Precious and the rest of the team. They loved hosting you and look forward to hosting you and your guests as often as possible.

Thank you once again and please follow all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Gorilla Forest Camp by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’

Best wishes
Sanctuary Retreats
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Tucson, Arizona
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

It's was our last stop on a 2-week Ugandan adventure, and lovely to save the best for last! There really are not great clear views as its in the dense jungle, but everything else makes up for it, Eco-friendly, super friendly and accommodating staff, good food, fantastic service, nice to relax there after gorilla tracking!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Address: Gorilla Territory, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park's most famous resident - the mountain gorilla. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. The eight tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are stylish and spacious, each featuring two queen sized beds. In addition to the comfortable warm beds, each tent has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas. Observe rare forest species while soaking in the tub, followed by a cocktail on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant. ... more   less 
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