As we pulled up to this property, we were taken away with the spectacular views we were afforded. Situated atop a hill, the main lodge and each individual cabin were treated to views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the surrounding countryside and the Virunga Mountains off in the distance.
The main lodge was warm and inviting. It was divided into several sections based on primary function. The dinner tables were on one end, with a large grouping of chairs and sofas at the other end. In the middle was a large fireplace and chairs. There was also a small library of donated books and a bar. We enjoyed spending our time after our day's activities warming by the fire or lounging in the chairs reflecting on our experiences and visiting with other guests. Like most lodges in Uganda, they had a central charging station near the bar for batteries, phones, computers, etc. The lodge overlooked the cabins as they were built in a descending pattern as you went down the slope of the hill away from the main lodge.
Each cabin had a small covered veranda with chairs where you could sit and enjoy the wonderful landscape. Inside, the walls were made of tent material with mesh windows running on all sides of the cabin. These windows could be covered with velcro coverings in the evening and taken down during the day to allow occupants the same views as those standing outside. There were the customary beds, as well as chairs and a table for furniture. There was also a place to hang clothing should you need to. The toilet and shower were located in the back of the cabin in a separate (almost looked added on) room. They did have hot water here, however you needed to tell them when you wanted it so they could turn it on at the top of the hill for you and it would take a few minutes for the cold water to run out of the pipes in advance of the hot water.
The food here was among the best we experienced. It was well prepared and the service was exception. The waitstaff had clearly been trained and performed as if this were a 5 star restaurant in any major US or European city.
When we retired for the evening each night, we were treated to a hot water bottle in each bed. The plethora of blankets, along with the hot water bottle allowed you to snuggle into your bed in the crisp mountain air and let the sounds of nature sing you to sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring 12 well appointed rooms with views of the Bwind Forest Canopy, Virunga mountain ranges, Free wifi, Gorilla Mist Camp offers accomodation in Ruhiija sector Bwindi Impenetrable National Park!!! Located 50kms from Kabale town and 30 kilometers from Buhoma, Bwindi natinal park's headquarters. We started as a small camp but we have expanded up to 12 rooms with a maximum capacity of up to thirty in house guests at a time. All the rooms have a spacious ambiance with twin beds, a flush toilet, bathtub and a balcony. A restaurant open at 5:30am for breakfast at 12:30pm to 2:00pm for lunch and 6:00pm to9:00pm for dinner and a bar open from 4:30am to 00:00am. A chef well trained for the best of African, Caribbean, Indian, European and American cuisines is ready to make you the meal of your choice. We have laundry service and a massage parlour, a standby bird guide for people interested in Birding as well as a cultural guide. There will be transfers from Kayonza airstrip and Ishasha air trip and scheduled pick ups from Kabale town. Our guests will get the experience of a lifetime and a feel of their money's worth. ... more less
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