To walk out in the morning and look over the panorama of surrounding valleys is a sight that you won't soon forget. Then it's a short walk up the path to enter Bwindi Impenetrable NP. For a birder, this path is paradise. Albertine Rift endemics just keep coming. There was seldom a break in the action. Regal sunbird, red-faced woodland warbler, chestnut-throated apalis, collared (rwenzori) apalis, mountain masked apalis, Grauer's warbler, dwarf honeyguide, blue-headed sunbird, African hill-babbler, handsome francolin, many greenbuls, barred long-tailed cuckoo and many more. The owner, Emmy Gongo, is actually a bird guide who does tours throughout the country. And, if you're lucky enough to have him guide you, you'll find he has an expertise that goes beyond knowledge. As well, he is from Buhoma on the other side of Bwindi so he has lots of insights on the area that only a local would have.
After all the action, walk back for breakfast. Eggs, cereal, toast, jam and such will fill you up. All the meals we had were excellent.
Emmy is an ardent conservationist and he says he bought this land to preserve a bit of Uganda. What he's built up isn't a fancy place. But it's comfortable. And the dining area is attractive, looking out on a garden filled with flowers. Not far beyond is the forest from which chimps could appear.
It can be cold up in the mountains, but there's a nice fireplace. If you need one, a hot-water bottle is supplied for the night. Showers are hot and beds are comfortable. The staff were so knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.
If you're coming to Uganda to see birds or gorillas and you like a bit of remoteness, Broadbill Forest Camp is an experience you'll remember. My wife loved it for all the photo opportunities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Locally Run Eco-lodge aiming at bridging the Gap between the Rare species of Wildlife and the Native people of the area by Involving both Parties in Resourece management and Conservation. Meeting the international Standards towards Service provision and Nature conservation by Using the local means and utilising and sharing the available resources is our pride. ... more less