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  • Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge

    Overlooking the mesmerising Bwindi forest, where primates like gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzees roam free, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge has an enviable location in one of the most biologically diverse areas in Africa, and on earth. Here, tracking mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest provides guests with magical memories, and some of these gentle creatures even visit the camp on a regular basis.

    This beautifully appointed eco-lodge with eight stone-and-tile en-suite bandas is truly an oasis. Built and run on ecological principles, Volcanoes Bwindi features solar powered lighting and hot bucket showers to control water consumption and reduce a negative impact on the environment. Local materials were used in the construction of the lodge, which means the camp has a rustic, earthy, African feel. This is complemented by the friendly and well-trained staff, who are recruited from local communities. Guests at Volcanoes Bwindi are treated to fresh and wholesome dishes which combine local and Western cuisines. There's a dining room as well as a veranda restaurant providing gorgeous views of the valley. The terrace which juts out into the forest, is the perfect place to soak up the sight and sounds of the surrounds.

    Guided local community tours, nature walks and hikes to the nearby waterfalls are definite highlights here, and a walk to the river through regenerated bush is bound to deliver sightings of wild animals. And of course, coming across a family of these gentle giants is an unforgettable treat. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four habituated gorilla families who thrive in a thick tropical forest setting - which makes tracking a bit tricky, especially given the steep hillsides. But it is all worth it once you set eyes on these wonderous creatures. Apart from the gorillas, the impenetrable forest is also home to a whole slew of other exotic animals, and on these walks (and even from the lodge), the lively sounds of all kinds of wildlife and birds can clearly be heard.

    A mere one hour flight from Entebbe and six hours drive from Kigali, this heavenly lodge is a great option for travellers who want authentic interactions with Africa's magnificent mountain gorillas.

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