Gorilla Safari Lodge sits comfortably at the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a primeval forest and lush jungle region in south west Uganda. This national park is home to wild mountain gorillas, forest elephants and 23 species of birds endemic to the area. Located 5 minutes’ walk from the briefing point for trekking makes the lodge a sought after lodge for gorilla tracking safaris. There are plenty of activities on offer, which include a visit to the Batwa pygmies, mountain biking, guided community walks and a forest walk to the Bayenda Falls.
Banana and guava trees cocoon the 18 bedroomed lodge, and in the distance there are views of the forest jungle with its ancient canopy of trees decorating the lofty hills. The entrance to the lodge is warm and welcoming. Bold colors from indigenous flora greet you upon arrival, leaving a lasting first impression. The atmosphere is pleasurable, with efficient staff to ensure you are looked after for the duration of your stay.
Rushaga region is located in the southern section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is located in Kisoro District together with Nkuringo Region. It has several gorilla families which include Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Kahungye and Bweza.
The Rushaga sector boasts the highest number of gorilla families and lies between Kabale and Nkuringo coming from either Ruhija or Kampala.
The region is dominated by high hills and because of this, habituated gorilla families have kept on separating and subdividing to take up different hills in the region. Because of these hills, tourists who trek gorillas from Rushaga tend to enjoy great scenic views and at some points, you can as well see the Virunga ranges in Rwanda and Uganda that include Mgahinga, Muhavura, Sabinyo, Karusimbi, and Bisoke. There is Lake Mutanda which is one of the only two lava damned lakes in Uganda. You can enjoy a canoe ride on the lake before or after your gorilla trek.
Gorilla Safari Lodge is on the boundary with Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, close to the starting point of trekking to the gorillas. The area is in the Kisoro region in south-western Uganda.
Gorilla Safari Lodge is in a remote area and the journey to this paradise is long, but eye-opening and scenic. The quickest route is by air to the Kisoro airstrip.
Guests can easily fly into Entebbe Airport (Kampala), catch a connecting flight in a small-seater plane to Kisoro, and then arrange a road transfer (2 hours) to the lodge.
The road transfer will meander its way past hills carpeted with tea and coffee plantations, rural villages, tropical vegetation and exquisite, pristine landscapes.
Uganda is a country like no other, and Gorilla Safari Lodge is located in one of the most untouched regions re-known for its primate population and array of birdlife.