Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Bwindi Gorilla Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Lodging – Nkuringo Area
A wonderful place and a great community project!
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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Up-Market)
It is a wonderful place. In short, very comfortable, the service is friendly, attentive and enthusiastic, the food great. It is in a remote location but very convenient for the gorillas and with stunning views. It is a community project which works well for the local community.
That sums it up but if you want to know more, and at much much greater length, read on.
They have 8 family units, which are separate stone house consisting of two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold water, as well as electric lights, plug points and a cozy fireplace and a large sitting room in the main lodge.. All units are separate stone houses, set slightly down from the main lodge.
It is quite remote. Charter Flights from Entebbe or Kajjansi to Kisoro, with a road transfer from the airstrip in Kisoro to the lodge.Travel from Kampala, crossing the Equator, through Mbarara to Kabale. Kampala – Mbarara = 280km plus Mbarara – Kabale = 147km. If you fly to the park, you are picked up at the dirt airstrip at Kisoro The airstrip crosses the main road (such as it is) into Kisoro – they close boom gates across the road so that a plane can land. The drive to the lodge is only about 35 km but up very rough winding roads, and takes about one and three quarter hours. However the drive is part of the experience. You drive through beautiful lush green country which includes a lake surrounded by hills, past beaming waving children and past women in amazing bright coloured dresses carrying babies on their backs and heavy loads on their heads. The women seem to do most of the work, and till fields for long hours. The kids cry out “mizungu! (white person) How are you?” and occasionally in a way that is charming and not offensive “give me money” or waterbottles
The lodge is on top of a ridge at about 2300 metres (7500 feet) in altitude. The views are stunning, over the green rolling hills of the Western Rift Valley to the Virumga Volcanoes (which sit on the junction of Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo). You often wake to the sound of drums calling people to church
The main lodge is roomy and very comfortable without being OTT (over the top). It is built out of the local volcanic stone with polished concrete floors. There are groups of armchairs and sofas to sink into after a walk or for a drink in the evening, and a few fireplaces. The walls are decorated with paintings commissioned from Ugandan artists.
The food is extremely good and beautifully presented- amazing considering the remoteness. They sometime have growing vegetables and greens in the lodge’s garden, which they are very pleased to show you.
The staff are all attentive, friendly and enthusiastic. Each family or couple has a butler (head servant) to look after them. In many places that is a gimmick, and you are introduced to a butler whom you barely see again. At the lodge it is designed so that the butler gets to know you and your wants. He brings you your wake-up tea or coffee, helps serve you meals and drinks, and at night takes glowing charcoal out of your fireplace and puts them in terra-cotta braziers to warm up your room. It is a long day but they get days off after their guest leaves.
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