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You know when destinations grow up – when they start becoming a destination with choice, and there is more than one luxury safari lodge to choose from when planning your safari. No place in Africa seems to demonstrate this metamorphosis more at this time than Uganda.
Travel experts know there is no better yardstick for a destination’s pulling power’ than the quality and diversity of its hotels and lodges. Based on this alone, Uganda certainly appears to be emerging, butterfly like, into one of the most exciting African safari destinations of the moment.
As one of the leading luxury operators of Uganda Safari excursions, and the only one independent of any lodge or hotel, Journeys Discovering Africa is often asked to list the best lodges in Uganda.
Choosing a classic ‘Top Ten’ list has been difficult, especially as the options are changing and developing all the time. instead this list looks at the top 3 Luxury Lodges for you to base yourselves while Gorilla Trekking on your safari holiday.
Here, in no particular order, are the Top 3 Luxury Safari Lodges of Uganda for a Mountain Gorilla trekking tour:
One of the most established luxury lodges in Uganda, Gorilla Forest Camp is a beautiful tented camp inside the national park itself that really understands how to deliver excellent customer service. Recently renovated, it now boasts a mini-spa and new soft furnishings throughout.
Favourite moment: Soothing away the aches and pains of a day’s gorilla trekking with a full body massage at the spa.
A relative newcomer to the northern Bwindi collection of lodges, Mahogany Springs has quickly become a firm favourite. Overlooking its own river, with views of Bwindi forest, it feels light and modern compared to stereotypical forest lodges, and offers luxury accommodation at a very affordable price.
Favourite moment: Planting a tree to help with the lodge conservation programme (Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Clouds is blessed with possibly the best view of any luxury lodge in Uganda – located on the Nteko ridge on the southern side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the lodge looks out over hills and the distant Albertine rift valley floor to the jagged peaks of the Virungas.
Favourite moment: On a clear night, seeing the faint red glow of the lava lake deep inside Nyiragongo Volcano – part of the Virunga chain on the Rwanda/DRC border.
Gorilla Safari Lodge Bwindi
Gorilla Safari Lodge provides the ideal base for outstanding gorilla trekking opportunities. The lodge focuses on top quality service, good food and comfortable accommodation.
Gorilla Safari Lodge is a relaxed and luxurious lodge on the boundary line of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Bwindi has a population of around 340 mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei); roughly half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. The ancient forest is home to the biggest ever troop of gorillas that are familiarised with humans. It is a humbling once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to observe these shy and peaceful animals in their natural habitat.Accommodation
Gorilla Safari Lodge offers its guests luxury accommodation in eleven spacious cottages, each providing the perfect setting to relax after an exciting day of trekking. The well-appointed cottages all have solar-powered lighting, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flush toilets and individual verandahs offering excellent views of the unspoiled tropical rainforest. Two of the cottages have two rooms (both en-suite and featuring a cosy fireplace) with an inter-joining door making them the ideal choice for families or larger groups of people traveling together. The main lodge includes a restaurant, bar, lounge and campfire area overlooking the forest.