Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This eco-friendly and unique lodge is located on the Nteko ridge overlooking a beautiful swath of the world renowned Bwindi Forest National Park. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha river valley to the forested hill known as ‘Nkuringo’ and the surrounding plethora of trees of the Bwindi Forest.
This section of forest is home to three Mountain Gorilla families including the 'Nkuringo' & 'Christmas' groups. The lodge is just a 5 minute drive from the trekking HQ from where the you begin your amazing trekking experience. It is also close to the neighboring RUSHAGA region where six other gorilla families are habituated for trekking.
Nkuringo Lodge is locally owned and nestled within a rural community high up in the mountains surrounding Bwindi National Park. Here you will experience the best or rural Uganda side by side with the local farms and people who cultivate this fertile landscape.
It is fair to say that access to this remote location is a bit of a challenge. The roads are bumpy but our drivers are very experienced. If you want the best views you have to go high and the views here are nothing short of breath-taking! In fact the lodge comfortably boasts one of the best views in Uganda with panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the Virunga chain and across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DR Congo.
From the nearby viewpoint you can see all six volcanoes in Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo on a clear day. Spot a chameleon as you near the top of the viewpoint, and marvel at the beauty of the misty mountains. Less than one hour from the lodge is the magical paradise of Lake Mutanda which is nestled in the shadows of this hills. We highly recommend our privately guided canoe trips on the lake where you can spot Brown Otters and take lunch on the little islands making your own piece of tranquil paradise before leisurely paddling back to shore.
The area is also home to a variety of outstanding hiking trails including the waterfall hike, volcanoes hiking or escorted hikes through the forest.
Birding enthusiasts will find Nkuringo of interest as a starting point to traverse the Bwindi Forest. Nkuringo has its own high altitude pocket forest where visits can be arranged with community guides and a variety of guided cultural walk or visits to the BATWA pygmies village, and local school and orphanage are also possible.
Facilities include 8 beautifully hand crafted private en-suite cottages each with a balcony/terrace overlooking the mountains. There is a family room with connecting door and four separate 2-bedroom villas which sleep up to 6 people each. The old 'virunga terrace rooms' have been replaced with private cottages so all rooms are now on the same level, the only difference is the 2-bedroom villas which are larger with a separate lounge area.
The rooms each feature their own private bathrooms and fireplaces to keep the evening chill away. Hot water bottles are also provided for the evening and electricity is backed up by generator. The showers are hot and powerful and tea can be served on your private balcony for your own slice of tranquil mountain heaven.
Low voltage electric lighting and paraffin lanterns provides light at night. There is a comfortable restaurant where visitors will enjoy tasty wholesome meals freshly prepared each day and served by the fires. Ingredients are purchased locally where possible to benefit the community. Free Wi-fi service is available from the main building and lounge areas and after dinner guests relax in the upstairs lounge which is perfect for discussing the days exciting events with other guests and also affords excellent views in the daytime over the mountains.
The Mist Spa offers massages for those tired post trek legs, helping you get ready for the next day, whether it’s trekking to the Suma waterfall or through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Treatments include
• Traditional Swedish massage • Deep tissue aromatherapy • Deep tissue hot stone • Soothing hot stone aromatherapy • Hot towel massage • Head, back and foot massage • Aromatherapy •Reflexology
In addition to cultural encounters, visits to the local school and orphanage, meeting the BATWA pygmies and the local blacksmith and canoe excursions on Lake Mutanda, the lodge also offers a wonderful tree-planting scheme allowing guests to adopt an indigenous to help with the regeneration of the forest. Guests can adopt a tree and be personally involved in maintaining this amazing habitat.
The authentic design, local cuisine and friendly service makes it the perfect base for the adventure of a lifetime.
The 8 Garden Cottage rooms are privately hidden away in the lush gardens. Each individually crafted cottage has a fireplace for the colder nights, is powered by solar and has a large veranda and each cottage has views over Bwindi or the Virunga volcanoes
The four Two-Bedrooms Villas are ideal for families or groups of 4 people, each room is independent but can be interconnecting.
They are also joined by a large veranda with beautiful views overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Each room has a sitting
The Virunga terrace rooms are joined in a row with each other. Each room has a private bathroom and the rear window overlooks the Virunga volcanoes. These rooms are excellent value for money.
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Travel Desk
Uganda’s forests are home to over half the world’s 1004 or so mountain gorillas (as of May 2018) – the rest live in the neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As they do not survive in captivity, preservation of these fragile habitats is essential for their survival.
In Uganda mountain gorillas are found in two parks – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park – and tracking takes place at 5 locations. All locations combined give a total of over 20 gorilla groups and this figure includes two groups under habituation and one group only for researchers.
Max 8 people are allowed per each gorilla group and for maximum 1 hour. Permits are 700US$ (including Park Entrance Fee) or you can spend 4 hours with family of Gorilla under the Gorilla Habituation Experience for 1500US$
The minimum age for gorilla tracking is 15 years and there are specific behavior guidelines to follow. Due to the steep terrain, the thick vegetation and the high altitude, a good level of fitness is required.
Our team of local enthaustic guides are eager to show you the warmth of friendship and hospitality Ugandan’s are well known for. Traveling with Nkuringo Walking Safaris you will be humbled and touched by the heart felt sincerity of the people you will meet on your journey. We provide the opportunity for you, the travellers, to immerse yourself in the fabric of rural Uganda few others get to experience.
Journey highlights include:
Views of the Virunga Volcanoes and day hikes to the Virungas
Journey by dugout canoe on Lake Mutanda
Visits to rural homesteads
Trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Experience wondrous views from Nkuringo
The Batwa Experience is a historical drama acting by the Batwa Pygmy people of what their life used to be like in the forest. Highlights include learning about medicinal herbs, traditional shelters, fire making, honey harvesting, burial rituals, different types of snares, and more. The Batwa do not just demonstrate their culture for tourists, but also for their own children, so they strive for authenticity. The experience was designed by a professional anthropologist together with Batwa elders who had lived in the forest. Proceeds from the tour go to Batwa education and healthcare.
A day spent with the Batwa gives you the opportunity to enjoy the following;-
Hike in the forest with the forest people – the Batwa pygmies guide this trail and provide you chance to see the forest and its habitants through their eyes.
See how they lived and hunted in the traditional manner. You will have a go at how they hunted with a bow and arrow.
Visit their traditional homesteads and learn how they lived together in small spaces and what each hut represented.
You will learn about survival in the forest and each tree and scrub was of importance to them – as they depended on them for medicine.
Batwa were known for their dancing, and were always invited into the communities nearing the parks to entertain people, you will have chance to join in the dancing.
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 16
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, Wine