In 2022, we are reaching out to request your assistance for vital projects that Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports near our lodges in Uganda and Rwanda. Support is especially critical at the moment, when so many of our communities have seen their livelihoods affected by Covid-19.
Our new partnership with Empowers Africa as our fiscal sponsor provides a simple way for contributions from US residents to be tax-deductible.
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Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and with stunning views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, Bwindi Lodge is one of Africa’s unique lodges.
The property has dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage. During 2021 two new delxue bandas have opened, standard bandas have been rebuilt and upgraded, and the lounge and library have been reimagined.
The award-winning Bwindi Bar, in the high street of the village nearby is the most stylish and colourful bar in the area! Guests also enjoy informal tapas style meals inspired by Ugandan dishes. It’s the Harry’s Bar of Bwindi! Guests can make their ‘rolex’ wrap and the delicious Gorillini Cocktail, a must-have after a gorilla tracking in Bwindi! The bar was set up by Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust to train disadvantaged local young people in hospitality.
- 10 unique luxury bandas (two deluxe and eight standard).
- Personal butler service for all guests.
- The Humula Forest Spa.
- The award-winning Bwindi Bar and Community Tea Project.
- Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge building.
- Premium wine, whisky, and cocktail menus.
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Activities at Bwindi Lodge
In 2015, the VSPT officially opened the Bwindi Bar, located near the Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The bar provides a practical training institution for local disadvantaged youths living near the Bwindi National Park in Buhoma.
The VSPT aims to provide practical experience in the tourism industry, to create more job opportunities in the region. Thanks to this programme, trainees are armed with the appropriate skills set to go on to gain successful employment in hospitality in the Bwindi area.
The trainees gain practical skills in food and service during their three month training. They are then sent for further internships at nearby lodges. Bwindi Bar serves a variety of delicious locally-inspired food and drinks, including the famous Ugandan ‘Rolex’ wrap and the signature ‘Gorillini’ cocktail!
Congratulations to Bwindi Bar on winning the 2016 PURE Community Engagement Award!
Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day, and to minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 10m from the gorillas. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness; however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.
In August 2015, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) opened Bwindi Bar on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Buhoma. The bar provides a practical training institution for local disadvantaged youths, and a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy an ice-cold local beer or handcrafted latte.
In 2013 the VSPT began simple tea processing in partnership with the local communities, at the Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, which is located at the edge of the primordial Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, World Heritage Site and home to the famous Mountain Gorilla, in South West Uganda.
Tea has proven to be a very useful buffer crop when planted between forest areas with protected wildlife, and local human communities. Animals do not eat tea so feel no need to come out of the forest to “crop raid” which is the source of much human-wildlife conflict in areas around National Parks.
A tea tour is available to interested Volcanoes Safaris guests, demonstrating how tea is grown, picked and traditionally processed in Uganda. The tour also shows how ‘black’, ‘green’ and ‘white’ teas are produced and differentiated. Guests are invited to sample the fine teas at the end of the tour whilst looking out over the impressive forest.
Both Uganda and Rwanda offer some of the world’s best bird watching, with a vast diversity of bird species. Uganda has over 1,000 bird species with 150 found only in Uganda. Rwanda has over 700 bird species and is home to the second highest number of Albertine endemics in the Albertine region. Each of our lodges offers the chance to see a number of different birds, with the vast majority endemic to the Region.
This internationally supported hospital is a beacon of hope to the local communities. Walkable from Bwindi Lodge, guests are welcome to visit the hospital and learn about the daily challenges and successes of the institution and remarkable staff.
“Our stay was quite possibly the most rewarding experience we have ever enjoyed throughout our many world travels.”
“The best service we have received in Africa! Incredible gorilla experience and wonderful staff. Thank you!”
“Should western societies globally follow by example Volcanoes Safaris conservation and community ethos, our world would be a better place. We have respect and appreciation for what you are doing. Thank you!”
“Truly a wonderful experience! Thank you to Mariana and all the staff for making our stay in Bwindi so memorable!!”
Renata and Robin
“This has to be one of Africa’s best lodges with a relaxing and peaceful location. The rooms are very comfortable and those with a veranda can sit and enjoy the wonderful sounds of the forest. Gorillas come to the lodge perimeter, and you will see them if you are lucky!”
John, United Kingdom
“Undivided attention from the staff, and a gin & tonic is a must after gorilla tracking. Try hanging around the main house with a camera handy in case some gorillas come passing by. I was lucky to see the group of gorillas twice during my 4-night stay.”
“This stunning lodge has all the comforting first world elements you may not expect from a lodge in the middle of a rain forest but still the ethnic African feel you would hope for when going on a remote vacation. Hot showers, lovely fire pits, comfortable beds and epic food!”
Safaris at Bwindi Lodge
This 4-day Bwindi adventure invites guests into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage Site, in search of the enchanting mountain gorillas. Spend four days on the edge of the forest, spotting monkeys, birds and other wildlife. We also welcome you to interact with and learn about the local communities of Bwindi & Buhoma.
Our popular 7-Day gorilla and chimpanzee safari in Uganda takes you to Bwindi Lodge in the highlands of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to trek the majestic mountain gorillas, on game drives to see the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, a wildlife boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, and finally to search for the ‘Lost Chimpanzees of Kyambura’ of Kyambura Gorge Lodge.
This unique Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari takes you to see the chimpanzees in both Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge, on game drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park, on a magnificent wildlife boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, and finally to the jungle of the Bwindi to trek the majestic mountain gorillas.
On this week-long Uganda safari you’ll experience the Mountain Gorillas in the majestic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and, before getting to the lost chimps of Kyambura Gorge, you’ll pass by the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and a chance to see the famous tree-climbing lions.
Launched in July 2021 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Volcanoes Safaris, this 10-day safari allows guests to experience trekking the gorillas in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga mountains of Mgahinga National Park. You will also see the the endangered golden monkeys, experience the ancient Batwa culture in Mgahinga, search for the lost chimps of Kyambura Gorge, before finishing your safari in the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the famous tree-climbing lions.