Have a night at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi
Clouds mountain gorilla lodge is one of the luxury lodges found in Nkuringo sector in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is strategically located with beautiful views of the park as well as Virunga volcanoes. Travelers who stay at clouds mountain gorilla lodge stay in their own cottages that are built of local volcano stones with large sitting rooms that have a campfire. Some of the property amenities at clouds mountain gorilla lodge include free parking, spa, free breakfast, Wi-Fi, massage, laundry service, bar, and much more. Travelers who want to have a stay at clouds mountain gorilla lodge can do the biking with Africa Adventure vacations in advance of 3-4 months most especially if you are planning to use the lodge in the dry season.
How to get to clouds mountain gorilla lodge
Located in Nkuringo sector, clouds mountain gorilla lodge can be accessed using road transport from Entebbe/Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale to Nkuringo sector taking about 9-10 hours with amazing views and different stopovers on the way. Travelers from Kigali can access the lodge using Katuna border in Kabale taking only 4-5 hours. By air transport, tourists to clouds mountain gorilla lodge can use chattered flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip taking 2 hours to reach Kisoro airstrip where you then use ground means of transport to access the lodge.
Activities to do while staying at clouds mountain gorilla lodge in Bwindi
Spend 1 hour with mountain gorillas in Nkuringo sector
After heavy morning breakfast, tourists at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge can go for gorilla trekking activities. To trek mountain gorillas in Nkuringo, you will need to have secured a gorilla trekking permit for this sector. Nkuringo gorilla lodge is located about 10 minutes’ walk from the starting point where trekkers join the rangers for briefing and then the trekking activity begins. After the briefing, the trekkers are led by the ranger guides into the jungle to search for mountain gorillas which are only 2 in this sector- Nkuringo and Christmas gorilla family. After hours of searching around the park and locating mountain gorillas, the trekkers are given up to 1 hour to be around mountain gorillas they watch them do daily activities like playing, hunting, learning about their habits, and taking photos.
Gorilla habituation in Nkuringo sector
Nkuringo sector is one of the lucky sectors to have mountain gorilla habituation in Africa. Tourists having a stay at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge can have a gorilla habituation experience in Nkuringo sector. Gorilla habituation is the process of making mountain gorillas get used to human presence and in the whole world, it’s done in Bwindi in Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors between gorilla families Bushaho and Bikingi. Gorilla habituation in Nkuringo sector starts with a briefing at 8 am where a group of trekkers are briefed about the dos and don’ts of the habituation activity after which two groups not exceeding 8 are led into the jungle to search for a mountain gorilla family undergoing habituation. During the search, the trekkers have opportunities of seeing some of the park animals, birds, and different tree species. When the trekkers meet the gorilla family, they are given a maximum of 4 hours to be with mountain gorillas while making them get used to human presence, learn about their habits, and take photos.
Bird watching in Bwindi Nkuringo sector
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the best birding destinations in Uganda with over 350 birds so far recorded in the park among which 24 are endemic to the area. While staying at clouds mountain gorilla lodge, bird lovers can have bird watching activities where they get opportunities of seeing birds such as Evergreen Warbler, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Green Hylia, Grey-throated Barbet, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-backed/Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, White-breasted Negrofinch, Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike, Turner’s Eremomela, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Green-headed Sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, Honeyguide Greenbul, Klass’ Cuckoo, Green Crombec, Grey-headed Sparrow, Wood Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit, Collared Sunbird, and so many others.
Batwa cultural experience
The Batwa group of people were the first inhabitants in the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park before the government decided to evict people out of the forest in order to protect the remaining species of mountain gorillas, animal species, and forest. The Batwa cultural experience is led by the Batwa people themselves who take you around the park and communities showing you different ways of how they used to survive in the forest, how they used to gather food, how they used to collect honey and fruits, how they used to make fire and how they used trees as local medicine. The Batwa cultural experience also gives you an opportunity of watching the Batwa women perform traditional dances and drama and also have a look at some of the crafts they make.
Nature and forest walks are some of the activities you shouldn’t miss out on while having a stay at clouds mountain gorilla lodge. The nature walks are led by well-trained guides who take you through different trails of the sector with opportunities of seeing different bird species such as Green Crombec, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Grey-headed Sparrow, animals such as buffaloes, forest hogs, duikers, elephants, monkeys, and different tree species.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.