ACTIVITIES AROUND THE LODGE
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is located in a true gem of southwestern Uganda, where nature and community come together to create an awe-inspiring travel experience. The location of the Lodge is simply breathtaking, offering some of the region's most rewarding nature walking adventures and rural community experiences.
And the experiences on offer are simply unforgettable. Cultural encounters with the native Batwa Pygmies will give you a deep appreciation for their way of life, while local cuisine testing with our celebrated chef will tantalize your taste buds with flavors you've never tried before.
And, of course, the gorilla trekking experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will leave you in awe of these majestic creatures.
But it's not just about the gorillas but the overall experience with the local tribes. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Nkuringo local community, which means you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures of the surrounding villages. And staying longer will only enhance your experience, allowing you to explore the region's untamed wilderness and immerse yourself in captivating scenery.
If you're a nature lover and have yet to experience the thrill of encountering mountain gorillas, you're missing out on a life-changing experience that will leave you in awe of these majestic creatures. Encounters with Africa's great apes are simply unforgettable, and guests have described it as a life-changing experience that every nature lover should look forward to.
And if you're looking for the perfect place to stay during your gorilla trekking adventure, look no further than Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. The Lodge sits on the southwest border with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a 10-minute walk to the Nkuringo Visitor Center, where guests can track three habituated gorilla groups. But that's not all – nearby Rushaga (just 45 minutes away) has six habituated gorilla groups, offering an exclusive gorilla habituation experience.
Nature Walking Adventures
We've been offering these exciting off-the-beaten-path adventures to our guests since our journey began sixteen years ago. These experiences made us fall in love with the humble people and the gorgeous rural landscape and continue bonding hundreds of guests that visit us every year.
Nkuringo, located in the southern sector of Bwindi, is not only famous for its intense mountain gorilla tracking experience but also for its off-the-beaten-track hiking trails that many seasoned hikers have explored. Top travel magazines such as Conde Nest and Lonely Planet have recognized this part of the world as one of the best hiking spots.
To celebrate this elevation, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge and its parent company, Nkuringo Walking Safaris, offer exciting walking adventures that allow guests to connect with the rural land and people. These walking adventures are perfect for anyone staying with us for more than one night.
Discover the exclusive beauty rituals at the only Mist Spa, well recommended by our guests after the pleasurable but tiring gorilla-tracking excursion. Take a holistic sundowner to well-being, where you will slumber into relaxation at the Top of The World with unmatched 360 views of the entire southwestern Uganda landscape. Restore harmony of body, mind, and spirit in a natural surrounding. End your renewing stay in our exotic lounge with herbal teas, fruit, or indulgence wine selection.
Batwa Pygmy Cultural Trail
The Buniga Forest Trail showcases the symbiotic relationship the Batwa pygmies had with the Bwindi jungle before they were ousted to turn the forest into a protected reserve. To reveal their unique heritage and traditions to the world, the Batwa people, through their community organization NCCDF take tourists into their small pocket forests, showcasing their historical nomadic cultures when they occupied the jungles.
Guests walk an hour to a Batwa-enacted settlement. Here, they'll observe how the women prepare, cook and serve a meal. They'll engage with medicine men, learn about the lush forest flora's medicinal properties, and hear ancient legends and traditional songs. They'll learn about the Batwa's fascinating way of life, from religion to their food gathering and hunting techniques, and how they made fires from rubbing sticks.
Bird Watching Trails
Get your birding guide and binoculars for a fantastic birding through the ancient rainforest of the Bwindi—known for offering "some of the best montane-forest birding in Africa." The park and its surroundings are home to an impressive 350 species, of which many you will delight in ticking off your list on a 2-3 hour excursion hosted by an expert guide. This is a journey of discovery, traversing the unique habitats along winding trails framed by exotic and emerald vegetation.
Birding spots include the Lodge surrounds, Buniga Forest trail, the Kashasha River valley and Ivy River trail, along the bamboo zone, and the Nombe Pocket Forest trail. Birding specials include Handsome Francolin, Short-tailed Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Archer's Robin-Chat, Dawrf Honeyguide, Grauer's Warbler, Dusky Crimson wing, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Shelley's Crimson wing, Strip-breasted Tit, Blue-headed Sunbird, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Strip-breasted Tit, Kivu Ground Thrush among others.