Highlights of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
- Gorillas fairly regularly visit the Gorilla Forest Camp
- Good base for tracking some of the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas
- Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Spacious tents have two queen-sized beds
- En-suite bathroom boasts a bath with a view of the surrounding rain forest
- Activities include gorilla safaris, birding, forest walks and visits to local villages, markets and schools
- Unique customised sedan chairs with support and harness allow less able guests to be carried into the rainforest to track the gorillas
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is one of only two safari camps within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It certainly sets the standard for design and hospitality and, despite a welcome increase in the number of good places to stay, Gorilla Forest Camp remains one of the most attractive and comfortable camps to use as your base for tracking the mountain gorillas. As well as gorilla safaris and trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest offers superb bird watching with over 360 bird species and forest walks. The site is home to just over half the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas.
Perhaps one of Gorilla Forest Camp’s strongest features is that it has 24 hour hot water and power. There is absolutely nothing to beat a hot bath gazing out at the forest when you return wet and muddy from a day of trekking. A bar and dining room overlook the rain forest, as does the veranda of the bar. A raised deck is also used as open air dining room (weather permitting). At night, a traditional African campfire is lit from where a lecture might be given by a visiting primatologist or the gorilla briefings take place.
Accommodation is in 8 double tents, raised on wooden platforms, each with en suite facilities, flush loo and a terrific bath looking out onto the view. Each tent has a spacious wooden veranda where guests can relax, enjoy a private meal and absorb the exotic mystery of the surrounding rainforest of Bwindi.
You can also visit the village community at Bwindi on a guided walk seeing the school, hospital and orphanage. The small fee goes directly to the community.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp accepts children of all ages but bear in mind that only teenagers age 15 and above are permitted to track gorillas and at least one adult must share with under 15s.
Gorilla Forest Camp has that ‘first mover advantage’ as it is one of the oldest and still one of the best lodges in the Bwindi area. Nowhere else do the gorillas who regularly forsake the hillsides to come into several of the Bwindi lodges seem to feel quite so much at home!
Another really sweet touch at Gorilla Forest Camp is the way that they take away your hugely muddy hiking boots and return them beautifully clean.