The most obvious attraction here high in the mountains and so close to the thickest of forests is the Mountain gorilla that make the forest their home. But if you have come in search of gorilla, you will be pleasantly surprised to find a lodge that can vie for your attention! Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a brand new eco friendly and community supporting lodge on the very edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. The lodge has ten independant cottages built from volcanic mountain stone and decorated in muted colours, clean crisp lines and luxury furnishings. Each cottage has it's own warming fireplace, large bathroom and two of the ten are suitable for families or larger groups.
This close to the forest it takes only a short walk to get to the entrance to the park from where you leave on your gorilla tracking journey. A welcome relief after a long hike and a fantastic gorilla encounter will be that the shortest of return journeys to your lodge. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge prides itself on its cuisine. One would thing that out in 'the sticks' like this it might be difficult to whip up high calibre food, but the well trained staff, who are mostly from the local community, produce exceptional food and your dining experience will be a yet another highlight of your stay.
The Gorillas you will track at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge are by no means tame. They are completely wild animals, which even now tolerate human presence for an hour a day at most. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, with no season as such. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. The trek commences every morning from the park headquarters at 0830. There is a daily maximum of 6 visitors to each gorilla group, and each group is accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack.
The gorillas cover large distances overnight, and they are never constantly in one area. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours. The terrain is extremely difficult, which steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit to enjoy the track. Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.