Luxury Lodges in Uganda for Gorilla Trekking

Uganda is a far cry from the dry arid plains and the blushing golden grasses that we commonly associate with Africa. This kaleidoscope world of color is drenched in evanescent shades of green, mist topped mountains and dense dark forests where gorillas roll and tumble and beat their chests like drums. Despite its prickly history and its blood stained past Uganda has so much to offer and is gently tempting tourists back to some and witness the true wilderness of Africa.

Luxury lodges are starting to spring up especially around the National Parks and common camping grounds where wildlife lovers congregate in the hopes of catching sight of the elusive primates. When we say luxury in reference to Uganda we cannot talk of five star suites and lavish surroundings, but we can speak of love, simple refined luxury and genuine local warmth with these luxury lodges in Uganda.

Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Remote, wild and teeming with atmosphere, this luxury lodge is frequently visited by gorillas thanks to its sublime location in the heart of the national park. Imagine waking from a deep forest inspired sleep to look out your window and see a family of gorillas gazing back; there could never be a moment as surreal and magical. Surrounded by tumbling valleys, rising mountains, waterfalls and lakes you are sure to fall in love with the majesty of Uganda.

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Soft as silk beds and oversized bathtubs are waiting gracefully in every tent, providing the perfect ambience for sinking tired muscles into a dream like bliss after a day trekking through the verdant canopies. In the opulent open air lounge you can sip something cool and listen to the sounds of the jungle sink into twilight. Just because you are in the heart of the Bwindi doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in silver service, every evening the chef will prepare a five course gourmet extravaganza to enjoy beside the roaring campfire whose flames lick the stars right out of the sky.

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Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

With breathtaking views over the gushing Munyaga River Valley and simple stone cottages expressing a minimalist luxury design you can soak up the tranquility and the glory of the Bwindi National Park from Mahogany Springs. The rich gardens of the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range surrounds at every angle and you can watch the mist draping itself over the deep green trees with every passing hour.

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Suites are crafted from natural materials and all boast beautiful big windows so you can stargaze as you drift to sleep or wake up to the watery sunshine pouring through the glass every morning. Wrap around terraces are the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or even your morning coffee and for those slightly chilly mountain nights you can curl up with a good book next to the double sided fireplace. Bush breakfasts can be taken by the mineral rich flowing river and every night something fresh adorns the menu ensuring that guests can enjoy an evocative array of flavors.

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

As fresh, pale and beautiful as a spring morning, the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a divine place to stay when trekking the gorillas through the mist. With your own darling cottage bedecked with wooden hewn beams, white wash walls, local African art work and the softest feather beds you couldn’t ask for any more. Private butlers are on hand to light the fire in your homes when the evening falls, to squeeze you fresh orange juice to enjoy on the terrace and to bring you plate after plate of organic rich food grown in the grounds garden when you are feeling peckish.

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The location is every bit as divine as the service with the surrounding volcanic ranges tinged with the glow of lava against the thick black night sky. Clouds is continuously collecting awards for its grace, beauty and warmth providing the perfect homely environment high in the hills of Uganda. Nothing can compare with returning from a day out on the slopes trekking gorillas and returning to sip a glass of chilled white wine in the scented botanical gardens as the sun sinks like a stone beneath the craggy peaks.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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