Given the fact that the reason we were at Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi Forest National Park was solely to see the Gorillas, any accommodation would have been acceptable, however we were lucky to have been booked into Buhoma (just inside the national park gate) for 2 nights.
We were also lucky enough to get the room with 68 steps but the climb was well worth it for the view away into the congo side of Biwindi.
The greeting and orientation session were clear and arrival to the room with beds to the front and a well appointed bathroom at the back were more than adequate for the stay.
Once again with a lot of African lodges however the main experience was the communal eating and sitting area and this was no exception from the charcoal fires to eat by, the 4 course meals to the lounge seating looking out into a bird infested garden the place really allowed relaxation after the highs of the gorilla trekking..
We came here to see the gorillas, which meant this lodge was in the perfect location.
You can literally walk to the starting point from
the lodge (note: when getting gorilla permits, ask for the Rushegura Group as
that is the family that is closest to Buhoma and will save you A LOT of time in
finding the gorillas).
They offer free massages, but only until 6pm or so -- be sure to order in advance as there is usually only one masseuse.
The rooms are good, though not spectacular, and the bathrooms facilities are what you would expect from a unique four-star level resort. The food was also very good and the service at dinner and breakfast was excellent.
Compared to the other places in Buhoma, this is the upper end of the ladder. The cabins aren't as private as they look in the pics (the property is actually very small), but it is a decent p
Buhoma Homestead is a small, mid range property situated less than five minutes walk away from the National Park offices in Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla in Uganda.
It offers accommodation in six, en suite spacious twin / double cottage units with individual verandahs allowing excellent views towards the pristine tropical rain forests of the area.
In addition, for the more budget conscious, three more twin rooms are available with shared bathroom facilities.
All bathrooms have hot and cold running water and flush toilets.
A solar system provides for lighting in the cottages, common areas and central facilities for video and camera charging.
The cottages and their furnishings have recently been upgraded and improved to provide a more comfortable environment for guests.
The emphasis is on providing an intimate, homely atmosphere whilst at the same time ensuring that facilities and services expected by international travelers are available.
Uganda Safari Lodge: The cool evenings (as the lodge is at almost 1500metres above sea level) are compensated for with a fireplace being lit in the common area, providing a cosy environment for guests to meet each other and discuss the events of the day.
A bar service provides local beers, waragi (Ugandan gin), sodas and wines for purchase.
As part of their commitment to the local infrastructure, staff are recruited from the local communities of the area and they provide a welcoming environment and excellent service levels for guests.
When ever possible, supplies including local fresh produce are purchased through arrangements with local residents and businesses in the area.
Meals are freshly prepared and wholesome quantities are served.
A variety of international dishes are served as well as local dishes such as matoke and g-nut sauce, on request.