We stayed at Trekkers Tavern in Bwindi forest national park Uganda for two nights while we were trekking the Oruzogo gorilla group. On arrival they had hot towels and fresh juice for us (which was much appreciated after the 10 hour drive from Kampala).
They showed us to our room which was very basic but very clean and well thought out (nice tub, umbrellas, slippers, extra blankets, etc). They told us we could have our dinner at any time, which was a very filling and tasty 3 course meal.
At night the weather was VERY cold and when we arrived at our room after dinner there were hot water bottles in our beds!
All meals had 3 courses and were served by the most friendly and helpful server. Overall, we were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel.
This is a new venture by AccessUganda to provide a much needed alternative to UWA Hostels in this remote and beautiful area of Uganda.
The property is just off the 'main' road over "the Neck" from Buhoma to Kabale and is in the small village area of Ruhija so beloved of Birders.
There are now a Group of Habituated Gorillas in this area too so the location will appeal to Trekkers as well as those seeking the rarer birds of the area.
Personally I liked the place so much I would be happy to go there and just spend a few days in the community. Plans are afoot to do just that!
It is reached by turning up the Forestry College road about a mile before the UWA Base. Go through the small village and it is on the rise ahead of you.
There was talk of calling the place "Sunrise Bungalows" due to the magnificent daily spectacle but Trekkers Tavern is just so apt. Once complete the grounds will mature better and attract some of the prolific birds of the area.
We 'ticked' 3 Albertine endemics from our deck chairs. A family of Great Sparrowhawks have their home in the nearby trees.
There are four New Bungalows, Kitchen and small Restaurant.
Chef Julius is a star. We simply could not fault his cooking which although relatively simple (who needs Crepe Suzettes and Soufles anyway?) were well prepared, delicious and nourishing.
There was a plentiful supply of Cold Beer and a good choice of Wines. Once, whilst having a 'sundowner'
Rooms are in detached Bungalows and are neatly if rustically equipped and furnished. The beds are not netted but at around 9,000' there were no Mozzies. H&C water and Electricity and the usual porch for sitting out and taking one's ease.
Hot Water Bottles in your bed at night after turn down.
Manager Moses was helpful in the extreme and so courteous and considerate.