Bwindi Forest Lodge
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Why photographers love Bwindi Forest Lodge
Bwindi Forest Lodge is inside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Photographers love the:
- Exclusive location
- Great base for gorilla trekking
- Access to explore the forest
- Great birding from camp
- Gorillas sometimes come into camp
How we rate Bwindi Forest Lodge
Bwindi Forest Lodge at a glance
- 8 thatched-roof safari tents with wooden verandas
- Each tent has two queen beds, en-suite bathroom and a huge bathtub that looks into the jungle canopy
- Main area with lounge, bar, dining area, gift shop and mini spa
- Wi-Fi in main area
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a UNESCO word heritage site home to 350 mountain gorillas, half the world’s remaining population. The gorillas are the main attraction, and family groups are habituated to allow special interactions with visitors. Permits to visit the gorillas are expensive, and interactions are limited to an hour, but the experience is well worth it, and fees should help support conservation. Besides the gorillas, the forest itself is worth seeing for its incredible lushness and plant life. The forest supports 350 species of birds, 200 butterfly species, 11 primates (such as L’Hoest’s monkeys and black and white colobus) and rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and antelopes.
The rainy seasons are from April to May and October to November, thus, the best times to visit are December to March and June to September. Temperatures are hottest from December to February.
What Bwindi Forest Lodge costs
Access is by charter flight from Entebbe airport in Uganda or eight-hour road transfer from Kigali airport in Rwanda. Contact Photos and Africa for rates and offers and tour information.
Photographers need to know
When photographing gorillas, flash photography is strictly prohibited. Light can be low, so bring fast lenses or a camera with good high ISO performance. The hike to get to the gorillas can be strenuous; local porters are a good option to help carry extra photo equipment.
The good news
Bwindi Forest Lodge works with the Bwindi Community Hospital to develop resources and support the community. They offer a “pack for a purpose” program where guests can bring a few kilograms of much needed school or medical supplies in their luggage to donate.