Boutique Bandas in Uganda
Volcanoes Safaris opens two newly refurbished deluxe Bandas at Bwindi Lodge in Uganda
Sheltered in the depths of Uganda’s Impenetrable forest, Bwindi Lodge’s newly refurbished Bandas are Uganda’s hippest hidden hideaways. Offering visitors breath taking views of the remote Buhoma landscape and unrivalled access to some of the world’s rarest primates, Bwindi’s re-imagined bandas also offer another level of comfort and style for discerning adventurers.
These secluded Bandas now combining elegant neutral tones, reflecting the lodges’ natural backgrounds with vibrant kitenge materials, in keeping with the authentic African approach essential to Volcanoes Safaris’ ethos. Its eco-friendly features reflect the local building style, and use solar energy and environmentally friendly materials like grass thatching and bamboo.
Originally opened in 1999 as a simple tented camp, the eco-luxe Bwindi Lodge has evolved over the years. Now the chic Bandas, each with extended window seating area looking out over the forest and cozy fireplace are the perfect place from which to enjoy and share the day’s epic adventures. Separated from the forest by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the area’s renowned mountain gorillas have become frequent visitors to this special lodge.
Volcanoes Safaris’ innovative project was at the forefront of reviving tourism in Uganda, and supporting the local community near the great ape parks. From tracking these endangered mountain gorillas of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest, to summiting the Virunga National Park’s majestic volcanoes, or discovering the heritage of the indigenous Batwa tribe – the unrivalled expertise of the Volcanoes guides guarantees a truly epic adventure in which each day is as astonishing as the last.
ALSO….The award-winning Bwindi Bar
Volcanoes Safaris’ colourful Bwindi Bar and Training Café, are proud to have won the Best Community Engagement prize at this year’s PURE Life Experiences 2016 awards. Located only a short distance from their beautiful Bwindi Lodges, Bwindi Bar is a meaningful community project that provide practical training and skills to create job opportunities for disadvantaged local youth. It has been a tremendous success story and also produces delicious food! The Bar serves a variety of fragrant local coffee and tea, as well as a popular Ugandan Street food, the “Rolex”. The perfect start to an adventurous day.
4-day Bwindi Safari Adventure
Impenetrable Forest Hiking
Bird Watching at Queen Elizabeth’s National Park
Community Project visits through Bwindi and Buhoma
Rates: The 4-Day Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest tour starts from $2,930 per person sharing, in low season. It includes three nights at the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge and one gorilla permit. Easily accessible for guests flying into Entebbe International airport (Uganda), Bwindi Lodge is just a one-hour flight on an 11 seater chartered flight with Aerolink.
About Volcanoes Safaris
The Volcanoes Safaris Group is a unique ape ecotourism business specializing in luxury accommodation and mountain gorilla safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. Established in 1997 in Kampala, Uganda, no other company has invested so heavily in the area around the mountain gorilla parks in these two countries. Volcanoes has two other properties in Uganda: Kyambura Gorge, the contemporary wildlife and chimpanzee lodge, and Mount Gahinga, where guests can share the culture of the ancient Batwa pygmies, track the golden monkey and climb a volcano, and one property in Rwanda: Virunga Lodge, the premier luxury destination for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas. The company set up the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, in 2009 which links neighbouring communities to conservation and ecotourism in keeping with the volcanoes distinctive vision for great ape eco-tourism. Volcanoes Safaris contribute $100 from the cost of every safari to the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.
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