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Gorilla Forest Camp

About Gorilla Forest Camp

Gorilla Forest Camp is a permanent tented camp located just inside the boundaries of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Each of the spacious double tents benefits from an en-suite stone-walled bedroom as well as a free-standing bath – ideal for relaxation after a day of gorilla tracking. Classic yet contemporary and entirely refurbished in 2018, this luxury camp blends high-end furnishings, décor and amenities with an enviable location that's perfect for those wishing to immerse themselves in the natural world. There are few better bases for gorilla tracking than this intimate and atmospheric property.

The camp is set on a flat ridge high in the forest, affording awe-inspiring views.

Lodge Details

Style

An intimate camp that blends luxury and elegance with an ecological conscience and key understanding of place.

Accommodation & Facilities

Raised off the ground on wooden platforms, the eight en-suite canvas tents are stylish and well appointed. An indoor shower is provided in addition to a large bathtub with a breathtaking view of the rainforest canopy. The entire camp was refurbished to an excellent standard in 2018, making use of indigenous prints, natural materials and artifacts that evoke the spirit of Bwindi. A bar and dining cottage is set on natural raised platforms, allowing for open-air dining that overlooks the rainforest, while the spa can be utilised for those seeking herbal massages, hydrating facials, foot massages and manicures. At night, a traditional African campfire is lit where briefings for the following day's gorilla tracking take place.

Dining

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all included in your stay. Full English and continental breakfasts will be served each morning, while lunch will be enjoyed either back at the lodge (following a game drive) or out in the wild (if you're tracking the gorillas that day). Expect tea, coffee, sweet and savoury treats and fresh fruit juices. Chef Jackson serves a silver service dinner every evening, with four to five courses! His speciality? Matooke rolled chicken with creamed spinach and groundnut sauce. Meals are usually a communal affair taken in the bar and dining cottage, but romantic private dinners can be arranged upon request.

Activities

Encountering wild gorillas is undoubtedly one of the most magical experiences in nature. There are only around 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world, and just eight people are permitted to track each habituated group in Bwindi each day. Magical, and incredibly exclusive. There is plenty more on offer here, however. Guided walks through the forests of Bwindi give you the chance of spotting an array of wildlife, including 350 species of bird, 200 species of butterfly and 11 species of primate, as well as elephants, bushbucks, giant forest hogs and more. Queen Elizabeth National Park beckons for those seeking a traditional game drive. Guests can also visit the area's local communities, who operate their own tea farm and banana beer brewery, while an experience with the Batwa people provides an insight into their tribal way of life. The local hospital is supported by Gorilla Forest Camp through various projects.

Child Policy

All ages are welcome at Gorilla Forest Camp. Bear in mind that children under the age of 15 cannot participate in the gorilla tracking; they must also share a room with an adult. Children aged 5-11 can, however, go on game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park (at the discretion of the Camp Manager). Babysitting services are available upon request.

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