Buhoma Lodge: The Lowdown

 

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It’d be impossible to talk of Buhoma Lodge without mentioning its location. It is one of only two lodges that are actually inside the national park, so you are just a short wander from the start point for gorilla trekking in Bwindi.

What’s  Buhoma Lodge really like?

Buhoma Lodge is rustic, charming and unfussy- just the way we like our bush lodges to be. There are just 10 adobe and wood chalets, all scattered across the hillside- higher ones are the most peaceful and secluded with the best views, whereas the ones closest to the main area don’t involve so many steps to climb on aching legs post gorilla trek. If you have a preference let us know and we’ll be sure to see what can be done!

The rooms at Buhoma Lodge are all decorated in a simple, natural style, with an ensuite bathroom to the rear (all rooms have a large shower with piping hot water and some also have traditional roll top baths) and a small verandah in front. Your front windows are mozzie-net screens which keep out the bugs and mean you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of the forest, but it’s worth noting that it can get chilly up here in the mountains so warm jammies are definitely to be recommended.

Buhoma Lodge also has one larger chalet with a private sitting room and cosy fireplace that is used for honeymooners or families. The main lodge (where you’ll find the bar and lounge is decorated in a similar style- creamy coloured walls, lots of natural wood, and a high thatched ceiling overhead. There’s also a separate dining area serving wholesome, hearty and unpretentious food. In all this is a lovely low key lodge that feels perfectly suited to its rustic, rural location on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

What can I do at Buhoma Lodge?

Our guests who visit Buhoma are invariably here for gorilla trekking, and the start point is just a short walk from the lodge. There’s also a spa, which is ideal for a post-trek massage, and some fantastic walking in the area if you feel that you want to stretch your legs some more. There are great hikes in the forest, visits to the local villages around Bwindi or learning more about the Batwa community, and bird watching in this part of the world is spectacular.

Giving Back at Buhoma Lodge: Given its very special location, the owners of Buhoma Lodge have put plenty of thought into keeping its footprint on the earth as light as possible. Water supplies are gravity-fed, lighting in the lodge is solar, and there’s plenty of thought been put into using eco-friendly products around the lodge and sustainable building materials. Wherever possible produce is bought locally and many of the staff are from the surrounding community. If you’d like to learn more about the people that live around Bwindi, we would absolutely recommend taking a community walk or visiting the local hospital during your stay.

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