Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge: The Lowdown

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Clouds is a charming luxury lodge with glorious views over Bwindi and is one of the nicest places to stay if you are gorilla tracking in Uganda.

What’s Clouds really like?

Airy, beautiful Clouds Lodge sits high in the hills overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Sometimes it’s shrouded in mist, sometimes it enjoys views stretching for miles out over the forest to distant volcanoes. The large, light main building has the feeling of a stylish colonial homestead. There several cosy seating areas with sofas perfectly positioned for snuggling up in with a glass of wine after an exhilarating day of gorilla trekking. These flow effortlessly into the dining room, where fresh and delicious meals are served at individual tables, often using veggies from the garden outside. There are beautiful artworks on the walls, and to distract your eye further, floor to ceiling windows look out over the verandah to the forest and village beyond. You’ll hear cockerels, children playing and singing from the local church on Sunday mornings.

Scattered downhill from the main house there are eight pretty cottages with the same light and airy feel as the lodge. There’s a bedroom linked to the sitting room by a double-sided fireplace, and a bathroom tucked away behind. Two of the cottages have a second bedroom for families. With beautiful local art, and a mobile phone on hand to call your room attendant, we’d certainly rate this as one of the most luxurious lodges in Uganda.

What can I do at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge?

Most guests come to Clouds to do the gorilla tracking in Bwindi, and it’s rare that anyone would visit without doing at least one trek. On this side of the mountain you can also take part in the longer gorilla habituation- fortunately Clouds can also arrange massages to help your legs recover. As Clouds is very much part of the community you’re warmly encouraged to take a walk through the village and learn a little more about life in rural Uganda.

Giving back at Clouds… Clouds is owned by the local community, to help ensure they benefit from gorilla tourism, rather than simply suffering as they lost crops to hungry great apes. A proportion of your stay goes back to the community, and helps to ensure the future-of both gorillas and the community of this remote area- is bright

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