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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

“Due to its location, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself”

Budget level: Top-End
Country
Uganda
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Lodge
Location
Bwindi Impenetrable & Mgahinga National Parks
Kids Min Age
All Ages

Once-in-a-lifetime encounters with Uganda’s endangered gorillas await when you stay in one of these only ten private luxury tents in the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Ecologically respectful, contemporary-yet-classic in style, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape and, situated uniquely inside the national park, you are only minutes away from the start of your gorilla trekking adventure.

The comfortable canvas spaces are dressed with indigenous prints and furniture made from natural materials. Beds are draped in neutral-toned linens, and local artefacts set a scene that ensures memorable moments both inside and out the accommodation. Each tent has a spacious, stone-walled bathroom with private sections, and a free-standing bath for a relaxing soak after a day’s trekking. The trees around the camp light up in the morning when the sun starts shining, and thanks to there being so few tents, the camp retains an intimate, exclusive feel, enabling you to experience Africa’s magic with the lightest of footprints yet with practically every mod con.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp’s communal area stars a comfortable lounge with a well-stocked bar and elegant dining area, bestowing great views over the verdant rainforest. Come dusk, under star-strewn skies, and accompanied by the night-chorus, guests gather around the central campfire and swap stories of that day’s adventures. Mealtimes lend a taste of the destination: expertly prepared dishes promise simple flavours and showcase fresh local ingredients — try traditional smoked beef in peanut sauce served with Kalo (millet bread). Candlelit alfresco dining is also available on your tent’s private deck.

The gorillas in the area have grown accustomed to having people in the area, and the expert guides can explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback. This is an opportunity afforded only to a select few, as just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day. Guests can also learn about and interact with the local Batwa People. This full day activity involves a three hour walk followed by about an hour spent with the Batwa. The visit includes a music performance, visitation by the goddess, hunting and gathering demonstration and an opportunity to see how they live.

In addition to the gorillas, Bwindi is also home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzees. A guided forest walk on the Munyaga waterfall trail to view the wildlife is also available. You can also experience wildlife by venturing out on game drives to Ishasha, located in the south of the well-known Queen Elizabeth National Park popular for its tree climbing lions, savanna elephants, buffaloes, topi, hippos, various bird species, warthogs and the occasional leopard.

Why we like it

  • Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location
  • Exclusive camp with ten tents
  • This is the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas
  • Opportunity for community interaction, including the local Batwa Pygmies

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