Buhoma Lodge is an extremely a luxury accommodation in buhoma region of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Buhoma safari Lodge is one of the best accommodation options for gorilla trekkers visiting buhoma region of Bwindi. Buhoma region is one of the sectors of Bwindi where mountain gorilla trekking activities do take place on gorilla families such as Rushengura, Habinyanja, Muyambi, Mubare, and Katwe.
Buhoma Lodge is a luxury lodge for travelers that seek adventure without compromising on comfort. Buhoma safari Lodge is one of the two lodges that are situated inside the park with a short distance of walking to the starting point of gorilla trekking. Buhoma Lodge has 10 separate chalets that are used for single, double, and twin stays. They do have private verandas with great views of the forest, large windows, flushing toilets, sink, and en suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers.
The main building of Buhoma Lodge has a comfortable dining and lounge area with a restaurant that prepares local and international foods and a bar with soft and hard drinks. Buhoma safari Lodge offers laundry services, free internet, has ample parking space, a swimming pool, and a craft shop with things made in an African style. Buhoma Lodge gives a spectacular view of the lodge and if you are lucky, you may spot mountain gorillas walking past the property.
Buhoma Lodge can be accessed in a single day using or transport of road transport. Travelers using air transport to Buhoma Lodge will need to book their seats early in advance. Flights to Buhoma start from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airstrip to Kihihi airstrip located in Buhoma sector. The flight takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and getting to the lodge takes less than an hour.
Travelers visiting Buhoma region and staying at Buhoma safari Lodge can use road transport which takes 9-10 hours from Kampala through Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, or Kisoro and connect to the region. Travelers coming from Kigali do use Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale to access Buhoma Lodge in Buhoma sector.
Activities to do while staying at Buhoma Lodge
Gorilla trekking: Gorilla trekking is the most done activity by tourists staying at Buhoma Lodge. Buhoma sector is one of the areas where gorilla trekking activities do take place in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. 5 gorilla families which include Mubare, Reshengura, Katwe, Muyambi, and Habinyanja are available for trekking in buhoma region of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Gorilla trekking starts with waking up early in the morning at the lodge for breakfast. Later you join your driver to transfer you to the sector offices where you meet other trekkers. The park wardens do gather you and teach you the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity, form groups not exceeding 8 people, and get armed ranger guides to lead you in the jungle. The search for gorillas takes 2-7 hours but the moment the apes are spotted, trekkers are given 1 hour to be around them and this gives them an opportunity to watch them do daily activities, take photos and learn about their habits.
Birding: Buhoma is the best birding region in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and therefore bird lo9veers staying at Buhoma Lodge can use this opportunity to encounter lots of the bird species found in Bwindi. There are over 350 bird species in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and some of them include African black duck, marabou stork, little grebe, sacred ibis, pink backed pelican, black kite, purple heron, marabou stork, African goshawk, bat hawk, European hone buzzard, African hobby, black crake, African jacana, olive pigeon, grey crowned crane, ross turaco, yellow bill, African wood owl, red chested owlet, Rwenzori night jar, bar-tailed tragon, horus swift, narina tragon, and crowned hornbill among others.
Batwa cultural tour: Guests staying at Buhoma Lodge can organize for a community tour to the Batwa communities that are found around the sector boundaries. The Batwa experience was started by the Batwa people and money collected from this activity goes directly to the community businesses and may be improving their lives. The Batwa cultural tour starts with a nature walk around the park boundaries where these people tell you stories of how they used to live in the jungle surviving on meat, fruits, and honey, They will show you different plants they used as local medicine and will later take you to their community where you will meet different people in their homesteads, watch them do daily activities, taste their local food, visit their gift shops and in the end you will be entertained by the traditional dancers.
Nature walks: Buhoma sector is one of the four sectors of Bwindi gorilla park offering incredible nature walk experience. Nature walks are done using different nature walk trails led by well-trained armed ranger guides. during the nature walks, you will sight several park animals such as buffaloes, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, elephants, duikers, giant forest hogs, olive baboons, and birds such as black bee-eater, African jacana, regal sunbird, kivu ground thrush and grey crowned crane to mention but a few.
Best time to stay at Buhoma Lodge
Buhoma Lodge can be visited at any time of the year however there are months that are better than the rest if you are visiting Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The dry months are the best to visit Bwindi and stay at Buhoma Lodge because they are characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is short with good views of the animals and the roads leading to the park and lodge are in good condition.
Travelers most especially budget travelers can visit Bwindi and stay at Buhoma Lodge in the rainy season of March to May and October to November to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. Travelers would however note that in the rainy season, there is too much rainfall that makes the trekking trails stay muddy and slippery, vegetation is tall with unclear views of the mountain gorillas and the roads leading to the park are impassable.