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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

“It is remote. It is beautiful. It is intimate. And at over 2,000 metres above sea level, it is Uganda’s highest lodge.”

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

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This lodge is flagship of the Wild Places portfolio of Uganda. Sitting at a height of 2,000 metres above sea level, it is the highest and arguably, one of the most luxurious lodges, in all of Uganda. It sits in the south-western part of Bwindi National Park and has access to 6 habituated gorilla groups in its area, so it offers a remote and luxurious experience with fantastic gorilla sightings.


Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge sits in the south-western part of Bwindi National Park, in an area called Nkuringo. There is a habituated gorilla group (called Nkuringo) and their home range is around the lodge (approx. a 1.5-hour hike around the lodge). Aside from the Nkuringo group, there are 5 other habituated gorilla groups that are also accessible from the lodge (so a total of 6 gorilla groups).


Interestingly, the main lodge and cottages of Clouds is built from local volcanic stone. The main lodge has been described as a luxury ‘ski chalet’, with exposed wooden beams, panoramic views to the forest and cosy, intimate cottages with fireplaces and comfortable sofas and armchairs. On a clear sky, a view of the Virunga volcanoes can be seen.


Clouds Lodge homes 5 double cottages and 2 family cottages (each with 2 private bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms). The cottages are spacious yet intimate. They each have a large sitting room with a double-sided fireplace, which is very inviting to enjoy in the evening before or after dinner. They also have private verandas and well-appointed en-suite bathrooms. All in all, a very luxurious stay.


There are 6 habituated gorilla groups that you can go and trek from Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Nkuringo and 5 other groups). Aside from a gorilla trek, you can do forest walks and birding in Bwindi Forest. From a cultural experience, you can do community tours and a Batwa experience trip (the Batwa people are a group of local indigenous people from the mountain slopes). The lodge also has a spa so you can enjoy a relaxing massage after your gorilla hike.

Remote and away from the main Bwindi area

Luxury comes at a cost

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