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Buhoma Lodge
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Hollywood, Florida
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184 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Lovely people and good size accommodations”
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

This was a very nice stay. Great chef, fabulous desserts! Living room with place and warm bottles in the beds. Good size bathroom. Complimentary laundry service and a massage.
Perfectly located! Again like most other places, central charging of electronics is at the lounge area.
We had room B1 nice :-)

  • Stayed July 2014
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Belleair Bluffs, FL
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We LOVED this lodge - the food was 5 star (delicious and beautiful presentation) - kudos to the chef and staff. Ken, the manager, was very attentive and made sure that our stay was comfortable. The rooms are private, spacious and have amazing sounds (screened so open to the outside jungle noises) and views. We saw monkeys in the trees. The wifi worked the best in all of Uganda and Rwanda (on our trip). We traveled with Adventure Women - so 16 of us had the entire lodge to ourselves (8 cabins for the lodge). The start of the gorilla trek meeting point was just down the road and a small village with local crafts was within walking distance. .

Room Tip: The cabins are set into the hill so if you want a great view, you will need to climb some steps to g...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We were travelling to a wedding in Kampala during April and decided that we should go and see the Mountain Gorillas as we did not know if we would ever be in Uganda again. The more we read the more we doubted the judgement of our decision as many of the websites mentioned that we should not travel to the Bwindi National Park in April as it was so wet, nevertheless we booked into Buhoma Lodge for 3 nights/4 days. (We need not have worried as the weather was largely fine when we were there!) Because we were pushed for time we flew between Entebbe and Kihihi airports, cutting our travelling time to Buhoma from 12 hours to about 3 hours. Our flights, transfers, and tours (including gorilla permits) were organised by Wild Frontiers and enabled us to fit in an extra morning and afternoon activities into our stay at Buhoma.

Buhoma Lodge is situated just within the Bwindi National Park and their cabins have elevated positions that provide excellent views of the rain-forest.There was quite a bit of renovation happening within the Lodge when we arrived but we were positioned in a cabin away from the commotion. The cabins and bathrooms were very comfortable and had a nice rustic appeal which complemented the rain-forest experience. The open-air lounge/dining/bar area also looked out over the rainforest and the meals were substantial and of good quality. The bar was very popular, not only with in-house guests but also guests from the neighboring lodge! Internet and recharging of electronic devices had to be accessed from around the lounge area, however phone reception appeared to be available everywhere. Managers Ken and Titus made us feel very much at home, and advised us on additional activities to do in our spare time such as walks to the nearby (4km) waterfalls, performances by the local orphanage and an accompanied tourist walk through the local community.

As for the gorillas, we were assigned to the Rushegura gorilla family, which happened to be feeding amongst the vines across the road from the lodge. We were very fortunate as some other safari groups walked for 6 hours up and down mountainsides to see their assigned gorilla families. The rain did not eventuate and the hour spent surrounded by these very powerful gorillas as the quietly fed on the local vegetation was a first-rate experience experience that will never be forgotten.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, however it is best to stay away from behind the kitchen as the kitchen staff lik...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Buhoma Lodge for 4 unforgettable days whilst we were in Uganda of Gorilla trekking. This place was amazing situated in the park which made our 3 minute walk to the starting point for our trekking so easy. The lodge offered a set menu for each meal which was amazing. We are both seasoned travellers and can honestly say the standard of food was 5 star. The rooms were well appointed with a jungle theme. We had room #6, amazing views of the forest and even more impressive was the morning sunrise. The staff at Buhoma were wonderful people and nothing at all was too much trouble. Our favourite was Frank, a genuine, honest nice person. If you stay here make sure you say Hi to Frank. We booked this entire section of our trip through a company call Wild Frontiers who I can also highly recommend. Please don't think this is the place to stay if you want a cheap holiday, it is all inclusive and is a high end lodge for this area but we believed it was a long way to come from Australia so we wanted to enjoy every part of it and we did. By the way the Gorilla trekking was unbelievable, you have to put it on your bucket list and towards the top.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

My wife and I recently spent 12 days going around Rwanda and Uganda and this lodge was our top choice of places we stayed.

Nestled inside Bwindi, and a short 3 minute walk from the Ranger station, lies Buhoma Lodge. As you drive up, you can't help but notice the individual bungalows and the open-air feel that the lodge exudes. After our recent stays in dark accommodations, this was a very welcome sight!

The main building provides a lobby, of sorts, where you can sit, relax, connect to their Wifi (which worked every single time we tried), and recharge your equipment batteries on their universal socket power strips. Adjacent to the lobby area are the bar and dining rooms where you can recharge your personal batteries with food and drink.

The rooms were quite large, containing: a balcony; a sitting room with Chiminea light nightly; a good sized bedroom and a very nice bathroom area. The lodge had both water pressure AND hot water available all day.

We found the staff did an outstanding job for us - taking care to assist not only with their normal service duties, but also took lead on equipping us for our Gorilla Trek. The lodge provides Gators and other gear for you to wear free of charge, and has complimentary laundry/boot cleaning and a complimentary massage service if you need that after your treks.

The meals were swift and full of flavor as they were delivered to your table, which was heated by a miniature Chiminea.

Overall this was the best lodge of our trip and we would HIGHLY recommend it if you are looking for a lodge to act as your home-base during Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Entebbe, Uganda
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014

What I loved about the Lodge: the room, the food, the service, the cleanliness, the incredible showers, the free massage, the location.... So what's not to like?

The place is designed to give privacy to every room, and our room seemed to be at the tippy top of the pyramid - a hard climb if you're no longer young and fit. So if you are young and fit, grab it. If not, ask for one lower down.

Save the free massage for after your gorilla trek. I don't usually like massages, but this saved me from agonizing muscle tightness after a grueling trek.

Room Tip: Higher if you're fit; lower if you're not.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norwich
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Stayed 2 nights here whilst gorilla trekking. It was an excellent place to stay as it only took a few minutes walk to get to the meeting place, so highly recommended. The rooms were lovely, clean and spacious, the staff were excellent and always very helpful. They put hot water bottles in your bed before you go to sleep which is a lovely touch. Unfortunately one of our broke (which was quite amusing), so we had one very wet bed, but the staff quickly sorted out the problem without a fuss and all was fine. Couldn't have asked for more.

The food was really excellent, the best food we had in Uganda. Well done to the Buhoma Lodge chef! Because it's in the forest, the weather did get a little cold, so just be prepared with clothing and make sure you take a jumper.

The staff were very helpful in providing us with walking sticks for our trekking, and even went out of their way to see if they could find some walking boots for one of our party.

I would highly recommend Buhoma Lodge for anyone going gorilla trekking in Bwindi NP. We had a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Buhoma Lodge
Address: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Buhoma Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of only two lodges located within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Buhoma Lodge is a quality, intimate lodge with ten cottages along the hillside, situated adjacent to the forest a short distance from where gorilla tracking commences. Its peaceful location means that you may truly relax before and after your tracking experience, listening to the birds and primates of the forest. Guests can wake up to tea and coffee on their own private veranda with spectacular views of the morning mist rising off the canopy of Bwindi Forest. The cosy central lounge area with its open fire is the perfect place for guests to unwind after a hard day gorilla tracking. ... more   less 
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