This is a new venture by AccessUganda to provide a much needed alternative to UWA Hostels in this remote and beautiful area of Uganda. We tried this 'unseen' and were absolutely delighted.
The property is just off the 'main' road over "the Neck" from Buhoma to Kabale and is in the small village area of Ruhija so beloved of Birders. There are now a Group of Habituated Gorillas in this area too so the location will appeal to Trekkers as well as those seeking the rarer birds of the area. Personally I liked the place so much I would be happy to go there and just spend a few days in the community. Plans are afoot to do just that!
It is reached by turning up the Forestry College road about a mile before the UWA Base. Go through the small village and it is on the rise ahead of you. There was talk of calling the place "Sunrise Bungalows" due to the magnificent daily spectacle but Trekkers Tavern is just so apt. Once complete the grounds will mature better and attract some of the prolific birds of the area. We 'ticked' 3 Albertine endemics from our deck chairs. A family of Great Sparrowhawks have their home in the nearby trees.
There are four New Bungalows, Kitchen and small Restaurant.
Chef Julius is a star. We simply could not fault his cooking which although relatively simple (who needs Crepe Suzettes and Soufles anyway?) were well prepared, delicious and nourishing. There was a plentiful supply of Cold Beer and a good choice of Wines. Once, whilst having a 'sundowner' Julius brought out the finest handmade Potato Crisps (Chips to US readers) we have ever tasted. The Restaurant is temporary and will be re-located although quite adequate as it seated 14 hungry and benighted Italians on our final night.
Rooms are in detached Bungalows and are neatly if rustically equipped and furnished. The beds are not netted but at around 9,000' there were no Mozzies. H&C water and Electricity and the usual porch for sitting out and taking one's ease. Hot Water Bottles in your bed at night after turn down.
Manager Moses was helpful in the extreme and so courteous and considerate. By way of example he brought our 'extras' Bill to the Bunglalow rather than present it in front of the aforesaid Italian Group.
A very congenial place to stay that I wish every success.
- Also Known As:
- Trekkers Tavern Uganda/Bwindi Impenetrable National Park