My significant other and I found Bakiga Lodge to be a welcoming respite after our 10 hour drive from Kampala. We were greeted by the very courteous manager, George. He explained about the background of the Bakiga and what to expect during our stay. The 4 rooms were each stand alone structures made partly out of military type tent and partly of rock/concrete. The rock masonry of the shower was very cool. The room was comfortable and we were given nice cozy hot water bottles to sleep. The views were stunning.
The lodge is a NGO and is making very positive contributions to the community it is located in. The NGO has helped the community to develop rainwater catchment systems such that the community has access to a fresh water source. Though this access may seem status-quo to westerners, it is not to many Ugandans. Personally, I gained satisfaction by both the quality of my stay here and by giving back to this worthwhile NGO. I would definitely stay at Bakiga Lodge again if I return to Uganda.
We opted to go on a guided community walk and it was well worth the time. Our community guide, Olson, was very knowledgable about the community and took us to meet numerous community contributors. We met people who grew food for the lodge, the community medicine man, the aging blacksmith and his grandson as well as others. It was quite disarming to venture from our lodge on-foot versus in a land cruiser. We were able to interact with the community on a far more intimate level than simply driving to and through the community. Be aware, a tip will be asked for and is customary. Given the quality of our tour, it was well worth a tip. Additionally, this community can definitely use the funds contributed to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury tented camp in the heart of beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 10 minutes from the Ruhija Gorilla Tracking meeting point. Facilities include restaurant, lounge and bar. Charging available. Two spacious twin tents and Two luxury cabins, all with wonderful views from private balconies. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with hot showers. All profits fund NGO water development in South West Uganda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bakiga Lodge Uganda/Bwindi Impenetrable National Park