Stayed here for two nights as part of an organised gorilla trek, after being told by my guide not to expect much, I was pleasantly surprised. Staff are engaging and welcoming with good English, it was like coming home to family each time you stepped through the door. The rooms are simple but comfortable (plenty of cupboard space and mosquito nets). Hot water is supplied by solar power, so don't be overly optimistic of a hot shower early morning, although water pressure is better than expected. Gardens and lounge/bar area with open fire are delightful, a great spot to relax and meet fellow travellers.
Either 3 course meal or buffet for dinner (priced at 38,000 shillings), only other option for food is to go into town. A bit higher priced than I expected, but the standard of food was excellent.
Take note of their warnings about security (ie don't leave valuables in sight and under windows), I was a sole traveller and had no concerns about my safety during my stay.
Some issues with wifi and electricity going out, but remember...this is africa! The staff were prompt with setting up candles etc and restoring electricity.
Highly recommended. Well done to all the staff on creating such a lovely stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travellers' Rest is an excellent place for tourists visiting the endangered mountain gorilla in Southwest Uganda. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, has ten rooms and one suite at reasonable prices. The garden is home to many birds, and in the evenings, when it gets cooler, visitors can warm themselves at the fireplace in the lounge.In the restaurant every evening a fine 4 course dinner is served. "Gorillas in the Mist" researcher Dian Fossey stayed here many times, calling it her "second home". The hotels offers a massage-service, perfect after a long gorilla trekking. ... more less
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