At first glance, this was the best Volcanoes Eco-Lodge we stayed in, out of the 3 of them. The scenery is breathtaking, the rooms are spacious with lots of natural light, the bathrooms are nice - spa like eco-shower anyone?, and the common areas are gorgeous - fireplace, huge stone veranda overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and plenty of sitting options to gaze at your beautiful surroundings. We walked the nature trail down to the river in hopes of seeing Gorillas because they are known to show up and hang out by the water. Breakfast was very good every morning - perfectly brewed coffee, if you prefer it stronger than most or weak, ask and you shall receive, nicely toasted breads (with Nutella), tasty hot porridge, amazingly sweet fruits and freshly-squeeze passion fruit juice, and the eggs are almost shocking yellow-orange because they are so fresh. As for dinner, I wasn't so impressed but I don't eat meat and the cooks didn't know how to accommodate a vegetarian. I found out later that if I let them know before hand that I was fine eating local food, they would have served me what they eat, which is mostly vegetarian. Instead they tried to make food for a Westerner and didn't know what to make for me, aside from overcooked veggies. But the homemade soup and fresh rolls were perfect every night.
As with all Volcanoes Lodges, they are powered by solar electricity and use environmentally friendly practices, i.e. no running water. But these lodges do not lack in comfort or service. The staff is super friendly and so very accommodating. At night they will escort you back to your room with a lantern and they are happy to share stories with you about their surroundings. But beware of the cockroaches that will happily greet you upon arrival in your room at night. Keep in mind you are in an eco-lodge, in the jungle, by the equator so bugs could be part of your experience. I wasn't prepared for this because somehow, I just didn't think bugs would be IN my room so I screamed a little bit when there were 6 very large cockroaches on the wall of our beautiful little hut like room. The first night, I wasn't able to sleep because I was so freaked out. I highly recommend using ear plugs in this place b/c the sounds of nature at night are loud and could interfere with your sleep especially if you are afraid of bugs (like myself) and think every noise is a bug coming to get you! But the second night there was only 1 bug in our room and I took a sleeping pill, and slept through the night.
I also recommend going through your bag like a fine tooth comb in the morning outside on your deck because these bugs will gladly hitch a ride home with you. I shook 3 of them out of various bags (including the toiletry bag) but one of the girls we met while traveling brought one home with her, all the way to Missouri!! Aside, from the bugs, the lodge is gorgeous, the staff is hospitable, and you can't beat the surroundings. But it would be nice to have some bug spray on hand!!
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If you have any questions about this property or others in Rwanda and Uganda or gorilla tracking, please feel free to contact me. I HIGHLY recommend traveling with Volcanoes Safaris for gorilla tracking, they are local and really know how to make your trip a once in a lifetime experience!!
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