Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
I spent the last few days in the wild surrounded by mist, forests, and coldness in Nkuringo, Bwindi, South western Uganda. My friends and I were invited to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp for a trip that was to be adventure packed.
The camp is located on 2161m above sea level, on Nteko ridge, Nkuringo hill, the camp offers great views of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on one side, Virunga ranges on the other and overlooks the Congo. Whichever room room of your choice, cant afford to miss the views on this great location. On getting at the camp, you are welcomed by the staff and the rest is taken care off.
The camp offers 4 beautifully hand crafted en-suite cottages and 4 ensuite Virunga Terrace rooms and family cottage that sleeps up to 5 persons. The camp is one of a few accommodation properties in the area to enjoy exclusivity.
Facilities and Amenities:
In all the rooms, the camp offers warm duvets covers to help you go through cold nights, drinking water in the rooms and bottles water for bushing your teeth, spacious bathrooms, room safe, warm and cold water. There is tea/coffee available the whole day to warm yourself after a long day’s activity.
The camp has all types of cuisines including local foods. For the time you are there, you are likely never to repeat the meal. This shows the level of creativity of the staff there. Timing is great as most of the activities at the camp might require you to have packed lunches including forest walks and gorilla tracking.
The camp owners have worked carefully with the local community to ensure the authenticity of the cultural experiences offered at the lodge, support local producer groups and manage local resources sensibly. The camp also support a number of projects in the community including the dancing school.
Gorilla Tracking: Staying at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp offers you an opportunity of tracking Nkuringo group that is the closes with about 5 minutes walk to the briefing office.
Walking Safaris: There are a number of walking safaris offerred in conjunction with Nkuringo Walking Safaris including;
- Forest circuits that can cover up to 7km,
- Bumoma – Nkuringo (Kashasha River trail of Ivy River trail),
- Nkuringo – Rushaga or Rushaga – Lake Mutanda or just taking a community walk.
Buniga Batwa visit: This gives you an opportunity of visiting the Batwa community on this pocket forest as you observe the demonstration on how they used to live in the forest.
See the Suma Falls:
This is a 6 km walk to the falls from Nkuringo Gorilla Camp to Suma water falls in River murungu that starts from the Nombe pocket forest. This trail will take you through the village road. You will go as you do birding along the way and other things of interest including the three-horned chameleon. The forest are surrounded by trees with a number of bird species as well.
Visit the Nombe pocket Forest:
Nombe Forest is called a pocket forest due to the small size. It is one of the places you can visit for bird watching, forest walks and much more. This can take up to 6 hours walk from the cam and back.
Other activities: There are other activities that can be arranged while at the camp including climbing any of the virunga ranges, experiencing ‘crop to cup’ tour in the coffee tour experience near Kisoro, tracking golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park and much more.
Air: Airolink Uganda offers daily flights from Entebbe to Kisoro. From Kisoro, the camp vehicle and driver can pick you up and transfer.
By Road: In case you are already in Kisoro, follow the signposts of the camp. From Kampala, there are buses from the bus park to Kisoroe. 45km from Kabale near Muko, follow the signpost for Uganda Wildlife Authority and the camp to Nkuringo.