Budget Accommodation in Bwindi Forest National Park

Budget Accommodation in Bwindi

Looking for Budget accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park? We point out some of the best budget safari lodges in the four sectors of this forest.

Ruhija Community Rest Camp – Ruhija

Ruhija Community Rest Camp is one of the budget lodges in Ruhijja sector the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It lies just a few meters from the park boundary. This camp is 5 minutes’ walk to the gorilla trekking start point. This makes it a perfect place to stay when trekking gorillas of Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro groups in Bwindi. More than seven endemic species of birds including those of the Albertine Rift Valley visit the lodge. Therefore, it is an ideal lodge for birdwatchers.

Ruhija Rest Camp provides accommodation in form of;

4 ensuite Cottages with double beds.

2 twin Cottages

2 general Campsites for own camping

Facilities at Ruhija Community Rest Camp include;

A Bar


Gift Shop

Broadbill forest camp – Ruhija sector

Broadbill Forest camp lies east of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Ruhija. It is a budget tented camp. The tents are ensuite and raised on wooden platforms.

Broadbill Forest Camp’s building consists of the restaurant and the bar, well stocked and it operates 24/7 hours. The fire place is also available where the fire is lit in the evening to give you a real African tatste. Indeed the lodge is a perfect place for relaxation, away from the pressures and stress.

The lodge is notonly a base for gorilla trekking but also birdwatching, biking and nature walks in the Bwindi forest.

Ruhija Gorilla friends resort -Ruhija Sector

Ruhija Gorilla friends resort is another budget accommodation in Bwindi – Ruhija sector. It is run and owned by the local community. In just few minutes, one can walk to the briefing point and park headquarters.

Accommodation at the lodge is in form of safari tents and rooms. There are both ensuite and non ensuite facilities. It also has a campsite available for groups and private travelers. The lodge as well has a bar and restaurant on site.

Bwindi Backpackers lodge – Nkuringo Sector

Bwindi Backpackers lodge is among the best budget friendly lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park.  Important to know, Bwindi is the only park where you can find both chimps and mountain gorillas co-existing. Bwindi Backpacker lodge sits on top of a hill that overlooks Bwindi forest which is just a stone’s throw away.

This budget lodge has rooms with private and shared bathrooms and toilets. It also has a dormitory thus making it the most affordable lodge in the area.

Things to do at Bwindi Backpackers lodge include;

Visit the Pygmies/Batwa people, the original inhabitants of Bwindi Forest

Forest walk in Bwindi forest

Gorilla Trekking

Viewing the Virunga Volcanoes

Nshongi Camp- Rushaga Sector

Nshongi Camp is among the leading budget accommodations in Bwindi national park. It lies about 7.8km from the park headquarters and about 430km from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. While at Rushaga, you can track either Nshongi or Mishaya or Kahungyeor Busingyeor Bweza gorilla groups.

The lodge has four traditional African styled bandas. The restaurant serves 3 course meals, tea and coffee. The lodge also has a bar for beverages and alcholic drinks.

Things to do at Nshongi Camp include;

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Nature walks
  • Visiting the Batwa people

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

The Buhoma Community Rest Camp is one of budget accommodation in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Forest. The lodge started operation in 1993 as a community based project. All revenue collected is used to support community welfare such as schools, hospitals, farming and so on. The lodge has both ensuite and non ensuite cottages. Facilities include; a bar, gift shop and a restaurant. Guests at the lodge tend to enjoy cultural performances from the local people in the evenings.

Things to do at Buhoma community Rest Camp include;

gorilla trekking

cultural tours

village walk

bird watching

 Wagtail Eco Safari Camp-Rushaga and Nkuringo

Wagtail Eco Safari Camp is another is budget accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park. It operates in Rubuguri town southern which is part of Bwindi Forest. The Lodge serves trekkers for Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. It is about 10 hours drive from Kampala to the lodge.

The lodge is a very unique location with views of the endless Kigezi hills. While there you can view the Virunga volcanoes as well as the spectacular Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It has a bar and restaurants serving both local and international meals.

Things to do at Wagtail Eco Safari Camp

Gorilla Trekking

Visiting the Batwa people

Bird watching

Community visits

Gorilla Valley Lodge -Rushaga

Gorilla Valley Lodge is a member of the nature lodges famous for their perfect locations and services.  It is near the Rushaga ranger station. While sleeping at this lodge, Bwindi forest will be just a meter away from your balcony.

Gorilla Valley Lodge has  12 ensuite rooms which are built on a steep slope thus providing panoramic views on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The beds are very comfortable and shower rooms run on solar power.

Things to do at Gorilla Valley Lodge;

  • Gorilla trekking
  • forest walks
  • bird watching
  • community visits

Bwindi Trekker’s Tavern -Ruhija Sector

Bwindi Trekker’s Tavern lies just 2 kilometers from the park headquarters via the trading center of Ikumba. It also 502km from Entebbe international airport and 462km  from Kampala the capital of Uganda. The lodge is on top of the hill which overlooks the magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi forest. With its 8 roomy ensuite cottages, Bwindi Trekker’s Tavern is among the best budget accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Clients are served both local and continental dishes.

Things to do at Bwindi Trekkers Tavern

  • Nature and Forest walks
  • bird watching
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • community walks

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