South African Lodges

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Lodge Type
Tented Camp

The magnificent Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp nestles in the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the south-west region of Uganda.  Set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this wilderness camp is one of the most atmospheric and remote in Africa. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is characterised by jagged valleys, volcanoes, dramatic mountain ranges and lakes.

Tucked away, on a beautiful flat ridge up high in the natural forest, the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers travellers a most suitable base for unforgettable encounters with the rare mountain gorillas. Gorilla families frequently visit this gorilla viewing camp based on its location. Featuring only eight tents, a very personal and close to nature gorilla trekking experience can be enjoyed here.

  • Set in the Bwindi National Park (Uganda) / Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Gorilla families visit the camp
  • Exclusive camp with only eight tents
  • Community interaction (Batwa Pygmies).

Being the only concessionaire tented camp in Uganda's Bwindi Forest, the Gorilla Forest Trekking Camp offers the most suitable accommodation option for visiting the mountain gorilla. 

The eight tents are spacious, and stylish offering two queens sized beds. A large bath which overlooks the jungle adds to the luxury. The tents feature convenient amenities and facilities which include a private viewing deck outdoors.


The main lodges area offers a welcoming lounge and bar area where guests are welcome to enjoy beverages and snacks while socialising.  At the dining venue, delicious meals are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  A wide variety of different spa treatments is on offer at the camp's mini spa.  The outdoor boma offers a great dining venue where guests dine under the stars in the heart of nature around a crackling fireplace.


  • Lounge
  • Dining venue
  • Bar
  • Mini Spa
  • Terrace and garden
  • Boma.


When it comes to events, the highlight of a stay at this magnificent rainforest location are the memorable encounters with the gorillas.  Guests set off for a hike trekking these beautiful animals.  Once the gorillas are found, an hour is spent observing them in their natural habitat. The professional guides share their in-depth knowledge of the sophisticated habits and lifestyle of these giant apes.  With Bwindi being home to over 350 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to this region of Uganda, birding walks are a dream come true for enthusiastic bird watchers.


  • Gorilla tracking
  • Community walk
  • Batwa tribe experience
  • Forest walks
  • Bird watching walks
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park drives.

Gorilla Tracking

After years of habituation, the gorillas in this region have become used to seeing humans.  The expert guides explain the great etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback gorilla in its natural habitat.  This rare opportunity to encounter these animals in the wild is restricted to only eight visitors every day.

Participants should be physically fit and energetic as one hike through the dense forest on steep slopes.  When the gorillas are found in their habitat, one hour is spent observing them before returning to camp.  Children aged 15, and above may participate in this excellent wildlife activity.  A gorilla tracking permit has to be purchased in advance in Bwindi, either in person or via the camp.


The bar and dining venue provide magnificent vistas over the rainforest. The raised platform serves for open-air dining by the campfire under the stars. The full continental and English breakfast are offered before the morning activity. For guests who participate in gorilla trekking, delicious packed lunches are prepared which include sweet and savoury snacks and treats as well as fresh fruit. Upon return, refreshing beverages and light meals are served. The meals are a la carte and are served in the dining and bar area overlooking the rainforest. 

Silver service dinner with four or five courses each evening is served making for an unforgettable dining experience in Africa's remote wilderness.  Personalised service in the heart of the forest experience at this intimate camp.  Special requests and dietary requirements can correspond to the lodge when bookings are made.  Romantic private dinners can be arranged upon request.


  • Dining venue and bar
  • Outdoor boma fires place
  • Silver service dinner (4 - 5 course, a la carte)
  • Romantic private dinners
  • Special requests and dietary requirements.

Wellness Spa

The mini spa provides the ideal way to end a thrilling and action-packed day of gorilla trekking.  As a natural enhancement in a combination of the gorilla experience, guests may choose soothing health and beauty treatments such as a full herbal massage, a hydrating facial, a rejuvenating foot massage, as well as pedicures and manicures.  Locally sourced products are used for scrubs and masks. These natural ingredients include bananas and avocados.


The Bwindi region of Uganda is home to half of the world's population of the mountain gorilla.  In the last census, only 350 individual gorillas had been counted. Together with many other animals, these critically endangered primates are home in the lush and dense Bwindi Forest.


About 75 minutes away from this forest camp is an airstrip which makes access to this remote wilderness lodge comfortable and convenient.  A road transfer from Kampala is also possible which takes about ten hours.  The private charter flights depart from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip; this is about a 2-hour trip.  The journey than from the Kihihi Airstrip to the camp is about 1 hour 15 mins.  There is also the option of a scenic, eight-hour road transfer from the Kigali Airport in Rwanda.

Below detailed information about the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is available.
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  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Queen size bed
  • Terrace
  • Viewing Deck

Gorilla Trekking

Venture into the wild jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and have the unique opportunity to admire the silver ridge gorillas in their natural habitat.  A gorilla permit is required and once the location has been reached where gorillas can be observed, one hour is spent in their company.

Forest Walk

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bwindi in Uganda is a fantastic place to visit.  Besides the gorillas, this particular region of Africa is home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates.  These primates include the blue and red tailed monkeys, the black and white colobus, as well as baboons and chimpanzees.


  • Gorillas
  • Forest elephants
  • Giant forest hogs
  • Blue and red tailed monkeys
  • Black and white colobus
  • Baboons
  • Chimpanzees.
  • Forest duiker antelopes
  • Bush buck antelopes
  • Over 200 species of butterflies.
Birding Walks

Being home to over 350 bird species, enthusiastic birders can participate in a walk through the park accompanied by an expert local guide. The bird species found here in Uganda include 24 which are endemic to these highlands, the Albertine Rift Endemics.

Game Drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park

Travellers may participate in the thrilling game drives situated in the south of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  This National Park in Uganda is famous for its tree-climbing lions, the savanna elephants, its buffaloes, topi, hippos, various bird species, warthogs and the leopard.  It is in the Ishasha Sector pf the park where one has a chance to encounter the tree-climbing lions.  This exciting game drive usually takes a whole day during which travellers stop for lunch at the hippo pool.

Community Walk

Surrounded by the Bakiga community, guests have the chance to enjoy a two hours walk visiting a tea farming project, a local beer brewery, the local hospital, to the nearby village and a visit to the medicine man.  End your cultural visit with a traditional performance by Batwa community.

Batwa Tribe Experience

This full day activity includes a three-hour walk followed by an hour with the Batwa.  Guests enjoy the music performance,  the visit by the goddess, a hunting and gathering demonstration and a chance to learn how people live here.

  • Boma
  • Garden Terrace
  • Gift Shop
  • Hiking trails
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 10:00
  • Check out: 14:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Packed Lunches
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome at the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Uganda. 

    • Children aged 2 and younger stay free of charge.
    • Children aged 3 - 15 pay child reduction rate when sharing with two full paying adults.
    • In all other circumstances, children pay the applicable adult fare.
    • Children aged 15 and younger are required to share with their parents.
    • The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

Featuring only eight tents in the only concessionaire tented camp in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this lodge ensures guests enjoy privacy, exclusivity and the most natural wildlife experience available.

The luxury tents offer space and are furnished in an African safari decor offering two comfortable queen sized beds. In the bathroom one finds a large bathtub overlooking the jungle.  These accommodation tents provide convenient amenities as well as a private viewing deck.

Luxury Tent features:

  • Two queen beds
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Large bathtub
  • Private viewing deck with chairs and table.
Single Room US $710
Double Room US $950

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -0.989291

Longitude: 29.613893


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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