Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


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When you reach Bwindi, you just can not afford to miss the new look of the famous Lake Kitandara Bwindi Tented Camp. The tented Camp opened in 1994. Lake Kitandara Camp is the best Camp for upper market visitors in Bwindi National Park. It has been modernised in an African style. It has unique tents which retain some original features but also have modern conveniences. “where adventure begins”

It is adjacent to Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park overlooking the beautiful forest with primates.

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  1. Pamla Jane says:

    When I saw the signs for this “luxury tent camp” when we were still about an hour away, I got excited… but as soon as we pulled into the gated entrance, I knew the Uganda definition of luxury was not quite the same as mine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a snob – I have lived five years in Africa. But the muddy parking lot and empty terrace overlooking… the parking lot… did not scream luxury.

    There are 20 tented camps and ours was up at the top of the hill. We had just climbed Kilimanjaro so didn’t mind the 50+ steps we had to take to get to our tent, and the camp staff carried our bags up anyhow so it wasn’t much work for us. But the tent itself was not as nice as the budget tent camp where we’d stayed in Serengeti about a week earlier. True, there was more hot water, though we were told to wait 7 minutes for it. And yes, it did take that long. No biggie either. The hot water bottle that others have mentioned was also a nice touch, though frankly, unnecessary, because though the weather was cool, there were sufficient blankets and comforters on the bed to keep us warm. The small deck out front with 2 chairs and fresh flowers also warmly welcomed us. OK, sounds great, right?

    Before dinner, I stepped outside the tent to our bathroom and tried to turn on the light, a small on/off switch hanging at the end of a two-foot long wire… and broke it off completely. Leaving a hot electrical line and no light. So we took the broken off switch with us to dinner.

    There was only one other group in the entire camp our first night, so not too many joining us for the dinner buffet. They told me that just 3 nights earlier, they were completely booked. However, with just a few of us eating dinner, the buffet was pretty darned limited. One chicken wing and one hamburger (the size of a meatball) per person. I do not need giant buffet portions, that’s for sure, but knowing we were about to go trek gorillas for an unknown number of hours the next day, I could have used a bit more nourishment. One nice touch: they did provide dinner for our driver guide as well. Not every lodge does this.

    Back in our tent, middle of the night, I needed the bathroom. No problem, I had a headlamp. However, I was immediately assaulted by safari ants, thousands of which had decided to eat the toilet paper on (and in) the toilet. Once they bite, these buggers do not let go! Screaming as I tried to get rid of the ants, I bumped my head on the hot electrical wire and gave myself quite a shock. And of course I screamed, which brought the camp manager running up to our tent to ask if we were OK, and he immediately saw the ant problem, and attacked it with a vengeance (a large can of Raid, I think). We saw the thousands of now-dead ants with the light of the morning. I do not blame the safari ants on any problem with this particular camp because it could have happened anywhere. But it did contribute to our less-than-positive experience.

    The next day, the same type of light switch inside our tent broke in a similar way. It just doesn’t seem like the safest way to provide electricity, hanging a switch on the end of a wire.

    I do not know how this camp compares to the other accommodations in Buhoma, as I did not see any of the other places. Maybe they all have similar electricity and safari ant problems, and that is just part of what you must experience if you want to track mountain gorillas. But I can tell you, I would have slept outside in the wet, cold and mud for the opportunity we had the next day, to spend an hour with the amazing Habinyanja gorilla family. The fact that our accomodations were less than perfect did not make a difference at all in our ability to enjoy the experience. Plus the lodge had plenty of ice-cold beer. So overall, not bad at all.

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