For a truly sublime wilderness escape, it is hard to surpass Uganda, the undiscovered pearl of Africa. A lush landscape of deep lakes, glacial alpine mountains, wide-open savannah and dense rainforests, the country boasts wildlife not found anywhere else, making a safari here an unforgettable one.
But Uganda is perhaps best known for its concentration of primates, including its most celebrated residents – half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. And one of the best places to see them is Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp located in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country’s southwest.
Featuring eight private luxury tents tucked away on a on a flat ridge deep within the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is ecologically respectful, contemporary yet classic in style, and blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape. It’s also uniquely situated right inside the national park, where you are only minutes away from the start of your gorilla trekking adventure.
2018 has seen the recent re-launch of this extraordinary escape by boutique luxury travel operator Sanctuary Retreats, following the completion of an extensive refurbishment program. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp’s unique interpretation of camp living offers unrivalled seclusion and space in an ancient rainforest located in one of Africa’s most remote areas.
Each comfortable canvas space is dressed with indigenous prints and furniture made from natural materials. Beds are draped in neutral-toned linens, with local artefacts artfully displayed both inside and out each tent. Tents also boast spacious stonewall bathrooms and a freestanding baths for a relaxing soak after a day’s trekking. Or for guests looking for a truly indulgent experience, specialist therapist, Precious delivers a range of treatments at the Camp Spa including herbal massages, hydrating facials and foot massages.
The Camp’s small size ensures it retains an intimate, exclusive feel, enabling guests to experience Africa’s magic with the lightest of footprints, while enjoying practically every mod con.
Even better, its unique location means the Camp is frequently visited by gorilla families, making it the perfect base for a once in a lifetime encounter with Uganda’s endangered mountain gorillas.
If you’re contemplating ticking a gorilla trek off your bucket list, there are a number of packages available.