Bwindi National Park

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Cloud Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Above the Clouds

As the name suggests you will feel on top of the world while staying here. At over 2,000 metres above sea level, it is Uganda’s highest lodge. Spectacular views stretch all the way to the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda, across the border into the Congo, where the glow of Nyiragongo Volcano can be seen on a clear night.

The Lodge boasts eight spacious cottages built from volcanic stone. Every cottage is warm and welcoming with cosy fireplaces, vast overstuffed armchairs, and hand-woven carpets. The main lodge has soaring ceilings, massive exposed wooden beams, big picture windows with endless views of treetops, volcanoes and mountains. It feels like a ski chalet. But with the gentle and warm welcome that can only be in Uganda.

The lodge is situated within easy walking distance of the trail where guests can begin their gorilla trekking adventure. Guided forest walks and birdwatching expeditions explore the surroundings, while local community visits give a glimpse of traditional life.


At a glance

  • Eight cottages

  • Spa

  • Library

  • Bar

Cloud forest gorilla lodge

Activities & Experiences

  • Gorilla

    Gorilla Trekking

    Enjoy magical encounters with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi’s impenetrable forest where about half the world’s Gorilla population currently lives. You will hike through the spectacular rainforest and bamboo-covered slopes of the park, accompanied by expert guides and trackers.

  • Batwa tribe

    Cultural visit with the Batwa tribe

    Known as the “Keepers of the Forest” this hunter-gather tribe have lived side by side with the wildlife for thousands of years. It is a three hour hike to the Batwa settlement where you will observe how they prepare and cook meals, and learn about the medicinal properties of the lush forest flora. After you will enjoy a lively music performance. This fascinating excursion gives great insight into how this ancient tribe exist.

  • Cloud Gorrila Lodge

    Waterfall and Birding Hike

    Head out through the unique habitats of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in search of birds and waterfalls. The forest is one of the most biologically diverse area so you'll have plenty of chance to spot wonderful wildlife. The beauty of the rainforest is captivating, providing lots of photo opportunities.


Conservation is at the heart of everything they do and here, gorillas are the agenda. Clouds presents a rare success story in community conservation. The project is the brainchild of the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the International Gorilla Conservation Project (IGCP) It marries the community to the private sector with the ultimate goal of protecting the habitat of the Mountain Gorilla.

Culture & Community

Originally the brainchild of the Africa Wildlife Foundation and the International Gorilla Conservation Project, the lodge is operated in partnership with the local community with the intention of alleviating rural poverty, increasing conservation awareness and ensuring greater protection for the gorillas and their environment. Almost all the staff at the lodge come from the local villages and as much of the consumable produce is sourced locally. You will encounter various other small scale projects that bolster this overall approach.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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