Awarded: Bronze

This aptly named, intimate lodge sits in the clouds above Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest with views that stretch out to the Virunga Volcanoes. Clouds is perfectly located for the National Forest’s gorilla tracking adventures and offers a cosy and peaceful atmosphere amid nature.


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Location

At 7,000 feet, the property is Uganda’s highest lodge and is situated in Nkuringo Village on the Southwestern side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Rooms

On the hillside are seven, spacious cottages, built from volcanic stone and elegantly designed. Each includes a separate lounge area with big armchairs, locally created oil paintings and a double-sided fireplace for a cosy feel. The bedrooms are warm and neutral with spots of bright Ugandan fabrics and wooden furniture and each open out to private decks which look out towards the Virungas.

Communal Areas

The main lodge, with its tall ceilings and vast picture windows, compromises a lounge full of squashy cream sofas and chairs, chunky wooden coffee tables and several sizzling fireplaces. The dining area, sitting adjacent to the lounge, uses a similar aesthetic with dark wooden tables and local artwork adorning the walls. Meals can be taken here in front of the fire or in the comfort of your cottage. An outdoor lounge provides the ideal vantage point to gaze upon the vistas of the forest below and volcanoes beyond. Guests can also indulge in an African massage at the Okuruhuuka spa.

Activities

Guests only have to take a short walk from their cottage to the trailhead for a day of gorilla tracking, the main activity at Clouds. Go birding with guides deep in the forest or take a walk through Buniga Forest. Guests also have the opportunity to meet members of the Batwa community, visit local schools, attend a local church service and even play football against a community team.

Although guests must be 15 or older to participate in Gorilla treks, there is plenty to do for young explorers including treasure hunts with local children, dancing, drumming and art.

All Inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
Laundry service

When to go

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DRIER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude of Bwindi does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

DRIER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude of Bwindi does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

DRIER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in September. The altitude of Bwindi does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

DRIER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in September. The altitude of Bwindi does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

DRIER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in September. The altitude of Bwindi does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Bwindi has consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,300 to 2,462m or 4,265 to 8,553ft) moderate these to a very pleasant average maximum of 23°C/73°F to 27°C/80°F. Given the altitude range there is a quite a significant climatic difference within the Bwindi Area, with a drop of around 6.5°C for every 1,000 meters ascended (or 3.5°F for every 1,000 feet), we highly recommended wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature experienced. Mornings can be especially cool, so do allow for layers which can be taken off once you start trekking.

Bwindi has a wet climate, with no distinct dry season, although June, July and August do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in December, January and February. Considering the wet climate and tekking focused activities we would recommend thin and light waterproof clothing together with good walking boots.

DRIER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March.

Its location so close to the equator means that temperatures throughout the year are very consistent, the variable in play is often altitude, which varies greatly across Uganda, this, therefore, has a corresponding effect on both temperature as well as rainfall. The majority of the regions in Uganda sit at fairly high altitudes, which moderates the temperatures, especially in the case of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks where it can be really quite cool.

Although rainfall is possible through the year in most locations, there are main two wet seasons in Uganda. The first takes place between March and May, the second between September and November. There are some exceptions to this, such as Kidepo Valley National Park which has just one wet season.

The best time for a safari in Uganda is very much defined by the type of experience you are seeking. Many parks are good all year round, although you will find that one’s chances of a good sighting improve during the drier months of the year. Trekking Gorillas or Chimpanzee is not as influenced by the weather, although there is no doubt that the trekking is easier and more enjoyable during the drier times of the year.

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