Located in southwestern Uganda, just outside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Lodge is a great value eco-lodge situated within trekking distance of the park’s 4 gorilla families. A thatch and stone build, Bwindi Lodge consists of a main lodge and 8 sleeping bandas. The main area includes a bar, lounge, dining area, small library and an extensive lookout verandah. Open sided, furnished with comfortable armchairs, low tables, lightweight, locally made chairs, the lodge is characterized by polished wooden floors, white walls, open beams and decorated with bright colors, throws and well chosen local artifacts. Guests repeatedly mention the service, which is efficient, a delight, while the food is considered great – although those with special dietary requirements would do well to let the lodge know well ahead of time, and vegetarians are advised to eat Ugandan, as it’s delicious and it’s what the kitchen knows best. With peaked thatch roofs and spacious interiors, the sleeping rooms are marked by the same flooring, walls and by ceilings clad in a matting that helps regulate both day and night temperatures. Each room of Bwindi Lodge possesses a double or twin bed, room to change in and a separate bathroom. The furniture – side tables, canvas camping chairs, locally made loungers – is simple, practical and attractive. Solar powered storm lanterns provide the lighting and the bathroom includes a sink, shower and toilet. Please be advised that there is no running water; that all facilities are environmentally friendly; and that water is brought to the bandas from the main lodge. Activities at Bwindi Lodge include gorilla tracking, guided walks, bird watching, cultural visits and a tour of the Diane Fossey Karisoke Centre.