We arrived at Ruhiza Page 276 and the lovely Trekkers Tavern which was as good if not better than last time. A superb place, owned by Hassan Mutebe of AccessUganda. Now the grounds have matured it is my first choice place to stay. The only downer was the bumpy approach road but Moses and Julius’ hospitality more than matched this. Very handy for Ruhiza area and if UWA can get their act together over Entry Fees, a longer stay would be worthwhile.
There is a newish upmarket Lodge nearby now, plus one or two enterprising locals opening up modest places.
Birding is of course spectacular and we went down to Mbwindi Swamp to pay our respects to the Green Broadbills (4).
Then we moved on down to Buhoma, the road having deteriorated badly or memory is failing.
Page 269 Lots of new beds being provided here. Too many in fact. Hopefully the competition will control some of the excessive pricing in evidence. GFC at $800 per night has to take the biscuit.
We again used Gorilla Resort. as this is one of our favourites. The older “Cottages” felt damp and lacked privacy. However the Tents on their platforms are excellent. There was refurbishment work going on during our visit and it is nice to see the level of care being exercised. Fees are a bit Top side at $500 though. Where do they get these prices from? We were the only guests on two of the three nights of our visit. Charge $100 less and fill the place would be my management plan.
It should be noted that several roads to/from Bwindi Buhoma and “the neck” are now in dreadful condition once more. We actually found it quicker when coming back to Lake Mburo from Buhoma to route via Ishasha and Katanguru/Kazinga as this road is now quite good. Ishasha to the tar in less than two hours.