With a stunning and breathtaking view, the newly refurbished Silverback Lodge is a place worth getting holed up in for your next holiday. Delicately and beautifully perched atop the valley overlooking the famous Bwindi National Park, Silverback lodge boasts of splendid views of the valleys and forests that surround it; the main interest being Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On your journey and quest to see half of the worlds surviving mountain gorillas of Bwindi, Silverback lodge is your best bet to unwind and tell your day’s stories in style and comfort.

Location

The latest addition to Marasa Africa’s host of stylish and cozy lodges, Silverback Lodge is located in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in western Uganda, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

Bwindi is home to approximately 350 mountain gorillas (half of the world’s remaining population), non-habituated chimpanzees, more than 100 other species of mammals, 346 species of birds, and 163 species of trees; little wonder that a visit to the park and forest is referred to as one of the most intimate experiences on Earth.

The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It comprises 331 square kilometres of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot.

Flora and Fauna

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species.

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world’s population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are four habituated Mountain Gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.

Floristically Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low altitude) sector is rich in species of the Guineo-Congolian flora. These include two species internationally recognised as endangered, Brown mahogany (Lovoa swynnertonii) and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift.

Bird watching and sometimes primate viewing is possible right from the front door of the rooms.

Accommodation

Silverback Lodge comprises of twelve beautifully designed rooms, built using materials sourced locally with a touch of creative safari finish. The rooms have a predominant sisal and stone theme that emphasises an African setting but still has a modern touch; the combination of local materials and earthy colours make for a cozy, warm and classy décor.

There are four double rooms, seven twin rooms and one single room. Each of these rooms has an en-suite bathroom and comfortable easy chairs on the veranda where guests can view the flora and fauna on a lazy day or just lay back and sip their favorite cocktails and take in the warm sun.

Activities

Silverback Lodge is only a 5 minute walk to the national park and has a lot to offer to keep guests occupied and interested.

Since the lodge is literally in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the famous mountain gorillas, so the first choice of activity for most guests is Gorilla tracking. There are many attractive packages for interested guests, contact the reception for available options.

There are many trails to follow that will be worth your while for instance the popular waterfall trail, thr River Ivi or River

Munyaga trail, the Rushora, the Batwa trail, and others.

Also, guests can choose to go bird watching; Bwindi impenetrable forest holds over 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, difficult or impossible to see in any part of East Africa. For the adept bird watcher, close to 100 bird species can be identified in a day. Bird species include; the African green broad bill,  dwarf honey guide, kivu ground thrush , Lagden’s bush s

hrike , Chaplin’s flycatcher, Oberhander’s ground thrush, yellow eyed flycatchers, Montane double-collared sunbird, dusky twinspot any many more.

Biking and hiking are other interesting activities for guests to take part in while at the lodge. If you have more time on your hands, don’t miss the day and night trips to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is just a 2 hour drive to Ishasha; at Queen Elizabeth National Park you will find many more activities to occupy you and if night falls before you are done, a stay at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge is recommended.

For more information and reservation at Silverback Lodge or other Marasa Africa Lodges (www.marasa.net), visit Marasa Central Reservations, 96-98, 5th Street, Industrial Area, Kampala. Call +256 (0)312 260260/1 or email mweyaparaa@africaonline.co.ug

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