"Smiles of Culture & Delight" ~Deon De Villiers
"Our goal is the Shoebill Stork; everything else is a bonus" ~Guru Traveller
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Rafting & Hiking
UGANDA, often referred to as “THE PEARL OF AFRICA” due to its location, right in the heart of Africa and vast richness packed into a country merely the size of Great Britain or the US state of Oregon.
A less travelled tourism destination, yet the country is practically unmatched in wildlife, nature, heritage and cultural diversity.
Uganda is home to the source of the Nile; the worlds longest river, and much other land mass is covered by water, contained in rivers and rich wetlands holding some of Uganda's greatest diversity.
Temperatures average 25-30c year round, though variances in altitude and extensive water mass can influence weather patterns and typical rainfall seasons per region.
Most travellers visit Uganda for their well-known gorilla safaris, and to lesser extent chimpanzees, though Uganda quietly boasts eleven per cent of all birds in the world (1,000+ species). It's also a fact that Uganda has more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world. Uganda is most certainly a bird haven for enthusiasts, and topping it with above average chances of seeing the ultimate tick; the Shoebill Stork.
Uganda is also home to vast wildlife, including the Big Five, reptiles and specialist species such as pygmy hippo, forest elephant and even the intriguingly named "Least Long-tailed Forest Shrew..."
Known to have some of the friendliest people anywhere, Uganda is definitely a destination for less and well-travelled individuals looking for cultural entertainment, wildlife safaris and adventurous diversity.
This award-winning lodge is the only lodge in the entire Semiliki Valley, in the Semliki National Park, an extension of the Congo's vast Ituri rainforest.
Designed and built in grand old safari tradition with canvas tents under thatched roofs, Semliki is a birders paradise with well over 400 species recorded along their well-established birding trails that loop around the hot springs at Sempaya.
Specialist species include White Crested, Red Dwarf, Black Dwarf and Wattled Casque Hornbills as well as the Shoebill Stork, Red Rumped Tinker Bird and the Palm Greenbul (a localized endemic).
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is set on a forested ridge near the entrance to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Nkuringo gorilla family home range is around a 1.5 hours hike from the lodge (the starting point is directly outside of the lodge) depending on the movement of the group.
Guests at Clouds stay in large cottages built of local volcanic stone. Comfortable chairs on the outdoor verandas provide the perfect vantage point to admire the unforgettable vistas of the forest below or the occasional, yet unforgettable sight of the volcanoes glowing red in the night sky.
We are proud to continue our commitment to helping communities and protecting wildlife through our latest visual campaign Wild by bird & knoll x deon de villiers. Along with your support we want to make a difference for five of the world's most vulnerable species.