By Kiyimba Bruno
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge has been named ‘Uganda’s Leading Safari Lodge’ for the Third consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Gallery Dinner 2018.
The awards were presented in Durban – South Africa on October 6 2018 in front of over 400 Africa’s Tourism leaders, lodges and safari companies.
The Proprietor of Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Ms. Lydia Nandudu Golooba on winning this prize said that it’s a great privilege to be recognized as the winner in this field and to be accorded this prestigious prize.
“ We pride ourselves on providing authentic Safari experiences to our clients, providing customized superior service and benchmarking as well as competing on the Global stage. “. Golooba added;
She explained the journey on where the lodge has come from that has not been an easy task.
“We started the lodge with my partner in 2007 as a community campsite with only one Gorilla family on the southern Sector of Bwindi impenetrable Forest,” Said Golooba
She added that they began running the business with only two two Gorilla permits open for the public, with the other six attached to up market lodges seemed like swimming against the tide.
In order to create a competitive business edge, they started the Nkuringo Walking Safaris in November of 2007.
Here they focused on walking clients from Kisoro town, with canoe excursion on Lake Mutunda to allow them to spend one night in Nkuringo and the next day walk to Buhoma to see Gorillas.
The walking safari pioneered by Late Robert Brierley, became a sought after activity, allowing clients to experience the ‘off the beaten track’ Uganda on ‘foot’.
Subsequently more clients needed accommodation and this led to the development of Nkuringo Gorilla Camp that has organically grown to what is now the “Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge” a three-times award winning lodge.
The Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge operates as an eco-lodge and it’s an all inclusive lodge providing for the mid range to high end clients with various room categories