Welcome to the Four Gorillas Lodge: About Us
Located at the peripheral of Bwindi Forest in Rushaga area, the Four Gorillas Lodge offers the best of all worlds to those who travel to Bwindi Forest National Park. In this oasis of privacy, serenity and rejuvenation, there are no crowds, just Mountain Gorillas as well as the soothing sound of birds, rustling trees, soft breezes and breath-taking views.
Just 5 minutes away from Kisoro Airstrip, the Four Gorillas Lodge in Bwindi Forest offers perfect contemporary luxury while satisfying the human craving to become one with nature and our fellow Apes. Our signature cottages spiced by a blend of natural scenery, upscale elegance and cozy homesteading feel is unique and will surely ensure you enjoy your stay with us.
The curious story of the Four (4) Gorillas Lodge
The cataclysmic events that would change my life forever started to unfold in Bwindi on the afternoon of 5th of January 2019.
I was alone on my building site, deep inside the impenetrable forest. I had given all my workers leave to attend a funeral in Mbarara earlier in the day.
Ominous black clouds had started to roll in across the great tree mass that surrounds my property. I was high on a ladder, drilling some holes in a support beam of villa 8, when irresistible gusts of winds started to sway the timberland. As I tried to descend the ladder, a bolt of lightning struck the support beam above me – causing it to break and fall to the ground. I was half conscious yet aware that the beam had pinned my body to the earth. The torrential rain that followed, at first stung my cheeks, and as it continued, lulled me into unconsciousness.
When I awoke from that sleep of death, a cacophony of birds signaled the arrival of dawn. I noticed that the beam that had fallen on me was now lying some two meters away.
I felt small fingers gently massaging my bruised torso through a plastic cover. My spirits soared as I thought my workers had returned. Yet, as I turned on my side, I saw a family of gorillas staring at me.
The infant was now stroking my left leg and his black eyes flashed with sadness.
The mother, who had her hands on the infant’s shoulders, had a furrowed brow which conveyed her concern.
The father and a much larger infant were staring at me, as they sat silently on a fallen tree. Sunlight had began to penetrate the vast forest and my mind started to elucidate the events that must have taken place after I had slipped into unconsciousness.
The family of four gorillas had removed the beam that had pinned me to the earth and had covered me with the large blue sheet from a floor of the villa – they had stayed with me as darkness enveloped the forest.
Tears started to accumulate in my eyes as my saviours bade their farewell to re-enter the green canopy. Somehow, they knew that none of my bones were broken and I struggled to my feet and into the driver’s seat of my Land cruiser.
The incident had shaken me to my very core and now I know that God is in each and every one of us and in each of the creatures that we share our world with.
As completion on my unique forest property draws to an end, I have seen my gorilla family a dozen more times. On each of my sightings, we share knowing glances of an extraordinary kinship that begun on 5th of January 2019. In their honour, I have called my forest retreat, The Four Gorillas Lodge.
I understand fully this quid pro quo and The Four Gorillas Lodge will always invest into continued protection of Gorillas – the same primates who protected me and saved my life.
So don’t wait: The beauty of our lodge and grounds is calling you. It’s time to treat yourself to the ultimate in relaxation.