Karungi Camp is located in the southwest corner of Uganda, in the Kigezi Region and the Kisoro District. This area abounds in breathtaking scenery: steep hills, narrow valleys, lush vegetation, majestic volcanoes, serene lakes and abundant wildlife. Karungi is also located on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hotbed of biodiversity, and home to roughly half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. We believe that the Bwindi Southern Sector with its beautiful scenery and rich cultural heritage has much more to offer to its visitors than just the famous mountain gorillas. Whether you are here for a few days or a week, we will have plenty on offer to fill your days.
At Karungi, we believe that travel (and life!) should be an escape from the ordinary and an opportunity to truly connect with the people, places and cultures around us. We strive to connect you with the adventures you’re seeking, with the amazing natural world around you, and with the families, friends, and culture that bring our Uganda to life.
Bwindi Southern Sector is relatively new to tourism, and Karungi Camp strongly believe tourism should respect and benefits the local population. We understand that some travellers would like to explore a destination in more depth by gaining a more authentic travel experience, rather than just scratch its surface. Our local community guides can connect you with a number of authentic local experiences and activities that bring tourists and the local community together in a responsible way.
The community guides have been fully trained, speak excellent english, were born and bred in the local community and share a real passion for the local way of life, culture and traditions. In order to make our local people more accessible to visitors, our excursions are tailored to small groups. All activities and local experiences directly support the local community.
Karungi Camp was founded by Yoly Phillips and a dedicated team of local staff in 2017.
“I came to Uganda as a volunteer in 2016 and promptly fell in love with the wild, rugged landscape of Uganda, the warmth of the people I met here and the random ways of life I hadn’t experienced in the west. I’m a pretty experienced (and adventurous) traveler, and I recognized a need for convenient, comfortable and affordable accommodation for travelers and volunteers, as well as a great opportunity to fuse local culture and food with a restaurant for local community members and guests. My team and I can’t wait to meet you at Karungi!” (~Yoly).
Karungi has been built, through a lot of hard work and cooperation, on our shared values and experiences. We believe in:
- Having Fun – we appreciate a playful approach to life and know that fun is a key part of a great trip.
- Embracing Life – we want to meet, work with and connect with other passionate people making the most of their lives.
- Being Kind – we value the unique gifts, experiences and contribution of everyone around us, and we respond with kindness, compassion and inclusion.
- Helping Others – we recognize that everyone needs help at some point in their life, so we strive to give and graciously receive help.
- Being Honest and Accountable – we know that virtually any problem can be solved through honest, open conversations and consistent accountability for our actions.
- Being Innovative – we actively seek and embrace new ideas, innovations and positive change.
- Going on Adventures – we believe that travel (and life) should be an amazing adventure.
- Continuously Learning – we love learning from and sharing our knowledge with everyone we meet.
- Building Community – we benefit from our place in this amazing community and have designed Karungi Camp to give back in a collaborative way.
- Connecting – our goal is to connect with you, and to connect you with the unforgettable environment, people and cultures of Uganda, and to help you escape ordinary and truly experience the Uganda that we love.
The word Karungi means “the good one” or “the beautiful one”… we hope you’ll find a good, and beautiful place here with us!
Mt Nyrigongo in the Congo
A recent discovery of mine, and one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. This expedition gives you the opportunity to climb and spend a night on an active volcano in the Congo and will take 3 days. We have a trusted Congolese company that will arrange everything for you, and escort you through the whole journey. The VISA for the Congo is $100 USD, park entry and guided tour up the volcano is $300USD, sleeping bags can be hired from the park office for $10, transport for the trip will be $200 for the car (reduces with more volunteers). We will need a week to arrange VISA’s and permits etc, so a little bit or pre planning is required for this particular trip. Additionally planning to bring winter gear with you will make the trip much more enjoyable as it does drop below 0oC at night time up there 🙂
A picturesque lake approximately 2.5 hours on a motorbike away from Karungi Camp. You can spend relaxing weekend here for approximately $100-$150. Not much needs to be arranged in advance. Our favourite place to stay is a rustic lodge called Byoona Amagara located on one of the 27 islands on the lake. There is also upmarket accommodations available for $180 per night, increasing your costs somewhat! A place to retreat to by yourself or hang out with your fellow volunteers
A scenic 3 hour hike from us will give you a relaxing afternoon by a lake while being overlooked by a majestic volcano! Big Beyond volunteers can stay at this lodge for approx $100USD per night .. This does not need to be arranged in advance, and can be a spur of the moment weekend activity.