Where To Stay Within Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is one of Africa’s top Research sites for primates especially Chimpanzees but is also one of the best destinations for Chimpanzee tours in Uganda. It is found within western Uganda and covers an area of 795 square kilometers, but is famous for sheltering over 70 species of mammals including 13 species of primates.
Kibale Forest National Park takes pride in its exquisite accommodation facilities that make tourists’ stay comfortable and memorable and they include the following budget, mid-range, and luxury facilities;
- Primate Lodge
This is a luxury Safari Lodge found at the edge of Kibale Forest National Park, near the Kanyanchu Visitor Center. This facility is famous for being the only Lodge inside the National Park and undeniably near Kanyanchu Visitor Center, thus making it the best place to start the different forest exploration activities especially Chimpanzee tracking and the Habituation Experience that begin at 6 am.
This eco-friendly Lodge was constructed with local materials with accommodation offered in 7 forest cottages, 8 superior cottages, a Campsite and 1 treehouse with facilities such a restaurant that serves both local and international foods, a bar that is stocked with different kinds of drinks but also rewards guests with the views of the Forest. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas, a lounge area with soft and comfortable chairs are available for unwinding and several tourist activities (such as forest walks, chimpanzee tracking, and the Bigodi wetland and village walk) can be enjoyed by guests to Primate Lodge.
- Crater Safari Lodge
This up-market Lodge is found at the border of the Park, on the fringe of Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake offering guests with the mind-blowing views of the Lake and the Forest. The Lodge features 9 sumptuous ensuite cottages that blend into the surrounding scenery with 7 of them inform of twin or double rooms while the two are large with 2 rooms each accommodating 4 people thus ideal for large groups or family travelers. Other facilities to expect here include a bar, restaurant, lounge, mobile spa facility, private deck overlooking the Lake, Craft shop, solar lighting, and 24-hour internet connection. Activities to expect while staying at the Lodge include the chimpanzee habituation Experience, chimpanzee tracking, visit Bigodi wetland Sanctuary and exploring the Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves.
- Ndali Lodge
This colonial Lodge is found within the Crater region of western Uganda and was constructed from local materials like local stone and grass-thatch and features about 8 en-suite cottages with private verandah, private bathroom, and a hand basin, and are suitable for family travelers.
There is also a thatched main Lodge that houses the reception area, vast sitting area, and dining area that is lit with candles and lamps at night much as the cottages have solar lights. Delicious foods are served by friendly waitresses and sometimes dinner is prepared from the selection of condiments and curries which you even fail to find in some of the top Hotels and Restaurants in East Africa. This stunning Lodge is undeniably one of the most wonderful bases for tracking chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park.
- Chimps Nest Lodge
Chimps Nest is nestled within Nyabubale village between Nkingo and Bigodi, lasting about 15 minutes drive from the Kanyanchu Visitor Center where most activities in Kibale Forest National Park begin. The en-suite cottages here are to inform of self-contained budget rooms featuring private balconies and private outside bathrooms and family units with 2 bedrooms for twin beds and extra space for another bed, two bathrooms, and vast balcony overlooking the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and the tropical forest.
Other facilities include a lounge, restaurant, bar, parking space, water heating using firewood, solar electricity and a room telephone while the tourist activities to participate in include chimpanzee tracking, hiking at the slopes of Rwenzori Mountains, forest walks in Kibale Forest National park and walks through Bigodi wetland Sanctuary.
- Isunga Lodge
Just like Primate Lodge, Isunga Safari Lodge is also found at the edge of Kibale Forest National Park and offers tourists with value for money due to the comfort and quality accommodation facilities in addition to the delicious foods you will be able to enjoy at the site.
This midrange Lodge is perched on an elevated position offering unsurpassed views of the Tropical rainforest as well as the awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks of the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains) until the Lake George and Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are 7 private en-suite cottages with flush toilets and hot showers scattered over the hillside, allowing guests to freely walk around the vast areas that have also become natural sites with numerous bird species. There is a spacious main Lodge area that houses the restaurant that serves delicious foods and stocked bar with an assortment of drinks, but guests can also access free Wi-Fi and recharging ports.
About 50 Volcanic Crater Lakes are found within the surrounding areas thus making this Lodge a perfect place for sightseeing and its location at the edge of the Kibale Forest National Park makes it an ideal place for tourists heading for adventures like hiking, forest walks, chimpanzee tracking, and the Habituation Experience and bird watching.
Besides the above, other lodges within and around Kibale Forest National Park will make your stay memorable and these include Kibale Forest camp, Papaya lake Lodge, Nyinabulitwa Country Resort, Mountains of the Moon Hotel, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Rwenzori View Guesthouse, Kanyanchu River Camp, Kyaninga Lodge, Kluge’s Guest farm and many others.