Primate Lodge is a luxury accommodationk. establishment located within the Vicinity of Kanyanchu tourism center few meters from the Kanyanchu entrance of Kibale National Park. Primate Lodge has been favored by many Uganda safari undertakers and tour operators because of its strategic position to the starting point of all tourism activities including the chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation in Kibale that require early wake up. Accommodation in Kibale National Park is offered in 8 superior luxury tents, 7 forest cottages, sky tree house and camp site provision. The accommodation units are self-contained except the campsite that has shared ablutions. The rooms feature comfortable beds that are designed from traditional materials and also have private veranda that offer impressive views of the forest.
The Superior tents have raised wooden platforms and are grass thatched to blend with natural environment. They feature queen sized beds and large windows with an African interior touch.
The Forest Cottages are privately set in the forest and feature large twin beds with a sitting area that features typical African art.
The Sky tree house is about 10minutes walk from the main lodge and is designed to tap the interests of adventurous travelers. It has a simple bed room and basic washing facilities on the tree foot.
The camp site is well maintained with shared ablution facilities. Tents are self-provided.
Primate Lodge features a modern restaurant that serves international and traditional African cuisines. While adjacent to it there lies a bar that is well stocked with all sorts of brands. The lounge is set with cozy large chairs, soft cushions and sofas presenting a perfect relaxing ground.
Positioned at the backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary mountains of the moon as described by the Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150 AD, Kyaninga Lodge is a spectacular luxury accommodation establishment for upmarket travelers on safaris and tours in Uganda.
Entirely built using timber, Kyaninga Lodge stands as a true testimony of the extent of the African crafted materials. The lodge offers accommodation in its 8 luxury cottages placed on raised wooden platforms that are connected to the main house by raised wooden walkways. The cottages feature either twin or double beds with softest linens and feather pillows that generates great deal of comfort for travelers on safari tours in Uganda. The cottages also have indoor sitting area that adjoins with an exterior private deck offering the impressive views of the crater lakes below and the Ruwenzori Mountains. The rooms are self-contained with hot water heat by solar water heater equipped with solar lighting and electric socket for charging the clients’ gadgets. Kyaninga Lodge has impressive swimming pool, lush gardens, tennis court and coquet lawn which only exist here in the whole of Uganda.
Kyaninga Lodge is located close to Fort Portal town implying that it has over 20km transfer to Kibale National Park on a rough road which requires an early wake up to embark on the drive as early as 6:00am so as to arrive in time for chimpanzee trekking briefing at 8am local time.
Positioned in the Ndali – Kasenda crater field, Ndali Lodge is 26km south of Fort Portal and it offers luxury accommodation establishment to travellers on Uganda safaris and tours. Ndali Lodge is placed at the center of the 1000 acres of family owned land on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga which is 250 acres in terms of size and 130m in terms of depth.
Ndali lodge has main thatched lodge that have got a wider sitting room, dining and reception. It also has 8 upmarket cottages that can take up to the maximum of 16 guests all combined. The cottages have got panoramic views of the legendary mountains of the moon and are crafted from local stone and thatch. The interior décor also feature the traditional materials.
Each cottage at Ndali lodge is big enough to shelter a family on Uganda safari tour and it features en suite washrooms, verandah with impressive views of the Rwenzori Mountains.
The cottages are solar lit and water comes from the lake direct through pumping.
Kibale Safari Lodge
Kibale Safari Lodge is positioned in Kanyanchu along the route to Bigodi. It is perched on a raised altitude that offers impressive views of Kibale Forest and the Rwenzori Mountains. The main lodge building features two rooms and other five luxury cottages are privately situated with inbuilt washrooms. Kibale Safari Lodge features a good restaurant and well stocked bar.
Lodge Amenities • Travel desk • Restaurant and bar • Gift Shop • Laundry Service
Chimps’ Nest is situated in Nyabubale village between Bigodi and Nkingo. The lodge is about 15 minutes transfer to Kanyanchu tourism center and in close range to Bigodi wetland. The accommodation is offered in 7 cottages that feature inbuilt wash rooms. Water is heated and each cottage contains a drum of 200 liters of hot water that keeps hot for at least 24 hours. There are also budget rooms with two of them sharing wash room and these rooms are close to the restaurant and parking. Chimps Nest also has a family cottage with two bedrooms that feature double or twin beds with provision for an extra bed in each room. The family cottage can also be separated for friends that prefer privacy but want to stay together.
Kibale Forest Camp
Positioned along Fort Portal – Kamwengye road, Kibale Forest Camp is comprised of 10 safari tents, lazy camping and provision for camping. The safari tents are well furnished featuring either twin or double beds. They are self-contained with flush toilet, hot water shower and dressing room not forgetting a veranda overlooking the wilderness. Kibale Forest Camp also has accommodation in form of lazy camping which is a budget arrangement with non-self-contained tents featuring basic camping tent that is equipped with 2 single beds and solar lantern. The bedding linen and towel are provided. There are communal ablutions with flush toilets and hot showers. The forest camp also has provision for camping where a well maintained camping ground featuring sanitary rooms with two flushing toilets and two hot showers. Kibale Forest Camp also has a modern bar and restaurant spread under the magnificently set wooden building that is grass thatched overlooking a lush garden. The restaurant serves 2 course lunches and four course dinners. An early wakeup call helps the guests to have coffee or tea on their door steps in the morning.
Mantana Tented Camp
Mantana Tented Camp is positioned at about 2km from Kanyanchu tourism center before the village of Bigodi. The Mantana Tented Camp has seven well-furnished tents that are spacious, twin beds, verandah, inbuilt washrooms and dressing area. The camp also has a well-stocked bar and restaurant.
Mountains of the Moon Hotel
Situated on the top of the town of Fort Portal, Mountains of the moon Hotel is a good mid-range accommodation establishment spread over 15 acres of landscape that overlooks the impressive mystical mountains of the moon. Mountains of the moon Hotel presents a ground for the overnight stay of Uganda safari undertakers interested in destinations of Kibale, Semliki, Fort Portal crater region and connections to Rwenzori mountains and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The hotel is 26km from Kibale national Park and thus requires an early transfer as early as 6am local time to catch up with the briefing for Chimpanzee trekking at Kanyanchu at 8am. Due to the rough road involved, the transfer may take 1 ½ hours. Accommodation is offered in standard rooms, deluxe rooms, superior rooms and Mountains suite. The Mountains of the moon Hotel features a modern bar and restaurant not forgetting the conference facilities. The swimming pool and lush gardens spread across the landscape make the mountains of the moon Hotel an ideal place to spend an overnight for mid-market travelers on Uganda safaris and tours.
Chimpanzee guesthouse is positioned at about 23km from Fort Portal town along Kamwengye road close to Kanyanchu tourism center entrance. The forest guest house is perched on a raised ground surrounded by tea plantations and it has impressive views of the Kibale forest. Chimpanzee guesthouse dates back in 1950s as it was originally set up by the then British District Commissioner. It has a cozy lounge where guests can relax from reading great collections of colonial African literature. Accommodation is offered in the main house while the outside accommodation is offered in spacious self-contained Banda with twin beds that overlooks Lake Nyabikere and three self-contained cottages overlooking Kibale Forest. There is also camping provision in the secluded are away from the main house.
Kanyanchu river camp
Kanyanchu River Camp is comprised of four twin Bandas. There is also one raised Banda with provision for self-catering. Kanyanchu River Camp also has two campsites where travellers on Uganda safari tours interested in camping can always spend an overnight. The Camp has got a canteen operating from 7:30am to midnight and for the case of meals it would be important to place an order one hour in advance. Kanyanchu River Camp also has a sky tree house that accommodates two people and connecting to this tree house last about 10minutes from the main camp.
Sebitoli Camping Ground
Sebitoli Camping ground is positioned in the northern section of the park and offers overnight stay for Uganda safari undertakers on chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kibale National Park. The Camp has 11 bed capacity and the rooms have inbuilt showers that provide cold water and hot water on request. The Sebitoli camp has no electricity and the establishment has got a fair selection of foods.
Safari Hotel Bigodi
Safari Hotel Bigodi is an ideal place for campers and backpackers. Positioned in the lush country side along the Bigodi – Kamwengye road, Safari Hotel Bigodi features single, double rooms and a vast camping ground not forgetting four Bandas. The Hotel also has meal arrangement. It features a laundry service at affordable prices, camp fire and hot showers along with pit latrines.
Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp
The Nyinabulitwa resort and Safari Camp is located approximately 20km from Fort Portal which is the biggest town in the area. The resort offers luxury accommodation arrangement in its cottages and a budget arrangement for camping travellers on Uganda safaris and tours. The Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp feature modern facilities, solar powered electricity and a restaurant. The impressive Kitchen prepares organic foodstuffs that are locally grown. It also has meat roasting provision for guests.
Crater Valley Kibale (CVK) Lakeside Resort
Crater Valley Kibale Lake Resort is positioned 21km from Fort Portal along the road to Kibale National Park. It offers impressive budget accommodation arrangement to travellers on Uganda safari tours. The Lake Side Resort is perched on the shores of Lake Nyabikere literally translated as a lake of frogs one of the crater chains in the Ndali – Kasenda crater field. The entire rooms feature double, single and a guesthouse with inbuilt facilities. The Crater Valley Kibale Resort has the following amenities;
Facilities at CVK Resort.
• Conference Hall
• Running tap water
• Modern flush toilets.
• Food & drinks.
• Visitors only kitchen
• Modern standing showers.
• Fire places
• All weather accessibility to lodge
• Secure parking
• Swimming in bilharzia-free lake water
Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve
Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve is located at 18km on Rwaihamba road. The accommodation is provided in thatched Bandas and self-camping provision. The Bandas are lit with solar power and can take guests from two to five per night. There is 24 hour surveillance camera and the reserve also features a restaurant and a pit latrine housed in a local hut.
Rwenzori View Guesthouse
Named after the magical mountains of the moon that lies in close range, Rwenzori guesthouse is conveniently placed in Boma one of the impressive suburbs of Fort Portal town. The Rwenzori guest house is within a walk able distance from the town center, local market and the post office. The accommodation establishment offers budget overnight stay to travellers on safaris and tours in Uganda. The Ruwenzori guest house also offers Wi-Fi to the guests. The accommodation is provided in six self-contained rooms and one self-contained family room. The entire rooms feature cozy beds and own bathroom while solar heaters ensure the supply of hot water. There is an emergency lighting to stop the guests from going into the dark. Rwenzori guest house also feature impressive verandah and a lush garden not forgetting a lounge that features craft items locally made for sale.
Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1952 and it is Uganda’s largest national park. Located in the north west of Uganda at the tip of the western rift valley also known as the Albertine rift, Murchison Falls National Park is in a distance of 311km about 5 hours’ surface drive from the city of Kampala. The national Park covers a surface landscape of 3,440km2 while the wider Murchison Conservation Area which embeds Karuma and Bugungu wildlife reserves combine to cover 5,308km2. . The Murchison Falls National Park is closer to Masindi town 85km about 2- 3 hours’ of surface drive. The Park is bisected by the River Nile which is the longest river in the world as it makes its way from Lake Victoria to Mediterranean Sea leaving a natural wonder famously known as Murchison falls which is the most powerful waterfall in the whole world. The feature derives its nomenclature after Sir Roderick Murchison who was the president of the Royal geographical society at the time of its discovery by Sir Samuel Baker. This feature is among the hotspots in Murchison National Park thus should not be missed while on safari in Uganda as it squeezes its self to make the way through an 8m ravine before plummeting 43m Read More About Murchison Falls Park
First established as Kazinga National Park in 1952, Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in the west of Uganda nearing the Rwenzori Mountains with snowcapped peaks towering at 5,109m above sea level. The National Park of Queen Elizabeth covers a cross section of the western rift valley floor stretching for1, 978km2 land coverage. Queen Elizabeth National Park is currently the most visited park in Uganda and is listed as a world biosphere reserve. It has rich biodiversity concentration with 95 species of mammals, 600 species of birds which makes it the first in Uganda regarding the bird populations, ten (10) species of primate and 20 predator species. Queen Elizabeth is also a habitat for the tree climbing lions dwelling in its sector of Ishasha, the famous Kazinga channel stretching to 45km long connecting Lake Edward and Lake George, the amazing Kyambura gorge with counts of Chimpanzees not forgetting the range of explosion craters some of which are salty lakes while others contain sulphur. This conglomerate to make Queen Elizabeth National Park an ideal destination that can be encountered while on safari in Uganda. Read More About Queen Elizabeth Park
Located in the south west of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park stretches for 321km2 at an altitude of 1,160 – 2,607 m above sea level. The area is among the East African areas with largest tract of Afromontane forest which existed since the pre historic era and endured through the last ice age forming the ground for great biodiversity concentration with highest number of trees in relation to other areas of its altitude stature. The park has enormous numbers of butterfly species some of which are endemic to the park and it is also holding great concentrations of mammal numbers. Containing about 400 out of 880 mountain gorillas that apparently thrive in the wilderness with none existing in captivity, the impenetrable forest of Bwindi holds the mantle as a great gorilla trekking safari destination. Surrounded by high population density with great agricultural attachment, it’s very interesting that Bwindi still has great biodiversity concentration including; 163 species of trees, 104 species of fern alongside other taxa. 16 species of trees are restricted to the Uganda’s south western region including Lavoa swynnertonii which is globally threatened. Read More About Bwindi Impenetrable Park
Gazetted in 1991, the park covers an area of 33.7 Sq.km making it Uganda’s smallest national park. It is a second refigium of the endangered mountain gorillas after Bwindi. It is also known for its golden monkey. The park has a strong cultural attachment to the pygmy community that inhabits the area. It has three conical features of extinct volcanoes which is part of the spectacular Virunga area. It shares boundaries with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mgahinga is located about 15 kilometers, by road, south of the town of Kisoro and approximately 55 kilometers, by road, west of Kabale, the largest city in the sub-region. The entire park is located in Bufumbira County, Kisoro District the extreme south western corner of Uganda thus among the secluded destinations that a traveler can visit while on Uganda Safari. Read More About Mgahinga Gorilla Park
Kibale National Park is found in Western Uganda sharing the districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge, approximately 320 kilometers, by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. Fort Portal in Kabarole District is the nearest large city to the national park. It covers an area of about 795Sq.km and it one of the last surviving tropical forests in Uganda with over 351 tree species some of which are 200 years old and over 55m tall, 70 mammal species, 13 primate species including chimpanzee and over 375 species of birds. The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged Forest Reserve. The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park creating a 180 km wildlife corridor. It is a significant eco-tourism and safari destination, well known for its populace of habituated chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates. It also acts as the location of the Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS). The park is surrounded by two major tribes, the Batooro and Bakiga who rely on the park for food, fuel, and other resources with the assistance of the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Read More About Kibale Forest Park
Traditionally, two brothers settled on the land that the park currently occupies. These were Mburo and Kigarama. One night, Kigarama dreamt of an area flooding and cautioned his intimate brother to relocate from the area. His brother (Mburo) disregarded the dream and refused to relocate to the adjacent hills like what Kigarama had done. Unfortunately, the dream came true and Mburo was drowned by mass floods the filled the valley to form the lake that was later named Lake Mburo while the adjacent hill was named Kigarama in reference to these two brothers. Before the gazettion of Lake Mburo as National park, the place acted as royal grazing area for king of Ankole vis-à-vis other Bahima pastoralists who refer the area to “Nshara – ensinungyi erikwera”. Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in Western Uganda. The park is situated about 30 kilometers, by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometers, by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. At 260 square kilometers, the park is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more Read More About Lake Mburo National Park
The fabled mountains of the moon as described by Ptolemy in 150AD present the most exciting treasure that a visitor on a Uganda Safari would live to remember in his journey memoir. Gazetted as a national park in 1991 covering an area of about 996 Sq.km, received a designation status by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its outstanding natural beauty with Margarita peak standing over 5,109m above sea level and without forgetting its coverage by snow throughout the year despite its closeness to the world latitude (Equator) makes it an attraction worth of encountering. Being a mountain range, it was once described as one of the challenging mountains to climb in the Africa travel magazine. The glaciers like Nyamwamba add spice to its scenic view and the park status assures the wild life of their safety making it their closest habitat. The park shelters 70 mammal species, 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation that differ in its five zones including; montane forest zone, bamboo forest zone, tree heath vegetation zone and Afro-alpine moorland zone. Read More About Rwenzori National Park
Kidepo National Park is positioned in the north western part of Uganda in Kaboong district 220km north West of Moroto the biggest town in the sub region and 700 km from Kampala – the Uganda’s capital city. Kidepo National Park was established in 1962 and it covers 1,442km2 of land surface providing habitat to 77 mammal species along with 475 bird species which makes the second in ranking after Queen Elizabeth National Park. Interestingly to note is that 60 of these bird species are endemic to Kidepo on Ugandan standards. Besides Birds, Kidepo also contain 5 primate species including the including the localized patas monkeys; 20 predator species which include the Kidepo endemics such as the aardwolf, bat eared fox, black-backed jackal, caracal and cheetah. Kidepo National Park has 12 species of Antelope which include the Kidepo endemics namely; lesser kudu, greater kudu, mountain reedbuck and Guenther’s dik-dik. Other wildlife also exist in the park including; elephant, lions, buffaloes, lions, bush duiker, leopard among other wildlife. Formerly, the area where Kidepo National Park belonged to Dodoth pastoralists and indigenous Karimojong who practiced cultivation before the establishment of wildlife reserve in 1958 to ensure the protection of wild animals from poaching. The park is the most remote of all Uganda National Parks which Read More About Kidepo Valley Park
The park covers an area of over 1,121 Sq.km with the fourth tall mountain in East Africa which was the once the highest mountain in Africa far from Kilimanjaro but only to be reduced to 4,321m due to denudation forces. With the last eruption occurring 24 Million years ago, Mt. Elgon can be considered oldest and largest solitary volcano not only in Uganda but East Africa in general. It houses one of the world’s intact largest caldera stretching to over 42Sq.km supported by 4,000 Sq. km base which is the largest volcanic base in the whole world.It was first gazetted as a Forest Reserve in 1929 and in 1940 the area became the Mt. Elgon Crown Forest while in 1951 it became a Central Forest Reserve. Due to encroachment by the Benet-Ndorobo people, the government alloweda 6000 hectare portion of the Reserve for settlement in 1983 though more 1500 hectares were settled illegally and in 1993 the area received a national park status thus can currently be incorporated in your itinerary while planning your Safari to Uganda. Read More About Mount Elgon Park
Semuliki National Park Uganda is located in Bwamba County, a remote part of the Bundibugyo District in western part of Uganda. Semliki National Park was recognized as a Uganda safari destination national park in the month of October 1993, and it happens to be one of smallest and newest national parks. Semuliki National Park lies on border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park boarders Semuliki park Uganda on the south-eastern part and Lake Albert on the northern extreme. The park is found within the Albertine Rift and in the western arm of the East African Rift. It is lying on a gently flat land escape which ranges from 670 to 760 m (2,200 to 2,490 Ft.) above sea level. Historically from year 1932 to year 1993 when this Uganda safari park was gazzetted, the area current occupied by Semuliki National Park was protected and managed as a forest reserve by the colonial government before being taken over by the Ugandan government’s Forest Department. It created and gazzetted into a national park by the Ugandan government in October 1993 and the main aim was to protect the forests as an integral part of the protected areas of the Western Rift Valley. The park receives an estimated average rainfall of 1,250 mm (49 in) with its rainy season being from the month of May and from September to December. During this rainy season various areas in the park are un accessible due to the floods and the temperatures at the park keep changing from 18 degrees to 30 degrees. Semiliki National Park is located in the boarders of the two rivers i.e. Semuliki and Lamia rivers, These Rivers are have for so long acted as watering places for the various fauna and flora in the park.