Why We Like This Lodge
Wonderful Location: Tucked away in the Budongo Forest Reserve in Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge is perfectly situated for some well-earned respite. Secluded cabins underneath the canopy of old mahogany trees make you feel like you are the only ones there, allowing you to unwind completely.
Activities: Don’t mistake quiet for boring though, Budongo Eco Lodge offers many exciting activities. You can trek through the thick forest undergrowth to see the chimpanzees who habituate the forest or head out on a game drive across dry savannah grasslands and even take a cruise down the Nile River.
Low environmental impact: Built with sustainability in mind and local materials, Budongo Eco Lodge easily blends in with its natural forest surroundings, without creating long-lasting damage.
Birdwatchers Haven: Private verandas with exquisite views of the forest are perfect for quietly observing the various bird species present in the woods, so make sure you have your binoculars ready, as you’re unlikely to be disappointed.
Rich History: Budongo Eco Lodge was originally a base for the renowned chimpanzee conservationist, Jane Goodall and her institute. The lodge has many fossils from the forest on display, which provide interesting context on the roots of the forest.
Blending with their natural surroundings, Budongo Eco Lodge offers five cosy cabins with private verandas, en-suite bathrooms, and fully equipped with shower, washbasin and composting toilets.
These cabins are perfect for those who value seclusion and a quiet atmosphere.
For larger groups, there are 4 dormitory-style rooms, with comfortable bunk beds, mosquito nets and shared bathroom facilities are an excellent choice too.
These are also great for those looking to stay on a budget, as they are the more affordable option.
Budongo Eco Lodge has an excellent restaurant, serving a variety of international and local dishes.
Guests can sit on the veranda where they will be immersed in the rainforest's magical sounds, and if they choose, they can also enjoy freshly brewed Ugandan coffee, which the lodge takes pride in serving every day.
Budongo Eco Lodge also has a visitors centre showcasing old fossils, local artefacts and old poaching relics. The centre is a great place to learn about the mysterious rain forest's secrets or relax in the comfortable lounge area.
There is also a small curio shop where you can buy local crafts.
Budongo Eco Lodge is the best of both world; you don't have to choose between experiencing the savannah or forest. It is perfectly situated to enjoy both.
You can either trek through the forest observing the chimpanzees in their natural habitat or head out on a game drive across the vast savannah grasslands in search of the big five, or even feel the pure magnificence of Murchison Falls with a river cruise or hike in the surrounding area.
Our Most Popular Uganda Trips
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Chimpanzee & Gorilla Fly-In Safari
Combine chimp trekking in Kibale Forest with mountain gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A well-paced highlights tour unlocking some of Uganda's most impressive experiences. Consider breaking up the journey from Kibale to Bwindi with a classic safari at…
- 7 Days
Classic Gorilla Fly-In Safari
If you had the chance to trek through lush forests; to stand metres away from a family of Mountain Gorillas - deep in the heart of Central Africa - would you take it? This 4-day adventure works great as a…
- 4 Days
Gorilla Treks & Lake Retreats
Combine gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with beautiful lakeside retreats at Lake Mutanda. Tough treks and primate encounters paired with idyllic, calming lakes and oases make for an unforgettable experience in this remote pocket of Uganda.…
- 6 Days
Climbing Margherita Peak
Mt. Stanley's Margherita Peak, at 5,109 metres, is the highest point in Uganda and the third-highest point in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This 10-day trip includes 8 days on the mountain, summiting Margherita Peak on day 6.…
- 8 Days
Introduction to the Rwenzoris
The forested slopes, clouded valleys, and snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains call out for exploration. Combine this perfect introductory trek with other destinations in the southwest to create a magical Ugandan…
- 5 Days
Lakeside Retreats, Safaris & Adrenaline Activities
Light adventuring and charming safaris in Lake Mburo National Park coupled with lakeside retreats and days of reflection and exploration around Lake Mutanda. Close out the trip with a few days canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more in Jinja, Uganda's…
- 12 Days
Luxury Gorilla Fly-in Safari
Board a Cessna light aircraft and head into the southwestern pocket of Uganda. Trek through the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the mountain gorillas. Retreat to luxury lodges for sundowners and delicious food. Hard days, soft…
- 4 Days
Luxury Northern Explorer
Beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a undercurrent of the wild vastness of central Africa that lies just beyond the borders, the north of Uganda beckons adventurers who dream of exploring the frontiers. It's proper adventuring, but luxury lodges mean you…
- 9 Days
Luxury Safari and Gorilla Habituation
Spend 4 hours in the company of a gorilla family by joining the habituation trek. Combined with a luxury safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park, this trip offers truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife…
- 7 Days
Murchison and Kibale Driving Safari
Discover the exceptional bio-diversity of Uganda by combining the beautiful savannah grasslands of Murchison Falls National Park with chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale National Park. Connect the dots with epic road trips looping through northwestern Uganda.…
- 7 Days
Safaris & Gorillas of Uganda
Combine safaris in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with a 4 day gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Top and tail with overnights in the bustling capital of Kampala.…
- 12 Days
Snow Capped Peaks & Mountain Gorillas
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains where forests morph into ice-clad mountain peaks, cut through jungle thickets to hang out with mountain gorillas, and finish your trip relaxing lakeside amongst the staggering beauty of Lake Mutanda. This is Uganda.…
- 15 Days
The Very Best of Uganda
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
- 20 Days
Uganda's Epic Southwest
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
The full western circuit complete with luxury lodges, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, and the best safaris Uganda has to offer. Close out your adventure with kayaking and canoeing on the rapids of the river Nile.…
- 16 Days
Ultimate Gorilla Experience
Two visits to the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, moving through the forest along the most awesome trekking routes, and staying the night at the best lodges and exclusive camps in the park. This is Uganda gorilla trekking at…
- 5 Days
Volcanoes, Gorillas and Great Lakes
Travel to the farthest corners of Uganda where towering volcanoes mark the border between the thick jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the untamed vastness of central Africa. After trekking the gorillas in Mgahinga, head inland for a couple…
- 6 Days