Why We Like This Lodge
Exquisite location: Nestled under the tranquil forest canopy on Kibale Forest's southern border and only a ten-minute drive from the start of the chimpanzee trail, this camp is a fantastic base for chimpanzee trekking.
Wonderful wildlife: Relax on your private veranda as the colobus monkeys, butterflies, and birds all visit the surrounding lush green gardens.
Affordable: Kibale Forest Camp allows you to fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle without spending a fortune.
Activities: Alongside chimpanzee trekking, Kibale Forest Camp offers visits to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, hiking in the crater lakes region, visits to local communities and tea plantations, and a children's forest walk and games for those that are too young for the chimp trekking.
Kibale Forest Camp offers budget and mid-range accommodation.
If you're looking for a lower-priced option, they have seven tents on offer, sharing a communal shower and toilet block.
The tents are a pleasant stay and include comfortable beds with mosquito nets and charging points for your electronics.
However, if you fancy a little more luxury, staying in one of ten traditional en-suite safari tents with hardwood floors, twin or double beds, and a shaded private veranda where you can relax with a wonderful view of the garden is a great choice.
Listen to the chimpanzee's distant hoots and calls while you enjoy evening sundowners in the open restaurant and bar overlooking the evergreen forest.
The restaurant serves a blend of international and local dishes, and a real highlight is their freshly brewed Ugandan tea and coffee, which can be delivered straight to your tent, ready for when you wake up.
Meals follow a set menu due to difficulty of obtaining food locally, and most of the produce is brought in from Kampala daily.
However, Kibale Forest Camp can cater to any dietary requirements and preferences when made aware ahead of time.
There are several activities in Kibale Forest National Park to suit all interests. Kibale is one of East Africa's main chimpanzee trekking destinations and boasts a 95% chance of encountering these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat.
The lodge is conveniently positioned next to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a birdwatcher's haven and home to approximately 140 species. Exploring the swamp on wooden walkways, you will have a good chance of spotting some rare birds, including the blue turaco, so make sure you have a good set of binoculars.
If you love hiking, you can trek around ancient crater lakes or walk to the beautiful Mahoma falls. Local community and tea plantation visits are also popular activities.
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