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Chimpanzee Forest Lodge

We are Chimpanzee Forest Lodge

‘Where wildlife meets the good life!’

Located at the edge of Kibale National Park only 22 Km from Fort Portal on the Kamwenge Road. Simply follow the signposts! Chimpanzee Forest Lodge sits on well-manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, pasture, and indigenous forest. Enjoy beautiful panoramic vistas of Kibale National Park, ancient crater lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountains. Chimpanzee Forest Lodge was formerly a residence of the British district commissioner in the 1950s, during Uganda’s colonial period, and was innovated and turned into a Guest House in 2003, it has been wonderfully cared for and maintained ever since.

Our Iconic Guided Attractions

FROM CHIMPANZEE FOREST LODGE

A walk that takes between 1 -2 hrs. mainly walking through the tea fields and interacting with the locals while they harvest tea and care at the nursery beds. It’s a very special experience where the locals try to teach and explain the whole process of growing and harvesting tea. You also learn about different types of tea and their gestation period. On request, our guides can organize a visit to a nearby tea factory (if it’s the right day for visitors to the factory)

It is an interesting activity that may take you around to 2-3 hrs from Chimpanzee Forest Lodge and walk around the three crater lakes to point out spots for birds. There are so many beautiful species of birds around these areas including water birds too. For example, black-and-white-casqued hornbills, crowned hornbills, malachite kingfishers, woodland kingfishers, blue breasted giant kingfishers, turacos, robin charts, and many more species.

A walk that is so amazing which could take u about 2-3hrs, walking through the community, getting a chance to interact with the locals in the area as you proceed to the three crater lakes, namely: L.Nyabikere, L.Nyinabulitwa, and Nyamirima while our trained and well-informed guides explain the history and background of the craters and how important they are to the community. It also allows you to take amazing Photo shots…

Why book with Chimpanzee Forest Lodge

We offer accommodation in beautifully furnished self-contained cottages (Bandas) with a panoramic view of Kibale Forest National Park and the surrounding Tea plantations. We also offer accommodation in a large ancient colonial house, which was formerly home to the British commissioner in the 1950s. It is well furnished with two self-contained rooms in a colonial setting with beautiful views of Kibale Forest National Park, the Tea plantation, and the crater lake. Enjoy hot showers in western-style bathrooms.

About Chimpanzee Forest Lodge

Chimpanzee Forest Lodge was formerly a residence of the British district commissioner in the 1950s, during Uganda’s colonial period, and was innovated and turned into a Guest House in 2003, it has been wonderfully cared for and maintained ever since. Guests can relax in a comfortably furnished lounge which features an excellent collection of colonial African literature dating back to the 1800s…

ROOMS

Chimpanzee Forest Lodge offers accommodation in beautifully furnished self-contained cottages (Bandas) with a panoramic view of Kibale Forest National park and the surrounding Tea plantations. We also offer accommodation in a large ancient colonial house, which was formerly home to the British commissioner in the 1950s. It is well furnished with two self-contained rooms in a colonial setting with beautiful views of Kibale national park, the Tea plantation, and the crater lake. Enjoy hot showers in western-style bathrooms

ambi s
ambi s
2024-02-04
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Room for improvement My wife and I stayed at this property one night and were received very warmly by Nicholas the manager. However, everything else was really average! Wifi was dodgy, food options for vegetarians was limited, and the restaurant staff were very keen to remove your plates before you were finished with your meal!
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Odyssey67317834294
2023-11-15
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Chimpanzee Forest lodge Very nice located. Up in a hill with a View to a crater lake. Very friendly staff. Nice garden. We did a hike through Tea Plantage and visited a crater lake and could See how to make Coffee. We would come again! Manager Nicolas was very helpful and Kind.
Tim B
Tim B
2023-10-24
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A Great Campers' Retreat with a Lovely Restaurant We arrived here spontaneously in the off-season and were pleasantly surprised. Finding a fantastic spot for our rooftop tent was a breeze. The camping facilities were basic but functional. The restaurant and the food were delightful, offering a great view of the valley and the stunning landscape. There were comfortable chairs to relax in as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here as campers. What made it even better was the exceptionally helpful, efficient, and friendly staff. This place is a fantastic choice for campers looking for a lovely restaurant.
4dchops
4dchops
2023-10-15
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Super place to stay We were here for 2 nights on our tour of Uganda to of course take part in the Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest. It was a beautiful setting over looking the forest valley. It was nice to wander the gardens and watch all the different birds and see the tea and pineapples growing. We were in a room in the main house which was well appointed with its own bathroom. The beds were comfy and had mosi-nets. It dated back to when it was a British tea plantation owners house a few decades ago and felt a bit like staying in your grandmas house but in a nice familiar way. The shower was a bit hit and miss - hot water took ages and then came and went and it smelt of the ancient pipes but it was enough to get us clean. The staff were super lovely and the food (served over in the separate dining area) was really tasty with good choice of main meal and breakfast options (we were even asked if we wanted soft medium or firm scrambled eggs!)
Mandy G
Mandy G
2023-10-13
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Nice place, but left with a sour taste Stayed here as part of a tour with another couple. We were in a very nice cabin up the hill (muddy walk up unfortunately) but lovely. Views and grounds were beautiful and food very decent indeed The only sour taste was that we had specifically arranged in advance for power / generator overnight because one of our party had sleep apnea and needed a machine to breathe. No mention that this would be an issue. We reminded them when we got there, still no problem. In the morning when we got up, we were asked to hand over $50.00 US “to run the generator”. As this was the only place in the whole of Uganda or Kenya or South Africa that this happened, it seems like opportunistic ripping off of the stupid tourists to me. I wouldn’t go back there despite the good things, because it felt like we were being exploited, because they could. A bit disappointing.
Vera D
Vera D
2023-10-01
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Heel mooie lodge! Mooie lodge met aparte cottages, wij hadden er één met 2 grote bedden en een badkamer met ruime douche en een mooi terras. WiFi in de gemeenschappelijke ruimte. Van in het restaurant zicht op het meer. Eten heel lekker en verzorgd. De uitbaters hebben ook 2 lieve honden die graag even goeiedag komen zeggen. Tip: misschien iets voorzien op terras om de kledij te drogen.. wij waren kletsnat na de chimpansee tracking en de kledij droogt niet zo goed. Personeel heel vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Ik was mijn handtas vergeten bij het avondeten en s ochtends kwamen ze die meteen brengen!
Victor R
Victor R
2023-09-26
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Comfortable Lodge with Great Service and Stunning View Wife and I stayed here during a six-day trip in Uganda. We stayed the night before embarking on a chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Park, and we loved our stay. The bed was comfortable, the room was well-appointed, and was situated with an absolutely breathtaking view of Kibale National Park below. The food in the restaurant was tasty, and the service was impeccable. Everybody we met on staff was so friendly and helpful as well. There are a couple of dogs on the premises, and they are so cute, sweet, and playful! We got to pet and snuggle one of them, which was so nice because we missed our own pups at home! What a fantastic lodge to stay in if you're in this part of Uganda!
75019Bitte
75019Bitte
2023-09-24
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Lodge with a beautiful garden and a great viw We stayed at the lodge for 2 days during our fantastic safari to Uganda. We were welcomed by really friendly people, got cold juice and a towel. The lodge is placed in the middle of a huge, well maintained and beautiful garden. The garden has a big number of flowers, trees and birds - really nice. The view over the Forrest and a nearby lake is extraordinary and makes you reflect. The rooms are great, spacious and with a nice bathroom having hot water. The restaurant is open and with the great view over the area. The food was delicious, well prepared and served by friendly staff. We really enjoyed our stay.
Philip
Philip
2023-09-21
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Lodge surrounded by stunning views Beautiful lodge with the most outstanding views and very convenient to see the chimps in Kibale National Park. All the staff were charming and attentive and the food was very good. The reason that I didn’t give it 5 stars was that in all the other lodges we stayed in coffee and tea was freely available at all times and water was also served as a matter of routine at all meals which was not done here. Having said that everything else here was excellent.
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_Zsuz_123
2023-09-08
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Great lodge This was my favourite lodge on our trip. I wish we stayed longer than a night. The huts are spacious and comfortable. There are mosquito nets. The garden is beautifully kept. The staff is friendly and helpful. You can book a nature walk with a guide for 15 USD pp. The tour takes you to the volcanic lakes and around the community, we saw a few monkeys on the way. We enjoyed the food. If you are vegan, don’t worry, the chef even presented us with different options to choose from. The portions are huge as always in Uganda.
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