Budongo Eco Lodge
Dormitory The Bar
The Bar

Budongo Eco Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Budongo Central Forest Reserve, within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge is one of the undiscovered pearls of Uganda.

Being the habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees and 8 other species of primates, Budongo Forest has one of the largestcommunities of chimps in the country. It is also home to rare forest bird species, such as the Puvel’s Illadopses, which is endemic to this region. Moreover, Budongo Reserve is the largest remaining Mahogany forest in East Africa, with impressive trees growing up to 80 meters. With a network of 115 km of trails, this unexplored areaoffers you great excitement and adventure!

The Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site, which was first managed by the Jane Goodall Institute, was taken over in August 2009 and changed its name to Budongo Eco Lodge under the management of Uganda Lodges. Together with the National Forest Authority (NFA) we have made it our task to develop this relatively unknown tourism site and to protect the forest reserve with its unique species of primates, birds and plants.





  • 5 eco-cabins with private bathroom and veranda
  • 4 mixed dormitory rooms, each with 2 double-deckers and shared washing facilities



  • Terrace restaurant
  • Visitor’s centre with craft shop
  • A well stocked bar
  • Spacious lounge area
  • Parking available


Other amenities include a small library as well as free Wi-Fi in the public areas.

Activities include Chimpanzee tracking, Chimpanzee habituation, birding tours, regular guided nature walk or make an unforgettable chimp tracking and watch our cousins from a close distance an exciting African jungle experience. The lounge/bar/restaurant is the perfect place for a refreshing drink or meal before or after your forest activities. Moreover, a stay at Budongo Eco Lodge can easily be combined with a visit to the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park.

Need to Know

Check In / Check Out Times:

  • Check In:    02:00 PM
  • Check Out: 10:00 AM


Dietary Requirements:

Please inform us in advance about any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to supply this.


Drinking water:

It is not recommendable to drink water from the tap. Bottled mineral water is available for sale at the visitor’s centre, as are sodas, beer, tea and coffee.


What to bring:

  • Casual light clothing (T-shirts, shorts, sleeveless blouses, jeans etc.)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Long-sleeved sweater or jacket for the cooler evenings and mosquitoes
  • Sandals
  • Cap/hat
  • Sun lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch
  • Binoculars



The camp is not responsible for valuables kept in the rooms. Personal items of value can be stored at the reception in the visitor’s centre.


Power supply:

The main lodge and rooms are equipped with solar powered electricity. However, due to the environment, the solar system may not charge as expected. In this case kerosene lanterns are provided at the reception. We kindly request you to use the power in an eco-responsible way and turn off the lights when leaving the room.



Cameras and mobiles can be charged at the reception in the visitor’s centre.


House keeping:

As part of our services, your room will be cleaned every day. For conservation purposes, bed sheets and towels are only changed upon request. If you would like to receive fresh towels, please leave the used ones on the bathroom floor.


Environmental commitment:

We seek to minimize the impact on the environment. Nothing is left in the nature other than our footprints. Nothing is taken from the nature other than memories. Even in a rainforest, water is a precious commodity, so please use water sparingly. We kindly ask you for your support by respecting our valued guidelines.


Community tourism:

The local community is greatly involved in the running of the lodge, including employment, the sale of handcrafts and the provision of fresh vegetables and fruits from their gardens.



Children below 15 years of age are not allowed on chimpanzee tracking & chimp habituation excursions.


Further enquiries:

Feel free to contact us for any additionally required information.

Just send an e-mail to: info@ugandalodges.com



  •  Cultural encounters with the Booma women's groups

Energetic dancers from Mubako perform around lodge campfires, making for a
magical African experience at dusk. Boomu Women's Group offers accommodation, a
craft shop and village tours, revealing the realities of life in this rural community the
wide range of animals in the Nile Valley.



  •  Launch Trip

The launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and
culminates with the memorable frontal view of the Falls. Recommended for birders is
a morning cruise downstream to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta. Alternatively, a tranquil
sundowner cruise offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the



  • Hiking and Nature walks

The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the
surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot. Trails through Kaniyo Pabidi
and Rabongo Forests provide sightings of many primates and birds, while around the
Nile Delta, 2-4 hour guided swamp walks offer possible Shoebill sightings.


  • Game Drives

A game drive around the Buligi game tracks on the northern bank with a trained
ranger guide is a fantastic way to see and photograph.



  • Sport fishing

The banks of the Nile below Murchison Falls provide exciting challenges to anglers.
Living within strong currents and highly oxygenated water is the Nile perch. There is
the chance to land a massive catch - the record is 108kg!

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Situated in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve, the southern part of Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge provides excellent and pocket friendly accommodation in the midst of one of the largest and most beautiful rain-forest locations in Uganda whose incredible biodiversity includes 9 different species of primates, 360 species of birds, over 290 different types of butterflies and some of the oldest trees in Uganda; all within utterly easy access of available forest activities – an exciting jungle experience guaranteed for lasting memories!


Security and Wildlife:

  • Please note that Budongo Eco Lodge is situated in a wildlife habitat. We therefore kindly request you to leave your doors closed after entering or leaving your room.
  • Please do not bring food into the rooms as it might attract ants or other animals.
  • Please notify one of our staff members to accompany you when leaving or returning to your room after dusk.

NOTE: The age limit for chimpanzee tracking is 15 years; fitness is not a major setback as the area covered is on a gentle slope.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

  • Chimpanzee tracking

The forest is the habitat of an estimated 540 wild chimpanzees of which an 80-head strong community of habituated chimps can be visited by tourists. Also other primates are likely to be seen such as the black-and-white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and baboons.

  • Chimpanzee Habituation

A unique experience that allows you to follow the chimps and help them getting used to
human presence. You will spend a full day in the forest and learn about their behaviour
and individual characteristics.

Chimpanzee habituation is not available during peak season months July, August & September.


  • Forest Walks

Budongo hosts a well developed network of forest trails and area is home to a rich
variety of tree species, plants, butterflies and mammals.


  • Bird Watching

With 359 species Budongo Forest Reserve is famous for its biodiversity in birds,
including the rare Puvel’s Illadopses which is endemic to Budongo Forest.


  • Restaurant

The restaurant is found in a beautiful natural setting and invites guests to relax and enjoy the sounds of the forest. While getting prepared for your activity, have a cold soda, hot snack or one of our delicious chocolate brownies. Taste our excellent fresh-brewed Ugandan coffee or have dinner in the warm light of the candles at night. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional and international meals that will be served outside on the terrace, while enjoying the magical forest that encloses the lodge.


  • Visitor’s Centre

The main reception area is located in the visitor’s centre. This area, with its large soft couches in a rustic environment, is an ideal place to relax and read a book. The visitor’s centre also displays a selection of different animal skeletons, fossils and snares that were found in the forest, used by poachers. In addition, detailed information about Budongo Forest Reserve and its habitants is provided to help its visitors to interpret the forest’s secrets and understand its complex eco-system.

Visitor’s Centre Budongo Eco Lodge Budongo Eco Lodge also makes a perfect lunch stopover when you are on your way to the northern part of the park, returning to Kampala or visiting the forest for chimp tracking, birding or any of the other activities.


  • Craft Shop

Adjacent to the reception area is Budongo’s Craft Shop, offering a small yet excellent selection of Uganda’s crafts and gifts. The products vary from handmade postcards and paper-beaded necklaces to guidebooks, handwoven baskets and papercraft notebooks. The handcrafts are made by local women using natural materials with simple and colourful designs.


  • 5 Eco-Cabins

Tucked away in the pristine forest, the five intimate cabins are perfectly blending with the natural environment. They are connected by well maintained walking paths and constructed with traditional materials for a low environmental impact. Each cabin has a private deck that overlooks the surrounding forest and its rich (bird)life. The rooms are spacious and bright, with large twin or double beds and a sitting area. En suite is a fully equipped bathroom with a wash table, shower and separate composting toilet.


  • 4 Dormitory rooms

For larger groups, Budongo Eco Lodge offers four comfortable dormitory rooms, each with two double-deckers. The bunk beds are provided with a mosquito net. Adjacent to the dormitory rooms is a common shower and toilet block with hot and cold running water.


Budongo Eco Lodge was voted the Best Eco Resort in the 2015 Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards.



Combine Forest Activities with 1 or more nights at Budongo Eco Lodge and get a 10% Discount on the total cost.


LOW SEASON: 1st March – 31st May and 1st November – 15th December 

HIGH SEASON: 1st January – 28th February, 1st June – 31th October and 15th – 31st December


Average StayAverage Stay

2 - 3 nights

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children below 3 years stay free of charge.

Children aged 3-12 years pay 50% of the adult rate when sharing room with either 1/ 2 adults.


Children below 15 years of age are not allowed on chimpanzee tracking & chimp habituation excursions.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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