Primate Lodge Kibale
Luxury Cottage Luxury Cottage Bathroom
Luxury Cottage
Luxury Cottage Bathroom

Primate Lodge Kibale

Come and experience the world's renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Kibale Rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primates’ paradise which is home to over 13 different species of primates and numerous other mammals, butterflies and birds.

Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation, really, two of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet.




Summary of accomodation options:

  • ›9 new Luxury Cottages with en suite facilities
  • ›6 spacious Standard Cottages with en suite facilities
  • ›1 Elevated Banda with en suite facilities
  • ›1 Remote Sky Tree House for the adventurous travellers (not self-contained)



Primate Lodge Kibale is situated at the Kanyanchu Visitors' Centre in Kibale Forest National Park. A birder's paradise, it is home to no fewer than 13 species of primates including the unique chimpanzees, and the forest elephant – a smaller, hairier ‘cousin’ of the savannah elephant.

Other lodge amenities include a spacious dining terrace, a well-stocked bar, complimentary room service, a secluded lounge area with a small library, an evening camp fire, laundry service (at a small fee) as well as free WiFi in the public areas. Primate Lodge Kibale welcomes you to experience the amazing wonders of the African jungle, the greatest variety and concentration of primate species found anywhere in Africa as well as excellent food by our chef ‘Bos’ and the warmest service and hospitality from our friendly staff – we assure you an all rounded memorable accommodation experience.

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.


Meal Times, Menu and Service:

1. Lodge Restaurant Menu: International with local flavour

Service: Table d’hote
 Breakfast: 06:00 AM to 09:30 AM
 Lunch:      12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

2. Take Away restaurant Menu:  International with local flavour

Service: A la carte
Opening times: 07:00 AM to 05.00 PM
 Dinner:         06:30 PM to 09:30 PM


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:



Activities in Kibale Forest National Park include:
 Chimp Tracking
 Primate & Forest Walk
 Nocturnal Walk
 Chimpanzee Habituation Project
 Birding

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

 Visit to the Crater Lakes area
 Bigodi Swamp
 Village Walks
 Hikes at the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains
 Visit to tea estates


 Spacious restaurants with local and international dishes
 Well-stocked bar
 Comfortable lounge
 Camp fire area
 Craft shop
 Free Wi- Fi access in public areas
 Parking available

 ›A secluded well maintained campsite and adjacent our restaurant



  • The 9 Luxury Cottages

Lined along a contour, deep in the middle of the forest and secluded for maximum privacy, our 9 Luxury Cottages are absolutely resplendent in warm glows and soft shades emanating from the surrounding forest and the trickling tropical sun rays. Constructed of local brick and grass thatched for an authentic African feel, their full length/full width sliding glass door frontage allows for amazing views of the forest flora, just beyond the massive frontal deck/veranda, right from your bed. Two supersized windows from both sides all together let in massive amounts of natural light while a high ridge natural thatched roof guarantees the room is never too hot or too cold.  

Each room comes complete with either a 7ft long King Sized Bed or 2 Double Sized Beds pushed against the back wall between lovely African design bedside lamps. All beds are fitted with mosquito nets although mosquitoes are not very prevalent in the cold forest climate. Other room amenities include an electronic safes, a classic wardrobe, two comfortable lounge style arm chairs, a natural-log coffee table, reading lamp and a luggage rack.

But by far, their most outstanding feature is the spacious ivory colored bathroom with a big bathing cubicle, stylish throne and an artistic, wooden, hand wash basin with hot and cold water. The entire area also has more of the large windows letting in natural light as well as affording more views of the surrounding forests environment.  Bathroom amenities include crisp white bathrobes, bath and hand towels, bathroom slippers, refreshing and nicely scented shower gels, hair gels, hand and body lotions as well as bottled mineral water.

Beautiful and artistic wall hangings, soft colored full length drapes on locally made rails as well as soft hand woven jute and wool rugs adorning the classic wooden floor finish this 30m² suite secluded in its corner of the forest for maximum privacy and comfort.


  • The 6 Standard Cottages

The 6 newly furbished standard cottages occupy a separate wing and include the adjoining L’hoest and Colobus as well as the Double Storeyed Elephant Cottage that is very popular.  Each cottage comprises either a queen sized bed or two double beds, a set of two lids and cushion chairs. A coffee table, classic bed side lamps, African wall hangings and hide mats. Each room also enjoys beautiful views of the surrounding forest vegetation from the wide glass windows and doors as well as from the spacious balcony that seems to extend right into the forest.  En suite bathroom and spacious  and well laid with hot and cold water showers and in the hand washing basin.  Room amenities include; bath and hand towels, bathroom slippers, as well as refreshing and nicely scented shower gels, hair gels, body lotions and bottled mineral water. All rooms have mosquito nets and mosquito gauze on the windows. Although mosquitoes are not very prevalent in the cold forest climate.L’hoest and Colobus are adjoined with an inter-connecting door and can be used as a family room or as separate and independently en suite rooms.


  • The Elevated Banda 

Secluded far  deeper in the forest is the double storeyed banda which is very popular with our honeymooners and the hopeless romantics. It comprises an upstairs bed room accessed by a stare case and fitted with a 7 by 7 king sized bed.  Bedroom extends out over a large thatched  wooden deck/ veranda which too seems to extend deep into the forest canopy.  The deck is very popular for evening relaxations with a drink as you soak in the sunrays sipping through the tall forest as well as an ideal spot for private room service dinning either breakfast  in the company of white colobus monkeys or red colobus monkeys in the surrounding trees or a candle lit dinner for your special night. The ground floor room comprises of a spacious living room and separate shower rooms and lavatory. The room has been sometimes been taken for small families with the down stairs room converted into a bed room.


  • The Tree House

For our adventurous at heart, we offer a secluded Sky Tree House en suite about 200m deep in the forest. Hang upon a gigantic celtis tree and elevated 10m above the ground, our tree house overlooks an elephant meadow with excellent views over the forest canopy where one can regularly sight black and white Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Forest Elephants, even Chimpanzee sometimes. Her one bedroom is fitted with a bunk bed providing comfortable sleeping for maximum two persons on separate beds. Guests dine at the lodge dining room but need to please be escorted to/from the Tree House before dusk and after day break.


Stay for 3 nights and pay for only 2 in the low season.


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

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