Owned by Great Lakes Safari, the Primate Lodge in Kibale Forest, Uganda couldn't be a better base for the forest chimp trekking and the Bigodi Swamp walks.
Upon arrival, our family was greeted with fresh hand towels, a drink and and salutations from the manager, Emanuel.
The main hotel area is open-air with a small reception area, a dining area, a bar area and a pavilion for overflow of bar/dining patrons, though it was not needed. These form a semi-circle structure around two fire pits; one a large above ground pit and one a sunken pit with bench seating and a stone chimney.
We had two rooms for our family of five and were assigned the brand new "Twins" rooms (one is known as the honeymoon room) which is one structure in the forest with the two rooms sharing the roof and a common wall. We were told that we were the first guests to sleep in this room and, indeed, everything appeared and smelled new.
The rooms were clean with decent-sized, comfortable beds. One of the singles in our room for 3 didn't have a mosquito net, but luckily I had brought an extra one in my backpack. The shower area is huge as it is shared with the toilet, however, there is no mirror in the bathroom, nor is there sufficient room for shampoo, towels, etc.
There is limited hours of electricity and hot water, which is typical for the African lodges. The hot water is created from an outdoor furnace/fireplace type of apparatus which works as long as the fire is kept going, however, someone let the fire go out so we had no hot water at all the second day.
Management was very reponsive. Because the room had just been completed, there was no mosquito screen in the transom over the door. When we informed Emanuel about this, he immediately sent over a carpenter who fixed it on the spot.
The rest of the staff is a bit more laid back and you may need to wait awhile for your drink orders but D.I.A. ('Dis is Africa). As a rule, the staff was very friendly and accomodating.
The setting of the lodge is wonderful. As it is set right in Kibale Forest, there is dense woodlands with wildlife all around and it gets pitch black at night. Bird calls and other wildlife can be heard throughout the night from the comfort and safety of your walled room. We did find a scorpion in one of the beds, however, that is no fault of the management or staff.
The food was above average, though one night our portions of chicken were extremely small.
You can't have a better location to use as a base for Chimp Treks. The National Park and ranger station is only a couple hundred meters from the lodge so you can wake up, have your breakfast and walk to your guided tour. The Bodi Swamp Walk, which is also highly recommended as you can see 5 types of primates and lots of birds, is also only a short drive away.
Any other accomodation is in Fort Portal, a 45 minute drive away.
I would stay here again, definitely!
- Also Known As:
- Primate Hotel
- Primate Hotel Fort Portal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uganda Luxury Tented Camp in Kibale Forest, run by Great Lakes Safaris, for a wonderful stay in the middle of Kibale Forest National Park. ... more less