What a wonderful trip made even better by staying at The Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse. I am an Ugandan living and brought up in London. So have visited UG since I was a child. This was my first time to Fort Portal Region and a mini getaway with my partner on a longer family holiday.
The Guesthouse grounds were beautiful, wonderfully kept. The Guesthouse itself is on a hillside giving lovely views of the Renzori's, tea plantations and surrounding villages. The bird life is wonderful and just sitting on our veranda we were visited by an array of sweet singing birds. The Guesthouse offers a range of excursions for a very reasonable price. We went bird watching one morning with James (fantastic guide obviously greatly inspired by his work). Breakfast was organised to allow a 6:30am departure. I'm not into birds greatly, but after a short distance I was as mesmerised as my partner. We saw over 20 different species. Binoculars are a must fr Uganda, though our guide had a pair and a very informative book. The tour was very relaxed, and timely. At no point did we feel rushed as we walked around one of the crater lakes.
I'm sure the other activities are too the same standard, as all the staff worked so hard to ensure you had a fantastic time, and genuinely seemed happy to be working there- which is always a good sign.
The food was great. We had full board (lunch can be arranged, as a pack lunch) which is a good idea unless you are going into Fort Portal itself or have plans as the actual guest house is quite some distance from the main town. There is more food than you can imagine, with freshly baked bread and cakes on site!! LOVED the banana muffins! The bar is well stocked and reasonably priced. 5,000 for a beer, 2,000 soda, 7,000 quarter of Waragi .
The rooms are clean and spacious, with good nets. There are lots of bugs, but as long as you close your doors/windows once night falls you can avoid the invasion.
Water is heated by a wood burner and is very hot. Great after Chimp trekking. And they ensure you have hot water in the morning, even if you have organised breakfast for 6am!!
Noah and all the staff, always welcomed you home and gave advise to activities.James organised our Chimp Trekking at Kibale Forest, which was amazing and very successful. I am definitely bringing the rest of my family the next time we're in UG. I haven't a bad word to say... (the road from Fort Portal was very rough and ready, we didn't have a 4x4 and suffered, but as long as its dry season, you should be okay)
the cottages are definitely worth it. Ask for the newer ones for the stone bathroom.
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