Stayed for two nights, and wish it could have been longer. I cannot fault this place at all. The rooms are huge, and nicely decorated, lovely bathroom, and they have toiletries etc. The beds were amazingly comfy. And a great location of course! We were lucky enough to watch red tailed monkeys playing in the trees while we ate lunch. The food is also excellent. Most importantly, the staff are so friendly and helpful, and make the stay even better.
We absolutely loved our experience. The chimpanzee tracking was incredible. Our lodging, food and service were excellent. Would highly recommend making this one of a kind trip. It is totally worth it!!
Absolutely outstanding. Best food chef, service rooms, huge bathrooms, this is in the middle of the jungle…best staff. Cannot say Enough great things about this place everything is perfectly laid out everything is exceptional and he will be extremely is overly surprised by how wonderful this large is. It is a must visit and I would suggest staying three days. Also the walk that I had with JOCKUS was absolutely amazing he took a lot of time with me… when it was only supposed to be 15 minutes and we did an hour. Here are some pictures as well he was wonderful and show me things I never seen. Such a great walk.
The interior design of this lodge is stunning- it goes so well with the environment. the main areas are completely open which is wonderful as you just want to keep looking at the trees etc Gravel paths lead to the cottages. We had Kingfisher Cottage #1 and I loved it as it was fairly isolated even "though close to the main areas.The cottage was very spacious with beautiful understated design. We had a patio with chairs and a table with large glass sliding doors separating it from the rest of the cottage so you never felt cut off from the environment even when you were inside. In fact, I was inside and heard a noise. When I turned around, there was an Olive Baboon just on the other side of the glass. He or she scurried off to a nearby log when I approached the glass. Please note, 'though, that Baboons are notorious for destroying room interiors so Don't leave doors open. Off the patio were trees and I was able to see Monkeys occasionally, especially the Red Tailed Monkey. You have to be still and patient. I even spotted Chimps in the trees near a gravel path to other cottages early one morning. I could hear people talking at cottages farther away so you really do have to be quiet if you want to see the wildlife that visits. The lodge's location is perfect; you're surrounded by Kibale forest.. Chimp Trekking departure point is just down the road from the lodge. I also spotted monkeys in the trees across the road from the lodge. As for meals, there are set time windows for meals which was never a problem. The food was delicious and I am a picky eater. The staff will fill your water bottle and provide one if needed. As for the staff, Vincent was our waiter and became our go-to person. He would let me know if there were any monkeys around and was always checking on us. He had that wonderful gift of being discrete but always present for any need or request. He just made our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. That said, we found everyone wonderful and always ready to help. The manager, Grison, has obviously created a great team. I would love to return. Just an amazing lodge in the middle of a jungle.…
It's hard to find the words to describe this incredible "camp" that's the only one located in the actual Kibale Park and is just steps from the ranger HQ where the chimp treks begin. We spent my husband's 70th birthday here, and I can't say enough about the beauty of the lodge - surpassed only by the beauty of its very special team. Each "room" is secluded but just a short walk away from the main areas which are beautifully laid out to take advantage of the extraordinary forest location. The lodge allows for activities like chimp trekking to be topped off with a cold drink and relaxation in comfortable yet luxurious surroundings. We simply can't say enough about a very special team who catered to every desire, but most especially was fun to be around and helped us learn so much about Uganda, the chimps and their culture (and a few local words, too). I won't ruin the surprises for anyone, but have to say that Jockus, our waiter/butler/valet, kept finding new ways to "surprise and delight" us throughout our stay. We loved talking to him throughout dinner and were honored to have him join us by the campfire to tell us more about himself and his family. He came running to find us when chimps came right to the camp to cross (amazing!), and was a friend throughout. Not to mention, the best wake up "calls" ever! Vincent was lovely and managed to be everywhere at the same time, like Jockus always anticipating and suggesting ways to enjoy ourselves (an easy feat)! The manager, Grison, has done an amazing job in every way at Primates Lodge, and we were honored to have him join us on a Chimpanzee Trek and to see his awe and wonder despite years living there. He also organized - together with the full staff - the most special birthday dinner and surroundings for my husband, with everyone joining in to sing and present a cake. Last, but not remotely least, DO NOT miss a chance to get a massage from Shamim, the most lovely women with the best hands in Uganda! …
We arrived to a sea of smiling faces. The setting of the huts were unique and loved the trail around the lodge. The rooms were excellent. The touch of providing Crocs to wear whilst you cleaned our boots was so welcome as was the laundry service. I will never forget Vincent singing in the morning delivering our coffee. The food was excellent, could not fault the lodge or any of the staff.
This place is very intimate and small. The main lodge area is great, especially by the fire pit. A great place to catch up with other travelers for a night cocktail. All the staff are exceptional, especially Hannington. We saw a chimpanzee in the trees and I ran into a baboon on my way to my room. It’s truly a lodge in the jungle. Amazing place!
Hands down my favourite Lodge during my Uganda stay. Not only stunning, very private, peaceful, quiet rooms, and a generally beautiful lay out / decor. So beautiful listening to the birds and monkeys in the forest surrounding your room. Staff were all very very welcoming and friendly - nothing was ever too much trouble. Food was amazing - and so much of it ! Special thanks to Hannington for taking such great care and interest during my stay. Can very highly recommend Primate Lodge
Aside from the massage experience which I will detail below, we had a very nice 3 night stay at the Primate Lodge. I was traveling with my mom and adult sister. The accommodations are excellent, the food was good and the house keeping is thorough. Our butler Vincent was always checking in to make sure we were enjoying our stay and to see whether we needed anything. The setting is beautiful. Upon check in, the lodge manager told us that they offered massages by appointment between 3-7 pm daily. We saw a card in the room outlining the services offered and were surprised by how cheap it was — $50 for 50 min, $30 for 30 min. We heard other guests talking about how great their massage was and so the three of us decided we wanted to have massages and scheduled it with our butler. The massages were scheduled for our second afternoon at the lodge. However, when the masseuse came out, it was not the person we were expecting — a female — who the other guests had talked about. Instead it was a man named Gotfried (unsure on spelling) in bare feet, uniform black pants and a white undershirt. When he came out to greet me I was immediately uncomfortable as he did a slow “up and down” look over me as he smiled. The massage was awful. The entire time I was negotiating with myself when I was going to end it and tell him I was done. I ended up sticking it out. It was supposed to be a 30 min massage but it lasted for over 50 minutes. He talked the entire time, not picking up on my cues that I was there for relaxation. He made inappropriate comments such as “I noticed you, your mom and sister at dinner last night” and specific remarks lamenting the fact that the cottage that my sister and I were staying in was unfortunately far from my moms cottage due to a maintenance issue in the nearby cottage to ours. Technique wise, he was clearly not a professional. I left the massage feeling so violated. My sister had the same experience — we weren’t able to communicate with each other in between appointments. Fortunately my mom was not feeling well so she cancelled her appointment anyway. After the massage experience we started to notice that outside of 3-7 pm, he was dressed in a regular staff uniform and was always around the main hang out space helping behind the bar, carrying bags in for guests, etc. Why would a professional masseuse be doing those duties? It was so bizarre. I am sharing this experience because I do not want any other women to have it. Absolutely avoid. I did hear good things about the female masseuse, although she also seemed to be just a regular staff member doing odds and ends outside of the massage appointment hours.…
We stayed here for 2 nights at the end of June. The service provided by Vincent was second to none and made our stay such a special experience. Hannington and Jockus were also very helpful and friendly. A great experince ofservice, food and comfort to start our trip.