A great place set in it's own extensive grounds bordering the National Park. There are several cottages set in the hillside, with a balcony and beautiful views over the forest - each one secluded from the other.
The star attraction is the treehouse which we were booked into but my wife arrived on crutches so that was a complete non-starter as it is 10 - 15 minutes and a wobbly forest walkway from the restaurant. Jeroen from Holland and Jacki from Kenya who run the place were understanding and let us have a cottage.
The staff were unfailingly kind and helpful. Well placed for the chimp trekking they also offer free guided walks on their own property - loads of birds to see and often primates. The food was fine and plentiful and the lunches could feature that Ugandan speciality Cup-a-Soup.
There is only limited electricity from a generator and solar panels and water is heated by 'donkey boiler'. All of which is great as they have tried to reduce their environmental footprint wherever possible - just remember to take a torch. You are escorted back to your room after dinner in case of forest elephants, which is fun, though nobody seemed exactly sure what to do if you met a visiting pachyderm. I don't think they have lost any guests yet.
We had a great stay (do try and stay for at least 2 nights) and can thoroughly recommended the Chimps Nest - check out their accurate and informative website.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chimps’ Nest is built on a beautiful piece of land with a splendid view of Kibale Forest and the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. As the name implies, Chimps’ Nest is often visited by chimps, but also other monkeys and habitats of Kibale Forest. It is a true birder's paradise; virtually all 350 bird species of Kibale Forest and the bordering Bigodi Swamps can be observed on the premises. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chimps` Nest Hotel Kibale Forest National Park