I was there in February 2012. I was staying in Uganda for three weeks and we decided to visit Murchison Falls Park and the Budongo Forest. I was travelling with three other people and a driver we had hired in Kampala. The lodge was a perfect spot, away from the business of the tourists. Nestled in the Budongo Central Forest Reserve, it is surrounded by amazingthe trees and the chimpanzees that live in the forest. The lodge is solar powered, a system that also provides hot water. All the water used at the lodge is rain water. The rooms are in different cabins along two paths in the forest. Our room was spacious and clean, two bunk beds with bedding and mosquito nets. Shower and toilet facilities were shared. Showers were clean, toilets are "composting" or, in other words, fancy out-houses. Not the most pleasant odour but it works. We did not smell the toilets in our room (like other reviewers did). We did see a small spider in the shower facilities but you have to remember, this is not a hotel, this is an eco-lodge, in the middle of a forest. The restaurant is outside, a perfect spot to enjoy diner while listening to the chimpanzees in the forest and watching the stars. There were several options for dinner, all basic but good. The lodge offers a number of activities. We went for two guided walks: the forest walk and the chimpanzee walk. These are excellent tours, led by a local guide. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Can't wait to go back with my kids one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Budongo Eco Lodge, also known as the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, is located in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve, in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge consists of comfortable eco-cabins with private veranda, four spacious dorm rooms, a visitor's centre and restaurant. In addition, many different forest activities are offered in the direct surroundings, including chimp tracking, chimpanzee habituation, forest walks and bird watching. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Budongo Eco Lodge Uganda/Murchison Falls National Park