Primate Lodge Kibale




Primate Lodge is a mid-size and mid-range eco-lodge in the heart of Kibale Forest, very close to the Kanyanchu park headquarters, so guests don't have an early-morning rush.

There is a choice of simple but comfortable accommodation. Eight luxury safari tents are raised on wooden platforms under thatch, each with a private veranda overlooking the forest. Tastefully decorated in African style, they have comfortable twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. Primate Lodge Kibale also offers 7 stone cottages and a tree house for the more adventurous. A solar power system handles lights and water and there is an environmentally sensitive water-management and harvesting programme.

The main lodge public area has WiFi, a bar, dining room and lounge plus a welcoming open fireside.

The lodge is only 400 metres from the Park gate and Visitor Briefing Centre, hub of the action in Kibale Forest National Park. Guided treks in search of chimpanzees take place both morning and evening, listening out for calls in the dense tropical rainforest. The walk through the forest also means the chance to see some of the 12 other species of primates to whom Kibale is home. The chimpanzee habituation experience gives guests the opportunity to learn a little more. You can watch as they wake up, search for food, rest and play and then sleep again.

Surrounding Primate Lodge are numerous crater lakes, ideal for a scenic hike to admire not only the sparkling waters but also the towering Rwenzori mountain range.

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Twin Room

Features two single beds with mosquito nets to keep the bugs away while you sleep and an ensuite bathroom with hot water running 24/7, and a private deck facing the forest


Double Room

Features a double bed with high ceilings and a grass thatched roof with mosquito nets to keep the bugs away while you sleep, an ensuite bathroom with hot water running 24/7, and a private deck facing the forest


Sky Tree House

For our adventurous at heart, we offer a secluded Sky Tree House en suite about 200m deep in the forest. Hang upon a gigantic celtis tree and elevated 10m above the ground, our tree house overlooks an elephant meadow with excellent views over the forest canopy where one can regularly sight black and white Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, even Chimpanzee and/or Forest Elephants sometimes. Her one bedroom is fitted with a bunk bed providing comfortable sleeping for maximum two persons on separate beds. Guests dine at the lodge dining room but need to please be escorted to/from the Tree House before dusk and after day break.


HoneyMoon Cottage

The popular double storied ‘Elephant Banda’ comprises an upstairs bedroom which extends out over a large, elevated thatched wooden deck/veranda which too seems to extend right into the forest canopy. The deck is very popular for evening relaxation with a drink as you soak in the sunrays sipping through the tall forest trees. It is also an ideal spot for private room-service dinning either breakfast or lunch in the company of Black and White Colobus Monkeys or Red Colobus Monkeys that frequent the surrounding trees. It can also be amazing for candlelit dinner for your special night.

The ground floor room comprises a spacious living room and separate shower rooms and lavatory. The room has been sometimes been taken for small families with the down stairs room converted into a small bed room for one person.

Secluded far deeper into the forest and thus far more private, it’s most the elevated cottage’ is fitted with a giant 7×7 King size Bed, it is very popular with honeymooners, anniversaries and other ‘hopeless romantics’ who can also enjoy private lounging and dining at the extensive upstairs veranda that seems to go right into the forest.



Full board

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Malarial area year-round

Good For

Adventure, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine