Primate Lodge Kibale
The property was once a backpackers hangout, but has now been reimagined as a luxury eco-lodge in the heart of the jungle.
The proximity to the Kanyanchu visitor’s centre – the departure point for chimp tracking – makes this the perfect choice of accommodation for those wanting to be close to the action.
In fact, as the lodge is unfenced, the action may well come to you. Sightings of monkeys from the cottage verandahs are common, and with 13 species of primate found in Kibale, there will be plenty for you identify.
The luxury cottages are very comfortable and finished with bright decoration and furnishings. Each has a hot-water shower and runs on solar power with a backup generator. The main lodge area is spacious and the restaurant serves delicious home-cooked food. The outdoor firepit attracts guests in the evening to share stories from the day of adventure.
Other activities include forest walk, birding walks, night walks, and excursions to the nearby crater lakes.
As the lodge grounds are completely open, a staff member will escort you to your room after dark. The minimum age for chimpanzee tracking is 15 and as that is the main activity here, we don’t recommend Primate Lodge Kibale for those travelling with young children. Those families are better suited to staying in the nearby, picturesque crater lakes region and travelling to the forest for activities.
Coral Tree luxury rating
Number of rooms
9 luxury cottages
Kibale National Park
All ages welcome. Minimum age for chimpanzee tracking is 15.
Why we love it
"Located deep within the jungle, Primate Lodge Kibale is the ideal base to be as close to the action as possible in Kibale National Park."
Mike, Coral Tree founder
Key Highlights & Amenities
- Located within Kibale National Park; Primate Lodge is perfectly positioned for chimpanzee tracking
- The lodge is completely open, so it’s not uncommon for chimpanzees to arrive in camp
- All rooms have views looking out into the forest canopy
- Rooms were all upgraded to luxury cottages in 2020
- Aside from the chimps, activities include nature walks, community visits and excursions to the crater lakes