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Primate Lodge

Gorillas & Chimps

Rating: Mid-range    

Primate Lodge overview

Primate Lodge is located in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park, and is named after the 13 species of primate found in the park. It is a comfortable lodge with 2 styles of cottage, a romantic 2-storey banda and a tree house deep in the forest. The cottages and banda are en-suite and have private decks with views of the forest, while the treehouse is high in the canopy for those with a sense of adventure!

The restaurant serves both local and international cuisine and the adjacent bar and lounge areas are excellent places to relax after a day exploring the forest and its flora and fauna. The lodge is ideally placed for chimpanzee trekking but there are also opportunties for guided nature walks to see the other animal and bird life, and nocturnal walks (subject to availability). The visitor centre is very close to the lodge.


Open: All year round.

In the heart of the Kibale Forest National Park near the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre.

 There are 9 luxury cottages with either a king size bed or 2 double beds, en-suite bathroom, sitting area with picture windows and a private deck. There are also 7 forest cottages with either a king size bed or twin beds. en-suite bathroom and deck. In addition, the elephant banda is a 2-storey structure with a downstairs living room that can take an extra bed if needed, and an upstairs bedroom with a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and veranda. The elephant banda is often used for honeymooners and couples desiring extra privacy. The tree house is in the forest about a 10-minutre walk from the main lodge and has one twin bedroom and great views of passing monkeys and forest elephants. 

Chimp tracking, with the starting point just 5 minutes from the lodge, and chimpanzee habituation;  guided walks (forest, birding and nocturnal), Bigodi Swamp, village and tea estate walks, and cultural visits.

Facilities: The main lodges house a cosy lounge with comfortable chairs and a collection of reference books, a dining terrace, bar and a firepit. There is also a fire place for those chilly evenings. There is a gift shop on site.

Meals are served in the dining area and on the terrace.

Children of all ages are welcome but chimp activities require an age limit of 15 years and over.

This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is a limited mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet.

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Money from every person staying at this lodge goes to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority which helps conservation of the area. The lodge also helps the local community in a variety of ways.

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client reviews

Mr Trevor Thompson (16/02/2018)

"The rooms and facilities were good, food was OK. Situation was very good, we saw a troop of colobos monkeys outside our chalet within an hour of arrival."

Amanda Marks, Tribes
"Primate Lodge Kibale has the best position if you're coming to see the chimps - which is why most people come here!  It is right on the doorstep of the park HQ from where the chimp treks begin. Not only does this mean you have instant access for the chimp treks, but also it allows you to consider night walk from the HQ, which would not be so easy to plan if you were further away.
The lodge has luxury tents and cheaper cabins.  I stayed in a tent and it was very comfortable, with a large en-suite bathroom. Weirdly, there was an earthquake when I stayed, but apparently beds do not normally rattle in the middle of the night!
I found the staff friendly and helpful, and the food very good (especially the soups). On the evening we had singing and dancing from a local troupe which was fun - and there's little else to do on an evening.
By the way, the treehouse is really NOT worth considering for a night. It's far too rickety and very remote.  I'd suggest you use it like a hide, but no more."
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