Deep within Kibale Forest National Park, Primate Lodge offers exclusive, eco-conscious accommodations surrounded by lush tropical rain forest. It’s an ideal base for tracking the 13 species of primates that live within the park, including the famous chimpanzees. Varied accommodation styles offer seclusion and privacy, with the silence interrupted only by the melodic calls of numerous forest birds. Eight deluxe tents with private verandas are built on raised wooden platforms with thatched roofs, in harmony with the natural environment. Interiors feature queen-sized natural log beds, bright-colored linens and large picture windows overlooking the forest. En suite bathrooms are finished with local touches of natural stone and bamboo. Seven intimate forest cottages have private verandas, twin beds, a sitting area, en suite bathrooms, and are decorated with traditional African art. For guests who want an extra bit of adventure, the Sky Tree House offers a remote setting high up in a tree overlooking an elephant wallow, about 10 minutes’ walk from the main lodge facilities. It consists of a simple bedroom and basic washing facilities at the tree
Tucked among the greenery, the lodge common areas comprise a spacious dining room serving international and traditional African dishes; a well-stocked bar; and an open lounge with comfortable large chairs, sofas and pillows—the ideal area to relax after a day of adventure as you listen for the chatter of red-tailed monkeys. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the public areas.
Kibale Forest, Uganda
Sometimes, a safari lodge can be almost as great a highlight of an African adventure as the wildlife. That's certainly the case with Kyaninga Lodge, set against a magnificent backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon, in close proximity to Kibale Forest. Perched on the rim of a crater lake surrounded by nothing but unspoiled natural vistas, the luxury lodge is built entirely of timber, featuring more than a thousand hand-carved logs.
Kyaninga Lodge’s eight cottages are built on platforms and set apart to offer privacy and tranquility. Access to the cottages from the main lodge is via a raised wooden walkway. Each spacious cottage is appointed with a choice of twin or double beds dressed in fine linens and feather pillows. An indoor sitting area leads out to a private deck where one can enjoy morning tea or coffee with views over the lake and the Mountains of the Moon beyond. The en suite bathrooms boast marble countertop basins set atop beautifully crafted Elgon Olive pedestals, clawfoot freestanding bath tubs, glass-walled showers and plenty of hot water from solar water heaters. Lighting in the cottages is also solar-powered, and each cottage features an electrical socket to charge cameras, laptops and other appliances.
The main lodge, built of heavy logs and thatch, is centered on a soaring lounge space with comfortable seating areas set around an imposing double-sided open fireplace. Here guests can enjoy a cozy evening over a good book, a board game, or a drink from the bar. The main building also houses the restaurant, where savory meals compete with stunning views. Two raised galleries offer intimate spaces for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. On the lake side, two adjacent decks are furnished with comfortable lounge chairs, while steps hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and two lawn terraces overlooking the sapphire waters and ancient forest fringing Lake Kyaninga.
Located on the lower slopes of the property, Kyaninga Lodge’s lavish gardens are the creation of London-based landscape designer Imogen Jenkins. The gardens were designed to provide a verdant complement to the magnificent log lodge and include one of the very few grass tennis courts and croquet lawns in Uganda. Kyaninga's extensive grounds also feature a kitchen garden, where produce is grown for the lodge’s restaurant, and a fruit tree orchard. In an effort to reverse the deforestation in the local area, Kyaninga Lodge has planted more than 10,000 indigenous trees and has an active program for working with the surrounding population to maintain the local ecosystem.
Kibale Forest, Uganda
Ndali Lodge in Kibale Forest is one of the most exciting accommodations we offer... anywhere! The setting is one of the most dramatic in Africa: the lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano that has filled with water to become scenic Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 430 feet deep.
The main thatched lodge has a spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by eight cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The west-facing cottages have a panoramic view of the rainforest-draped 'Mountains of the Moon.' Cottages are built of local stone and thatch, and the interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished using local natural materials. Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a family, has en suite facilities with bath, shower, toilet and wash basin, plus a private veranda, ideal for watching the sun set behind the Rwenzori Mountains, the snowcapped peaks of which are easily visible on a clear day.
At night the dining room is lit exclusively with candles – the lodge has no electricity or generators to alter the tranquil atmosphere, though there is solar lighting in the cottages. The sitting room, reception and dining room open onto Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by open-air passageways. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the lake, and guests enjoy freshly squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and homemade bread with wild honey to complement a full English breakfast.
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