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Luxury Lodges In Kibale National Park – Upmarket Hotels/Accommodations

There are a variety of luxury lodges in Kibale National Park- upmarket hotels/accommodations where travelers can stay during their Uganda safaris.

Best 5 Luxury Lodges In Kibale National Park – Upmarket Hotels/Accommodations

  1. Kibale Ndali Lodge

Kibale Ndali Lodge At Kibale National Park

Ndali lodge is located adjacent to Kabale National Park headquarters in the Ndali Kasenda crater field in the Kabarole district in Western Uganda.

It is 26 km from Fort Portal. The lodge is situated right on the rim of one of the larger crater lakes.

Accommodation At Ndali Lodge Includes;

Eight (8) elegant cottages built in African style with woods, stones, and grass thatched roofs. Rooms are well decorated and furnished.

The rooms also have balconies and verandahs to enjoy spectacular views of the crater, Rwenzori Mountains, and surrounding areas.

All rooms have en-suite facilities such as bathrooms with a bath, shower, sink and flush toilet.

The rooms have two 4ft-wide beds except for the honeymoon cottage which has one 6-footer. There are no plug sockets in the rooms but all cameras, laptops, gadgets, etc can be charged at the main lodge. Adapters are provided.

There is an electric light beside each bed and flashlights can be lent to anyone who does not bring them.

Facilities And Services At Ndali Lodge Comprise;

  • Dinning; the lodge offers delicious food served in a beautiful surroundings mostly the terrace outside.
  • Bar; the lodge has a well-stocked bar with soft and hard drink
  1. Kyaninga Lodge

Kyaninga Lodge 

Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond.

Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else.

You can experience the beauty and romance of this unexplored region while staying in the height of luxury and elegance.

Accommodation At Kyaninga Lodge includes;

  • Nine (9) cottages set on raised platforms. The cottages offer you privacy and tranquility.
  • Each spacious cottage comes with a choice of twin or double beds made up of the softest bed linen and feather pillows.
  • An indoor seating area leads out to a private deck where you can enjoy morning tea or coffee with views over the lake and the Rwenzori Mountains.
  • The en-suite bathrooms boast marble countertop basins set atop crafted Elgon olive pedestals, claw-footed freestanding baths, and glass-walled showers.
  • With modern solar power, you will always have hot water and electrical charging points.

Facilities And Services At Kyaninga Lodge Comprise;

  • Restaurant; the finest 3-course cuisine awaits you in the Main Lodge.

The menu is based on classical European cuisine and tweaked to make use of local ingredients, many of which are handpicked from Kyaninga Lodge’s own kitchen garden or the neighboring markets.

  • Lounge and bar; after dinner, head through to the Lounge where you can relax by the fire with a drink from the fully stocked bar
  • Terrace; during the daytime, head out to the terrace and relax on loungers while enjoying the view of Lake Kyaninga.
  • Free Wi-Fi; in the Main Lodge for you to share your adventures with your loved ones.
  • Swimming Pool; terrace leads down to the swimming pool and looks over the lake. Lined with pavers cut from the local volcanic rock and featuring two wooden decks, the swimming pool provides the perfect space for you to relax and unwind.
  • Kyaninga gardens; Kyaninga Lodge’s beautiful gardens are the creation of London-based landscape designer Imogen Jenkins.

The gardens provide a stunning setting for relaxation, reflection, and space for games. There is even a lawn tennis court for you to enjoy.

  1. Primate Lodge Kibale At Kibale Forest National Park

Primate Lodge Kibale is located deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking tours as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation, really, two of the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experiences on the planet.

Accommodation At Primate Lodge includes;

Nine (9) spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, 7 mid-level/standard cottages, a Family Cottage, a Honeymoon Cottage, and a campsite

Luxury Cottage

  • The luxury cottages are constructed of local brick and grass thatched for an authentic African feel
  • The cottages have full-length, full-width sliding glass door frontage that allows for amazing views of the forest flora, just beyond the massive frontal deck/veranda, right from your bed.
  • Two supersized windows from both sides all together let in massive amounts of natural light while a high ridge natural thatched roof guarantees the room is never too hot or too cold.
  • Each room comes complete with either a 7ft long King Sized Bed or 2 Double Sized Beds pushed against the back wall between lovely African design bedside lamps.
  • All beds are fitted with mosquito nets although mosquitoes are not very prevalent in the cold forest climate.
  • Other room amenities include electronic safes, a classic wardrobe, two comfortable lounge-style armchairs, a natural-log coffee table, a reading lamp, and a luggage rack.
  • Bathroom amenities include crisp white bathrobes, bath and hand towels, bathroom slippers, refreshing and nicely scented shower gels, hair gels, hand and body lotions as well as bottled mineral water.

Standard Cottages

  • Standard Cottages are private and en-suite with a well-furnished bedroom and a lovely bathroom.
  • They occupy a separate wing to the south, each well-furnished room comes complete with either 1x Queen Size Bed or 2x Twin size Beds.
  • The cottages feature a set of two cushioned weaved Leeds armchairs, a coffee table, classic bedside lamps, African wall hangings, and hide mats as well as the director’s camping chair on the veranda.
  • Bathrooms are well laid with hot and cold water in the showers as well as in the hand wash basins.
  • Each room also enjoys beautiful views of the surrounding forest vegetation from the wide glass windows and doors as well as from the spacious veranda over-looking the rain-forest
  • Other room amenities include; mosquito nets and mosquito gauze on the windows although mosquitoes are not very prevalent in the cold forest climate, bath, and hand towels, bathroom slippers, refreshing and nicely scented shower gels, shampoo, and body lotions as well as complimentary bottled mineral water.

Family Cottage

  • The Family Cottage is separate from individual bathrooms but has an inter-connecting door.
  • It can be used as separate and independent and en-suite rooms or as a Family Cottage with one Double bed Room and one Twin bed Room.

Honeymoon Cottage

  • This is a double-storied Banda comprising an upstairs bedroom that 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 dining 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 a candlelit dinner for your special night.
  • The ground floor room comprises a spacious living room and separate shower rooms and a lavatory.
  • The room has been sometimes been taken for small families with the downstairs room converted into a small bedroom for one person.
  • It is fitted with a giant 7×7 King size Bed


  • There is also a well-maintained campsite with shared washing facilities available for guests who wish to bring their own tent.

Facilities And Services At Kibale Primate Lodge Comprise;

Dining; the main lodge in the lush greenery has a spacious dining room where delicious meals, both international and traditional African dishes, are served with a smile.

The lodge also caters to special dietary requirements.

Bar; adjacent to the dining room is a well-stocked bar where you can have a fresh cup of coffee or other drink while enjoying the magical forest that encloses the lodge.

Lounge area, the lodge has an open lounge area that is furnished with comfortable large chairs, sofas, and soft cushions, making it the ideal place to unwind and listen to the chattering of the red-tailed monkeys in the dense branches.

Power; the main lodge and rooms are equipped with solar-powered electricity. However, due to the environment, the solar system may not charge as expected. In this case, kerosene lanterns are provided at the reception.

Adapters; Cameras and mobiles can be charged at the main lodge.

Free Wi-Fi is available

  1. Crater Safari Lodge

Crater Safari Lodge At Kibale Forest National Park

Crater Safari Lodge has located 7 km from the tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park.

The lodge is located on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake. Fort Portal is the closest town and is 22 km away.

The surrounding area is home to 9 crater lakes and abundant tea and coffee plantations.

Accommodation At Crater Safari Lodge Includes;

  • 21 rooms in total comprising 10 standard pool-facing cabanas (double level) and 11 deluxe thatched chalets
  • 5 Deluxe chalets are crater-facing (2 twins, 3 doubles – one of which is the honeymoon suite)
  • 6 Deluxe chalets are in the gardens with a partial crater view (2 of these are family cottages that are joined, and the other 2 are standalone cottages with double beds)
  • 3 chalets have baths, while the rest have expansive showers
  • The family chalet has inter-leading rooms with 2 double beds and 4 single beds in total. If needed, deluxe chalets have space for an extra bed,
  • Rooms have mosquito nets, wardrobes, clothes racks, showers, bathrobes, free toiletries, toilet, bathroom, bath or shower, outdoor furniture, outdoor dining area, towels, linen, and bedside tables with lamps.
  • Plug points in rooms (Type G, 3 prong square plugs)
  • Wake-up service

Facilities And Services At Crater Safari Lodge;

  • Wi-Fi in the main area (slow)
  • Tea and coffee stations in the main area
  • Intimate bar area
  • Dining area/restaurant where meals are served
  • Comfortable open lounge area with expansive views of the gardens and Crater Lake
  • Guest bathroom in the main area, and hairdryer facility
  • Laundry service on site
  • Babysitting services available (extra cost)
  • Activities can be arranged at the lodge
  • Swinging chairs for relaxation dotted the gardens
  • Swimming pool on lawns with deck chairs
  • Pool service for drinks
  • Boma area with campfire
  1. Papaya Lake Lodge

Papaya Lake Lodge Fort Portal

Papaya Lake lodge is surrounded by the lush, evergreen landscapes of the Ugandan Great Crater Lakes region.

It is set between two extinct volcanoes, nestled against the turquoise waters of the Lyantonde and Kifuruka lakes, and with exhilarating views over the majestic Ruwenzori Mountain Range.

Just before entering Fort Portal, take a left and follow a red dirt road. It will take you directly to Papaya along a scenic drive through tea, banana, guava, and avocado plantations.

Accommodation At Papaya Lake Lodge Includes;

  • Nine (9) spacious and bright cottages
  • All are situated on the extinct volcano crater’s slope and have breathtaking views of Lyantonde Lake.
  • Each cottage offers complete privacy, hidden from view by a natural screen of green treetops.
  • 8 of the cottages feature 2 beds (one king-size and one single), local stone-decorated bathrooms with shower units, and verandas equipped with deckchairs.
  • The 9th cottage – Family Cottage – is a two-level villa boasting three bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a spacious bathroom, and a large terrace.
  • The rooms are decorated and furnished with calm colors, subtle accessories, and original interior design, and equipped with simple but comfortable furniture.

Facilities And Services At Papaya Lake Lodge Include;

  • A Restaurant; offers cuisine which is a mixture of elements from around the World, European and African art of cooking.

Food is served in a variety of locations indoors and out. Guests are highly recommended to advise of any dietary requirements and/or allergies at the reservations stage.

Children’s menus are provided for lunch and dinner.

  • A Bar; enjoy the world’s finest wines, champagnes, spirits, and other cocktails while overlooking Papaya Lake Lodge view.

A classic bar in Papaya Lake Lodge is for international travelers, where travel may just be a state of mind.

  • Wi-Fi; free wireless internet for the Guests.
  • Laundry; offer a limited laundry service to visitors.
  • Swimming pool; take a dip in the top hill-located swimming pool with an amazing view of the lakes, mountains, and breathtaking surroundings.
  • Massage services; enjoy a massage in the privacy of your cottage or open space area at the lakeside or swimming pool. The massage is available full-time.
  • Housekeeping; housekeeping staff provides daily service and evening turndown. To protect the environment and conserve water the lodge does not change bed linen, or towels every day.

If you would like a new towel please put your towels in the basket under the basin. Mineral water is complimentary throughout your stay.

  • Electricity – The Lodge is powered by Sun – a solar system. Electrical outlets are ONLY available for charging all necessary equipment in the Restaurant/Bar