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Nestled in the heart of Budongo Central Forest Reserve, within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge is one of the undiscovered pearls of Uganda.

Being the habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees and 8 other species of primates, Budongo Forest has one of the largest communities of chimps in the country. It is also home to rare forest bird species, such as the Puvel’s Illadopses, which is endemic to this region. Moreover, Budongo Reserve is the largest remaining Mahogany forest in East Africa, with impressive trees growing up to 80 meters. With a network of 115 km of trails, this unexplored areaoffers you great excitement and adventure!

The Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site, which was first managed by the Jane Goodall Institute, was taken over in August 2009 and changed its name to Budongo Eco Lodge under the management of Uganda Lodges. Together with the National Forest Authority (NFA) we have made it our task to develop this relatively unknown tourism site and to protect the forest reserve with its unique species of primates, birds and plants.

Budongo Eco Lodge consists of comfortable eco-cabins with private veranda, four spacious dorm rooms, a visitor’s centre and restaurant. In addition, the lodge offers many different activities in the direct surroundings, including chimp tracking, chimpanzee habituation, forest walks and bird watching. The combination of this eco-tourism facility with superb safari accommodation and a wide choice of forest activities provides a wonderful mix of relaxation and adventure, set against the unique backdrop of the untouched African nature…

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  • Mr. Palm
    Mr. Palm
    7 months ago

    The chimp tracking is incredible! After a walk through the beautiful rain forest you may get really close to them. Our guide was very good, he explained a lot and took us in the middle of a group of at least 8 chimps. The sound they made was amazing. I can highly recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in nature and wildlife.

  • Sandra L.
    Sandra L.
    6 months ago

    Nice and spacious cottages in the middle of the rain Forrest. Delicious meals and super Service. The Chimpanzee Trekking starts here and we definitely recommend to stay here.

  • Dan Hawcutt
    Dan Hawcutt
    12 months ago

    Did chimpanzee trek with family (2x kids under 15) with appropriate wavers. Was amazing. Knowledge guide, amazing primal forest and once in a lifetime chance to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat (as well as so many other plants, trees, and wildlife). Not cheap. But felt worth it.

  • T McKinney
    T McKinney
    a year ago

    Chimpanzee Trek: We did a chimpanzee trek with a guide (James) and it was an excellent experience from the moment we arrived. All of the lodge staff is knowledgeable and friendly and James patiently answered all of our questions and offered interesting detail and information about plants, animals and insects we saw along the way. He alerted us to every fireant trail, for which we were grateful! The hike itself was not too challenging if you are reasonably fit. There are very few small hills and it only requires a little root scrambling. Occasionally the pace picked up to catch up with the chimps but James was very aware of our comfort and abilities. This was a real highlight in our trip to the area and I highly recommend it.

  • Ivan Safarivansbooking

    Nestled in the heart of Budongo Central Forest Reserve, within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge is one of the undiscovered pearls of Uganda. Being the habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees and 8 other species of primates, Budongo Forest has one of the largest communities of chimps in the country. It is also home to rare forest bird species, such as the Puvel’s Illadopses, which is endemic to this region. Moreover, Budongo Reserve is the largest remaining Mahogany forest in East Africa, with impressive trees growing up to 80 meters. With a network of 115 km of trails, this unexplored areaoffers you great excitement and adventure! The Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site, which was first managed by the Jane Goodall Institute, was taken over in August 2009 and changed its name to Budongo Eco Lodge under the management of Uganda Lodges. Together with the National Forest Authority (NFA) we have made it our task to develop this relatively unknown tourism site and to protect the forest reserve with its unique species of primates, birds and plants. Budongo Eco Lodge consists of comfortable eco-cabins with private veranda, four spacious dorm rooms, a visitor’s centre and restaurant. In addition, the lodge offers many different activities in the direct surroundings, including chimp tracking, chimpanzee habituation, forest walks and bird watching. The combination of this eco-tourism facility with superb safari accommodation and a wide choice of forest activities provides a wonderful mix of relaxation and adventure, set against the unique backdrop of the untouched African nature…

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