Crater safari lodge is an upscale eco-lodge located near the Kibale National Park headquarters at Isunga facing the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake with a beautiful view of the lake, just a few minutes away from the lush green tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park, the lodge offers exceptional comfort and breathtaking scenery. This lodge is a milestone away, with a very stunning spacious view; nice bandas, finely furnished rooms, and a swimming pool, where you can relax your body after chimpanzee trek, overlooking the beautiful crater. The lodge is 26 km away from Fort Portal town, and it is 5 hours drive from Kampala. Blending perfectly with the surrounding landscape, the lodge has been described as one of the most environmentally sensitive lodges in Uganda.
Crater Safari Lodge is an Award winning lodge-Best Eco Lodge/Resort and featured in many international news as one of Uganda’s Luxury and Beautiful lodge.
The lodge comprises of seven ultra-luxurious double/twin cottages and two larger cottages each with two rooms to sleep up to four. These family cottages are ideal for larger groups or families. All the cottages have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water as well as solar lighting, internet access, individually designed furniture and stunning scenery around Lake Nyinabulitwa. The large private decks offer excellent views of the beautiful scenery around Lake Nyinabulitwa, offering a tranquil space to relax and unwind.
Amenities at the lodge include;
- A restaurant,
- Crafts shop,
- Mobile spa facility,
- Swimming pool
- Campfire area overlooking the Crater Lake.
The most popular activity at Crater Safari Lodge is the guided chimpanzee tracking walks in the Kibale Forest National Park. As well as being one of the best places in Uganda to see chimpanzees, guests should also look out for the black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey, as one is doing the chimp tracking
Chimpanzee habituation experience
Accompany Kibale’s researchers for the day, as they follow chimpanzees going about their daily activities, getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. The habituation experience provides a unique opportunity to observe the chimps coming out of their nocturnal nests between 5.30am and 6.30am before following their movements throughout the day until they create new nests and retire for the night around 7pm.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Take a guided walk through the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, known for its wide range of wildlife, including 138 bird species, chimpanzees, red colobus, black and white colobus and other mammals, such as the sitatunga, bushbuck, otter and mongoose. Spot the wetlands abundant wildlife from viewing platforms and a boardwalk trail.
Semliki National Park
Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs and enjoy the rich birdlife and other animals that inhabit the park. You can opt for bird watching in the park, as it standout to be one of the most loved birding destination.
Home to the highest point in Africa, the Rwenzori Mountain Range is a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. In contrast to the snow-peaked tallest mountains, the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland and rich forest.
Amabere ga nyina mwiru Caves
Explore the series of limestone caves with both stalagmites and stalactites.
From Kampala to Fort Portal to Crater Safari Lodge
By road: Travel from Kampala through Mubende towards Fort Portal. Continue via Kamwenge Route and branch off at the Crater Safari Lodge sign post on your right.
Kampala – Fort Portal = 320 kms
Fort Portal – Crater Safari Lodge = 18 kms
Alternative route: Travel from Kampala crossing through the equator via Mbarara to Kasese. Continue on towards Fort Portal and Kibale National Park to Crater Safari lodge.
Kampala – Kasese = 440 kms
Kasese – Fort Portal = 100kms
Fort Portal – Crater Safari Lodge = 18km
By air: Fly from Entebbe or Kajjansi to Kasese or Fort Portal Airstip. Take a road transfer from the Airstrip to Crater Safari Lodge.