Volcanoes Safaris, a pioneer of gorilla and chimpanzee ecotourism in Uganda and Rwanda, revealed its plans for a new luxury lodge that will open in May.
Kibale Lodge is strategically located to offer travelers chimpanzee-trekking experiences in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. Recognized as one of Africa’s prime destinations for chimpanzee viewing, the lodge promises to be a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and luxury travelers alike.
The lodge will feature eight deluxe rooms. Amenities such as a spa, sauna, and pool are set to enhance the guest experience. Initial plans include the launch of three deluxe bandas (African huts) by May; five additional units are expected to be ready by year’s end.
The lodge features views of the Queen Elizabeth plains and the Kazinga channel as well as the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, often referred to as “The Mountains of the Moon.” Located just an hour’s drive from the town of Fort Portal and the Kasese airstrip, Kibale Lodge is conveniently accessible. The lodge is also within a 30-minute drive of the Kibale Forest, the primary site for chimpanzee tracking.
Rates for Kibale Lodge start at $1,200 per person, per night, which includes meals, a range of beverages including premium wines and whiskeys, laundry services, spa and massage treatments and lodge activities. Additionally, a $50 community fee is levied per person, per night, which goes to support the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust. Since 2009, this nonprofit has been instrumental in implementing sustainable projects that benefit local communities and conservation efforts and reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
The Trust, in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda, is set to embark on community-based conservation projects in Kibale Forest, drawing inspiration from successful initiatives at Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Guests at Kibale Lodge will have the opportunity to engage in these projects, participate in walking safaris and visit local homesteads.
Bookings for Kibale Lodge will open in early 2024. As an introductory offer, guests combining their stay with gorilla trekking at Bwindi or Mount Gahinga Lodge will be eligible for a five-night package at the price of four nights. For more information or reservations, contact the Volcanoes Safaris sales team at [email protected].
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