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…
We now also have free WIFI available in the public areas!
Tucked away in the pristine forest, the five intimate cabins are perfectly blending with the natural environment. They are connected by well maintained walking paths and constructed with traditional materials for a low environmental impact. Each cabin has a private deck that overlooks the surrounding forest and its rich (bird)life. The rooms are spacious and bright, with large twin or double beds and a sitting area. En suite is a fully equipped bathroom with a wash table, shower and separate composting toilet.
For larger groups, Budongo Eco Lodge offers four comfortable dormitory rooms, each with two double-deckers. The bunk beds are provided with a mosquito net. Adjacent to the dormitory rooms is a common shower and toilet block with hot and cold running water.
The restaurant is found in a beautiful natural setting and invites guests to relax and enjoy the sounds of the forest. While getting prepared for your activity, have a cold soda, hot snack or one of our delicious chocolate brownies. Taste our excellent fresh-brewed Ugandan coffee or have dinner in the warm light of the candles at night. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional and international meals that will be served outside on the terrace, while enjoying the magical forest that encloses the lodge.
Visitor’s Centre Budongo Eco Lodge Budongo Eco Lodge also makes a perfect lunch stopover when you are on your way to the northern part of the park, returning to Kampala or visiting the forest for chimp tracking, birding or any of the other activities.
The main reception area is located in the visitor’s centre. This area, with its large soft couches in a rustic environment, is an ideal place to relax and read a book. The visitor’s centre also displays a selection of different animal skeletons, fossils and snares that were found in the forest, used by poachers. In addition, detailed information about Budongo Forest Reserve and its habitants is provided to help its visitors to interpret the forest’s secrets and understand its complex eco-system.
Adjacent to the reception area is Budongo’s Craft Shop, offering a small yet excellent selection of Uganda’s crafts and gifts. The products vary from handmade postcards and paper-beaded necklaces to guidebooks, handwoven baskets and papercraft notebooks. The handcrafts are made by local women using natural materials with simple and colourful designs.
- 5 eco-cabins with private bathroom and veranda
- 4 mixed dormitory rooms, each with 2 double-deckers and shared washing facilities
- Outdoor restaurant
- Visitor’s centre with craft shop
- Lounge area
- Parking available
Check In / Check Out Times
- Check In: 02.00 pm
- Check Out: 10.00 am
Please inform us in advance about any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to supply this.
It is not recommendable to drink water from the tap. Bottled mineral water is available for sale at the visitor’s centre, as are sodas, beer, tea and coffee.
What to bring:
- Casual light clothing (T-shirts, shorts, sleeveless blouses, jeans etc.)
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Long-sleeved sweater or jacket for the cooler evenings and mosquitoes
- Sun lotion
- Insect repellent
The camp is not responsible for valuables kept in the rooms. Personal items of value can be stored at the reception in the visitor’s centre.
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. We kindly request you to use the power in an eco-responsible way and turn off the lights when leaving the room.
Cameras and mobiles can be charged at the reception in the visitor’s centre.
As part of our services, your room will be cleaned every day. For conservation purposes, bed sheets and towels are only changed upon request. If you would like to receive fresh towels, please leave the used ones on the bathroom floor.
We seek to minimize the impact on the environment. Nothing is left in the nature other than our footprints. Nothing is taken from the nature other than memories. Even in a rainforest, water is a precious commodity, so please use water sparingly. We kindly ask you for your support by respecting our valued guidelines.
The local community is greatly involved in the running of the lodge, including employment, the sale of handcrafts and the provision of fresh vegetables and fruits from their gardens.
Feel free to contact us for any additionally required information.