Crater Safari Lodge

Crater Safari Lodge - Kibale Forest National Park

An exceptional opportunity to track habituated chimps in the lush tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park.

Crater Safari Lodge represents a new era in luxury Ugandan safari lodges. Located on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake and just a few minutes away from the lush green tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park, the lodge offers exceptional comfort and breath-taking scenery.

Blending perfectly with the surrounding landscape, the lodge has been described as one of the most environmentally sensitive lodges in Uganda.

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Kibale’s plentiful wildlife includes 335 bird species and 60 mammal species. Chimpanzees are the main attraction, but other primates include the black and white colobus, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto.

Responsible travel

The Crater Safari Lodge has an established partnership with the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is a community run initiative aimed at conserving the unique bio-diversity and environmental values of the wetland.

The lodge is committed to working closely with the local community to improve education and healthcare and provides employment and training opportunities that wouldn't otherwise be available.

Solar-powered lighting equips all of the cottages.

Good combined with...

Enhance your trip to Uganda by combining your stay at the Crater Safari Lodge with a unique opportunity to explore the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorilla. Queen Elizabeth is en route between the two, making a great Uganda holiday itinerary.


Crater Safari Lodge comprises nine luxurious cottages, including two double-roomed family suites available for larger groups of people travelling together. All the cottages are extremely spacious, with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water and solar lighting. The large private decks offer excellent views of the beautiful scenery around Lake Nyinabulitwa, offering a tranquil space to relax and unwind.


Chimpanzee tracking
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.

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 wetland’s 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.

Rwenzori Mountains
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 = 320kms
Fort Portal – Crater Safari Lodge = 18kms

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.

Guest areas

Guest areas at the lodge include a restaurant, bar, lounge, craft shop and campfire area, overlooking the Crater Lake.





  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Craft shop and mobile spa
  • Hot running water


Three delicious meals are served per day and packed lunches are provided for full day activities.


  • Couples
  • Families
  • Anyone wishing to encounter our closest relatives, chimpanzees, in the wild


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