3 Day Self Drive Tour to Kyaninga Lodge in Uganda

If you want to see chimpanzees in Uganda, Kibale National Park is the number 1 destination for this activity. It is located in the western part of Uganda, about 315km from Kampala capital.

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Kyaninga Lodge

Kibale National Park is a home to 13 primate species which include chimpanzees, Baboons, Colobus monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Galagoes and many others.

The major tourist activities include chimpanzee tracking, Chimpanzee habituation Experience, bird watching and nature walk among others. To explore Kibale National Park, one requires a minimum of 3 days / 2 nights. One of the best places to stay while on  a safari to Kibale National Park is Kyaninga lodge, a 5 star accommodation unit near Kibale forest.

About Kyaninga Lodge

Kyaninga Lodge is one of the luxury accommodations in Kibale forest national park in Uganda. Kyaninga is famous for offering the excellent services to the world standards. The Lodge is situated against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon.

The exceptional design and sheer scale of the main lodge is immediately apparent from the moment one crests the hill and Kyaninga Lodge comes into view. Kyaninga Lodge is a home away from home and once inside, the lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around an imposing double-sided open fireplace where one can enjoy a cosy evening over a good book, a board game or a drink from the bar.

Kyaninga Lodge also contains the restaurant where delicious meals compete with stunning views on both sides. Two raised galleries offer intimate spaces for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. On the lake side, the main lodge leads to two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, while steps hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and on to two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water and primeval forest of Lake Kyaninga itself.

Kyaninga Lodge has 8 luxury cottages built on platforms and set apart to offer privacy and tranquility. Access to the cottages from the main lodge is via a raised wooden walkway. Other facilities here include Airport Shuttle Service, Swimming Pool, and Fireplace among others.

Getting There

Kibale National Park / Kyaninga Lodge can be accessed by road via Mubende. Another route is via Mbarara and cross the Equator. By Air, you can flight to Kasese Airstrip. Aero Link Uganda has daily scheduled flights from Entebbe Airstrip. However, you should organize ground transportation from the airstrip to the lodge, or you can hire a car in Kampala or Kasese and drive your self. Car rental in Uganda is now very popular and this has led to rapid development of self drive adventures.

Proposed Itinerary for 3 day Uganda tour

Day 1: Leave Kampala in the morning, transfer to Kibale Forest, lunch in Fort Portal Town, check-in Kyaninga lodge, relax as you wait for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Half day chimpanzee tracking and afternoon nature walk (To Bigodi swamps, or nearby communities or Crater Lakes region), Or we go for chimpanzee habituation experience (Full day with chimps) all meals and overnight Kyaninga lodge.

Day3: Reserved for departure

The average cost for 2 persons is US$950 per person including 2 nights at Kyaninga lodge, private transportation in a 4wd safari vehicle, services of a professional English speaking driver / tour guide, all meals and bottled mineral water for refreshment, chimpanzee tracking permits for US$150 each.

Mweya safari lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Mweya safari lodge is situated on top of the wildlife-rich Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park famed for its spacious luxury and privacy. Here you will find the Big game, tranquility and exquisite cuisine. You will not want to leave. Named after the peninsula just where it is standing, Mweya safari lodge must rank as one of the most romantic bush destinations in Africa. Space, peace and reflected pools bring a feeling of great tranquility.

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Mweya safari Lodge - Queen Elizabeth N.P Uganda

You also have your very own viewing deck where you can keep an eye on the comings and goings of wild animals as they wander down to the perennial Kazinga channel. In the unlikely event that you want to be connected with the outside world, there are computers with internet connections in the well-stocked library. At the main lodge, you’ll also find the spa and the gym.

Mweya safari Lodge, also with suites and deluxe rooms, has precisely the same facilities, luxuries and indulgences, but the décor is strikingly different. It feels as if you are in someone’s inviting, luxury home. There are African fabric throws, bright accents, and an eclectic collection of antiques.

Paraa and Chobe Safari Lodges in Murchison falls National Park
Murchison falls National Park has two exceptional lodges – Paraa and Chobe. These opulent lodges are surrounded by a blonde land with Giraffes, warthogs, elephants and antelopes.

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Paraa safari Lodge - Rooms

 

Experience it by vehicle. Your soul will be touched by its beauty. The lodges are located in the north west of Uganda over looking one of nature's best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide, and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls - one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water.

Paraa and Chobe Safari Lodges offer a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom. They are built with thick thatch, local stone and other local materials. Each has a luxurious en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a large dressing area, study and broadband Wi-Fi access. They are private and gorgeous. You’ll find rooms with views to a distant horizon. There is a library with satellite TV and a gym with an exquisite spa. Whatever else you do, take time to lie on your back and look at the stars. There are very few other places in the world where you’ll see such a bright-blue sky.

Kyaninga Lodge in Kibale National Park
Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else. Kyaninga Lodge offers luxury accommodation and services at International Level at very affordable rates. The lodge is strategically located to those going for chimpanzee tracking or habituation experience in Kibale National Park. Among other activities here include birding, night forest walk, Bigodi wetland walk, local community walk around Fort portal and Kibale forest, Visit “Amabeere ga Nynamwiru” cultural / historical site, Mpanga market as well as Toro King’s Palace and Karambi Tombs.

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Kyaninga Lodge - Cottages

Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park
Mihingo is a stylish, sophisticated lodge that manages to combine Big game with modern African décor. Set in the Lake Mburo National Park, this wonderful destination is only three and half hours' drive from Kampala.

Mihingo Lodge swimming Pool - Lake Mburo N.P
Mihingo Lodge swimming Pool - Lake Mburo N.P

It’s the lodge that will astound you. Outside, they seem unexceptional. But once you’re inside, they seem more like opulent works of art created with canvas and stone. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge's property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. When you emerge in the early morning, you’ll very likely find Zebras meandering along the pathways through the unfenced land. You are in the wild heart of Big game country, and the animals sometimes like to sip water from the swimming pool.

Mahogany Springs Lodge in Bwindi national Park
This is one of the best luxury lodges in the north of Bwindi impenetrable forest (Buhoma region), offering excellent accommodation at the most affordable prices in the area. Mahogany Springs Lodge is a perfect place to stay during gorilla safari or birding adventure in Uganda. The cottages are very nice and very clean with fantastic view of Bwindi Impenetrable forest where the mountain gorillas stay. The staff is very experienced, well trained, very helpful, friendly, and can go out of their way to make you comfortable. Bwindi Mountain gorillas are known to the visit Mahogany springs lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience.

Mahogany Springs Lodge Cottages
Mahogany Springs Lodge Cottages

The main activities here are mountain gorilla trekking, bird watching, Batwa Experience and community tours. The gorilla families around include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegula. However, if you find them fully booked, you can drive from 60 minutes to Ruhija area to track Oruzogo and Bitukura gorilla families. Mahogany springs lodge is strategically located to enable you access all those Gorilla groups. If you need transport to nearby parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mahogany springs lodge has very good safari vehicles that can take you to other parks. They also offer ground transportation from Kihihi Airstrip to the lodge in case you fly instead of road transport.