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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.

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.

Many of African travelers may be more familiar with lions and Serval cats but there's another elegant predator that many are not even aware that it exists-the African golden cat. This cat like predator is seldom seen and very difficult to spot and one reason is its solitary habits, making it rarely photographed. However, scientists have recently taken footage of this hunter in Uganda while it was attempting to take down a red Colobus monkey.

The African golden cat is medium sized African specie with a wide variety of colors ranging from reddish-brown to gray to black melanistic individuals. African golden cats prefer the rain forest regions, but also range into secondary forest regions and have been known to adapt well to logged areas with dense undergrowth. The African golden cat, which can only be found in the forests of West and Central Africa and weighs between 5 and 16 kilograms, is elusive. Only a small number of western scientists were able to observe it in the wild. Records of the animal are also mostly of dead animals that were killed by local hunters and those that were taken by remote camera traps.
“The clip is possibly the first video to be taken of the African golden cat hunting in the daylight” said the Conservation group Panthera which shot and released the video. Scientists depend on motion-activated night cameras and still photography to understand how this spotted predator follows the prey. A trap camera was set originally by team of scientists to capture footage of primates in Kibale forest national Park, one of the most popular Uganda safari destinations for primates tracking and was lucky enough to capture the sleek and spotted predator hunting red Colobus monkeys while these primates were feeding on dead wood.

It was another lucky day in Kalinzu Forest Reserve in Uganda when a video of a golden cat slumbering in a tree was also taken, which shows monkeys that surround and harass the cat until it descends from the top. Watching a golden cat in full ambush of large monkeys in this video provides hunting details we could previously only piece together from brief sightings. It was not until 2002 when the first photo of the living African golden cat in the wild was taken by a camera trap that was set by Panthera Lion Program Survey Coordinator Philip Henschel. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the cat, whose size is comparable to bobcats twice the size of the domestic cat, as a threatened species. The forest-dwelling hunters are threatened because of bush meat hunting and loss of habitat because of deforestation. The African golden cat's status in the wild is not entirely known due to insufficient study.