Crater Safari Lodge

Africa Uganda
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge
7 February 2021

Crater Safari Lodge is the perfect place to base yourself for a true jungle and wilderness experience in Uganda. The lodge is an award winning eco-lodge, and offers an unsurpassed remote wilderness experience.

Crater Safari Lodge is in a remote area and the journey to paradise is long, but eye-opening and scenic. The quickest route is by air. Crater Safari Lodge is located 7 km from the tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park and is located on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake.

Fort Portal is the closest town and is 22 km away. The surrounding area is home to 9 crater lakes and abundant tea and coffee plantations. The famous Kibale Natinonal Forest is is home to gangs of chimpanzee, and the neighbouring Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is home to abundant birdlife and primates.

Just a few minutes away from the lush green tropical rain forest of Kibale Forest National Park, Crater Safari Lodge offers incomparable luxury, breath-taking scenery and outstanding opportunities to observe the unique wildlife.

The “Top of the World” viewpoint is close-by, and the immediate surrounds are nothing short of breathtaking and exceptional!

Crater Safari Lodge is in a remote area and the journey to paradise is long, but eye-opening and scenic. The quickest route is by air. Crater Safari Lodge is located 7 km from the tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park and is located on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake.

Fort Portal is the closest town and is 22 km away. Guests can fly into the main Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and catch a connecting flight to Kasese. From here, a road transfer to the lodge can be arranged and will take approximately two to three hours, depending on the road conditions.

Alternatively, guests can get a road transfer with a private driver from Entebbe to Crater Safari Lodge. This can take anything from 5 – 7 hours. The closest “big” town to Crater Safari Lodge is Fort Portal.

Driving Directions
We recommend hiring a driver for the duration of your stay. Uganda is a developing country, which means the roads and infrastructure can be tricky to navigate. If you are driving, these are the directions: From Kampala follow the A109 Mityana Mubende Fort Portal Road.

The winding road weaves through many small towns and villages, tea plantations, forests and lush farming regions. Immediately after Kampala you get the
Mityana, Mubende, and Kyenjojo tea plantations.

A few more hours driving and you will see the sign for Kibale National Park. Shortly after this you will see another tea plantation then Fort Portal. You reach the Fort Portal market called Mpanga, then cross the bridge.

Immediately after the bridge turn left on Kamwenge road and drive for about twenty kilometres until you see the sign for “Crater Safari Lodge” In total the journey takes anything from 5 – 7 hours.

Chimpanzee Tracking
The most popular activity at Crater Safari Lodge is the guided chimpanzee tracking walks and safaris into the Kibale Forest National Park.

Daily Chimpanzee Tracking Walks
The most popular of Kibale’s walks starts daily from the Kanyanchu visitor area at 8am and 3pm and lasts 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzees are of course the primate most sought after by visitors, but many other primates can be spotted.

Guests should look out for the black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey. Your guide will also point out sun birds, pitas, and other bird species and will explain the traditional uses of plant species within the forest. This walk is for a maximum of eight people per group.

5-day Chimpanzee Safari Itinerary
For an exciting chimpanzee tracking and wildlife adventure, take a look at our 5-day itinerary, that encompasses the very best wildlife opportunities in the stunning Kibale and Semliki National Parks.

Seven-Day Gorillas and Chimps Fly and Drive
This Gorilla tour includesc game viewing inside Queen Elizabeth as well as chimpanzee habituation besides chimpanzees, the forest is in addition home to several other primates like the monkeys. This tour takes you to 3 of Uganda’s national parks: Bwindi Forest, Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen Elizabeth park prides in a great diversity of African wildlife like elephants, leopards, lions, hippos and buffaloes. In Bwindi to trek the endangered mountain gorillas.

Semliki National Park
Semiliki National Park covers an area of 220 square kms and contains many geological features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. The Sempaya Hot Springs and a visit to the Batwa community of forest-dwellers are amongst many of the highlights of a visit to Semliki National Park.

Sempaya Hot Springs
Sempaya Hot Springs contain a number of different micro habitats which attracts a wide array of unique wildlife; large numbers of wetland birds and many other animals that visit for the spring’s natural salt supply.

Batwa Pygmy Indigenous Community
There are just a few thousand Batwa pygmies remaining in Uganda. They are some of the most marginalised people in Africa, driven out of their ancestral land when the forests in which they live became national parks.

Like many other indigenous groups around the world, the Batwa people are traditional hunter-gatherers who have struggled to cope with life in the 21st Century. A visit to Semliki offers the unique opportunity to visit this fascinating indigenous community.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
An exciting and unique experience to be involved in a chimpanzee habituation project allowing you to accompany Kibale Forest’s team of researchers and habituators as they follow the chimpanzees during their daily activities.

The aim of the habituation programme is to get the chimpanzee troops familiar to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. During a full day in the forest, you can expect to see the chimps de-nesting as they wake up and emerge from their nocturnal nests between 5.30am and 6.30am.

As part of the team you will follow the primates throughout the day observing their behaviour and enjoying the proximity of these charming animals. They’ll finally create new nests and retire for the night at around 7pm.

Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves
Steeped in folklore and termed as “one of the seven wonders of Uganda”, visit the Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves and learn more about their legends.

Termed as “one of the seven wonders of Uganda”, the Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are located in the town of Fort Portal within the Kabarole District in the western part of Uganda.

Several legends are told about the caves which make for a fascinating experience. The caves are found in a limestone site with both stalagmites and stalactites and a waterfall called the “Natural Shower” which visitors are also allowed to experience if they wish!

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Situated just outside the Kibale Forest National Park in Magombe Swamp, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary teems with wildlife.

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is notorious for its wide range of wildlife including primates, such as chimpanzee, red colobus, black and white colobus and other mammals such as sitatunga, bushbuck, otter and mongoose. The wetland is also a haven for birdlife; home to around 140 bird species.

During your visit to the sanctuary, you can experience the abundance of wildlife during guided walks from viewing platforms and a boardwalk trail. The sanctuary is a community run initiative aimed at conserving the unique bio-diversity and environmental values of the wetland.

Rwenzori Mountains
The awe-inspiring Rwenzori mountain range in western Uganda offers world-class hiking and mountaineering adventures. The Rwenzori Mountains lie in western Uganda along the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They are the highest mountain range in Africa, with the highest peak of Mt. Stanley reaching 5109 meters. The mountain range is a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination and in contrast to the snow-covered peaks of the tallest mountains, the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, verdant forest.

Mountain Biking Tours
A picturesque route leading you through the local villages, farm steads and Matooke (banana) fields. This ride will give you the opportunity to go around Lake Mutanda on bike. You will start from Gorilla Safari Lodge.

This route will lead you through the local villages, local farm steads and Matooke (banana) fields, giving you a chance to interact with the local people, absorbing history and soaking in Uganda’s western region’s natural beauty – all on a bike! You will get a stop over to get a bite of some local fruits.

Rooms: 21
Price: from 350 EUR per night


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