Our location makes us the perfect base for exploring this wonderful region.

Kibale National Park-Primate Capital of the World

In the stunning rainforest of Kibale you can come face to face with wild chimpanzees and also encounter some of the other 12 primate species, including red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus, red colobus, olive baboon and grey-cheeked mangabey. Kibale is also an incredible place for birders with around 375 species recorded.


Activities include the half day chimpanzee tracking or habituation experience, guided nature and bird walks. We have easy access to the start point at Kanyanchu, 25 minutes drive from the lodge.

Permits for the chimp visits can be obtained from Uganda Wildlife Authority – contact them at If you would like us to obtain your chimpanzee permits for you, please email us at – please note that a $50 fee applies per group booking. Advance booking in high season (mid December-February and June-September) is highly recommended.


Explore Beyond the National Park

This area is great for getting out on foot and exploring. We can organise a variety of different hikes including crater lakes, forest and community tours, birding walks, market visits, tea plantation and vanilla farm visits. Wander through small farms and banana plantations and see village life close up.

For those who prefer two wheels, you can also explore the beautiful landscape around the lodge and the crater lakes by guided mountain bike tour. Cycle on quiet tracks through small villages and farms. See the crater lakes and enjoy wonderful views of forest and the Rwenzori Mountains.

We use good quality hardtail mountain bikes imported from the UK (supplied with helmets and water bottles). Rides are flexible to suit your needs and physical fitness and can be arranged for half or full day duration.

Motorcycle (boda boda) tours are a fun way to explore the region with a knowledgeable guide.

You can also get out on the water. Hire our inflatable kayaks and go explore one of the nearby crater lakes.

Another popular activity is the Bigodi swamp nature walk. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is 6km from Kanyanchu, outside the national park. The 3 hour guided 4.5km walk around the wetland can be done in the morning or afternoon and there is no need to book in advance. Several different species of monkeys are often seen on the walk, and over 200 bird species have been recorded. Tell the guides if you have a special interest in birds. The sanctuary is run by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), and money generated from the activities is used to fund community projects in Bigodi, including a school and clinic.

Explore Uganda with Us

Gerry and Karen can also organise your trip to other destinations in Uganda through our tour company Isunga Expeditions. We offer a fully customised experience with quality transport, guides and accommodation. Email us at for details.


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Isunga Lodge

Address: Kibale National Park, Fort Portal, Uganda
Phone: +256 774 181966 | e:

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Isunga Lodge

Address: Kibale National Park, Fort Portal, Uganda
Phone: +256 774 181966 | e: