Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse is located at the edge Kibale National Park only 22 Km from Fort Portal on the Kamwenge Road. Simply follow the sign posts! Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse sits on well manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, pasture and indigenous forest. Enjoy beautiful panoramic vistas of Kibale National Park, ancient crater lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountains.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse was formerly a residence of the British district commissioner in the 1950s, during Uganda’s colonial period, and was innovated turned it to a Guest House in 2003 ,it has been wonderfully cared for and maintained ever since. Guests can relax in a comfortably furnished lounge which features an excellent collection of colonial African literature dating back to the 1800s.
Chimpanzee Forest Guest House offers accommodation in beautifully furnished self-contained cottages (Bandas) with a panoramic view of kibale Forest National park and the surrounding Tea plantations. We also offer accommodation in a large ancient colonial house,which was formerly a home to the British commissioner in the 1950’s .It is well furnished with two self-contained rooms in a colonial setting with beautiful views of Kibale national park,Tea plantation and the crater lake.
Enjoy hot showers in western style bathrooms. Or, camp on flat grassy sites away from the house with shade and seclusion.
A walk that takes between 1 -2 hrs mainly walking through the tea fields and interacting with the locals while they harvest tea and caring at the nursery beds.
It’s a very special experience where the locals try to teach and explain the whole process of growing and harvesting tea. You also learn about different types of tea and their gestation period.
On request our guides can organize a visit to a nearby Tea factory (if it’s the right day for visitors to the factory)
It is an interesting activity which may take you around to 2-3 hrs from Chimpanzee Forest Guest House and walk around the three crater lakes point out spots for birds. There are so many beautiful species of birds around these areas including water birds too. For example, black-and-white-casqued hornbills, crowned hornbills, malachite kingfishers, and wood land kingfishers, blue breasted giant kingfisher, turacos, robin charts and many more species.
CRATER LAKE EXPLORATION
A walk that is so amazing which could take u about 2-3hrs ,walking through the community ,getting a chance to interact with the locals in the area as you proceed to the three crater lakes, namely: L.Nyabikere, L.Nyinabulitwa and Nyamirima while our trained and well informed guides explain the history and background of the craters and how important they are to the community. It also allows you to take amazing Photo shots because of the great view you see.
RWAIHAMBA OPEN AIR MARKET VISIT.
This is another 2-3 and half hours, very interesting activity, visiting one of our local community markets but which only operates on Monday and Thursday. Here clients have a great chance to see different type of cash crops harvested for sell for example Bananas, yams, pumpkins, a variety of fruits, cereals, vegetables all fresh from the gardens, and other local commodities like crafts, bark clothes, local brews. And our guides help you answering your questions through the visit.
This is a long distance hike from Chimpanzee Forest Guest House and it can take about 5-8hours and roughly about 12kms one way, it is very interesting to walk through the village meeting local people plus children as well as some of the crater lakes and finally at the Mahoma water falls it’s a very unique feature and recommendable.
TOP OF THE WORLD TREK.
This is a 3 to 4 and half hours (rough estimate11kms) activity which involves walking through Tea plantations, crater lakes exploration, gardens, bushes around the community and interacting with local children and adults living nearby the crater lakes.
At the top of the world hill, the 3 crater lakes are viewed clearly in a straight line which is so interesting and amazing. Again, with this walk you meet local people as it is a path through the community, you take to the top of the world hill.
Sometimes, when the weather is very clear, you can view the Queen Elizabeth crater lakes that forms the kazinga channel.