Budongo Eco Lodge-Midrange Murchison Falls NP: Located alongside the main road that runs between Masindi and Paraa, this mid-range facility is one of the best places to stay during your visit to Murchison Falls National Park. It is 8km North of the Kichumbanyobo gate.
Additionally, this lodge provides great access to the forests of Budongo, home to a variety of birdlife and over 600 chimpanzees.
Interestingly, this lodge was originally the research station for the Jane Goodall Institute. However, it has been renovated to provide a pleasant and comfortable base for forest exploration. Also, the lodge offers activities such as chimpanzee trekking and forest walks making even more enjoyable.
Outstanding qualities of the lodge
The wonderful location: Tucked away in the Budongo Forest Reserve in Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge is perfectly situated for an amazing safari experience. The secluded cabins underneath the canopy of old mahogany trees give tourists a sense of privacy allowing them to unwind comfortably.
Activities: Despite its quiet nature, Budongo Eco Lodge offers many exciting activities. You can trek through the thick forest undergrowth to see the chimpanzees who inhabit the forest. Alternatively, you can embark on a game drive across dry savannah grasslands or take a boat cruise down the Nile River.
Environmental sustainability: This lodge was built using local materials putting into consideration environmental sustainability. Additionally, it blends in with its natural forest surroundings making it even more attractive and cozy.
A perfect place for bird lovers: At this lodge, there are private verandas which offer exquisite views of the forest. Here, one can quietly observe the various bird species (through a pair of binoculars) present in the forest.
A historical site: Budongo Eco Lodge was originally a base for the renowned chimpanzee conservationist, Jane Goodall and her institute. Also, the lodge has many fossils from the forest on display, which provide interesting information/evidence about the roots of the forest.
The lodge has an intimate ambience and offers five comfortable cabins and four large dormitory rooms for larger groups. Blending with their natural surroundings, the five cozy cabins with private verandas, en-suite bathrooms, and fully equipped with shower, washbasin and composting toilets.
For larger groups, there are 4 dormitory-style rooms, with comfortable bunk beds, mosquito nets and shared bathroom facilities are an excellent choice too.
Budongo Eco Lodge has an excellent restaurant, serving a variety of international and local dishes.
Additionally, the on-site visitor centre is very informative about the local area and it showcases ancient fossils, local artifacts and old poaching relics. The centre is a great place to learn about the mysterious rain forest’s secrets or relax in the comfortable lounge area.
Also, the lodge’s craft shop sells handmade gifts/local crafts to take as souvenirs.
Guests can sit on the verandas where they will be get a chance to enjoy the rain-forest’s magical sounds. If they choose, they can also enjoy freshly brewed Ugandan coffee which the lodge serves every day.
A combination of the savannah and the forest
You can either trek through the forest observing the chimpanzees in their natural habitat or head out on a game drive across the vast savannah grasslands in search of the big five, or even feel the pure magnificence of Murchison Falls with a boat cruise or hike in the surrounding area.
If you would like to make a safari booking for Murchison Falls National Park or any other destination, contact Pamoja Tours and Travel for the best experience ever! Budongo Eco Lodge-Midrange Murchison Falls NP