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Crater Safari Lodge Kibale


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Crater Safari Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

A picture-perfect setting of lush greenery, clear views as far as the eye can see, and, at sunset, a pool of liquid gold spread out in front of you. Reveling in the spellbinding beauty of Uganda’s Kibale wilderness outskirts, with the masked distant Rwenzori Mountains to the west, while sipping on drinks from the bar is only one of the special experiences you can look forward to during your stay at the Crater Safari Lodge. This affordable, eco-friendly accommodation stands on the lip of a ridge overlooking the stunning Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake.

The Crater Safari Lodge has a lovely thatched-roof lounge designed much like a rondavel and furnished with comfy sofas. Walk down the steps and follow the paved pathways to the free-form swimming pool close by, which has daybeds around it for relaxing. The lodge also provides massage facilities in your room to ease sore muscles after a day of touring Kibale National Park with AfricanMecca Safaris. Solar panels provide power for lighting and for heating water for showers.

Key Takeaways

  • Standing on the rim of the picturesque Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake within a lush, green property
  • Free-form swimming pool with daybeds for napping and relaxing
  • Provision of massages in your room to ease sore muscles after trekking expeditions
  • Eco-friendly practices with solar panels for generating power for lighting and heating water
  • Rustic-themed lounge with a thatched roof and rondavel design
Crater Safari Lodge Kibale Park View

What To Expect At Crater Safari Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Value Safari Tier 3 Experience. Total of 21 rooms
  • Choice of rooms in lake - garden deluxe chalets or poolside cabanas rooms
  • Honeymoon suite for newly-weds and couples desiring privacy
  • Two-bedroom suites for families with kids and larger groups of up to 4 travelers
  • Two-story block rooms (cabanas) offer lower rooming prices
For the duration of your trip in Kibale National Park (where else to stay), you can book one of the 21 rooms built on the lower slopes around the main lodge (deluxe chalets) and by the poolside (standard cabanas rooms). The 11 chalets have wooden floors and thatch roofs with views of the lake or gardens. Expansive glass doors lead out to the wide patio, where you can spend hours lazing in a hammock and enjoying the breathtaking views. Travelers can choose from rooms with a large double or twin single beds covered with mosquito netting; for newlyweds, there’s even a Honeymoon Suite. Groups of up to 4 guests and families can book two-bedroom suites.

The lodge also has a two-story block overlooking the swimming pool with standard cabanas rooms suitable for guests who prefer to lower their costs for rooming at Crater Safari Lodge. In addition to an indoor and outdoor seating area, each room has a writing desk and electronic safe for storing valuables. Area rugs add to the comfort of the rooms, while open racks are convenient for unpacking. Lanterns are provided in each room, and the ensuite bathroom comes with a single vanity, bathrobes and a built-in shower while some also have a bath. The standard cabanas rooms are smaller, and only have an ensuite bathroom with a shower.
Crater Safari Lodge Accommodation Kibale

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Crater Safari Lodge On Kibale Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Tracking down chimpanzees and spending time watching their activities in their natural habitat
  • Birdwatching to spot some of the 375 species of avian life, 70 types of mammals, and various other exciting wildlife
  • Nature walks in the evenings to sight the nocturnal creatures of the reserve
  • Cultural excursions to visit the local tribes and participate in their traditional activities
  • Canoeing on the lake and viewing the resident hippo
Your stay at the Crater Safari Lodge will provide you with a glimpse of the rich wildlife you will see in the Kibale National Park. Aside from its Eastern chimpanzees, the reserve is known for 12 other primate species that you may get a chance to spot. As you follow the forest trails, your trek guide will help you look for some of the 375 species of birds that live here, along with 70 types of mammals, plus various species of butterflies, amphibians, and reptiles. Take the time on your safari in Uganda to venture out to “Top Of The World” to view some of the 9 crater lakes that dot the western outskirts of Kibale ending with a birding tour experience of the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, where you may also chance to spot the elusive sitatunga antelope.

Book nature walks during the day and in the evenings, when the nocturnal creatures of the park are waking up. You could also tour the local village to take an African cultural lesson in the tribal crafts of making bamboo baskets, hats, and other items. Head back to the lake near the lodge to enjoy some canoeing under the watchful eye of the hippo that resides in its waters.
Crater Safari Lodge Safari Kibale Tour

How Is The Dining At Crater Safari Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • Three-course meals served at different locations around the property
  • Indoor and alfresco dining options, guests can request that meals are organized poolside or on the deck
  • Provision of packed lunches to bring on nature hiking excursions
  • Campfire lit in the evenings to enjoy sundowners and interact with fellow travelers
  • Dining by the lake shore can be arranged on request
Enjoy wholesome meals served in the restaurant located in the lounge area. Tuck into the lovely three-course meals in various locations, such as the outside deck or beside the pool. Optional lunch or romantic dinner by the lake shore is possible on request. Crater Safari Lodge chef also provides packed lunches to take along on your forest chimpanzee treks. In the evenings, the staff lights a boma campfire, where you can sip drinks and interact with your fellow safari vacationers, sharing stories about your primate safaris and bird viewing excursions in Uganda.
Crater Safari Lodge Meals Kibale Dining

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Pros & Cons At Crater Safari Lodge In Kibale

What We Like About Crater Safari Lodge

  1. Strategic location on a ridge overlooking the fabulous Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, surrounded by the rich foliage.
  2. Sighting of flora and fauna around the environs of the lake.
  3. Has a lovely swimming pool with shaded loungers for relaxing; guests can request a massage in their room.
  4. Eco-friendly lodge that uses solar power for lighting and heating water for showers.
  5. Option of two main room categories i.e. higher costs for the large detached chalets that affords privacy and the best lake views versus the lesser cost cabana rooms by the poolside in a two-story structure.

Things To Note When Staying At Crater Safari Lodge

  1. Rooms are accessible by walking over pathways that may also have stairs, not suitable for physically challenged guests. The lodge is 7 kilometers (4.5 miles) from the park gate - around 10-15 minutes drive away.
  2. Has a two-bedroom suite for touring families with kids. Offers room prices with drinks and without drinks.
  3. Mid-size lodge with a total of 21 rooms; the lodge could get crowded and boisterous at full capacity with over 42+ guests during the high - peak seasons.
  4. Prices are on the higherside due to lack of strong competition from other Tier 3 lodges close to Kibale.
  5. Be vary of the hippos at the lake during canoeing or walking at the lake bank.
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When staying at Crater Safari Lodge in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls for your wildlife safari, and alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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