Isunga Lodge

Kibale Forest

Isunga Relaxed Lodge Near Kibale Forest

Rating: Mid-range
Good for: Chimpanzee trekking and nature walks

Experience serenity and seclusion at Isunga Lodge, a relaxed property set in a serene forest overlooking the lush expanse of Kibale Forest in Western Uganda. With magnificent views of the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake George, and the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park on clear days, Isunga Lodge offers a breathtaking escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Located amid the crater lake area, Isunga Lodge is the perfect base for exploring this wonderful region. Get close to nature, enjoy the great outdoors, meet the community, slow down, and relax in this therapeutic location.

With just eight simple and stylish cottages spread around the extensive grounds, Isunga Lodge offers privacy and serenity in a natural wild garden setting that makes guests feel like they are the only ones around. The owners and managers, Gerry and Karen, are always on hand to help, advise on activities, travel, and offer a warm and friendly welcome to all guests.

The area south of Fort Portal town, with its dramatic landscape of crater lakes nestled under steep hillsides, offers guests a scenic retreat ideal for long walks and road cycling. For guests with young children, older people, or those short on time, Isunga Lodge provides a shorter walk that includes visits to crater lakes, the community, and several viewpoints.

Located just a 20-minute drive from the chimpanzee tracking trailhead at Kanyancu in Kibale National Park, Isunga Lodge offers an excellent base for exploring the Kibale forest and other jungle experiences. Discover the beauty of this unspoiled wilderness and experience the ultimate in relaxation and seclusion at Isunga Lodge.

Isunga Lodge accommodation near Kibale national park for chimp tracking in Uganda
Isunga Lodge Bathroom, accommodation near Kibale national park for chimp tracking in Uganda

Isunga Lodge accommodation near Kibale national park for chimp tracking in Uganda
Isunga Lodge accommodation near Kibale national park for chimp tracking in Uganda

Accommodation at Isunga

Indulge in tranquil comfort at Isunga Lodge, where eight stunning cottages provide panoramic views of the Kibale Forest expanse. Each cottage is solar-powered and fitted with mosquito nets, ensuring a comfortable and peaceful night’s sleep. The ensuite bathrooms feature hot or cold water, and the family cottage sleeps four, with two bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom, and a sitting room.

Please note that Isunga Lodge’s cottages are spread over a hillside, which may present challenges for guests with mobility issues.

Take in the breathtaking views while you relax, read, enjoy a drink, or catch up with friends in the restaurant and lounge. The panoramic views from the restaurant and lounge make Isunga Lodge a perfect place to unwind and soak up the natural beauty of the area.

Isunga Lodge’s kitchen has access to a wonderful range of ingredients sourced from local markets, together with fresh organic herbs and vegetables from their own garden. Menus for lunch and dinner are communicated beforehand and are flexible to cater to any special dietary requests. Lunch is a two-course meal, with a main and dessert, while light sandwich lunches with fresh homemade bread are also available, as are salads from the garden. Dinner is a three-course meal, with a starter, main, and dessert. Local dishes are available upon request, and meals can be served privately in your room or set up outside.

Experience the ultimate in comfort, relaxation, and natural beauty at Isunga Lodge, where stunning views, delicious cuisine, and exceptional service await you. Book Isunga Lodge as part of your Uganda Tour with Nkuringo Safaris to trek chimpanzees in Kibale National Park and explore the region.


Laundry Services

En-suite bathrooms

Hot/Cold Water in bathrooms

Swimming Pool

Wi-Fi Available

Restaurant & Bar

Daily housekeeping

Mosquito net


Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Isunga Lodge, where a 15-minute drive through the lush Fort Portal landscape takes you to the trailhead for guided chimpanzee treks from Kanyanchu Park Headquarters into the forest jungle in search of the chicky chimp troops. Typically limited to eight people, the chimpanzee walks last 2-3 hours and offer an incredible and intimate experience of viewing wild chimps up close.

After your exciting encounter with chimpanzee troops, relax and unwind by taking a dip in the well-elevated pool with the most incredible view on the property or take a guided walk around the crater lakes surrounding the property, visit a community, or simply enjoy the lodge’s fresh, natural surroundings.

As the day draws to a close, enjoy an evening sundowner with stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains, sit by the campfire under the stars, share stories of the day with fellow travelers, and listen to the sounds of elephants and chimpanzees from the forest below.

Bird lovers will be thrilled to know that there are 325 species of birds recorded in the national park, including six species endemic to the Albertine Rift region, such as the black-capped Apalis, collared Apalis, purple-breasted sunbirds, blue-headed sunbirds, dusky crimson wings, and red-faced woodland warblers.

Experience the stunning beauty of the area with a range of walks, including the walk in the small Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary in hopes of encountering more primates in the east of the park. A network of trails in Sebitoli Forest provides further opportunities for viewing various primates and birds on the forest’s northern side.

For a unique adventure, visit the renowned Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves located near Fort Portal, around 15 km from Kibale Forest, considered one of Uganda’s seven wonders.

At Isunga Lodge, adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty await you at every turn, making it the perfect base for exploring this magical region.


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