During my unreal month in Uganda, I stayed at Nyinabulitwa Country Resort & Safari Camp for a night, right on Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, a short drive away from Kibale Forest. I completely, utterly recommend that you stay there if you’re going to go bird-watching or chimpanzee-trekking at Kibale National Conservation Forest. The scenery and the lodges are beautiful. The owner is a gorgeous, generous woman, and the staff are happy and relaxed (I mean, they get to work there every day!). I yearned to stay for longer but the lodge was fully booked over Valentine’s weekend. Thank you again, Nyinabulitwa, for your magic.
About Nyinabulitwa Country Resort & Safari Camp and Lake Nyinbulitwa in Uganda
Nyinabulitwa Resort & Camp is, in the words of the owner, a "conservation area for the adventurous & eco-conscious traveller with an interest in birds & primates". In my words, it's somewhere you simply have to visit or stay if you're headed to the Kibale or Bwindi Forests.
The resort makes an ideal base for safaris to Kibale National Forest Park (renowned for chimpanzee trekking), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (rare mountain gorilla trekking), Murchinson Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (over 500 bird species), Rwenzori Mountains, and Semuliki National Park.
Although the climate at Nyinabulitwa Resort is tropical, and despite being situated on the crater lake, the air clear and dry. The relatively high altitudes mean that the place is quite literally mosquito-free, although there are some (beautiful) lake flies humming around. The annual 1200mm+ rainfall onto the fertile volcanic soils means lush green vegetation blesses the area throughout the year.
Where is Nyinabulitwa Country Resort & Safari Camp located?
Nyinabulitwa Resort is located on Lake Nyinabulitwa 20km outside Fort Portal (Mbarara Road), near Kibale Forest National Park, in Western Uganda.
How do I get there?
Follow the Kamwenge road from Fort Portal parallel to Mpanga River Market. After 17 km, take the left fork for 3 km towards Rweetera Trading Centre. The resort signpost is on the right!
How much does it cost to stay at Nyinbulitwa Resort?
As of May 2015, these are the current rates at Nyinabulitwa Resort:
Cottage without a terrace - Per person: Single $70; Double $60; Triple $60 (USD)
Cottage with a terrace - Per person: Single $80; Double $70; Triple $70 (USD)
All prices are inclusive of breakfast, but per person, Lunch is $10, and Dinner is $15.
How do I book or reserve my stay at Nyinabulitwa Resort?
- Book online via their online reservation form
- Contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact them via phone +256(0)712984929 or (0)782291577
What can I do around the area?
Is there anything else do I need to know?
- Nyinabulitwa Country Resort & Safari Camp official website
- The resort is very remote - remember to bring necessities like sunblock and medication.
We stayed at a cottage with a terrace. It must be said that, if you need frills, bells and whistles such as WiFi, television, frequent electricity and maximum comfort when staying at a hotel, Nyinabulitwa is not for you. The cottages are extremely basic, featuring only a bed, a lamp, some furniture, and a bathroom.
The beauty and luxury lies in the incredible view. Seriously. If not for anything else, go for the view. Seeing the crater lake in the morning when you wake up is... life-changing. I promise.
There were a couple of cheeky lizards in our hut when we got in, as well as one terrifyingly huge lakefly. But they're both harmless. The good thing about Nyinabulitwa is that there are ZERO mosquitos. I think it's because of the altitude, but don't quote me on that!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were included in the package we bought. Food was pretty basic, and not catered to vegetarians. There was usually always rice, one meat dish, and one vegetable dish. It would be served on plastic plates and in rice-cookers. Basically like camp food. Tasted good enough to me.
Here are some un-edited photos of the place. To read my travel diary about Nyinabulitwa, click here.
Feel free to hit me up with any questions if needed!
Mel left London to chase summer around the world, one country at a time. She loves the ocean, writing postcards, and solo exploration. Travel with her on Instagram.