Budongo Eco Lodge

Budongo eco lodge


Murchison Falls National Park

The Budongo Eco Lodge is currently closed for an upgrade but the Budongo Forest Activities are continuing.

Budongo Forest Activities

Budongo Forest which is located within Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, is a haven of biodiversity and natural wonders. Home to over 600 chimpanzees, as well as a myriad of other primate species It is also home to rare forest bird species, such as the illadopsis puveli and the yellow-footed flycatcher.

Budongo is celebrated for its rich ecological diversity. Spanning vast expanses of lush greenery and towering Mahogany trees, Budongo offers visitors a glimpse into the untamed beauty of Africa’s untouched wilderness. From exhilarating chimp tracking adventures to serene forest walks, The Forest promises an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.


Budongo Forest Reserve is an area with an enormous diversity in flora and fauna. Thanks to the extended and well maintained network of forest trails, it is possible to explore the dense forest with its beautiful biodiversity in different ways.

Enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expenses of the tropical forest, in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Your guide will explain to you more about the animals and plants species that you encounter on your way. As you tread along the forest paths, keep your eyes peeled for the majestic Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, lively Red-tailed Monkeys, and an array of vibrant bird species.

Chimp tracking is available daily, offering two viewing times to maximize your chances of encountering these fascinating creatures. The hike typically spans 2 to 4 hours, adapting to the movement of the chimpanzees as they traverse their natural habitat. Upon locating the chimps, marvel at their behaviors as you spend an unforgettable hour observing them in their natural habitat. Watch in awe as they eat, rest, and play, offering you a rare glimpse into their daily lives amidst the lush surroundings of Budongo Forest.

Embark on an extraordinary journey with our Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, immersing yourself in the world of our primate ‘cousins’. Since 1992, Budongo Forest has been a hub for habituating chimpanzees to human presence, all while preserving their natural behaviors. This is a long process and can take up to 15 years to fully habituate a chimpanzee community aiming to foster a harmonious coexistence. During the Habituation Experience, you’ll spend a full day alongside professional guides, shadowing the chimps as they go about their daily routines. From dawn till dusk, you’ll witness firsthand the fascinating behaviors and interactions of these remarkable creatures.

Discover a bird lover’s paradise in Budongo Forest, home to an incredible 360 bird species. With expert guides leading the way, you’ll embark on thrilling bird watching safaris, available for both half and full days.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the famous ‘Royal Mile,’ just a short distance from Budongo Eco Lodge. This picturesque forest avenue is a haven for birdwatchers, offering sightings of stunning species like the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher and Paradise Flycatcher.

Embark on an adventure through well-maintained forest trails, offering a captivating glimpse into the enchanting tropical rainforest. Delve deeper into the ecosystem as you stroll past ancient Mahogany trees and marvel at the myriad species of butterflies gracing your path. With its flat terrain, these forest walks are ideal for all types of visitors, providing a leisurely yet immersive experience amidst the lush surroundings. Dive into the heart of nature and uncover the secrets of Budongo Forest on these unforgettable excursions.

Since Budongo Forest is located in Murchison Falls National Park you can easily combine your visit to the magical forest with wildlife viewing in the northern part of the national park. Cross the river Nile and follow the winding tracks in search of giraffes, elephants, buffaloes and lions. Thanks to the palm-dotted hills, vast savannah plains and beautiful Delta area this is one of the most scenic and best places for encounters with the wild animals of Uganda. In addition, you can make a boat safari on the Nile or visit the magnificent Murchison Falls to enhance your wildlife experience even more.

Activities can be booked directly via the ugandalodges.com website.


Rack rates – validity period 1st January 2024 – 31st December 2024

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For more information on the Murchison Falls National Park, download the official park brochure from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Map of Murchison Falls National Park