Our tour operator had originally suggested that we stay in Mountains of the Moon – which would have been a lovely sanitized option but I felt that if we were going to visit a jungle then we should stay in it too – I can spend a night in a normal room with a normal bathroom in the UK but I wouldn’t be able to stay in a jungle very often… so with that in mind I booked a cottage here (although I had actually arranged the tree house but my husband intervened!)
Chimps Nest is in the Kibale National park rather than Fort Portal which is about a 45minute drive away…
Our cottage was really sweet – each cottage has its own private area and it really made us chuckle that instead of a corridor to walk through to get to our room we had our own jungle lane… all the cottages feel on their own in their little section – which is just as well as the bathroom is totally open… and I mean completely open!!! I’ve had open shower rooms before but this was my first experience of being able to enjoy nature whilst using the facilities…. this is fine in the day – at night with a head torch on you will naturally attract a few bugs, but other than than its very sweet having such a novel loo!
The room is simple but clean – the sheets and towels were also fresh and clean – the hot shower was good.
The balcony overlooking the jungle was lovely and at night it was so beautiful to see the stars and hear the jungle coming to life. This is why we stayed here for this magical experience of being able to hear something that isn’t part of our everyday world…. I would say that for one night if you can go without your luxuries – this is beats a 5 star place any day.
We went to the tree house for an evening drink and it was amazing – I would have stayed here – the room was like that of in the cottage – again very clean. It is out on its own (about 10-12mins walk away from the reception) – and the walkways are only for the sure footed. But I do think that waking in this place would be really special… I had read the reviews saying it was only for the really brave nature lovers and maybe I’m less fussy but I thought it was sweet and would have been fine with it but my husband didn’t like the isolation.
I would say – go for it – but if you check it out and it’s too much for you take one of the cottages – you can decide on the day if they aren’t fully booked.
As with everywhere we stayed in Uganda – the staff were lovely -especially Richard, they really looked after us and wanted us to have the best stay possible.
The food was delicious – really good….they had a really great chef and the packed lunch the next day was the best we had.
We did the night walk which was lovely but we didn’t have much luck with the wildlife but still being in the jungle in the dark was great.
We had gone to Kibale for the chimp trekking which for us turned out to be a disappointment as I think we had the new rangers that they were training up as it was a sunday (perhaps the main team had their day off) and our guide said he hadn’t seen the two we had before – our rangers/trackers were really inexperienced and lacking in knowledge – we have made our thoughts known via our guide who passed on the information to the office so hopefully this will be rectified. Obviously with nature there are no guarantees so whilst we caught a glimpse of a chimpanzee, our disappointment lay with the inexperienced guides rather than the wildlife….
But you may be lucky and have a good tracker and you may be lucky that the chimpanzees don’t hide amongst the forest elephants!
But either way – Chimps nest is a lovely place to stay in itself and as I said – forgo your usual luxuries for just one night and have a magical experience – after all – isn’t that why you’ve come to a place like Uganda in the first place?!
Emma and Damian stayed in June 2014