Expressions of color greet you at Kibale National Park, the conflicting greens of the Congo Basin enveloping you on all sides. It feels instantly exotic, the sights accompanied by strange sounds and lush smells. Four grey-cheeked mangabeys casually swing past, unperturbed by your presence. Colobus monkeys watch you with an air of serenity, peering down from the canopy’s highest branches. The lodge is deep inside this equatorial rainforest, blending into its surroundings with a rustic elegance. From your balcony, you watch and listen, scanning the trees for some of Africa’s rarest primates. There are a dozen primate species to find here, along with a smattering of antelopes and other four-legged forest dwellers.
Earlier in the day, you land at Entebbe International Airport and transfer onto a domestic flight to Kibale, a light aircraft taking you westwards across open, ochre-colored landscapes. Volcanoes become prominent on the horizon as the plane descends into the forest, where it is a short transfer to the lodge within the national park. Your first afternoon in Uganda is at your leisure, and some short walking trails around the lodge can be accessed with a local guide and are perfect for getting your eyes and legs accustomed to this striking rainforest. Drinks and snacks are served at the lodge before sunset, followed by a luxurious dining experience, both in terms of the cuisine and the unusual sounds heard nearby.