Friday, March 16, 2012

Primate Lodge and lunch with Tinka

After trekking we had our picnic lunch before visiting Primate Lodge located just up the road from the park entrance. Primate offers 7 cottages, 1 tree house and 8 tents.

The tents are a nicer option than the cottages, but I would be concerned about the tents being really hot during mid-day after returning from trekking. D├ęcor was nicely done with local fabrics and white linen. Primate is a good option for travelers interested in doing 2 treks in one day due to its location.

We continued up the road to Tinka’s home for an overview of the lunch program he offers, as well as the women’s craft co-op. Most of our groups who visit Kibale have lunch at Tinka’s home and enjoy traditional Ugandan food. Thanks to Tinka’s involvement with community development and wildlife conservation, he has traveled the world and learned to appreciate the cultural connectivity that a meal allows for and aims to provide that experience at his home.

Tinka has also spearheaded the development of the Bigodi Swamp walk adjacent to the community. The swamp walk is ideal for birders, provides great primate viewing opportunities (no chimps here) and is an excellent way to support the local community.

(See more in my full Uganda trip report from November 2011)

Photos by Lyndsay Harshman/The Kusini Collection.

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