Kikonko Lodge, Lake Albert, is situated inbetween the two most visited national parks of Uganda, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth.
Within Kikonko’s vicinity one can find the Kabwoya Game Reserve, which can be considered the hidden gem of Uganda with a lot of antelopes and buffaloes.
The Bugoma Forest is only 40 minutes drive away and offers amazing walks through dense vegetation with the possibility of seeing non-habituated chimpanzees for a fraction of the price visitors would pay in Kibale Forest which is is a 4 hour drive away.
If you are coming from the capital Kampala, you travel for 200km to Hoima town (that will take 3,5hours), then another 32km (half an hour) to Kikonko Lodge, where you can see Lake Albert. Kikonko Lodge is built 250meter above Lake Albert Sea level.
From Hoima: Kikonko can be reached in an easy 30-minute drive (32km) on a newly tarred road (Hoima - Kaiso Road).
If you are coming from Fort Portal, you can take shortcut through Bugoma Forest. Watch out, there are Chimpanzees in the Forest! Google maps will not show you the way through Bugoma.
From Fort Portal: branch of to the left at Kabwoya, leave the Kisaru Tea Estate on the left, continue driving and take the marram road on the right, straight to Bugoma Forest.
Continue until you have reach the Lake Albert - Hoima tarmac road. Turn right, after 16km turn left in Buseruka (wooden Kikonko signpost on the left).
Lake Albert was discovered in 1864 by Samuel Baker. At that time he called it Albert Nyanza, after “Prince Albert”. The Congolese president Mobutu Sese Seko named it after himself in the 20th century.
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Lake Albert is situated in the heart of Africa in the East African valley, between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Lake Albert is the 7th largest lake in Africa, the 27th in the world by volume with a width of 30km and length of 160km. Lake Albert covers an area of 5,270 km2 of which 2,850 km2 (54%) is on the Ugandan side.
There is a lot of touristic potential that can still be discovered at Lake Albert.
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We believe in sustainable tourism and being one with nature as much as possible.
WATER: Being situated in a place where water is scarce (believe it or not, even though the Lake is so close, there is NO water at the site!), we have to transport every single drop over quite some distance to make it reach our toilets and showers. We therefore use it sparingly and would appeal to our guests to do the same.
ELECTRICITY: Electricity comes entirely from a solar system, which is why we cannot use any devices that produce heat. Hair dryers can therefore securely rest in our guests’ luggage.
WASTE: Furthermore, every piece of trash that we produce needs to be taken care of. There is no garbage collection on site. We buy our groceries locally and try to avoid packaging as much as possible. Therefore, we do not offer or sell water in plastic bottles. Drinking water at Kikonko is completely free of charge, because we buy it in bulk and carefully treat it to guarantee its quality. We also encourage our guests to take their trash with them and dispose of it where there is proper waste management.
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