This luxurious lodge is one of our favourites. Established by a British master carpenter and his Ugandan wife, it was constructed with the help of local people. The carpenter trained them and later set up a furniture company and a dairy to maintain local employment. Set in glorious surroundings on the edge of a crater lake, the buildings and furniture are hand crafted with exquisite attention to detail. The splendid rooms offer comfort and delightful views of the Rwenzori Mountains. The lodge has enchanting gardens, a croquet lawn and tennis courts. Food is locally produced, delicious and hearty and the staff are friendly and helpful. This is about as magical as it gets.
Kibale Forest national park
This small, charming guest house was originally the plantation manager’s home and is surrounded by beautifully maintained, mature gardens which are great for birding. The hilltop location affords remarkable views in all directions, including the tea plantations, volcanic crater lakes and Kibale Forest. It has a lovely atmosphere, helpful staff and offers good food and clean, simple, comfortable rooms at affordable prices. The chimp tracking starting point and Bigodi swamp are just a short drive away.
This friendly establishment is locally owned and serves tasty local food. The comfortable guest cottages are nestled in attractive gardens bordered by the forest. The location is both beautiful and convenient as the chimp tracking starting point and Bigodi swamp, excellent for spotting birds of Uganda, are nearby.
Run by a German Ugandan couple, this well-established property in a picturesque farm setting is great for getting away from it all when you visit Uganda. The nearby swamp and natural forest offer opportunities for walking and spotting birds and monkeys and the well-stocked gardens boast a vast number of trees and flowers. Ten self-contained cottages provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodation with views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Staff are professional, friendly and helpful. The restaurant has an a la carte menu with daily specials and the food is tasty and home-grown.
You can expect high end luxury at this enchanting lodge, located on the edge of a crater lake with magnificent views of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is beautifully run by a welcoming Polish couple who strive to make your stay perfect; the atmosphere is tranquil and the service is impeccable. The lodge has lots of personality and thoughtful attention to detail and the food is fresh and delicious. Spacious cottages offer privacy and comfort and there is a hilltop swimming pool with 360⁰ views. Birds and primates visit the lodge and it is well located for chimp tracking, birding and hiking activities. A fantastic place to stay and an excellent yoga retreat.
Located on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater lake, Crater Safari Lodge has breath-taking views and 9 spacious cottages with en suite facilities. There is also a swimming pool. It is a just short trek from the lush, tropical Kibale Forest National Park which offers outstanding opportunities to observe the unique Uganda wildlife. The lake has one friendly solitary hippo and you can spot the Giant Kingfisher here.
Situated in the heart Kibale Forest, next to the starting point for Chimpanzee Tracking and the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, this secluded eco-lodge is perfect for discovering primates as the forest is home to over 13 different species as well as other mammals, reptiles, butterflies and birds of Uganda. There are 9 luxury cottages with glass fronted viewing areas, and 7 traditional thatched cottages, all with en suite facilities. Good food is served in the dining area and complementary room service is also available.
Queen Elizabeth national park
Adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park – home to a host of other Uganda wildlife – this small, intimate lodge has amazing views and is perfectly located for game drives. The staff are welcoming and obliging and tasty food is available. The 8 well-appointed, airy cottages boast very comfortable beds and lots of privacy, so you can unwind and relax in peace. They are built from locally available materials, with banana fibre or papyrus rooves to keep them cool and there is a small swimming pool which is most welcome as this area can get very hot!
On the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this large, locally owned Ugandan style property has spectacular views over the park and of the Rift Valley at an affordable price and is ideally located for Uganda wildlife excursions and game drives. There is a generous sized pool and lush, tropical gardens where you can spot various African bird and butterfly species. The grass thatched cottages are comfortable and roomy yet intimate, with en-suite bathrooms.
Mweya Safari Lodge sits in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park overlooking Kazinga Channel. You are surrounded by Uganda wildlife and can hear them and watch them as they come down to the Channel to drink in the evening or even roaming around the lodge grounds. It’s full of character with a relaxed ambience and a range of comfortable cottages and luxurious tented rooms are available. There is good pool area with a bar, a huge variety of great food is on offer in the dining room and veranda and the staff are friendly and helpful. The lodge is near to the starting point for the boat trip on Kazinga Channel.
This recently built hotel is set amid lush acacia forest bordering Ishasha – the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, a popular Uganda destination. The comfortable, traditionally thatched cottages have outdoor showers, are beautifully constructed by local craftsmen from local materials to blend with the surroundings and are joined by a raised walkway. The thatched restaurant offers homemade food and overlooks a small lake where you spot a variety of bird species. There is also a spacious camping area with great facilities.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Prepare yourself for high end, Uganda safari style luxury! Located next to the ancient rainforest, Gorilla Forest Camp will not disappoint. You’ll stay in luxurious tented rooms with a bathroom where you can enjoy a well-earned soak in the tub. There is local evening entertainment around a campfire and a charming restaurant lounge and bar with amazing views of the garden and forest. The food is excellent! Gorilla Forest Camp has an intimate, exclusive atmosphere and the service is impeccable. An ideal base for gorilla tracking; and you may be lucky enough to see a gorilla family visit the camp!
One of our favourite hotels in Uganda! A short distance from the starting point for gorilla tracking in Bwindi, Engagi Lodge offers delightful hospitality, attention to detail and a lovely ambience. The main lodge building overlooks the forest and boasts an outdoor viewing veranda and a dining room where excellent food is served. There is also a cosy lounge with a roaring fire: the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s trek! The staff are very friendly and helpful. Comfortable en suite cottages nestle in the foliage and you may be visited by monkeys!
Travellers Rest is part of a chain of hotels in Uganda which offer comfortable, cosy accommodation, good food and good value for money. Situated just outside Kisoro, this is clean, basic hotel is one of Uganda’s oldest and offers views of the Virunga volcanoes and a public lounge with an open fire.
Located on the edge of the Forest and set within lush, tranquil gardens with little pathways leading down to the Munyanga river, Mahogany Springs is a short drive from the gorilla trekking base. The impressive main building has stunning views of the forest, a large veranda, a cosy lounge with a roaring fire and a comfortable restaurant where tasty home-grown food is served. You will stay in spacious, well presented thatched cottages with en suite facilities and charming private terraces. Attentive staff provide a friendly, personalised service.
Located on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, this large, impressive hotel with a thatched roof has spectacular views of the lake and the terraced hills and generously sized en suite rooms. The restaurant offers a wide range of tasty, fresh food prepared by an experienced chef. Attractions include a large terrace with a fire pit, a chemical-free swimming pool and use of the canoes.
Set in attractive gardens, the 25 pretty self-contained cottages each boast a private deck and magnificent views of Lake Bunyonyi. Jet skiing, quad biking and boat trips on the lake are available, and you are well placed for bird watching and hiking. Arcadia boasts possibly the best views of Lake Bunyonyi.
This quirky, cheerful, one-of-a-kind establishment is bursting with colour and character and has outstanding views over Lake Mutanda. You will stay in one of the unique hill top cottages nestled in lush greenery, each one with its own colour scheme and hand-crafted furniture. The tasty food is made with fresh organic produce grown in the lodge’s gardens. There is a well-stocked bar and the lounge area has a fire for colder nights. The lodge makes an ideal base for gorilla and golden monkey tracking and is a must see when you visit Uganda.
Lake Mburo national park
All of these hotels are proud to have great links to the local community.
This is high end Uganda safari style luxury at its very best! The family owned eco-friendly lodge overlooks Lake Mburo National Park. The exquisite en suite tented rooms nestle into the landscape and offer privacy and a sense of being at one with nature. Each room is unique and full of character. The personalised service is impeccable. A thatched dining area overlooks the waterhole, so you can watch the wildlife gather as you eat delicious food. Other delights include a stunning infinity pool overlooking the waterhole and the bush baby viewing platform. The lodge works closely with the local community and offer a huge range of activities, including a horse-riding safari. One of our favourite hotels in Uganda!
This friendly, relaxed family run hotel on the edge of Lake Mburo National Park offers eco-friendly, affordable accommodation and the staff are welcoming and helpful. The 8 comfortable, generously sized thatched cottages with en suite facilities are amply spaced out to provide loads of privacy and excellent views. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, serves delicious home cooked food and you can watch the wildlife, including zebra and impala, roam freely and drink at the nearby waterhole. The hotel offers mountain bike safaris and the unmissable opportunity to learn about the pastoral way of life of the local Bahima people.