The very best lodges and camps in Uganda, chosen for their location, design, service and commitment for providing guests with the very best experience possible.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Nestled in the south of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Clouds is a stunning example of the synthesis between adventure and luxury travel. The lodge offers a selection of private cottages containing en-suite bathrooms, lounge areas, and bedrooms with verandas overlooking the park.
The park is perfectly positioned for Gorilla Tracking and cuts the journey time time down as you can walk direct to and from the trail head. The setting and style of this lodge is matched only by the quality of the service provided, and the hospitality of the staff.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Sanctuary camp is one of the most popular accommodation options for gorilla trekkers looking for a luxury base. It's situated just 5 minutes from the trailhead HQ at Buhoma, the most popular gorilla trekking route in the park. The camp is truly a part of the forest, so much so that gorillas often emerge from the surrounding shrubbery and wander the grounds.
About an hour from the Forest, the small, bustling, town of Fort Portal offers a great place to stay if you want to explore the foothills of the northern Rwenzori Mountains and the Semliki Valley or track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.
Kyaninga Lodge has a wonderful story and is a great mid-range lodging option. Huge cabins constructed from massive eucalyptus logs, built by self-taught builders, line the rim of the Kyaninga crater looking down into the 220 metre lake below.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge
The ridge at Queen Elizabeth National Park leads round to Kyambura Gorge, a natural rent in the otherwise flat plains, cut by water and thickly forested. The elegant Kyambura Gorge Lodge is the closest property to the Gorge and so is perfectly located to provide a luxurious base for chimp trekking, plus game drives and boat safaris in the heart of the park.
Mihingo Lodge is a beautiful luxury lodge set in a private 97ha reserve bordering the park. Like Rwakobo, it has been built sympathetically into an extensive rocky outcrop - home to leopards as well as visitors. The 12 tented rooms have been designed and built with great attention to detail, making sure they complement the local environment. An hour or two in the infinity pool is one of the most relaxing experiences in Uganda. Mihingo also operate the high quality horse safaris available in the Park.
Apoka Lodge is a luxury lodge perfectly located on a low rise in the middle of the plains of Kidepo Valley National Park. Wildlife abounds, whether it be zebra or buffalo just outside your room when the grass is high, or lion lazing by the pool in the hot, dry months. 10 spacious bandas made from wood, canvas and thatch provide the accommodation. The dining room and bar is a magnificent, thatch-roofed, raised platform, perfect for wildlife viewing. There is also a high observation tower, which also doubles as an unforgettable private breakfast spot.
Well-established lodges and camps in great locations that constantly provide guests with a warm welcome and comfortable stay.
Situated just 5 minutes from the Buhoma gorilla trekking trailhead, Buhoma Lodge offers a more modest, simple, but charming and comfortable accommodation option in Bwindi Forest. It can't be beaten on location, the rooms are spacious with great views, and the staff always go above and beyond.
The Rift Valley Escarpment extends to the south east of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, on a ridge rising dramatically above the plains, 16km from the Katunguru Gate of the Park, you will find a number of other small lodges all situated to take advantage of the views and the wonderful sunsets. Katara Lodge is one of our favourites here.
The lodge has a charming, cabin-esque aesthetic as it's built from locally sourced materials. The views from the lodge are extraordinary and its a great base for exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The south bank of the Nile has an increasing number of small and high quality options. Bakers Lodge is closest to the ferry point and to the shoreline. Opened in 2015, the rooms are generously proportioned, a charming combination of canvas and thatch built out from a communal dining room. Just up the hill, their neighbours, Twiga Safari Lodge provides a contemporary take on a tented camp, combining canvas with solid construction. The recently renovated Nile Safari Lodge has the best views enjoyed from 8 beautifully designed modern thatched bandas.
Right in the heart of Kibale National Park, Primate Lodge is a comfortable, attractive, and convenient base for exploring the wildlife of Kibale. The lodge is built within the park, so you're surrounded by the wildlife and won't have to wander too far before you run into one creature or another rustling in the trees.
The Boma and Karibu Guesthouses
Entebbe is best known for its small and characterful guesthouses. The best of these are The Boma and the Karibu Guesthouse. Both provide a warm and homely welcome, with comfortable rooms, lovely gardens and excellent food. If you like small lodges on safari, then The Boma or Karibu Guesthouse will be perfect for you.
One of the highest rated lodging options in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Slightly further away from the trailhead and a little less luxurious than Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in the south of the park, it's more affordable and maintains Uganda's exceptional commitment to customer service. It's the perfect mid-range option for Gorilla Tracking in Uganda.
Basic camps that keep you safe and dry on your more extreme adventures, mobile and designed to meet the requirements of the terrain you are exploring.
Campsites in the Rwenzori Mountains
Accommodation on the treks is in specially constructed wooden huts, perfect for keeping out the worst of the weather and for storing equipment required on different sections of the trail. The treks are fully catered, using as much fresh produce as possible, whilst also meeting the energy and hydration needs of high altitude trekking.
Simple and Charming
Clean and comfortable properties offering a warm welcome but few luxuries, perfect when you want to keep costs down and focus on the experience of exploring Uganda.
A peaceful and simple lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Its relative affordability and proximity to the Gorillas makes it a popular choice. Rooms are basic but functional, staff are friendly and helpful, and terraces overlook the forest that's alive with birdsong and the sounds of Uganda's ever present wildlife.
Another budget option in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Its stunning views, consistent service and location has granted it a loyal following, it's a functional lodging option for those happy to explore Uganda's great outdoors in modesty, not luxury.
Kimbala-Mantana Lodge is a traditional, tented, bush camp located in the centre of the Park. The tents are elevated on wooden platforms, from which you can watch the life unfolding in the savanna. A homely dining room and bar provides the perfect place to unwind after the day. Lake Mburo Camp is a sister property of the ever-popular Engagi Lodge in Buhoma.
Kidepo has just two small tourist lodges. Kidepo Savannah Lodge is a simple, but comfortable lodge located 500 metres from the Kalokudo Gate to Kidepo. There are nine ‘Tents’ that use one ablution block and eight self-contained ‘Safari Tents’ all leading off from a central dining area and bar. The position gives Savannah Lodge great views down over the Narus Valley and the mountains beyond.
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