The very best lodges and camps in Uganda, chosen for their location, design, service and commitment to providing guests with the very best experience possible.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Forest
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 trekking and cuts the journey time down as you can walk directly 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.
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Bwindi Forest
Another luxury accommodation option for gorilla trekkers at Buhoma, Bwindi Forest's most popular trailhead.
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge can't be beaten on design and style, and the quality of service puts it unarguably in the top echelon of luxury lodging in Uganda.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Forest
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!
Kyaninga Lodge, Fort Portal
About an hour from Kibale 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.
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, Queens
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, Lake Mburo
It has been built sympathetically into an extensive rocky outcrop. The 12 tented rooms have been designed and built with great attention to detail, making sure they complement the local environment.
Mihingo also operate the horse safaris around Lake Mburo, and are one of the few places in Uganda where safaris on horseback are possible.
Apoka Lodge, Kidepo Valley
Wildlife abounds, whether it be zebra or buffalo just outside your room when the grass is high, or you might find a 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.
Wildwaters Lodge, Jinja
Wildwaters Lodge is a unique accommodation - built on a private island and accessible only by boat - it is one of the best accommodation options for those stopping over for adrenaline activities in Jinja, including white-water rafting.
Wildwater's 10 luxury suites promise an unforgettable stay in a beautiful location.
Baker's Lodge, Murchison Falls
The south bank of the Nile has an increasing number of small and high quality options. Baker's 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.
Paraa Safari Lodge
Perched on the north bank of the Nile, Paraa Safari Lodge was reconstructed in 1997 out of the shell of the original 1959 lodge. Its decor is inspired by a bygone era of exploration of the Nile.
Each of its 54 rooms has an en suite bathroom, a large window, and a private balcony with stunning views of the winding Nile. Its serene outdoor pool appeared in the 1951 Hollywood classic, ‘The African Queen’ starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
The lodge is perfect for families or first-time visitors to Africa who want to experience safari adventures from a comfortable and stylish base.
Nile Safari Lodge
Located on the southern bank of the Nile, Nile Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly, family-owned lodge which opened in 2017.
The lodge’s furniture and fittings are designed to blend the boundaries between inside and outside. This unique aesthetic allows the accommodation to seamlessly blend in with its stunning surroundings.
The lodge was built with natural materials and expert local craftsmen. Water is sourced from the Nile and filtered to drinking quality by a UV filtration system.
The lodge offers privacy without severing itself from its beautiful surroundings.
Chobe Safari Lodge
Overlooking the north bank of the River Nile, Chobe Safari Lodge is a Five-Star lodge is designed to provide sweeping views of the magical river.
The lodge offers a wide range of accommodation and guests can choose between 36 charming guest rooms, 21 luxury tents, 4 suites, and a Presidential Cottage which brims with luxury.
Chobe’s outdoor pool is split into 3 tiers, allowing its guests to soak up the scenery from different perspectives. The Karama restaurant offers a delicious menu of local and international cuisines and its terrace provides a spectacular al fresco experience. The decor of the Karuma Bar reflects a blend of modern and classic safari themes.
Mweya Safari Lodge
Located on the Mweya Peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mwyea Safari Lodge is the perfect base for your adventures. The lodge offers breathtaking views of the meandering Kazinga Channel and the towering Rwenzori Mountains.
Private cottages are perfect for guests who value space and privacy. The Queen’s Cottage and the Presidential Cottage have spacious balconies which overlook the Kazinga Channel.
The infinity pool has its own bar, allowing you to sip your favourite tipple as you gaze across the Kazinga Channel.
Well-established lodges and camps in great locations that constantly provide guests with a warm welcome and a comfortable stay.
Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Forest
Situated just 5 minutes from the Buhoma gorilla trekking trailhead in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma Lodge offers a more modest, simple, but charming and comfortable accommodation option for gorilla trekkers.
It can't be beaten on location, the rooms are spacious with great views, and the staff always go above and beyond.
Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Forest
One of the highest rated lodging options in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Mahogany Springs is 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 trekking in Uganda.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queens
This camp offers an authentic tented camping experience in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Nestled in the southwest of Queens, the Ishasha sector is one of its quietest areas, making it the perfect location for a camping adventure.
Overlooking the Ntungwe River, Ishasha Wilderness Camp is built using canvas, wood, and thatched roofs to seamlessly blend into the surrounding woodlands. 10 private canvas tents are deliberately positioned to take advantage of their stunning surroundings.
Guests can choose to enjoy their meals inside the dining area, outside on the veranda, or in their own tents. The quality of food is extremely high.
Katara Lodge, Queens
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 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 it's a great base for exploring Queens.
Primate Lodge, Kibale Forest
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.
Karibu Guesthouse, Entebbe
Catering for a small number of guests, Karibu’s team of highly dedicated staff will strive to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel offers bespoke accommodation, and its eight en-suite rooms have unique designs.
The main house maximises its stunning surroundings and its rooms have a spectacular view of Lake Victoria’s sapphire waters.
Budongo Ecolodge, Murchison Falls
Originally the research station for the Jane Goodall Institute, it has been renovated to provide a pleasant and comfortable base for forest exploration. The lodge offers activities such as chimpanzee trekking and forest walks.
The lodge has an intimate ambience. Budongo offers five comfortable cabins and four large dormitory rooms for larger groups. Its on-site visitor centre is very informative about the local area, and it showcases ancient fossils. The lodge’s craft shop sells handmade gifts to commemorate your stay.
The Boma Guesthouse, Entebbe
The Boma provides a warm and homely welcome, with comfortable rooms, a lovely garden and excellent food.
If you like small lodges on safari, then The Boma will be perfect for you. The staff provides an outstanding service, and they will even organise your airport transfers.
The hotel has a great location in the suburbs of Entebbe and Entebbe International Airport is just a few minutes away.
Twiga Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls
A unique option for travellers who want to try a different style of accommodation. Twiga Safari Lodge provides a contemporary take on a tented camp, combining canvas with solid construction.
Twiga’s accommodation is a blend of safari camping tents and thatched African cottages. Its 8 private cottages are located on the bank of the river Nile in Mubaako Paraa, opposite to Murchison Falls National Park. Twiga is a five-minute drive from the Paraa ferry crossing to Murchison.
The lodge has a great view of the treasures of Murchison. Monkeys, birds, and even grazing hippos are frequently seen around the grounds of the lodge. The service is exceptional, and the lodge has a relaxed ambience.
Pakuba Safari Lodge
This three-star suburban lodge sits on the east bank of the Albert Nile. The lodge is a modern incarnation of the former state lodge that was previously visited by Idi Amin, and its ruins can still be seen. Pakuba Lodge is a short distance from the Tangi Gate of Murchison Falls National Park.
After a fast-paced day at the Park, you can cool off in its outdoor pool or sip your favourite tipple at the lodge’s fully stocked bar. You may prefer to sit at your window and take in the scenic wilderness views. Fortunate guests may see beautiful animals such as a leopard, or even a giraffe.
All rooms have excellent views of the Albert Nile and the river provides a refreshing evening breeze. The lodge offers great value for money and its 32 double/twin rooms and 4 family rooms are all spacious and furnished.
Murchison River Lodge
The lodge was established by Chris and Georgie, a couple who wanted to create an inclusive environment for all travellers, regardless of their budget. The lodge offers a broad range of accommodation that caters for any budget, including thatched cottages, thatched safari tents, river tents, and a campsite.
The lodge is eco-friendly and runs off solar power, this includes solar water pumps for the swimming pool and solar lights. The on-site restaurant mainly uses locally sourced ingredients.
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
In the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, 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.
Engagi Lodge, Bwindi Forest
A peaceful and simple lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Engagi Lodge's 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.
Haven Lodge, Bwindi Forest
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, Lake Mburo
Kimbala-Mantana Lodge is a traditional, tented, bush camp located in the centre of the Lake Mburo National 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.
Savannah Camp, Kidepo Valley
Kidepo Valley National Park 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.
Our most popular trips
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- 7 Days
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- 14 Days
Board a Cessna light aircraft and head into the southwestern pocket of Uganda. Trek through the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the mountain gorillas. Retreat to luxury lodges for sundowners and delicious food. Hard days, soft…
- 4 Days
Discover the exceptional bio-diversity of Uganda by combining the beautiful savannah grasslands of Murchison Falls National Park with chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale National Park. Connect the dots with epic road trips looping through northwestern Uganda.…
- 7 Days
Travel to the farthest corners of Uganda where towering volcanoes mark the border between the thick jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the untamed vastness of central Africa. After trekking the gorillas in Mgahinga, head inland for a couple…
- 6 Days
Combine gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with beautiful lakeside retreats at Lake Mutanda. Tough treks and primate encounters paired with idyllic, calming lakes and oases make for an unforgettable experience in this remote pocket of Uganda.…
- 6 Days
Light adventuring and charming safaris in Lake Mburo National Park coupled with lakeside retreats and days of reflection and exploration around Lake Mutanda. Close out the trip with a few days canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more in Jinja, Uganda's…
- 12 Days
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- 9 Days
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains where forests morph into ice-clad mountain peaks, cut through jungle thickets to hang out with mountain gorillas, and finish your trip relaxing lakeside amongst the staggering beauty of Lake Mutanda. This is Uganda.…
- 15 Days
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
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