Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi
Although the lodge welcomes families and even includes a family chalet, there is an age restriction on tracking gorillas – trackers must be at least 15 years old. However, forest walks, bird watching and more are on offer for all the family.
The two-storey timber and stone chalets hide behind clusters of trees, fitting in seamlessly with the surrounding forest.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi
Reminiscent of scenes from the Swedish alps, this set of seven eco-lodges, including two for families, is found within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and stands out amongst the emerald trees and thatched-roof cottages.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is an excellent option for gorilla trekkers. From here, you can head into the forest along some of the more physically demanding trails.
For those in search of less demanding routes, the departure point in Rushaga is only a short drive away from the camp. Beneath tall ceilings with Tudor-style exposed wooden beams, numerous communal lounges can be found, with comfy sofas and coffee tables leading to a sophisticated dining room.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi
Of all the properties in the region, this one is closest to the gorillas, with the primates often roaming onto the camp grounds.
All the open-sided, communal buildings are constructed from locally sourced timber and volcanic rock, offering views of the surrounding landscapes. As well as a range of bars and lounges, the lodges are equipped with a mini-spa, offering a range of traditional treatments.
The accommodation at Gorilla Forest Camp consists of eight tents, spaced around the grounds and connected to the communal buildings along neat stone paths. All are made out of timber, stone, and thatch, with a veranda at the front boasting forest views.
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Bwindi
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is a luxury accommodation option for gorilla trekkers wanting to venture across the Buhoma trail.
Found in the quaint village of Buhoma, the site is over an hour drive away from the park entrance, but offers some of the most amenable routes in the region.
What sets Volcanoes apart is the quality of its modern design; with its glass walls, every room offers stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding forests and valleys. The communal areas around the main building are encircled by a long viewing deck that's perfect for viewing the coral sun sink below the horizon.
Chameleon Hill Lodge, Lake Mutanda
A collective of ten small chalets, all encircled by private gardens, the lodges offers a range of treks and walks across both parks.
Sitting high upon the slopes of a valley, the accommodation comprises rows of piercingly bright chalets that stand out amongst the verdant forests sprawling either side of the lodge.
Inside, the lodge is just as colourful with communal areas featuring a range of cosy lounges, equipped with bars and fire pits. The dining area also flows out on to a deck, from which the superb scenery surrounds you. Of the 10 rooms, five are double rooms.
Baker's Lodge, Murchison Falls
Named after Samuel and Florence Baker, husband-and-wife explorers who arrived in Murchison Falls National Park in 1863, this private, safari styled lodge is set upon the shores of the Nile, hidden behind large shady trees and wetland areas hosting abundant bird-life along the water’s edge.
The views onto the river are magnificent with islands hosting an array of wildlife from nesting egret birds, to hippos which can be heard munching throughout the night. The aptly named Nile Veranda always showcases these beautiful beasts in all their glory.
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge, Jinja
Found on a private island on the Victoria Nile, the island is a short boat ride away Jinja. A collection of ten idyllic suits, Wildwaters is one of the best options in the Jinja area for enjoying some wet-and-wild water sports.
The communal lodge is positioned on a sturdy rock face, encircled by turbulent rapids all around. In keeping with the local climate, the lodge is constructed out of timber, stone, and thatch, fitting in perfectly with the island’s flourishing forests.
A range of water sports and boat excursions are on offer at the lodge, and from the observation deck telescopes allow guests to have a closer look at the animals that call the Nile home.
Kyangabi Crater Lodge
Found in the Rubirizi District in Western Uganda, unlike many of the resorts on this list, the Kyangabi Crater Resort caters mainly to families, curating excursions that are inclusive of all ages.
Of the 32 different styled rooms, all are designed to meet our guest’s personal preferences, depending on group size and requirements.
With activities like fruit picking tours featuring alongside traditional wildlife trekking, Kyangabi is the destination for those wanting a more idle experience, less focused on rigorous hikes.
Bordering the Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is situated approximately 180 miles (290km) west of the capital, Kampala and approximately 56 miles (90km) north-west of Mbarara.
Crater Safari Lodge
Surrounded by 9 crater lakes and abundant tea and coffee plantations, Crater Safari Lodge is one of the few luxury lodges in the Kibale National Forest. Located near gangs of chimpanzees, as well as the neighbouring Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, in which the famous "Top of the World" viewpoint is found.
The national park protects the lush and dense evergreen rain forest, the natural habitat to the chimpanzee.
On a hill overlooking the second largest crater lake in Uganda, all 21 rooms (deluxe chalets or standard cabanas) either have a full or partial view of the crater lake below, so the breathtaking view is never far away. A series of small traditional cliff-side cottages, all with thatched roofs, this quaint collection is an ideal place to base excursions into the bush.
Murchison River Lodge
Located on the South Bank of the Nile, the timber frame, stoned filled facade blends perfectly with the natural surroundings.
Featuring an open-plan restaurant and bar that flows out onto a terrace, immerses guests in the power of the Nile.
Unlike many of the lodges in the area, children of all ages are welcome with one of the two swimming pools on-site specifically for babies and toddlers.
Stay in luxury lodges on these trips
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Luxury Gorilla Fly-in Safari
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
Luxury Northern Explorer
Beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a undercurrent of the wild vastness of central Africa that lies just beyond the borders, the north of Uganda beckons adventurers who dream of exploring the frontiers. It's proper adventuring, but luxury lodges mean you…
- 9 Days
Luxury Safari and Gorilla Habituation
Spend 4 hours in the company of a gorilla family by joining the habituation trek. Combined with a luxury safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park, this trip offers truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife…
- 7 Days
Lakeside Retreats, Safaris & Adrenaline Activities
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
Murchison and Kibale Driving Safari
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
Gorilla Treks & Lake Retreats
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
Safaris & Gorillas of Uganda
Combine safaris in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with a 4 day gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Top and tail with overnights in the bustling capital of Kampala.…
- 12 Days
Classic Gorilla Fly-In Safari
If you had the chance to trek through lush forests; to stand metres away from a family of Mountain Gorillas - deep in the heart of Central Africa - would you take it? This 4-day adventure works great as a…
- 4 Days
Snow Capped Peaks & Mountain Gorillas
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 Very Best of Uganda
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…
- 20 Days
The full western circuit complete with luxury lodges, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, and the best safaris Uganda has to offer. Close out your adventure with kayaking and canoeing on the rapids of the river Nile.…
- 16 Days
Uganda's Epic Southwest
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
Ultimate Gorilla Experience
Two visits to the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, moving through the forest along the most awesome trekking routes, and staying the night at the best lodges and exclusive camps in the park. This is Uganda gorilla trekking at…
- 5 Days
Volcanoes, Gorillas and Great Lakes
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
Chimpanzee & Gorilla Fly-In Safari
Combine chimp trekking in Kibale Forest with mountain gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A well-paced highlights tour unlocking some of Uganda's most impressive experiences. Consider breaking up the journey from Kibale to Bwindi with a classic safari at…
- 7 Days
Introduction to the Rwenzoris
The forested slopes, clouded valleys, and snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains call out for exploration. Combine this perfect introductory trek with other destinations in the southwest to create a magical Ugandan…
- 5 Days
Climbing Margherita Peak
Mt. Stanley's Margherita Peak, at 5,109 metres, is the highest point in Uganda and the third-highest point in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This 10-day trip includes 8 days on the mountain, summiting Margherita Peak on day 6.…
- 8 Days