Uganda Safari Lodges
Uganda’s high concentration of wildlife and diversity of tourist attractions makes thousands of tourists flood the country throughout the year. This fact places Uganda safari lodges on high demand.
Being a tourist hub, Uganda has a wealth of safari lodges to match the high demand. Tourists to Uganda are sure to have access to a varied range of lodges and accommodation facilities to choose from.
Uganda safari lodges range from budget to midrange, and high-end or luxury facilities. Here is a list of some of the most visited tourist safari lodges in the various regions of the country:
Kampala (capital city)
Most tourists embark on a Kampala City tour before going out further to other regions. While contemplating a sleepover in the Capital, consider these lodges:
Emin Pasha (High-end)
Situated in the heart of Kampala, Emin Pasha is the ideal place to stay for a luxury treat while in the Capital.
The hotel’s architectural design exudes an African-colonial atmosphere. Emin Pasha is most known for its great continental and Indian cuisine, as well as it’s 5-star amenities.
Le Petit Village (semi luxury)
Le Petit Village is a beautiful thatch-roofed hotel found in the heart of Kampala. Its location offers an exquisite view of Kampala city.
All rooms are self-contained and lodgers have access to a private terrace and swimming pool. The hotel’s famous Le Chateau restaurant offers gourmet dining to upscale travelers.
Orchidea Guest House (budget and midrange)
Situated in Muyenga, one of Kampala’s suburbs, Orchidea is an Italian-run guesthouse that is known for offering excellent customer service.
Lodgers have access to free Wi-Fi and laundry services. The guest-wing comprises of well-tended self-contained cottages, each with its own compound and sitting area. The on-site restaurant offers local and international cuisines.
Latitude 0 degrees (high-end), Hotel Le Bougainviller (midrange), and Lagoon Resort (midrange).
For tourists who don’t intend to travel long distances once they’ve arrived at Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, these lodges located in Entebbe town are convenient:
Lake Victoria Serena Resort (High-end and Luxury)
Found on the shores of Lake Victoria on the Lweza-Kigo road, Lake Victoria Serena Resort is a 5-star hotel that sprawls over 275 acres of land.
The resort is comprised of 124 individual rooms, including 10 suites, of which 2 are presidential suites. Still undergoing expansion, the resort is yet to include a marina, golf course, conference center, and a luxury residential complex.
Laico Lake Victoria Hotel (semi luxury)
The location of the hotel is only a 10 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport. Laico is a 4-star spacious and elegant hotel that has 144 self-contained guestrooms including 12 suites and 132 single and double deluxe rooms.
All rooms have free wi-fi, a telephone, hairdryer, a fridge, and an LCD television screen with DSTV. The hotel’s restaurant specializes in African and continental dishes.
Airport Guesthouse (budget)
The guesthouse is within a 5 minutes drive from Entebbe airport. It offers basic comfort; a serene environment with well-tended gardens, clean self-contained rooms, and a cozy restaurant set in a colonial style.
Hotel No.5 (Luxury), Karibu Guesthouse (midrange), Papyrus Guesthouse (midrange), The Boma (mid-range) 2 Friends Entebbe (midrange), and ViaVia Entebbe (budget).
Jinja is Uganda’s adventure hub, the ideal getaway for adrenaline junkies. Here are some of the best Uganda safari lodges found in Jinja town:
Jinja Nile Resort (semi luxury)
The resort is situated on the banks of River Nile in Jinja. Jinja Nile Resort sprawls out on 12 hectares of landscaped garden.
The resort has 5 bars, a fitness center, a main restaurant, a swimming pool, and several terraces, a mini-golf course, and children’s play facility.
All guestrooms have a seating area, private bathroom, and free wi-fi access. There is a shared lounge area with TV.
Source of the Smile Hotel & Guesthouse (midrange)
The hotel is situated only 5 minutes from the source of the Nile and Jinja town. It offers safari accommodation in form of self-contained rooms and suites. All rooms have private terraces and lodgers have access to free wi-fi.
Nile River Camp (budget)
Nile River Camp is the latest development on River Nile overlooking the Bujagali Falls, just 6km from Jinja town.
The camp has 10 private safari tents, 8 spacious dorms, with each having 3 double bunks. There is shared toilets and shower facilities that are kept clean and have hot water. The camp has a bar area, swimming pool, television, and free WiFi access.
The Haven (midrange), Nile Porch (midrange), and Kingfisher Safari Lodge (midrange).
Murchison Falls National Park
These are the best Uganda safari lodges for tourists considering a safari to Murchison Falls National Park and the regions in northwestern Uganda:
Paraa Safari Lodge (high-end and semi-luxury)
Paraa Safari Lodge is situated in Murchison Falls National Park, overlooking the celebrated River Nile. Lodgers have a beautiful view of the Nile; they get to see the crocodiles, hippos,, and a varied range of bird species as they bask at the riverbanks.
Paraa has a variety of accommodation facilities; suites, cottages, double, twin, and single rooms. Each of the 54 rooms has a balcony and en-suite private bathroom. The lodge has a state-of-the-art swimming pool, restaurant, business center, gift shop, and conference facilities.
Baker’s Lodge (high-end)
Named after explorer Sir Samuel Baker, the lodge is situated on the southern bank of River Nile, in Murchison Falls National Park.
The lodge’s location offers an intimate and serene view of the Nile, falls and the park. Individual large and thatched self-contained cottages comprise the lodge’s accommodation facility. There is a thatched central lounge, swimming pool, dining and bar area.
Murchison River Lodge (midrange)
Situated within Murchison Falls National Park, the lodge’s location offers panoramic views of the park and the beautiful Nile river.
The lodge has midrange accommodation facilities with free Wi-Fi access and attentive room service and staff. The lodge has a well-stocked bar, visitors’ lounge, swimming pool, and a children’s play facility.
Bush Camping on the Delta (budget)
Avid safarists are offered the option of camping in the wild. With a ranger to keep watch, campers are sure to spot giraffes, buffalos, jackals, and even a lion on rare occasions.
The sound of the surging Murchison falls, as the waters vigorously crush against the rocks before tumbling into a hollow depth is sure to fill the campers’ days and nights.
Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (midrange), Bwana Tembo (midrange), Fort Murchison (midrange), and Murchison River Lodge (Lazy camping – budget).
Kidepo Valley National Park
The best Uganda safari lodges to stay in while visiting the very distant Kidepo, one of Africa’s finest wildernesses are:
Apoka Lodge (high-end)
Apoka Lodge is the epitome of luxury in the heart of a very distant wilderness. Almost everything you will find at Apoka is intricately handmade by local craftsmen.
Accommodation is comprised of 10 spacious rooms with natural canvas walls. The living rooms and private verandas are expansive. Bedrooms have hand-hewn beds, with soft duvets and mosquito nets.
There is a sheltered terrace and an outdoor stone bathtub for each room. The lodge also has an expansive swimming pool carved out of big rocks.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (midrange and budget)
Found outside the park, the lodge’s accommodation is comprised of both self-contained and non-self-contained tents.
The non-self-contained tents share a communal block that has hot water showers and flushing toilets. All tents are furnished with single and double beds, and have a daily supply of clean linen and beddings.
Apoka Rest Camp (budget)
This is a budget facility set on a hill overlooking the Narus Valley and its watering pools. You can practically view wildlife while sitting at the verandah of your hut.
The camp has 16 self-contained chalets and 14 non-self contained bandas. Although there is a canteen, lodgers are encouraged to come along with their own supply of food and drinks for the time they plan to stay at the camp.
Kakine self-catering campsite (budget), and UWA Bandas (budget).
Fort portal and Kibale National Park
While visiting the best tourist destination for primate lovers, these Uganda safari lodges are worth considering for a comfortable stay in the wild:
Kyaninga Lodge (high-end)
Found in Fort Portal, Kyaninga lodge is set against the spectacular backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the lofty Rwenzori mountains.
The lodge is comprised of nine cottages built from hand-carved logs. Each lodge has a well-furnished bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and sitting area.
Cottages are lit with solar power, have charging points and a hot water supply. The lodge has a main lounging area, dining and bar area, as well as a swimming pool.
Primate Lodge (Luxury and midrange)
Found in the heart of Kibale National Park, Primate Lodge is comprised of 9 luxury cottages each with a well-furnished bedroom, living room area, a bathroom and private verandah looking out to the forest.
The lodge also has 7 midrange self-contained forest cottages, plus the popular double-storied ‘elephant banda’ normally taken up by honeymooners. Other amenities include; a dining terrace, a lounge area, an evening campfire, and access to a free WiFi connection.
Kibale Forest Camp (budget)
The camp is situated in a patch of evergreen rainforest bordering Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a famous primate habitat.
Kibale Forest Camp is comprised of 12 self-contained African style safari tents tucked away in the forest, and thatched non-self-contained tents normally taken up by lazy campers.
Ndali Lodge (luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (midrange), Papaya Lake Lodge (high-end), Isunga Lodge (mid-range), Turaco Treetops (midrange), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (midrange), Kibale Guest Cottages (midrange), and Dutchess (midrange).
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Being the most famous tourist destination, Queen Elizabeth has some of the finest Uganda safari lodges:
Mweya Safari Lodge (high-end)
Found in the very heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari getaway destination. The lodge is practically encircled by the Rwenzoris; the fabled mountains of the moon.
The lodge has 32 standard rooms, 12 deluxe rooms, and 2 suites. There are cottages and tents as well; the Presidential cottage, Queen’s cottage, 2 family cottages, 4 tents, with 2 of them being luxury and the other 2 standards.
The other facilities include; a swimming pool, an elegant restaurant, a gift shop that sells locally made African crafts, conference and information centers, and the famous Tembo bar.
Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (high-end)
The Lodge is situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park close to Lake George and Kahendero Fishing Village. Ihamba is comprised of seven luxury thatch-roofed cottages.
Each cottage is fitted with twin and double beds, en-suite bathrooms, extensive living room spaces, and private veranda looking out to the lake. The other amenities include; a lounge and bar, dining area, swimming pool, and gardens.
The Bush Lodge (midrange and budget)
Built along ecological principals, the Bush Lodge is found in Queen Elizabeth National Park near the Kazinga Channel.
The lodge has 12 self-contained bandas builds from a combination of canvas and local materials. Each banda is self-contained and has a private terrace overlooking the seasonal Kamera river.
For the ultimate bush experience, there are two self-contained tents isolated from the main lodge. There are also 10 non-self-contained lodges but furnished with beds, other basic furniture, and a supply of towels and linen. Each tent has power outlets, and there is a communal block with showers and flushing toilets.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp (high-end), Kyambura Game Lodge (high-end), Enjojo Lodge (midrange), Katara Lodge (semi-luxury), Marafiki Safari Lodge (midrange), and Ishasha Jungle Lodge (semi luxury).
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Being a habitat to over half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, Bwindi without a doubt receives many tourists. The best Uganda safari lodges in the park and its vicinity are:
Buhoma Lodge (high-end)
This is a luxury facility found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, within a short walking distance from one of the gorilla trekking starting points.
The lodge has an elevated central lounge area, a complete bar, with dining and spa facilities. The lodging facility is comprised of 10 comfortable chalets, each with a private veranda. All chalets are self-contained with en-suite bathrooms.
Gorilla Safari Lodge (luxury and midrange)
The lodge is situated on the boundary line of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The lodge offers its guests luxury accommodation in 18 spacious cottages. All cottages have solar power, en-suite bathrooms with a supply of hot and cold water, and flushing toilets.
Five of the cottages have two bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms. The setting is very suitable for families and larger groups traveling together. The other amenities include a spa, restaurant, bar, a lounge, and campfire.
Buhoma Community Rest Camp
The camp is comprised of midrange and budget accommodation facilities; 6 well furnished and self-contained safari tents, 3 self-contained cottages, 2 non-self-contained bandas, a six-bed dormitory, and several camping sites.
The other facilities at the camp include a well-stocked bar, a restaurant, a craft shop that sells souvenirs, and the main lounge. Lodgers have access to a free WiFi connection.
Engadi Lodge (semi luxury), Mahogany Springs (semi luxury), Chameleon Hill Lodge (semi luxury), Silverback Lodge (midrange), Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (high-end), Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (high-end), Bakiga Lodge (budget), Mutunda Lake Resort (midrange), and Gorilla Valley Lodge (Budget & midrange), and Gorilla Friends Camp (budget)
Other Safari Lodges
Uganda’s list of safari lodges is inexhaustible! Safarists are sure to find comfortable accommodation in every region and national park they decide to visit:
Tourists visiting Sipi Falls, and the district’s of Kapchorwa, Sironko, and Mbale, in Eastern Uganda, should consider these Uganda safari lodges:
Sipi River Lodge (midrange), Lacam Lodge (budget/midrange), and Home of Friends Guesthouse (budget/midrange).
Tourists visiting south-western Uganda between the districts of Kisoro and Kabale should consider these Uganda safari lodges
Heritage Lodge (midrange), BirdNest Resort (semi luxury & midrange), Crater Bay Cottages (budget), Bushara Island (budget), and Arcadia cottages (midrange&budget).
Lake Mburo National Park
Most convenient Uganda safari lodges for tourists visiting Lake Mburo National Park, and Kiruhura district include;
Mihingo Lodge (high-end), Rwakobo Lodge (midrange), and Eagles Nest (budget).