19 Top Places To Stay On A Luxury Uganda Safari
Uganda is most famous for its mountain gorillas, which can be trekked in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.
Rather less publicized is the fact that biodiverse network of national parks in Uganda also offers excellent chimpanzee trekking tours and a decent chance of spotting all the Big Game animals in the savannah.
Other Uganda safari attractions include some of Africa’s most scenic mountains, rivers, and lakes. The country also has a checklist of over 1090 species of birds!
And for where to stay in Uganda, the country has a variety of accommodation options – ranging from campsites and backpacker safari lodges to five-star hotels and world-class safari lodges.
Here, we introduce you to 19 of the top luxury Uganda safari lodges & camps.
1. Lamela Wildwaters Lodge
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge is an African Eden.
The lodge features 10 spacious suites. The suites are set on 6.5 hectares of pristine riverine forest on an island in the middle of the world’s longest river, River in Jinja.Leave the mainland behind and arrive by canoe, your local guide skillfully navigating the rocks and rapids.
Then, travel through an emerald-green rainforest teeming with birds, listening for the distinctive cry of the African fish eagle, until you arrive at one of the continent’s most unique lodges. Lemala Wildwaters Lodge is dream place for a water-sports lover. White-water rafters can tackle mild rapids or wild class 5 rapids if they choose.
You can also enjoy kayaking, jet boating, sport fishing, bungee jumping, or swimming in the pool that has been forged from natural rock.
As you enjoy the fresh waters of the mighty Nile River, keep a look for fellow water babies such as monitor lizards and otters. Each of the suites features a balcony with not just wonderful views but also an outdoor, claw-foot tub for alfresco bathing – a wonderful way to enjoy the sunset.
Also, suites have queen-sized daybeds that are perfect to relax with a book from the lodge’s library, and hand basins carved from local pink granite.
Whether you’re in your suite or out on the water, Lemala Whitewater Lodge all but guarantees a stress-free honeymoon or holiday in Uganda.
- Island setting in the Nile River
- Large, exquisitely designed rooms
- Rafting, swimming, and jet boating
- Guided nature walks, and birding
- Day spa and library
- Café, bar and swimming pool
- Honeymoon suite
2. Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo is an exclusive family owned lodge, located in a private wilderness area bordering Lake Mburo National Park.
The Mihingo Lodge stands out for possessing that elusive ‘wow’ factor. The lodge has 12 luxury tented chalets that are scattered across a forested hill whose rocky summit offers wonderful views in all directions.
Mihingo also has a beautifully appointed open-sided dining area and a swimming pool set between the boulders. This is undeniably the most luxurious Uganda safari lodge servicing Lake Mburo Park.
It has the added value of offering horseback and walking safaris, as well as night drives that come with a decent chance of spotting the elusive leopards.
- 5-star luxury lodge near Lake Mburo Park
- Uninterrupted forest & lake views
- Infinity pool overlooks a wildlife-frequented watering hole
- Horseback safaris, walking safaris & night drives
- Photography hide
- Cycling tours and boat cruises
- Yoga and massage treatments
- Children’s programmes
- Family safaris and wildlife sightings
3. Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp is situated on the banks of the Ntungwe River.
This intimate tented camp will allow you to truly experience the African wild. It is perfect for romantics looking for a peaceful stay. And it is ideally situated as a base from which to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Set out on game drives to search for the rare and famous tree-climbing lions, as well as the many other Uganda wildlife species found here. You can also enjoy excursions to Kazinga village to meet a traditional medicine man and learn a little more about the local customs and culture.
Bird watching will introduce you to some of the park’s 610 species of birds, and Queen Elizabeth NP is also believed to host one of the largest populations of hippo, so keep your eyes peeled for these river-loving creatures.
- In Queen Elizabeth National Park
- On the banks of the Ntungwe River
- Intimate, private, and peaceful camp with occasional bush breakfasts
- Attentive, helpful staff offer personalized service
- Game drives, bush walks, hot-air ballooning and sundowners
- See rare tree-climbing lions
- Go chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
- Boat cruise on the hippo-filled Kazinga Channel
- Visit Kazinga village and a local ‘medicine man’
4. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is without doubt one of the best places to stay in Uganda. The camp combines the feel of an exclusive safari camp with a gorgeous rainforest setting in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
It features 8 large and stylish standing tents, each fitted with 2 queen-size beds and a private balcony set deep in the impenetrable forest.
There is no more luxurious base from which to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, particularly as it lies practically opposite the main tracking assembly point at Buhoma, Bwindi’s park headquarters.
Wildlife viewing does not stop when you get back to camp: gorgeous forest birds include Great blue turaco, many monkeys pass through on a daily basis, and it is not unheard of for majestic mountain gorillas to wander across the lawn!
- Luxurious camp on a private concession in Bwindi National Park
- Stunning views over the forest canopy
- Mountain gorillas are regularly seen walking through camp
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- Learn about & interact with the local Batwa people
- Bird watching and forest nature walks
5. Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
Situated in a prime Uganda gorilla trekking region, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge offers the lifechanging experience of interacting with endangered mountain gorillas from the lap of luxury. The lodge’s unique, classy design stands in juxtaposition to its beautiful surroundings of Bwindi Forest.
You can expect to have every creature comfort at your disposal while revelling in the beauty of Uganda’s highlands. Treatments at the Humula Forest Spa are paired with spectacular views for the ultimate rejuvenation.
- Luxury, Eco-friendly lodge in Bwindi Forest
- Breathtaking views overlooking Bwindi Forest
- Trekking gorillas in Bwindi
- Monkeys viewing
- Superb bird watching
- Tour the colourful, award-winning Bwindi Bar
- Interesting tea plantation tour
6. Kyaninga Lodge
The luxurious Kyaninga Lodge is owner-managed property on the outskirts of Fort Portal town. The lodge boasts the most impressive architecture of any Uganda safari lodge. It was built almost entirely from wood and thatch.
Kyaninga it consists of eight spacious cottages. The cottages are spaced widely along a stilted wooden walkway on the forested rim of Kyaninga Crater Lake. The view across the lake toward the Rwenzori Mountains is sensational.
There is some great walking and canoeing on the property. And it is one of the best places to stay in Uganda prior to chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest.
- Luxury nine-cabin lodge just outside Kibale Forest
- Spectacular views of Lake Kyaninga
- Stunning views of the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains
- Wild chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest
- Hikes around the volcanic Crater Lake
7. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the highest lodge in Uganda.
The lodge is perched at an altitude of around 2,100 meters / 6,889 feet on a forested ridge close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’s Nkuringo Gate. It features 8 cozy 80m2/860ft2 guest cottages.
Each cottage has a king-size bed, a spacious lounge complete with plump sofas and roaring log fire, and a stylish modern bathroom. There is no finer base than Clouds for gorilla trekking in Bwindi’s remote southwest.
And the views towards the volcanic Virunga, with active Nyiragongo glowing orange after dark, are truly stunning. Luxurious touches include a personal butler, a pampering foot massage after your gorilla trek Uganda tour, and superb cuisine complemented by a selection of imported wines.
- Luxury lodge on the fringes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Trek for mountain gorillas
- See the colobus and red-tailed monkeys
- Meet the ancient Batwa tribe
- Magical dining experiences in an exclusive location
- Hike to Bwindi Forest’s waterfalls
8. Mount Gahinga Lodge
Mount Gahinga Lodge is the standout luxury base for exploring Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The lodge has a peerless setting below a trio of tall volcanic peaks belonging to the Virunga range bordering Rwanda and Congo.
It is under the same dynamic management since it first opened in 2002. Mount Gahinga Lodge has 7 massive cottages that combine local Bafumbira stone architecture with modern comforts and excellent amenities.
Being only 5 minutes’ walk from the main park entrance, the is ideally positioned for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga, as well as other activities such as golden monkey trekking and day hikes to the Virunga Volcanoes’ peaks.
- An exclusive-use lodge at the edge of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Stunning forest and mountain views
- Personal butler service for all guests
- Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
- Climb an ancient volcanic mountain
- Learn about the Batwa Pygmy People
- Tour the sacred Ngarama Cave
9. Apoka Safari Lodge
Apoka Safari Lodge is unquestionably the top Uganda safari lodge in northeast of the country. The Apoka stands on a rocky ridge overlooking a waterhole in pristine Africa wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park.
The lodge offers super-spacious chalets with canvas walls.
The chalets have private terraces. And there is a wonderful natural rock swimming pool, as well as a shady thatched dining area with a view over the Kidepo’s sweeping plains.
Apoka is the perfect base for exploring a remote and relatively little-known park where lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and buffalo are all likely to be seen on a daily basis.
- In the pristine wilderness of Kidepo National Park
- Super-spacious chalets with canvas walls
- Game drives and nature walks
- Karamajongo Community Cultural tours
- Visit Ik people
- Birding – almost 500 species, including 58 types of raptors
- VIP/honeymoon suite
10. Paraa Safari Lodge
Paraa Safari Lodge is one of the oldest and largest Uganda safari lodges. The lodge was constructed in 1959. It is situated on a slope overlooking the north bank of the Nile as it flows through Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in the country.
At the Falls the 50-metre-wide River Nile, on its journey from Lake Victoria’s source to join Lake Albert, is suddenly compressed into a gorge only 8 metres wide and plunges 45 meters below. It is world’s strongest waterfall.
Paraa has 54 rooms that have undergone many face-lifts since 1959. But it still enjoys a wonderful location, best appreciated from the large and inviting swimming pool. The lodge has comfortable, well-equipped rooms and a restaurant decorated in colonial style.
Logistically, Paraa Safari Lodge is perfectly sited for boat trips to the base of Murchison Falls and game drives on the productive Delta Circuit.
- Overlooking the Nile River
- Great value with comfortable rooms
- Enjoy game drives in the national park
- Take a boat trip to Murchison Falls
- See hippo, crocodiles and a variety of birds
11. Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa
The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa echoes the look of a lavish Mediterranean villa. It is location between Kampala and Entebbe cities makes it the perfect overnight stop before or after your safari in Uganda.
At Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, you can enjoy a comfortable yet luxurious stay as they prepare for the next leg of their Uganda safari trip. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake – from the comfort of your room or up-close on a sunset cruise.
And, naturally, you cannot leave Serena without playing a few holes on Uganda’s finest championship golf course or enjoying a revitalizing treatment at the spa.
- Lavish resort on Lake Victoria, just outside Kampala
- Spectacular views overlooking the lake
- Championship golf course, gym, spa, tennis and volleyball courts
- Lake cruises
- Visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Go shoebill watching in Mabamba Swamp
12. Hotel No. 5
A stylish and elegant boutique hotel, Hotel No. 5 is perfect for a restful overnight before or after exploring Uganda. This luxury hotel offers a tranquil and comfortable stay in the leafy suburb of Entebbe City.
You can enjoy all the amenities and creature comforts of a 5-star hotel, including refreshing spa treatments and sunset cruises on ocean-sized Lake Victoria.
A highlight of your stay is dining at the on-site gourmet restaurant, indulging in flavoursome meals and vintage wine.
- Stylish and elegant luxury hotel in Entebbe
- Spa, swimming pool, onsite restaurant & gym
- Boat cruises on Lake Victoria
- See the incredible shoebill in Mabamba Swamp
- Visit the chimpanzees at Ngamba Island
- Visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo)
13. Turaco Treetops Lodge
Built with the adventurer in mind, Turaco Treetops has a tree house-like structure that tower above the canopy of primate-packed Kibale Forest. There is an assortment of activities on offer. And your stay will be a packed adventure from start to finish.
When not tracking wild chimpanzee on foot Kibale Forest National Park, you can enjoy the comforts of your luxury room while taking in incredible forest views.
If you are travelling with little ones, there is plenty to keep them preoccupied at the lodge such as spotting Colobus Monkeys playing in the trees outside room.
- Luxury lodge nestled in a rainforest bordering Kibale National Park
- Outdoor playground and indoor entertainment room for kids
- Unobstructed views of Kibale Forest and Mountains of the Moon
- Reliable sightings of Colobus Monkeys from camp
- Chimpanzee trekking adventures
- Hiking and mountain biking tours to crater lakes
- Tea plantations tours
14. Primate Lodge Kibale
Primate Lodge is one best Uganda safari lodges. The lodge accommodates guests in luxurious stone and thatch cottages. It is situated in Kibale Forest National Park, the top destination for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.
Primate Lodge is just 5 minutes’ walk from Kibale National Park visitor Centre. The guest cottages are spaced out widely in an area of rainforest. Here, you will see monkeys and a wide variety of birds.
- Magical location in Kibale Forest
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Nature walks in Kibale Forest
- Bird watching of more than 370 species
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in all of the lodge’s public areas
15. Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge is one of the most famous places to stay in Uganda. The lodge boasts a commanding cliff-top position on the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s premier big game destination
The lodge is set overlooking a stretch of Kazinga Channel, which is home to some of Africa’s densest concentration of hippos and waterbirds. The channel is also favored by thirsty buffalo and elephant herds.
Mweya Safari Lodge offers perhaps the most reliable in-house wildlife viewing of any Uganda safari lodge. There’s also plentiful birdlife in the gardens, and on a clear day you can see the snowcapped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains or the mountains of the Moon.
The lodge features 54 rooms. It is not as intimate or exclusive as smaller Uganda safari camps, but the prime location and on-the-ball management ensure it remains a great place to stay a luxury Uganda safari.
- Located in Uganda’s premier big game park
- Spacious rooms & romantic tents
- Spectacular views of the teeming Kazinga Channel
- Big game viewing by 4X4 & boat
- Chimpanzee tracking and night drives
- Sensational bird watching – 610 species recorded!
16. Sipi River Lodge
Quality accommodation is thin on the ground in eastern region of Uganda. But Sipi River Lodge is a welcome exception. The lodge stands in lushly wooded grounds on the slopes of Mt Elgon, an extinct shield volcano that ranks as Africa’s 8th tallest mountain at 4,321m.
Sipi River Lodge is great base for hiking in the fertile Elgon foothills and visiting a trio of pretty waterfalls that adorn the Sipi River. The main Sipi Falls is only a few minutes’ walk away, and the middle cascade actually stands in the grounds, within view of some of the cottages.
With a cozy rustic feel that might be transplanted from the English countryside, this isn’t your average safari lodge, and the relatively high altitude ensures it enjoys a pleasant temperate climate.
- One of the few luxury lodges in eastern Uganda
- Hiking Mount Elgon
- Sipi Falls hike and coffee tours
- Local community cultural encounters
17. Kyambura Gorge Lodge
At Kyambura Gorge Lodge, you’re able to track wild chimpanzees on foot and have a classic Africa safari experience in comfort and style.
The lodge is located on a former coffee plantation at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains. It has stunning views of the forested Kyambura Gorge or the Valley of Apes.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge sits on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s flagship big game park. The unpretentious Ugandan hospitality ensures guests are well taken care of and offered every comfort while enjoying this untouched African paradise.
- Charming lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP
- Stunning views of the Kyambura Gorge & Rwenzori Mountains
- Excellent big game viewing in the park
- Boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel
- Track chimpanzees in the gorge
- Spot the tree climbing lions in Ishasha
18. Ndali Lodge
If your luxury Ugandan safari itinerary includes the Crater Lakes region, then you might want to check out this charming country house.
The lodge is ideally situated for chimpanzee trekking to Kibale Forest or nature walk in the community-run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
It also offers closer-to-home delights. These include the chance to stroll around the working farm and revel in the heady fragrance of the vanilla processing plant, or take a guided walk to the lovely Muhoma Falls.
You can also explore local banana plantations, and wander through misty valleys in search of birds and butterflies.
- Informal, homely atmosphere with solar power
- Lovely views overlooking the lake
- Birding and guided walks to the waterfall
- Cool off in the swimming pool
- Enjoy freshly squeezed juices and homemade breads with wild Ugandan honey
19. Nile Safari Lodge
Nile Safari Lodge takes its time from the world’s longest river that flows through Murchison Falls National Park, where this family-owned Eco lodge is located.
The lodge is built entirely of organic materials and blends in beautifully with its surroundings. And yet still offers exceptional river views from every room. You can even indulge in a bubble bath in your room while you gaze out over the legendary Nile River.
From the lodge, you can explore the area, including visiting the famous (and dramatic) falls, and ticking off a great many species of African wildlife from your must-see list.You can even walk in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway; the famous author once survived a plane crash nearby.
- Set in the famous Murchison Falls NP
- Overlooking the mighty Nile River
- Small and personal authentic camp
- Variety of activities including boat excursions to the falls
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