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Kampala Hotels & Lodges in Uganda

Latitude 0° is carefully designed and crafted to fit among the indigenous trees and orchids atop Makindye Hill, six kilometers south-east of the city of Kampala. An urban oasis with views to Lake Victoria, it is a destination easy to access, but definitely harder to leave. Latitude has 47 spacious guest rooms and suites of varying sizes, 2 restaurants, a bar and lounge with pool and Lakeview terraces, combining signature Latitude twists, with a modern and vibrant Africa.

 

Emin Pasha (High-end)

Emin Pasha Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala, close to the busy city center and for instance the Uganda Museum. The hotel has a wonderful garden full of flowers, palm trees and of course a swimming pool. All rooms have different decorations; all in the African/colonial atmosphere and all luxury you need. The restaurant offers a mix of continental and Indian food. Its privacy and the amenities make it a perfect base for each traveler.

 

 Serena Lake Victoria Resort (High-end)

Serena Lake Victoria Resort is set on the shores of Lake Victoria between Entebbe and Kampala. Styled to replicate the lines of a classically rustic Roman villa, which might just as easily stand amid the sunflowers of the Tuscan Hills, as on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. Beyond the mosaic frescoes of the main restaurant, a clock tower rises above the pool-deck where colonnades of white arches offer the perfect frame for the hazy blue of the lake and the encircling green of the Lweza Hills. Widely spaced amongst the rose gardens, clusters of pastel-painted villas offer a choice of rooms and suites, all with panoramic lake views.

 

 Le Petit Village

Le Petit Village is a wonderful Boutique Hotel in Kampala: This thatch-roofed hotel meets the needs of a variety of discerning travelers. Le Petit Village’s intimate rooms are decorated in Safari Chic rustic elegance, which makes it the perfect place to relax in understated luxury. All rooms are self-contained. Enjoy a good swim, chill out and enjoy a view of Kampala complete with natural and local sounds from your private terrace, or partake in gourmet dining at our famous Le Chateau Restaurant.

 

Hotel Bougainville (Mid-Range/ Semi luxe)

Hotel Bougainville offers you a unique Mediterranean flair: surrounding a lush terraced garden with a swimming pool and plenty of private hideaways to sit and relax, our hotel rooms are accommodated in a number of luxurious bungalows that combine the comfort of international hotel standards with the charm of a village Provençal.

 

 Lagoon Resort (Mid-range/ semi-luxe)

Lagoon Resort is located just outside Kampala on a peninsula in Lake Victoria. It can be a perfect place to relax at the end of your tour and can be reached by a 25-minute boat ride from Munyonyo marina just south of Kampala. The resort is located in a large bay, giving visitors a wonderful view of Lake Victoria, as well as making the resort home to many birds, and some cheeky monkeys too. There is a swimming pool as well. Your visit to Lagoon Resort will make you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and you’ll return home refreshed and relaxed.

 

Orchidea Guesthouse (Budget/mid-range)

Orchidea Guesthouse is a cozy guesthouse with Italian management. You won’t miss the feeling of a country resort due to a blend of hospitality and comfort. The guest wing area has well tendered mini cottages, each one with their own compound and sitting room. There is a great Italian Restaurant on the compound and you are close to Kabalagala, a famous area in Kampala with lots of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

 

JINJA Hotels and Lodges

Wild waters Lodge (High-end)

Nestled in luxuriant rainforest on its own private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile, Wild waters Lodge is breathtaking. Thick riverine forest naturally covers the island and each of the ten timber-floor rooms is nestled amidst the forest with private, breathtaking views over the River Nile and its rapids. The expansive, canvas walled, traditionally thatched, rooms each boast private decks with elegant free-standing baths and washbasins carved from the local pink granite. Softly lit with hand-made furniture, you can relax in comfort on this island paradise listening to the thunder of the Nile rapids, and the calls of the many species of birds who call the island home.

 

The Haven (semi-luxe)

Rated as one of the best accommodations in the Jinja region, The Haven is a peaceful and relaxed eco-friendly River Lodge. Enjoy the tranquil environment and the breath-taking view over the White Nile waterfall from this beautiful retreat. The fish eagle, otters, monitor lizards, monkeys, and incredible bird species will accompany you during your stay. You can enjoy the delicious food from the spacious terrace overlooking the gently flowing river. Take a refreshing dive in the swimming pool or take your chance to dip in the Nile!

 

Nile Porch (Mid-range)

Situated on the banks of the Victoria Nile, just downstream of its source, overlooking the spectacular Bujagali Falls, the Nile Porch offers a unique experience in comfortably appointed semi tented en suite accommodation. Relax next to the crystal blue swimming pool and enjoy the abundance of native fauna and flora and look forward to a sumptuous meal at the Black Lantern restaurant before retiring to a peaceful night’s sleep with the sound of the Nile flowing by on its journey to the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 Source of the Smile (Mid-range)

The source of the river Nile & 5min from Jinja-town. The Guest House has fantastic art & design all over the place, great breakfast & free fast WIFI! Relaxing swimming-pool area, self-contained rooms & suites! Almost all rooms have their own relaxing terrace/lounge.

 

Camp on the Nile (Budget)

Nile River Camp is located just 6 kilometers from Jinja town with a spectacular view of the Nile, brilliant sunsets, and beautiful surroundings. Nile River Camp offers accommodation in safari tents with beds; nothing more, nothing less. All tents overlook the River Nile and the cozy restaurant and bar will make your stay comfortable. There is even a small swimming pool! Nile River Camp is also home to Nalubale Rafting which offers all the rafting options on the Nile at a substantially discounted price for the Full Day Grade 5 trips.

 

MBALE Hotels and Lodges

Not many people stay in Mbale and we normally advise people to stay in Sipi Falls instead. However, Sipi falls don’t have many semi-luxe options. Only Sipi River Lodge offers semi-luxe accommodation but has only 3 self-contained rooms. When it’s full or when we have bigger groups we sometimes choose to stay in Mbale and do the Sipi Falls activities from here (1 hour driving each way). Mbale Resort Hotel presents itself as a deluxe five-star hotel, but Matoke Tours doesn’t see it this way. However, they do offer comfortable accommodation and the service and swimming pool are nice, so we rate it as Semi-luxe.

 

Sipi River Lodge (Semi-luxe)

Sipi River Lodge is located on the foothills of Mount Elgon, famous for the three spectacular waterfalls. Home to an incredible number of bird species, ground for some of the best Arabica coffee in the world, and famous for the magical sunsets. Sipi River Lodge is by far the most comfortable place to stay in the area. Within the picturesque setting, you will experience the view on one of the Kapsurur Falls right from your veranda. The restaurant serves hearty home-style meals that celebrate the local produce. The freshly baked bread and garden-grown coffee will trigger your taste buds at breakfast to get you ready for a wonderful day in the beautiful Sipi region!

 

Lacam Lodge (Budget/ mid-range)

Lacam lodge is beautifully located right at the edge of the cliff and has the most amazing views of the valley and the biggest waterfall in this area. The rooms are rather basic but comfortable and bar and view will make up for that. The staff is super friendly and very helpful in arranging all things in the park including guides for hiking.

 

 Home of Friends guesthouse (budget/mid-range)

Home of Friends is a convenient mid-range accommodation, just outside Kapchorwa Town, located on the flanks of Mount Elgon (2.000m. altitude). With its panoramic views and leisure opportunities such as hiking and mountain biking, it is a perfect getaway from the hectic city life. The amazing Sipi Falls is located only 20 min. from the Guesthouse. In its cozy restaurant, Home of Friends offers healthy and affordable meals, a tasty mix of Ugandan and Western food.

 

LIRA Hotels

Brownstone Country Home (Mid-range)

The Brownstone provides an easy to reach quiet location for your comfortable stay and is just 5 km (7 minutes’ drive) to Lira Town. It’s set in a quiet location for your comfortable stay. The accommodation is situated in vast well laundered undulating compound interspaced with a variety of natural trees and organically nurtured orchards that provide sweet mouth-watering fruits you never forget after staying at Brownstone.

 

GULU HOTELS

Churchill Courts (Mid-range)

Gulu is rather new on the tourism map and not yet many nice and cozy lodges have been built. There are plenty of opportunities to stay in comfortable and clean places, but it won’t give you the “out of Africa” experience. One of the most comfortable hotels is Churchill Courts. It’s a new hotel with spacious air-conditioned rooms (useful, because Gulu can be very hot). The restaurant isn’t all that cozy, but the menu is good and the service is warm and nice, as usual in Uganda.

 

Bomah Hotel Gulu (Mid-range)

Gulu is rather new on the tourism map and not yet many nice and cozy lodges have been built. There are plenty of opportunities to stay in comfortable and clean places, but it won’t give you the “out of Africa” experience. Bomah Hotel Gulu is one of the oldest hotels in Gulu and famous with volunteers and expats. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the restaurant serves simple, but fine meals and the restaurant/bar is rather cozy. There is a sauna, but this is not very needed as Gulu can be very hot on sunny days. The hotel can be quite noisy when weddings or functions are scheduled and at the weekend a band plays loud music until midnight.

 

MOROTO (KARAMOJA REGION)

Karamoja Safari Camp (Budget – Mid-range)

This beautiful tented accommodation in Moroto is located at the slopes of Mount Moroto (3085m) and in the beating heart of the Karamoja region. The location serves perfectly as a base for your safari through Uganda’s untouched northeast. The camp design is a unique experience of heritage through a blend of local materials with a modern touch. The en-suite safari tents are all located around the fireplace and come with all the needed facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. Discover this beautiful region and let Karamoja Safari Camp be your start-point to adventure!

 

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