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LODGES IN KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Apoka Lodge (High-end)     

From Apoka, the beautiful lodge at in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond outlined by distant mountain ranges. The rooms at Apoka have been built with comfort in mind and everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious. The rooms have natural canvas walls and an endless view across the savannah. When you step outside on your private veranda you have your own outdoor stone bathtub. Also, the swimming pool at Apoka Lodge has been carved out of the big rock.

 

Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Mid-range)

Being just 500 meters away from Kalokudo gate, this lodge is literally on a stone’s throw from the beautiful Kidepo National Park. It is apparent that the architecture is inspired by its savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops, and the Karamajong tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets. Each of the spacious tents has a private veranda overlooking the mighty savannah. The views into the park are magnificent with an occasional herd of elephants or buffaloes passing by. Don’t forget to take a look at the sky on a clear night. As you are sipping a glass of wine after your dinner on the wooden restaurant lounging deck, you might just witness the Milky Way galaxy and hear the roaring of lions in the distance!

 

 UWA Banda’s (Budget)

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) provides some basic, but nice bandas in the park. The bandas have recently been renovated and offer simple non self-contained and self-contained accommodation with cold shower. Because the banda’s are located in the heart of the parc you have lots of wildlife wandering around your rooms and it’s the perfect hideout to start your game drives from. You’d however better bring your own food as food services are rather poor.

 

Bush Camping in the middle of the park (Budget)

We only recommend camping when the location is adding something extra. This is the case in Kidepo Valley N.P. Bush camping is the most spectacular way of visiting Kidepo Valley N.P. Because the 2 campsites are both located on a hill you have a wonderful view over the park. The campsites are often be visited by wildlife, including a lion. There is a ranger with you 24 hours a day to keep you safe. Paradise Adventure Vacations can provide tents and mattresses + as well as cooking equipment, as there are no restaurants.

 

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK Lodges

Bakers Lodge (High-end)

Situated on the South Bank of the mighty Nile River which transects Murchison Falls National Park this intimate, safari styled lodge is set within a large private area that has been cleared of all the dense undergrowth to reveal beautifully trimmed grassed areas, large shady trees and wetland areas hosting abundant birdlife along the water’s edge. The views onto the river are vast and magnificent with islands hosting nesting egret birds, elephants bathing, and pods of hippos regularly viewed. 10 large, individual riverside thatched individual cottages with en suite bathrooms offering flush toilets, warm solar showers and some rooms with bath-tubs All cottages have uninterrupted river views and there is a swimming pool too.

 

Paraa Lodge Luxury tents (High-end)

Paraa Lodge is overlooking the River Nile from the northern bank of the river. Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the lodge recreates a mood that we have come to associate with the famous explorers of East Africa. From most of the rooms, the restaurant, and the pool you have a stunning view over the River Nile. As a new addition to their standard rooms, they have built some luxury tents. The tents are superbly furnished with modern interiors and linens – still reflecting and creating a mood of being ‘in the wild’. Get closer to the River Nile and have some more intimacy! Because Paraa Safari Lodge is located on the northern bank of the Nile, you can start your game drives straight away, as you don’t have to take the ferry.

 

 Paraa Lodge standard rooms (Semi-luxe)

Paraa Lodge – established in 1954 – is overlooking River Nile from the northern bank of the river. Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the lodge recreates a mood that we have come to associate with the famous explorers of East Africa. From most of the rooms, the restaurant, and the pool you have a stunning view over the River Nile. Because Paraa Safari Lodge is located on the northern bank of the Nile, you can start your game drives straight away, as you don’t have to take the ferry.

 

Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (Semi-luxe)

Inspired by the breath-taking splendor of the wild landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park and the history and culture of the Bunyoro region of Uganda, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge will amaze you with its allure and its unique location adjacent to one of the biggest natural reserves in Uganda. It comprises of individual Safari Cabins spread throughout 7 acres of bristling bushes on the banks of the streaming waters of the mighty River Nile. All the lodge structures are made from an architectural balance of mud and wood, and the roof is thatched with handpicked grass from the rolling plains of the neighboring villages. The lodge is tastefully decorated with rustic safari furnishings and fixtures handcrafted from carefully selected local and natural materials. The cabins and dining all feature an open design to offer you a feeling of oneness with nature and breathtaking uninterrupted views of the magnificent and wild surroundings.

 

 Murchison River Lodge (Mid-range/Semi-luxe)

Murchison River Lodge has been built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and stunning Murchison Falls National Park. Here you can expect ultimate comfort and relaxation in en-suite safari tents in a beautiful bush-location. Enjoy the swimming pool and great hospitality! If you have binoculars, bring them! The birdlife is incredible. The main lodge area provides a bar and restaurant and sits on a raised bank providing magical panoramic views of the magical River Nile as well as the park. You know that you are really in the bush having a guide leading you back to your safari tent after dinner because of the active wildlife at night!

 

 

Bwana Tembo (Mid-range)

Bwana Tembo is set just outside the park overlooking the mighty River Nile. It’s just 15 minutes’ drive to the park gate from where your safari starts. The lodge offers a unique blend between spacious self-contained rooms and safari-tents in a wonderful setting and affordable rates.

 

Fort Murchison – rooms (Mid-range)

Fort Murchison revokes the idea of an outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile. The fort tower, earth-colored walls, and Swahili style make this lode a very unique one in Uganda. Set on the eastern banks of the gently flowing Albert Nile and just outside the northern park boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, you find these en-suite rooms with private balconies. First, take a dip in the lovely swimming pool, sip a refreshing sundowner drink on the rooftop terrace enjoying the scenic views across the river followed by a four-course dinner in the very atmospheric restaurant.

 

Fort Murchison – Safari tents (Budget)

Set on the eastern banks of the slow-flowing Albert Nile, just outside the national park, Fort Murchison revokes the idea of a well maintained isolated outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and legendary explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile. Fort Murchison offers budget accommodation in the form of non-self-contained tents. Furnished with 2 single beds, the tents share communal ablution blocks.

 

Bush camping on Delta (Budget)

This might not be the most comfortable option, but it actually might be the most beautiful and spectacular option. When you go for bush camping on the delta of Murchison Falls, you are sure to have the most beautiful part of the park all for yourself. Giraffe, buffalo, jackal, and lion will be just around you, so there will be a ranger with you to take care of you. It will just be you, your ranger and your igloo tent, so be aware that there will not be any toilet or shower facilities (It all has to be done in the bush). However; the luxury bush dinner that Paradise Adventure Vacations will organize for you will make up for everything!

 

Murchison River Lodge – Lazy camping (Budget)

Murchison River Lodge has been built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and stunning Murchison Falls National Park. Your safari tent will be pitched in a beautiful bush-location. Enjoy the swimming pool and great hospitality! If you have binoculars, bring them! The birdlife is incredible. The main lodge area provides a bar and restaurant and sits on a raised bank providing magical panoramic views of the magical River Nile as well as the park. You know that you are really in the bush having a guide leading you back to your safari tent after dinner because of the active wildlife at night!

 

LAKE ALBERT lodges

Lake Albert Safari Lodge

Lake Albert Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Albert in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. The main lodge with pool and thatch cabanas faces Lake Albert with magnificent views of the Blue Congo Mountains to the West. The Lodge has been designed and furnished with nature in mind creating a feeling of comfort and relaxation in the African bush. Meals are prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables supplied by local farmers. There is a swimming pool as well. Lake Albert Lodge is one of these places where you can stay for days to relax in the middle of your tour or to break up the journey between Murchison Falls N.P. and Kibale Forest.

 

HOIMA HOTELS

KonTiki Hotel (Budget/mid-range)

At KonTiki a harmonious balance between old and new has been created. Tradition blends seamlessly with contemporary, from the architecture to the furnishings and soft touches, to those modern amenities that today’s business and leisure traveler requires. The lodge has a wonderful large garden with a small swimming pool. The cottages are spacious and the restaurant serves simple but fine meals.

 

 Hoima Cultural Lodge (Mid-range)

Surrounded by beautiful vast gardens, The Hoima Cultural Lodge is situated in Hoima district, the northern part of Western Uganda opposite the Bunyoro Palace. The lodge offers spacious en-suite grass-thatched cottages ideal for couples and families with each room brightly colored and furnished with African Art pieces that give you an African feel.  A kid’s entertainment center with multiple bouncing castles, trampolines, slides, and fun indoor activities, a well-stocked restaurant, sports center, and internet facilities are also available. You may choose to take pleasure in relaxing in the beautiful gardens thereafter proceeding to Kibale the following day.

 

FORT PORTAL & KIBALE FOREST

 Kyaninga Lodge (high end)

The exceptional design and sheer scale of the main lodge are immediately apparent from the moment one crests the hill and Kyaninga Lodge comes into view. Once inside, the lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around an imposing double-sided open fireplace where one can enjoy a cozy evening over a good book, a board-game, or a drink from the bar. The main building also houses the restaurant, where delicious meals compete with stunning views on both sides. Two raised galleries offer intimate spaces for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. On the lakeside, the main lodge leads to two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, while steps were hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and on to two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water and primeval forest of Lake Kyaninga itself.

 

Papaya Lake Lodge (High-end)

Papaya Lake Lodge offers nine spacious and bright cottages. They are all situated on the extinct volcano crater’s slope and have breath-taking views of the Lyantonde Lake. Each of the cottages offers complete privacy, hidden from view by a green wall of sympathetic treetops. Calm colors, subtle accessories, and original interior design, simple but comfy furniture: these are Papaya Lake Lodge’s trademarks. But first and foremost, it is the lush, green vegetation that makes it easy to relax after an adventurous day.

 

Ndali Lodge (High-end)

Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 130 meters deep. There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area, and dining room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The cottages offer a panoramic view of the spectacular ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and were built of local stone and thatch. The interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished where the decor emphasis the use of local materials. Each cottage has en suite facilities with bath, shower, WC and hand basin, and a private verandah.

 

Primate Lodge – luxury cottages

Primate Lodge is situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. The lodge is surrounded by a lush tropical forest home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees. The eight luxury cottages are raised on wooden platforms and covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment. Each cottage has a private veranda with a splendid view of the surrounding forest. The interior is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable queen-sized beds, brightly colored bedspreads, and large windows to take in the forest. En suite bathrooms are finished with a natural touch of local stone, bamboo, and wall paintings.

 

 Turaco Treetops (Mid-range

This brand new Lodge in Kibale Forest offers you a unique jungle experience at the border of the Park with the most stunning view over the forest canopy and the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains. You will stay at a modern and comfortable cottage at quiet locations in the forest. This lodge is all about a relaxing atmosphere, it is family-friendly and has a refreshing swimming pool. In the restaurant and lounge areas, you’ll be welcome to try tasty meals meanwhile you have high chances of spotting the Red Colobus and Grey Cheeked Mangabey monkeys on the premises. The design concept honors nature, invites the outdoors inside, and presents Uganda with a modern twist.

 

Primate Lodge – Forest cottages (Mid-range)

Primate Lodge is situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. The lodge is surrounded by a lush tropical forest home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees. Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates. Seven intimate cottages are privately situated in the forest. The rooms feature their own veranda and are equipped with large twin beds and a sitting area, nicely decorated with traditional African art. En suite is a fully equipped bathroom with a shower and flushing toilet.

 

Kibale Forest Camp (mid-range)

Kibale Forest Camp offers a unique classic canvas experience in the form of African-style safari tents set in a lush forested surrounding. Complemented by excellent food and service it forms your perfect base to explore the area. The safari tents are comfortably furnished with twin or double beds. Each tent has its own private en suite bathroom with an eco-friendly toilet, a dressing room, and a bush shower. Seated from your own verandah, the Red- and Black & White Colobus Monkeys can often be observed in the dense camp surrounding.

 

Isunga Lodge (mid-range

Isunga Lodge is located on the edge of Kibale Forest NP. You will for sure will enjoy the magnificent views of the rainforest and the Rwenzori Mountains! All cottages are comfortable and are all self-contained. You will have your own private veranda from where you will feel like you are in the middle of nature!  You can enjoy a walk around the large grounds that have returned to a wilder, more natural state with abundant birdlife around.

 

Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Mid-range)

Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse & Campsite sits on 100 acres of manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, pasture, and indigenous forest. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Kibale Forest National Park, ancient crater lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountains. Motorbike tours will camp on flat grassy sites away from the house with shade and seclusion and partial views of Lake Nyabikere.

 

Kibale Guest Cottages (Mid-range)

Kibale guest cottages offer private cottages located close to Kibale National Park in western Uganda and offer a spectacular view of low moist tropical forest, a few hundred meters from the Park’s main tourist center of Kanyanchu. The cottages have a capacity of 10 rooms, fitted to high standards with solar-powered hot showers. Each cottage balcony offers a spectacular view of Kibale forest; home to chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, and over 40 bird species. The Garden bar provides an assortment of wines and spirits embedded with a good ambiance during day and night for relaxing and soaking up hot sun in a friendly tropical environment.

 

Dutchess (mid-range)

Dutchess Guesthouse and Restaurant in Fort Portal is known for their cozy rooms and wonderful food. Enjoy the beautiful garden and quiet environment just 300 meter from the city center. The guesthouse is owned and managed by a Dutch couple and offers excellent international cuisine including pizzas.

 

 Kibale Forest Camp – lazy camping (Budget)

Away from the main accommodation, Kibale Forest Camp offers a more budget option in the form of non-self-contained tents. The lazy camping product consists of a basic camping tent furnished with 2 single beds and a solar lantern. No need to bring your own linen as all bedding and towels are provided. The tents share a communal ablution blocks with hot showers and flushing toilets.

 

SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK Lodges

Semliki Safari Lodge (High end)

Semliki is secluded and intimate. With a maximum of 18 guests they promise excellent service and attention to detail… and an unforgettable experience. You will stay in golden-hued tents with gleaming hardwood floors. Staying under canvas is one of the most romantic and exciting things to do in on safari in Africa. You hear the sounds, you feel the wind, and you smell the rain before it comes. But this isn’t roughing it either: the tents are protected by a thick thatch roof and feature en-suite bathrooms with running water, hot showers, and flush toilets. Tea or coffee is brought to you in the morning so you can lie in bed or sit on your veranda and drink in the view before the day begins.

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH National Park Lodges

 Kyambura Game Lodge (High end)

Kyambura Game Lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western part of the great East African Rift valley. Accommodation is provided in seven spacious and tastefully designed self-contained grass-thatched cottages, with bathtubs/showers with views to the park, running hot and cold water, and a private wooden balcony perched over Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is a swimming pool, adjacent to the campfire where a local traditional dance is often performed. The restaurant and the lounge/bar/fireplace are opened towards a sundowner deck overlooking the park for relaxation in the evenings while winding up the day’s activities. The kitchen features international and local cuisine, several-course meals are mainly prepared with organic vegetables from their own garden.

 

Mweya Lodge, luxury tents (High-end)

Mweya Safari Lodge – located on a peninsula in the heart of the park – offers visitors an unforgettable experience. To the east lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward, filled with hippo, crocodile, and bathing elephant. As a new addition to their standard rooms, they have built some luxury tents. The tents are superbly furnished with modern interiors and linens – still reflecting and creating a mood of being ‘in the wild’. Get closer to the Kazinga Channel and have some more intimacy!

 

 Mweya Lodge, standard rooms (Semi-luxe)

Mweya Safari Lodge – located on a peninsula in the heart of the park – offers visitors an unforgettable experience. To the east lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward, filled with hippo, crocodile and bathing elephant. The lodge is built in colonial style and surely offers one of the best views, service, and food in Uganda. The lodge has a swimming pool and a spa. Besides standard rooms, a/c rooms and luxury safari-tents are available. The lodge is quite big and lacks some intimacy.

 

Katara Lodge (Semi-luxe)

Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward, and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain range beyond, Katara Lodge is a 20-minute drive away from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge offers accommodation in seven luxurious thatched cottages on a beautiful stretch of hills overlooking the open savannah in a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Each spacious cottage was handcrafted using locally available materials and carved into the hillside. The cottages combine wooden floors, grass-thatched roofs, and canvas that can be folded away for uninterrupted views of the park stretching out below. The lodge offers a personal service and there is a swimming pool too!

 

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge (Mid-range)

Irungu Forest Lakeside Safari Lodge reserves exclusive, a private accommodation consisting of African styled cottages with extensive living areas overlooking the magnificent Lake George. There are six cottages that comprise twin and double bed cottages plus a family cottage; each containing full en suite facilities, and private decks, and an indoor shower. The bathrooms boast of large glass windows, offering a unique game viewing of breathtaking Lake George. Sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. There is a small swimming pool at the lodge.

 

Marafiki Safari Lodge (Mid-range)

Marafiki Safari Lodge is in a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials fitted by artisans from the local community. This lodge offers private luxury safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls. The canvas can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably when watching the savannah plains with breathtaking views across the park, the Rwenzori- and Virunga mountains. With an en-suite open-air shower, you can experience a truly perfect African sunrise or shower in the moonlight under the stars before dining next to the campfire. The restaurant serves delicious meals that celebrate fresh and local produce, to be enjoyed from the restaurant veranda. There is a brand new swimming pool that really invites for a refreshing dip in-between game drives on a sunny day in this beautiful location.

 

Bush Lodge (Mid-range)

Just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park and conveniently situated for wildlife viewing and Kyambura chimpanzee tracking, Bush Lodge forms an excellent base for your safari. The small scale set up built along ecological principals and the unique setting where animals roam in and out the camp, offers a unique opportunity to experience a safari as it once was in East Africa. The lodge consists of 12 self-contained units which are spaciously placed amongst the indigenous bush. From your private veranda, you can spot the hippos on the Kazinga Channel. This lodge also serves great meals. The bandas are made from a fine combination of canvas and local materials and built to ensure the best views. Each room has its own private en suite bathroom with an eco-toilet and an outside shower.

 

Bush Lodge, Lazy Camping (Budget)

Staying at Bush Lodge is, as the name explains, literally a bush experience. The safari tents have grass-thatched roofs and are spread over the lush campsite. The tents share a communal block where you can take a refreshing shower. Lodge staff will always escort you to your tent as various types of wildlife enjoy exploring the area too. The restaurant provides excellent food and friendly service. The sounds of hippo and hyena complement the magical starlit dinners. If you wish to upgrade your stay at Bush Lodge, you can consider choosing a self-contained safari tent.

 

ISHASHA (QUEEN ELIZABETH National Park)

Ishasha Wilderness Camp (High end)

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspool remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers, and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. A central lounge/dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. A shaded area beside the river offers al fresco dining and an evening ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience.

 

Enjojo Lodge (Mid-range)

Enjojo lodge is bordering the Ishasha sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park. Birdlife is amazing and herds of elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes are regularly spotted. Vervet monkeys, baboons, black- and white colobus have become residents to the lodge. From the grass-thatched restaurant and bar, you can enjoy the tasty homemade food and the view on a small scenic natural lake in front of you. The thatched cottages have an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. On the wide verandas, you can really take a moment to enjoy the tranquil environment overlooking the surrounding bush and savanna.

 

Ishasha Jungle Lodge (Semi-luxe)

Ishasha Jungle Lodge is located 2km off Katokye Gate of Queen Elizabeth National Park along River Ntungwe. This is the perfect location for your photographic safaris in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is surrounded by riparian forest vegetation and acacias Savannah. Ishasha Jungle Lodge is a small eco-friendly lodge, entirely made with local materials and African art, with its raised en-suite wooden deck cottages (now they are 4), spacious rooms and bathroom, all finished with canvas. The restaurant offers an international standard menu and dining area.

 

Enjojo Lodge – Bamboo Huts and Canvas Tents (Budget)

Enjojo Lodge is bordering the Ishasha sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park. Birdlife is amazing and herds of elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes are regularly spotted. Vervet monkeys, baboons, black- and white colobus have become residents to the lodge. From the grass-thatched restaurant and bar, you can enjoy the tasty homemade food and the view on a small scenic natural lake in front of you. Although not self-contained, the huts and tents are solar-powered, comfortable, and equipped with beds, bed linen, and towels. You can use clean campsite showers and toilet facilities. On the wide verandas, you can really take a moment to enjoy the tranquil environment.

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