LUXURY UGANDA SAFARIS ∣ BEST LUXURY SAFARI UGANDA TOURS 2022-2023, GORILLAS & WILDLIFE LUXURY UGANDA SAFARI
Luxury Uganda safaris/luxury safari Uganda tour experiences are tailor-made Uganda tours that designed to serve the interests of those travelers who have some extra budget to spend on top-notch Uganda luxury safari lodges/accommodation, luxurious safari vehicles like Extended land cruisers, and top-class personalized services for a truly memorable Uganda safari tour experience.
Luxury Uganda safaris in Africa typically revolve around the bucket list gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, as well as amazing Uganda chimpanzee tracking tours in the primate packed Kibale National Park.
In addition to primates, luxury Uganda safaris & tours offer spectacular birding in Uganda and classic savannah Uganda wildlife safari game drives and boat cruises in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Kidepo National Parks, which offer sightings of Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Zebras, Giraffes, Antelopes, and more.
Beyond Uganda wildlife safaris, you have an amazing diversity of activities to enjoy on your luxury Uganda safaris such as sport fishing on Lake Victoria and Nile River, village walks, and immersive Uganda cultural safari interactions. If you’re active travelers you can go hiking in Uganda and trek the famous Rwenzori Mountains – ‘Mountains of the Moon’, hike volcanoes , or raft at the source of the Nile in Jinja. Luxury Uganda tours are designed to feature a relaxed pace to allow you to enjoy your long-awaited Uganda safari holidays. You can opt to fly between the popular Uganda safari destinations by plane or undertake scenic countryside drives in your customized 4×4 luxurious safari vehicle.
This 3 Days Flying Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda gives you an opportunity of tracking Gorillas in Uganda which is so far the best safari activity in Africa. With a minimum of 400 mountain gorilla population which is more than half of their entire world population … more >>
Our 3 Days Uganda Flying Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National park is an amazing short Uganda tour of Queen Elizabeth Park that offers you a site of the big 5 wild game during game drives, birding & people culture Africa adventure! … more >>
This 3 Days Flying Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda gives you an opportunity of tracking Gorillas in Uganda which is so far the best safari activity in Africa. With a minimum of 400 mountain gorilla population which is more than half of their entire world population … more >>
3 Days is a short safari that features magical wonders than any other short trip of its kind can offer in Uganda. Kidepo Valley National Park to the northeast of Uganda features an extensive dry savannah dotted with the magical game including the 86 species of mammals, the 692 Species of plants along 475 bird species … more >>
On this 5 Days Uganda Luxury safari you will Fly to Kibale National Park Forest, a renowned home to wild chimpanzees in Africa and Semuliki Forest, a stunning lushness of Uganda’s Parks combined with spectacular landscapes! On this safari you will notice that Kibale Forest is home to a wide diversity of primates in Africa … more >>
The 6 Day Uganda Luxury Fly-Ing enables you to explore the critically endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable without being subjected to a 10-hour drive to cover 527km from Kampala. It allows you to fly from Entebbe International Airport offering you impressive Ariel views of the lush Uganda countryside … more >>
Best Luxury Lodges In Uganda ∣ Accommodation In Uganda’s Top Safari Destinations
Uganda offers excellent luxury lodges and tented camps situated in and around the best Uganda safari national game parks -destinations of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park. For city stays, Kampala City and Entebbe City also have a handful of luxury five-star hotels.
For Your Luxury Uganda Safaris, These Are Some Of The Best Luxury Lodge/Accommodations:
Boasting a 99% success rate at finding habituated gorilla families, Bwindi is the best place for gorilla trekking in Uganda. It is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is relatively challenging but the rewards are great. Home also to monkeys, countless butterflies, and forest birds, this forest is one of the most biologically varied areas on Earth and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
For breathtaking views, unforgettable experiences, and luxurious stays, these are some of the top Uganda luxury safari lodges in Bwindi National Park:
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Gorilla Forest Camp is positioned in Buhoma Sector within the beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Of all the properties in the region, this one is closest to the gorillas – sometimes, the gentle giants even visit the camp! The camp is owned and operated by Sanctuary Retreats, a name synonymous with fabulous locations and luxurious accommodation. It is perfect for travelers who are interested in basing themselves within Bwindi for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, rather than outside the park’s borders.
- 8 spacious tents, all with a personal attendant
- Open-plan lounge, bar, and dining area, plus a gift shop and mini-spa
- Stunning views over the forest canopy
- Gorillas are sometimes seen walking through the camp
- Uganda Gorilla trekking safari, Batwa cultural experience, birding & forest walks
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, appropriately, is set high up on a hilltop in the Rushaga sector, and is described as resembling a ski chalet in the Alps!
The views are indeed breathtaking, featuring vast tracts of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as the Virunga volcanoes. Your incomparable experience of gorilla trekking is topped with relaxing foot massages for tired feet.
And your hearty Ugandan-inspired meals are served on the outdoor verandah – a magical vantage point that gives the illusion of dining up among the clouds. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is sure to provide dreamy luxury Uganda safaris & tours.
- Elegant eco-lodge just outside the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- 7 comfortable cottages – 2 cottages for families
- Lovely lounges, dining room, dining terrace, bar, and spa
- Track gorillas, see red-tailed & colobus monkeys, meet the Batwa people and hike to Bwindi’s waterfalls
Buhoma Lodge is located a short stroll from the gorilla trekking briefing point! It has an intimate, homely atmosphere. During the cool evenings, you can sit by the fire in the lounge and chat about your day’s Uganda vacation safari adventures.
Return to your room, which is heated by hot coals and hot-water bottles in your bed, for a peaceful night’s sleep. This is a good base from which to trek the gorillas in the ancient rainforest, a truly life-changing activity.
- Comfortable accommodation within Bwindi National Park
- 10 forest chalets, including a chalet for honeymooners or a family
- Well-elevated lounge, dining area, bar, and spa treatment room
- Gorilla trekking, forest walks, bird and butterfly watching, community visits
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is situated just outside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, about 500m from the start of the gorilla trekking trailhead.
The lodge offers the life-changing experience of interacting with endangered mountain gorillas from the lap of luxury. Its unique, upscale design stands in connection with its striking surroundings of the forest. You can expect to have every creature’s comfort at their disposal while reveling 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 just outside Bwindi impenetrable Forest
- 8 spacious bandas with stunning forest views, each named after a Bwindi gorilla!
- Relaxing lounge, dining area, bar, terrace, gift shop, massage room
- Trek gorillas, see monkeys, numerous birds, and visit the award-winning Bwindi Bar
Nkuringo Bwindi Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge has a fabulous location on Nteko Ridge, which overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Once a modest campsite, today it provides excellent accommodation and activities for visitors to the park. The lodge won the 2020 World Travel Award as Uganda’s Leading Safari Lodge!
- Four, two-bedroom villas and 7 garden cottage rooms.
- The villa option is fabulous for families or groups.
- A spa, perfect for relaxation in between treks and other activities.
- Great restaurant, bar, coffee shop, lounge, gardens
- Gorgeous landscape views from the comfort of your villas!
- Fantastic gorilla tracking, hiking, canoeing, birding, Batwa experience
- Lodge is run on eco-sensitive principles, providing responsible luxury
Buhoma Community Haven Lodge
Buhoma Community Haven Lodge offers comfy accommodation within a short stroll from the meeting point for gorilla treks. Opened in December 2014, it was constructed by the Buhoma Mukono Community Development Association. Children of all ages are welcome, with youngsters aged 5 and younger staying for free!
- 7 Cottages, including 1 cottage for family use
- Cottages elevated well above ground level, creating the feeling of being in a treehouse
- Pleasant lounge, restaurant, bar, shop, massage room
- Gorilla treks, birding, meeting the Batwa people, forest walks to the waterfalls
Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda’s premier big game destination. It is home to tree-climbing lions, 95 mammals of Uganda species, 4 of the Big 5, Chimps, over 5000 hippos, 600 species of bird, and a magnificent landscape of acacia woodland, savannah, and swamps dotted by crater lakes.
Accommodation here ranges from tented camps to lodges.
If You’re Planning A Luxury Uganda Tour In ‘Queen’, Below Are Some Of The Top Luxury Safari Lodges And Camps In Queen Elizabeth National Park:
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Camp has a wonderful location on the banks of the Ntungwe River, within Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southern Ishasha sector – the home of tree-climbing lions.
The property is owned and operated by Exclusive Camps and Lodges and is described as taking glamping (glamorous camping) to the next level. It is perfect for travelers hoping for an authentic luxury Africa safari tour experience. It is ideal for romantics looking for a peaceful stay and is ideally situated as a base from which to explore the park.
- Intimate, private, and peaceful camp with occasional bush breakfasts
- 10 spacious tented rooms, all with river views
- It is not uncommon for guests to spot wildlife wandering through camp
- Lovely lounge, restaurant, bar, shop, outdoor dining, fire-pit area
- Attentive, helpful staff offer personalized service
- Game drives, bush walks, and sundowners
- See rare tree-climbing lions and go chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
- Uganda Birding watching safari to see several of the park’s 610 bird species
Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge is located deep in Queen Elizabeth NP, on a peninsula above the wide Kazinga Channel and surrounded by the Rwenzori Mountains or ‘Mountains of the Moon’.
This wood and thatch safari-style lodge offers magnificent views from all its rooms and cottages. From here, you can enjoy game drives in search of buffalos, elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, and more. You’ll see many animals and birds as you cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a real highlight of the area. You can also go in search of chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge.
- Spacious standard and deluxe rooms, family and presidential cottages
- Romantic private Honeymoon Suite and Safari Tents
- Spectacular views of the teeming Kazinga Channel and Hippos
- Big game viewing by 4X4 & boat
- Chimpanzee tracking and night drives
- Sensational bird watching – 610 Uganda bird species recorded!
- Health Club for massage, facial, gym, sauna, and steam room facilities.
Mazike Valley Lodge
Mazike Valley Lodge is situated in Kyambura Gorge or the “Valley of Apes”. The gorge is inhabited by habituated Chimpanzee community for tracking.
The lodge’s 8 cottages also offer breathtaking views of Maramagambo Forest and Kazinga Channel. They’re spacious with King or Twin beds, bathtubs, showers, flush toilets, and washbasins with hot water throughout the day.
- 3 out of the 8 cottages are designed to offer a honeymoon experience
- Breathtaking views of the park
- Kyambura gorge chimp trekking
- Game drives, nature walks, and birding
Spanning an area of 3895km2, it will come as no surprise that Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park– but that’s not all this veritable Eden has to offer.
Over 76 species of Uganda animals-mammals including 4 of the Big 5 roam about and sip at the edge of the historic Nile River whose waters eventually burst through a 7-meter wide gorge before falling 45 meters to what has been termed the “devil’s cauldron” below, forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and a permanent rainbow. Welcome to Murchison Falls!
Accommodation in the park in several lodges and tented safari camps.
Here Are The Top Luxury Uganda Safari Lodges In Muchison Falls National Park That Are Sure To Inspire You And Will Make Planning Your Luxury Uganda Safari Tour Much Simpler.
Baker’s Lodge is named after Samuel and Florence Baker, husband-and-wife explorers.
The Bakers arrived in Murchison in 1863 and spent much of that year and the next year checking out this spectacular region. The lodge has a lovely location on the River Nile’s south bank. It is a high-quality property with one of the finest locations in Murchison Falls Park.
- Luxurious accommodation on Bank of the legendary Nile River
- Just 8 sumptuous suites, all with lovely views of the river
- Comfy lounge, restaurant, bar, fire-pit, swimming pool, conference facilities
- Thrilling river cruises, game drives, bird watching, fishing, chimp tracking, hot air balloon rides
Paraa Safari Lodge
Paraa Safari Lodge is set in landscaped gardens, elevated high above Murchison Falls on the north side of the Nile.
Activities that can be enjoyed during a stay at Paraa Safari Lodge include game drives and a launch cruise to the base of the falls as well as to the Nile delta at Lake Albert. These activities are good opportunities for sightings of hippo, crocodile, plains game, and a wide variety of birdlife.
- 56 rooms, 2 suites, and the Queen’s Cottage with magnificent river views
- Great value with comfortable rooms
- Game drives and boat trip to Murchison Falls
- See hippo, crocodiles, and a variety of birds
- Large swimming pool, pool bar, gift shop
- Delicious meals are served buffet-style in the large dining room
- Barbecues and traditional dancers are a special treat on selected nights.
Nile Safari Lodge
Set amongst the rich papyrus forest on the southern banks of the Nile, Nile Safari Lodge is close enough to see the elephants playing in the water and listen to the hippos grunting in the night.
You can enjoy drinks from the bar or relax on the large wooden deck that provides beautiful views of the river and surrounding bush. You can also find respite from the heat of the day in the swimming pool and eventually end your day around an open fire, gazing at Africa‘s starlit night sky.
- 5 wooden chalets and 5 luxury tents overlooking the mighty Nile River
- Small and personal authentic camp
- Open-sided lounge, dining areas, bar, wide terraces, wooden decks, and swimming pool
- Variety of activities including boat excursions to the falls
Mgahinga is the smallest, but one of the most beautiful of Uganda National Parks & Game Reserves. It does not only hide gorillas as its name suggests. The park features 3 extinct volcanoes which are also home to an impressive amount of Uganda birds and rare golden monkey. The first people of the forest, the Batwa, still live in the area.
Here Is The List Of Top Place To Stay/Best Luxury Uganda Safari Lodges In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:
Mount Gahinga Lodge
You’ll also be able to track the rare golden monkey, climb an extinct volcano and interact with the local Batwa people – the region’s oldest human inhabitants.
When you’re not exploring Uganda’s rainforest, there’s time to enjoy all that Mount Gahinga has to offer, including the breathtaking views from the comfort of your porch.
- Comfortable accommodation close to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
- 6 guest bandas, all with en-suite facilities
- Open-Plan lounge and dining area, sunroom, massage room, gift shop, Wi-Fi, and terrace
- Great gorilla trekking in Uganda, Golden monkey treks, birding, volcano hiking, and Batwa trail experiences
Situated in western Uganda, the 776km2 Kibale Forest National Park’s biodiverse terrain is home to the highest diversity and concentration of primates found on the entire continent including Bushbabys, L’Hoest’s monkey, red colobus monkey, over 1500 chimpanzees, and more.
A bird lover will be enthralled by the park’s 375 recorded Uganda bird species. You can venture into the forest and go chimpanzee tracking in Uganda, birdwatching in Uganda, day and night Uganda wildlife safari nature game drives and walks.
If You’re Planning A Luxury Uganda Tour In Kibale, Below Are Some Of The Top Luxury Safari Lodges And Camps In Kibale National Park:
Primate Lodge Kabale
Primate Lodge is an excellent option for travelers who would like to go on chimp treks and all sorts of walking expeditions from a luxurious base. Of all the properties in the park, Primate Lodge is closest to the starting point for chimpanzee treks.
- Magical location deep inside the forest of Kibale National Park
- Just 9 luxury cottages, all with gorgeous forest views & 6 standard cottages, each with a private veranda
- Comfortable lounge, restaurant, bar, craft shop, campfire area
- Start chimpanzee trekking in Uganda in less than five minutes’ walk from the lodge
- Early morning and nocturnal forest walks
- Birdwatching in Uganda for more than 300 species
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas of the lodge
Kyaninga Lodge is among Uganda’s most luxurious accommodations outside Kampala City.
Built from timber and thatch, and overlooking Lake Kyaninga, which is one of the country’s deepest crater lakes, it is nearby the town of Fort Portal and has easy access to spectacular hiking trails with views of the Great Rift Valley and the Rwenzori Mountains, which are also known as the Mountains of the Moon.
- Luxurious lodge on the edge of a crater lake at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains
- 8 sumptuous cottages, including two cottages for families
- Cozy lounge and bar, dining area, terraces, gardens, tennis court, croquet lawn, wellness center, swimming pool
- Views of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains
- Excellent hiking to superb outlooks
- Tennis, croquet, badminton, swimming, and boules
- Wellness center for post-trek massage
- Good proximity to Queen Elizabeth and Kibale National Parks
- Kitchen garden and significant wine cellar
Ndali is an intimate lodge perched on the rim of an extinct volcano that, since its demise, has filled with water over centuries to become the vast Lake Nyinambuga.
The lodge prides itself on its informal, homely atmosphere which is enhanced by the staff who come from local farms and villages and are professionally trained by the lodge.
- 8 cottages made out of timber, stone, thatch, and glass, spacious to sleep a family of 4
- 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 bread with wild Ugandan honey
Papaya Lake Lodge
Papaya Lake Lodge is the ideal option for travelers hoping to enjoy a range of experiences across as many as 5 of Uganda’s national parks.
The lodge has a wonderful location, overlooking the crater lakes of Lyantonde and Kifuruka. This is an elevated position, and guests enjoy views not only of the sparkling waters but also across to the magnificent Rwenzori mountains.
- 8 exclusive cottages and 1 villa overlooking the lake and surrounded by lush trees
- On-site restaurant and bar provides tantalizing meals and satisfying drinks to complement the views of Lyantonde Lake
- About one hour drive from Fort Portal and five hours from Kampala
- Close to Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park
Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge is an award-winning eco-lodge, located about 7 km from the tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake.
Fort Portal is the closest town and is 22 km away. The surrounding area is home to 9 crater lakes and abundant tea and coffee plantations. The “Top of the World” viewpoint is also close-by.
- Located on a hill overlooking the second largest Crater Lake in Uganda
- Located close to the Kibale National Park, home of the chimp trekking safari
- Swimming pool with views of the Crater Lake
- 11 thatched stand-alone wooden cabins and10 standard pool facing cabanas
- Romantic bush dinner options on the shores of the lake
- The lodge is ideal for honeymoons
- Hike to the “Top of the World” viewpoint to view the 9 crater lakes in the area
- Guided Uganda birding safari walks to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
- General nature walks around the lake
- Uganda Cultural tour activities and community visits
Lake Mburo Park is a compact gem, located accessibly close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It has more than 68 animals of Uganda/Uganda mammal species, including Zebra, Giraffes, Buffalos, Hippos, Impala, Topi, Eland, Bush Buck, Warthog, Leopard, Hyena, and Jackal.
There are no elephants and lions in the park, which makes it an ideal place for Uganda hiking/walking safaris.
Here Are The Best Places To Stay /Luxury Safari Lodges In Lake Mburo National Park On Your Luxury Uganda Safari.
Mihingo Lodge has a wonderful location, on a rocky kopje with spectacular views over Lake Mburo NP. It is one of the finest properties in the park.
Guest accommodation at Mihingo consists of 12 tented rooms, positioned in a variety of locations across the site. Some are high up on the kopje, others are deep within the forest, and others still are close to the waterhole.
Mihingo offers an amazing assortment of activities. You can go horseback riding before spending a quiet afternoon around the swimming pool or watching the game from the hide positioned next to the nearby waterhole. You can enjoy game drives, boat trips on the lake, and a variety of early morning game walks, including a walk through the Rubanga Forest, with its abundant birds of Uganda.
- Luxurious accommodation on a rocky kopje overlooking Lake Mburo Park
- Just 12 sumptuous tented rooms, all with gorgeous views
- Built entirely out of sustainable materials incorporating the natural landscape into the structure
- Tranquil with views of the forest & lake
- Comfortable with good service
- Relaxing lounge areas, thatched dining area, bar, craft shop, gardens, massage rondavel, infinity pool
- Uganda Wildlife Safari game drives, walking safaris, viewing from the hide, horseback safaris, boat trips, bush biking, running, Uganda cultural safari visits, children’s activities
Kidepo Valley is in the remote northeast corner of the country. The park has a true wilderness feel and is a great destination for Africa safari adventurous travelers.
The park also hosts over 77 Uganda animals including Hyenas, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Elephant, Elands Giraffe, Zebra, African Buffalo, Bat-Eared Foxes, Caracals, Jackals, Rothschild’s Giraffe – as well as almost 500 birds in Uganda – bird species in Uganda.
Here Are The Best Places To Stay /Luxury Safari Lodges In Kidepo Valley National Park On Your Luxury Uganda Safari.
Kidepo Apoka Safari Lodge
Apoka Safari Lodge is situated in the southwest region of Kidepo National Park. It is owned and operated by Wild Places, a company with an impressive portfolio of properties throughout Uganda. This lodge is an excellent option for travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track safari in a wildlife-rich part of Uganda. The drive from Kampala City to the lodge takes about 12 hours, but flights are available from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip, taking about 2 hours.
- Breathtaking scenery of Kidepo Valley National Park
- 10 spacious cottages, all with well-appointed en-suite facilities
- Lovely lounge, dining area, bar, swimming pool
- Game drives, game walks, birding, community visits
The verdant town of Entebbe was once the capital of Uganda. It offers visitors a relaxed atmosphere and glorious natural attractions. The town is situated on a peninsula of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. You can experience a variety of lake activities including taking a sunset cruise and a Uganda fishing safari searching for Nile perch.
There is also fantastic flora and fauna to be enjoyed at the Botanical Gardens, Ngamba Chimpanzee Island, and Mabamba Swamp. With its bustling markets, relaxed beaches, and friendly people, it offers the perfect introduction to Uganda and is a great start and endpoint to your luxury Uganda safaris.
Here Are The Top Luxury Places To Stay/Luxury Lodges & Hotels In Entebbe.
Protea Hotel Entebbe
Protea Hotel Entebbe is very conveniently situated close to Entebbe International Airport. It is also located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Victoria and boasts a private beach. It is owned and operated by Marriott International, which has a portfolio of over six thousand properties in 122 countries and territories. Protea Hotel is a comfortable base from which to explore Entebbe.
- Deluxe resort hotel just 1km from the airport, on the banks of Lake Victoria
- A grand total of 86 sumptuous suites and rooms
- Well-appointed lounge areas, restaurant, conference rooms, business suites, fitness center, gardens, swimming pool, and beach
- Canoeing in Mabamba Swamp, the home of shoebills
- A leisurely walk in Entebbe Botanical Gardens
- Visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
- Sportfishing in Uganda on Lake Victoria
- Sunset boat cruise on Lake Victoria
Hotel Number 5
Hotel Number 5 is located in a serene suburb, about a minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. It is owned and operated by Uganda Exclusive Camps & Lodges, a company that specializes in providing high-quality accommodation in some of the country’s most thrilling destinations!
- Luxurious accommodation just 10 minutes from Entebbe international airport
- 10 rooms and 5 double-story self-catering apartments
- Lovely lounge, restaurant, bar, gym, spa, swimming pool
- Superb for stopovers, with opportunities to explore Entebbe, wildlife education center, chimp sanctuary, Mabamba swamp
Top Luxury Uganda Safari Accommodation in Kampala
Kampala City is the capital of Uganda. As the heartland of the Buganda Kingdom, the city has a rich and colourful history. Before or after partaking in your luxury Uganda gorilla trekking tours or Uganda wildlife safaris, you can take off some time to explore the city. The Kampala city tour offers a variety of options. If you’re interested in culture, there is a Buganda cultural trail where you can visit Kasubi Tombs, Lubiri Palace, Buganda Parliament.
Here Is A List Of Luxury Hotels In Kampala City/Top Luxury Places Where To Stay In Kampala City:
Kampala Serena Hotel
The Kampala Serena Hotel’s décor and ambiance are influenced by Uganda’s rivers and lakes. The hotel is the chain’s first premier hotel in the nation, surrounded by the city’s famed 7 hills.
It boasts a welcome reception area elegantly furnished with fine local stonework details, and it is the ultimate of elegance and sophistication, delivering all the sumptuous pleasures a discerning leisure and business traveller would seek. You can spend time in the hotel’s 17 acres of water gardens and its lush landscaping, including a terrace garden and pool patio with sculpted rock features Enjoy expert massages at the Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa or a refreshing workout at the hotel’s fitness center. Go for lazy laps in the free-form swimming pool or relaxed naps in the lounge chairs beside it.
- Decor inspired by the rivers and lakes of Uganda
- Property located on 17 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, terraces, and rock pools
- Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa for getting expert massages and fitness center for exercising
- Swimming pool for napping in lounge chairs or taking lazy dips
- A distinction of being Serena’s first luxury hotel in Uganda
- Total of 186 air-conditioned rooms in categories
- Ensuite bathroom with bathrobes, slippers, shower, and a bathtub
- High-grade amenities typical of a 5-star hotel
Sheraton Kampala Hotel
The Sheraton Kampala Hotel is a luxury hotel in Nakasero, in the center of Kampala. The hotel is surrounded by well-landscaped gardens and is well-suited for business travelers and those on luxury Uganda safari tour holidays. The rooms of the Sheraton Kampala are housed in a multi-story building that affords spectacular views of the city below, particularly from the top floors.
Rooms that are expressly furnished for the convenience of physically challenged visitors are available as part of the hotel’s comprehensive variety of amenities. You may relax by the pool and enjoy Kampala’s pleasant environment, or work out in the fitness facility. On the 10th floor, there are tennis and squash courts, as well as a spa with calming massages, a sauna, steam room, and a Club Lounge.
- Set in Nakasero, an upmarket locale in the center of Kampala city
- Swimming pool with loungers for sunbathing or enjoying the lovely climate
- Fitness center for working out and tennis and squash courts
- Spa offering soothing massages, sauna, and steam room for rejuvenating sessions
- Total of 236 air-conditioned rooms including 30 suites
- The Presidential Suite has separate dining and living area rooms
Top Luxury Uganda Safari Accommodation In Jinja
Jinja is a large historical town of Uganda famed for the source of the Nile, one of the most iconic places in Africa – the point at which the longest river on Earth exits the world’s largest tropical lake to begin its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. It is one of the world’s most spectacular white-water rafting tour destinations and offers other thrilling things to do here include kayaking, jet boating, bungee jumping, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback safaris, sportfishing in Uganda, boat cruise tour to the source of the River Nile, and more.
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge is an African safari Eden with 10 spacious suites that lie within 6.5 hectares of pristine riverine forest that make up an island in the middle of the Nile River.
The lodge is a water-sports lover’s dream place: white-water rafters can tackle ‘wild or mild’ courses, taking class 5 rapids if they choose; kayaking, jet boating; stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, or swimming in the pool that has been forged from natural rock. As you enjoy the fresh waters of the Nile, keep an eye out for fellow water babies like otters or monitor lizards.
Each of the suites has a balcony that not only has wonderful views but also an outdoor, claw-foot tub for alfresco bathing – a wonderful way to enjoy the sunset. In addition, 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 are in your suite or out on the water, White-water Lodge all but guarantees a stress-free honeymoon or holiday.
- High-quality accommodation upon a private island on the Nile River
- 10 sumptuous suites, including 1 family unit
- Honeymoon suite
- Lovely lounge, dining area, bar, veranda, gardens, swimming pool
- Jinja tours for Rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, quad biking, and mountain biking.
- Café, day spa, and library
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With over 10 Uganda national parks/national parks in Uganda-game parks, Uganda is one of the top African safari destinations. The ten (10)game parks in Uganda are well-positioned and uniquely endowed or gifted by nature to offer you a memorable African Uganda safari.
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These Are The Best Destinations For Wildlife Safaris In Uganda
Uganda’s incredible 10 National Parks and her 12 wildlife reserves, sanctuaries, and several forest reserves form her major Uganda wildlife safari destinations that teem with a plethora of incredible wildlife and their beautiful landscapes, once-in-a-lifetime activities such as gorilla trekking, and cultural encounters by her unique and amazing local tribes. Here are the best destinations you should know about as you plan your wildlife safari in Uganda.
1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a Natural World Heritage Site, boasts stunning scenery and almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas. Encompassing over 321km2 of steep mountain rainforest, the park is home to about 459 Mountain gorillas. It is the best place to visit if you want to see these gentle giants – the world’s largest primate, weighing in at up to 220kg – in their misty mountain homes. Staring into the liquid brown eyes of a giant silverback is the highlight of almost all Uganda wildlife tours.
In addition to its famous gorillas, the park harbours 120 other mammal species– though sightings are less common due to the dense forest. Lucky visitors might see Forest elephants, 11 species of primate (including chimpanzees and L’Hoest’s monkeys), Forest duikers, bushbucks, African golden cats and the rare Giant forest hog.
For birders, Bwindi is one of the best forest birding destinations in Africa with over 351 species, including 23 Albertine Rift Endemics, among them the gorgeous African green broadbill. On the greener side of the aisle, Bwindi contains 324 tree species and 1,000 flowering plant species which also provide a perfect refuge for 200 species of colourful montane butterflies.
2. Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is another amazing Uganda wildlife safari park with a lush tropical rainforest of 766km2 is home to one of the highest diversities and concentrations of primates in Africa. It is the best place to visit in Uganda and Africa if you want to get close to the man’s closest living relatives in the wild.
The park’s 350 tree species offers a great habitat for over 1500 Chimpanzees in addition to 12 other primate species including the Vulnerable L’hoest’s Monkeys, endangered Uganda Red colobus Monkeys, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Olive baboons, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Bushbabies and Pottos.
Larger but rarely seen residents include Elephants, bushbucks, sitatungas, buffaloes, leopards and quite a few forest elephants. There are also an incredible 250 species of butterfly that live here. While on the smaller side, Kibale also has a great bird list with 375 species including the rare and beautiful Green-breasted pitta.
3. Queen Elizabeth National Park
The scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park is on nearly all Uganda wildlife safari itineraries. The park resides in a fertile, equatorial area on the floor of the Great Rift Valley in the shadow of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Measuring 1978km2, it is primarily associated with rolling savannah grasslands, but this fabulous park also includes within its boundaries leafy rainforests, acacia woodland, freshwater lakes, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result, it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and 611 species of birds.
You have a chance to see a variety of Uganda wildlife including Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Warthogs, Jackals, Hyenas, Uganda kobs and Topis. The famous tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the park are a fascinating highlight, but many travellers also come specifically to cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel to view some of the world’s highest concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles.
Besides wildlife drives, boat cruises, nature walks and birding, ‘Queen’ offers chimpanzee trekking in the gorgeous Kyambura Gorge, a little Eden brimming with chimps, monkeys and birds.
4. Murchison Falls National Park
Covering 3,840km2, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park and one of the best destinations for Uganda wildlife safaris. Mammals are plentiful (76 species) and the raging Murchison Falls (the world’s most powerful waterfall), where the world’s longest river (River Nile) thunder through a 7-meter wide gap in the rift valley escarpment and fall 45 meters below, is an unforgettable sight.
In terms of wildlife, expect to see Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Leopards, Rothschild giraffes, Ugandan kobs, Hartebeest, Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Oribi, Warthogs, Patas monkeys, Hyenas, Hippos and crocodiles, not to mention some 451 species of bird including the iconic shoebills.
A boat trip to the base of the waterfall is not to be missed. The river is home to one of the largest concentrations of Nile Crocodiles and hippos in all of Africa, and, in the afternoon, you’re likely to see buffalo and elephants on the shore. Murchison Falls is not a complete Big 5 destination as rhino is missing, but many visitors stop in at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route for an exciting rhino tracking encounter on foot.
5. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Uganda’s smallest National Park, the beautiful Mgahinga National Park in the Virunga Mountains also harbours the rare Mountain gorillas. Verdant tropical rainforest wraps the park’s 3 dramatic extinct volcanoes; Mt Sabinyo at 3,645m, Mt Gahinga at 3,474m and Mt Muhavura at 4,127m above sea level
Wildlife safaris in Uganda are boasted with Gorilla trekking– the main activity in Mgahinga Park, but it’s less popular than Bwindi due to the one habituated family. But there’s more on offer here than just gorillas; about 184 species of colourful birds flutter through the forest and this is the only park in Uganda where you can track and see the beautiful Golden monkeys.
Here, you can also enjoy a scenic volcano hike on Mt Sabyinyo which takes you through mystical alpine vegetation. At the summit, you can stand in Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC at the same time! Also, forest walks led by local Batwa pygmies give an insight into the lives of an indigenous tribe that has survived as hunter-gatherers in this forest for over 1000 years.
6. Lake Mburo National Park
If you are looking for a Uganda wildlife safari park closest to the capital city, Kampala will want to check out Lake Mburo National Park. This 260km2 park is a superb wetland and Acacia savanna sanctuary that is a famous spot for bird lovers – it is home to 350 bird species. It not only shelters birds but many mammal species which are not easily seen elsewhere in Uganda, including Burchell’s zebra, Impala, Rothschild’s giraffe, and Common eland.
Other animals include Buffalos, Defassa waterbuck, Bushbuck, Oribi, warthog, hippo, Topis, Southern Reedbuck, Slender, Banded, and Dwarf Mongoose. Leopards are present, although mostly seen on night game drives. Here you can enjoy birding, game drives and game walks in the company of an expert guide who will reveal the secrets of the flora and fauna of the park. Boat cruises on the lake reveal a host of hippos and birds – like the African finfoot – that will leave you with a fantastic overview of this fascinating ecosystem.
7. Kidepo Valley National Park
Wild and remote Kidepo Valley National Park ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses and makes for exceptional wildlife safaris in Uganda. The 1442km2 park is hidden away in the lost semi-arid valleys in the extreme north-eastern corner of Uganda. Its rolling, short-grass savannah is ringed by mountains and cut by rocky ridges. Uganda wildlife here includes 475 bird species and 77 species of mammals with many species that are found nowhere else in Uganda. These include Cheetahs, Bat-eared foxes, Aardwolves, Caracals, Greater kudus, lesser kudus, Black-backed jackals, Mountain reedbucks and Common Ostriches.
Kidepo also has a healthy population of the Big 5 (except for a lack of rhino). Other wildlife includes Rothschild’s giraffe, Burchell’s zebras, Patas monkeys, Jackson’s hartebeests, Bohor reedbucks, Oribi, Common Elands, Uganda kobs, Klipspringer and dik-dik. As the most remote of all Uganda safari parks, Kidepo receives less than 10 visitors per day. This means you have the land of Eden for yourself to view a plethora of games on game drives and nature walks.
8. Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park is unique from other Uganda wildlife safari parks. It is an ancient forest that covers an area of 220km2 on the DRC border, close to Kibale National Park and the Mountains of the Moon. Semuliki contains East Africa’s only tract of true lowland tropical rainforest and is contiguous with the Congo’s huge Ituri forest. The park is one of the richest areas of flora and fauna diversity in Africa, especially for birds and butterflies. About 441 bird species (41% of Uganda’s total bird species) are found here including 35 Congo-Guinea biome species found nowhere else in East Africa.
Semuliki also has some special mammal species such as Olive baboons, Chimpanzees, red colobus, Mona, Black-and-white colobus, Red-tailed, Vervet, and Blue Monkeys, as well as Elephant, Buffalo, Hippos, Civet, Flying Squirrels, Duikers, and Bushpig. It is also home to rare Water chevrotain a superficially duiker-like ungulate that shares many structural features with pigs and is considered ancestral to all modern-day antelopes, deer, cows, and giraffes.
In 2018, motion-sensor camera traps set by scientists from UK’s Chester Zoo snapped the first East African record of the lowland bongo a handsome nocturnal spiral-horned antelope associated with forests in western and central Africa.
9. Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzori Mountain National Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994 by UNESCO because of its stunning beauty and biodiversity. Many Uganda wildlife safari tour undertakers are fascinated by Rwenzori Mountains, one of Africa’s tallest mountain ranges with several peaks which are permanently covered by snow. The range which isn’t volcanic stretches for about 120km by 65km wide and is a haven for an extraordinary number of rare plants and animals and new examples of both are still being discovered.
The Rwenzori Mountains are presumed to be the Mountains of the Moon, described in AD 150 by Ptolemy, who proclaimed them to be the source of the Nile River. The three highest peaks in the range are Margherita (5109m), Alexandria (5083m) and Albert (5087m), all on Mt Stanley, the third-highest mountain in Africa.
Two mammals are endemic to the range, the Rwenzori climbing mouse and the Rwenzori red duiker, as are 19 of the 241 known bird species. There’s thick tropical rainforest on the lower slopes transitioning to the bizarre afro-alpine moorland on higher reaches.
10. Mount Elgon National Park
Many travellers come here to climb the majestic 4,321-meter high extinct volcano for which this national park is named, but Mount Elgon National Park offers much more for non-mountain climbers.
During a Uganda safari you will find amazing scenery and rare Uganda wildlife during your day hikes with the prospect of seeing Rock hyrax, Tree hyrax, Elephant, Buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Duiker, Forest hog, Bushpig, Leopard, Civet, Serval cats, spotted hyena, Aardvark, Rodents, Black-and-white colobus monkey, Olive baboon, Red-tailed monkey, Vervet monkey, De Brazza’s monkey, Blue monkey and tree squirrel.
Also, there are more than 300 bird species including 40 restricted-range species and 56 of the 87 Afrotropical highland biome species notably the Moorland Francolin, Moustached Green Tinkerbird and Alpine Chat. Caves, gorges, calderas, hot springs, and the spectacular Sipi Falls are all-natural attractions here that you may enjoy exploring. You can also tour coffee plantations, fish for trout on the Sipi River.
Here Is The List Of Top Uganda Wildlife Safari Game Reserves In Uganda
Besides the Uganda wildlife safari parks, Uganda features savannah game reserves and sanctuaries that support a myriad of Uganda wildlife safaris including the Pian Upe game reserve, Matheniko – Bokora game reserve, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the Toro – Semliki Game Reserve, the Kabwoya game reserve and the Kigezi game reserve. Uganda is home to the classic wild game including the Big five of land animals namely; the Rhinos, Lions (with tree climbing lions as well), Leopard, the African Elephant, and the Cape Buffalo. Others include the myriad of antelopes like Impala eland, the greater and lesser Kudu, Jackson’s hartebeest, Roan Antelope, the Uganda Kobs, Duikers, the pygmy antelope, Defassa waterbuck, the Bushbuck among others. The myriad of their unique wildlife such as populations of Rothschild Giraffes, the side stripped Jackals, the spotted Hyenas among others derive remarkable Wildlife safaris in Uganda experience.
These Are The Most Sought After Game Reserves For Your Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours
1. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda to see the near-threatened (Southern) White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum simum in the wild. The 70km2 sanctuary is home to 32 White Rhinoceros. Aside from Rhinos, it is home to at least 40 mammal species and over 300 species of birds including the Shoebills, Giant Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Great Blue and Ross’s Turaco. On you your Uganda wildlife safari in Ziwa, you can enjoy thrilling Rhino Tracking encounter on foot, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching and Nature walks.
2. Budongo Forest
Budongo Forest is a 435km2 tract of intact, virgin tropical forest on the southern edge of the Murchison Falls National Park. It is the biggest Mahogany forest found in East Africa, offering excellent chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and birding to further make your wildlife safari in Uganda amazing.
Budongo is astonishingly bio-diverse with 24 mammal species, over 366 bird species, 289 species of butterflies and 465 plant types. The forest is home to about 800 Chimpanzees, one of Uganda’s largest populations and monkeys including Red-tailed, Blue, and Black-and-white colobus monkeys. Tree pangolins, elephant-shrew and gigantic hammerhead bats are also residents.
For birders, Budongo is a key destination for birding in Uganda. Indeed, such is its avian wealth that the track nicknamed the ‘Royal Mile, is regarded as one of Africa’s most rewarding birding spots with fantastic species like Nahan’s Partridge, White-thighed Hornbill, Cassin’s Spinetail, Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Ituri Batis, Tit Hylia, Forest Robin, Narina Trogon, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Black-billed, Plain, Greenbuls, Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfisher, among other species.
3. Kalinzu Forest
Kalinzu Forest is the second-best destination for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda after Kibale National Park. Kalinzu covers 137km2 and it is an extension of Queen Elizabeth Park’s Maramagambo Forest. It comprises more than 400 tree species and at least 300 chimpanzees, including a 40-strong community habituated for tourists and a slightly larger one reserved for research.
Besides chimps, there 5 other diurnal primate species you will encounter during your Uganda wildlife tour in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, including Olive baboons, Black and white colobus, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, L’hoest’s monkeys. Other wildlife in Kalinzu includes 378 bird species, 262 species of butterflies and 97 species of month.
4. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated in Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and is home to around 52 orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued from elsewhere in Uganda and are being rehabilitated as much as possible on this thickly forested island. Day trips to see the residents are superb. It’s a 45-/90-minute speedboat or motorised canoe ride from Entebbe to get here.
5. Mabamba Bay Swamp
The legendary Mabamba Swamp is a large 166km2 wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria in the west of Kampala and is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, as well as one of Uganda’s 33 Important Bird Areas. The magical species of this location is the endangered Shoebill, Uganda’s most famous and iconic avian resident, sought after by many wildlife viewing Uganda safari visitors.
The canoe ride along the narrow channels of the swamp also give you a chance to other bird species like the sought-after Papyrus Gonolek, regal African Fish Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Lizard Buzzard, African and Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, Black Heron, Pied Kingfisher, herons, egrets and waterfowl.
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