Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp

Location: Located near the gates of Mgahinga National Park

Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp is located by the entrance to Mgahinga National Park and is only 12 km from the southwestern town of Kisoro near the Rwandan border.

At the camp, visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the famous Virunga Volcanoes and take part in monkey trekking. The camp is located at a perfect starting point for golden monkey trekking through the national park.

Camp Amenities

  • Camping facilities and 4 bandas
  • Spacious gathering shelter with indoor and outdoor dining
  • Well-stocked canteen serving beers, sodas, snacks and basic essentials.
  • Restaurant serving typical Ugandan meals

Room Description

Guests can choose between the campsite, dormitories or bandas. The camp has a wide area for camping as well as five bandas, of which two serve as dormitories.

Activities At the Camp

  • Guided walks through the village and to a nearby crater lake, lava tubes and caves
  • Cultural dance performances from the local women’s group and the Batwa people
  • Guided climbs of the Virunga volcanoes
  • Visits to nearby schools, agricultural projects, local communities and more!

Responsible Travel

  • The association has provided funds to two local schools; one used the funds to roof its main building; and the other used it for the construction of the main buildings themselves.
  • The community camp came together to establish a stretcher club, so that, when needed, funds are available to get someone to hospital.
  • The community camp provides English lessons, and environmental and tourism awareness programmes to about 30 children.
  • We sensitize members of our community about nature conservation through various initiatives.
  • The staff of the camp are locally sourced from surrounding communities to create employment opportunities.
  • The camp acquires all of its fruits, vegetables and food from surrounding communities.

Contact

Tel: +256(0)772-435148/ +256(0)772519494

E-mail:  amajamcamp@yahoo.com
Web: 

Accommodation Prices

  • Camping in own tent: US $5 per person, per night
  • Dormitory: US $8 per person, per night
  • Banda (1 double bed or 2 single beds, not self-contained): US $20 per night 
  • Banda (2 single beds, self-contained): US $30 per night

Note: all prices above exclude meals

Activity Prices

  • Batwa village walk: US $20 per person
  • Cave exploration: US $10 per person
  • Local hike: US $10 per person

Pearls Supported

Birdnest at Bunyonyi Resort

Location: Lake Bunyonyi, in South Western Uganda, Kabale District

Our resort is located right on Lake Buyonyi. Guests can sit back and relax surrounded by the gorgeous scenery and countryside or partake in the ample cultural, natural and eco-tourism activities offered through the lodge. We also organize relaxing day-trips in the local district to allow guests to discover exclusive local spots and interact with the local people and nature. Tourist can meet the local community for a truly authentic Ugandan travel experience.

 

Due to our concenient location, we can arrange trips to Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, or even a day trip to Rwanda.

Room Description

Each room contains a fireplace, hot water and cable/satellite television. All room rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Tour/ travel desk
  • Conference facilities
  • Laundry/ dry cleaning services
  • Pool
  • Library/ reading room
  • Souvenir/ gift shop

Activities At The Lodge

  • Bird watching
  • Motorboat trips with guide
  • Canoe hire (with or without guides)
  • Fishing
  • Swimming in the pool or lake
  • Visiting hot springs
  • Visiting local community with guide
  • Visiting one of the many Islands on the lake
  • Sailing
  • Visiting Kisizi Falls
  • Percussion workshops

Responsible Tourism

  • We encourage guests every Monday and Friday to visit the local market, a short walk from the Birdnest Resort. The market offers mainly fresh fruits and vegetables and some local made handcrafts, as well as second hand clothing. This way tourists can meet the locals, support the economy and get a real sense of Ugandan culture.
  • We employ local staff and offer them extra training and courses to help their professional development. Almost all our staff come directly from the surrounding areas.
  • We purchase locally grown food from the local market and communities. We also buy crafts, lodge décor and furniture from local craftsmen and carpenters.

Contact

International: +256 754 252 560
Mobile: +32 498 104 303
Email: pablo@birdnestatbunyonyi.com
www.birdnestatbunyonyi.com

Price

  • Standard double or twin room self contained with lake view and balcony US $110
  • Standard twin room with bathroom, balcony and lake view US $100
  • Standard room, self contained, mountain view US $90
  • Executive or family suite with bathroom, balcony, sitting room and lake view US $150
  • Deluxe executive room, self contained with lake view and veranda balcony US $130
  • Extra single bed: US $25
  • Camping in own tent: US $9, Birdnest family tent: US $15

Countryside Guesthouse

Location: Just outside KisoroCountryside Guest House is located a few minutes walk from Kisoro town centre. At Countryside, you will be welcomed with genuine warmth and friendship. We are surrounded by rolling hills, evergreen farms and splendid views of the Virunga Volcanoes. We are ideally located for visitors planning to visit the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable national Park.

Lodge Amenities

On-site restaurant
Tour/Travel desk
Conference Facilities
Internet Access
Gift shop
On-site Bar
Fitness Room/Gym
Laundry/Dry Cleaning

Contact

Tel: +256 782 412 741 
+256 711 412 741
+256 702 412 741
Mobile:
+256 774 383 448
Website:
www.traveluganda.co.ug/countrysidekisoro/
Email:
countrysideguesthouse@yahoo.com

Price

25,000 UGS with breakfast for single
45,000 UGS with breakfast for double
45,000 UGS with breakfast for twin

Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Location: Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale south western Uganda

We offer superb accommodation in comfortable safari tents, rooms, cottages and family cottages. We also offer a camping option for those with their own equipment and a comfortable ‘rent a mobile tent’ with or without bedding arrangement in our pleasent gardens. Whilst at the resort you will find lots of activities to keep you more than occupied. Should simple relaxation be all you are looking for then there is no better place to read your book or chill out than on the terrace of your accommodation. All accommodations are sited with a splendid views over the lake.

Furnished Safari Tents: Our 10 safari tents are mounted on raised platforms. Each has its own terrace and wonderful views over Lake Bunyonyi.

Cottages: Each of our 12 cottages with panoramic views up the lake offer both twin and double occupancy options.

Family Cottages: The two family cottages are completely self-contained and fully furnished for your convienience. Satellite TV is also included.

Rooms: Our four rooms make up part of one terraced block.

Rent a mobile tent: For those on a budget traveling without their own camping equipment why not consider renting a mobile tent from us, with or without bedding? Choose your pitch and we will set it up and furnish for you.

Self-camping: If you have your own equipment our gardens and dedicated camping area provide a serene, safe, affordable and comfortable environment for your stay at Lake Bunyoni Overland Resort.

Room Description

Each room contains a fireplace, fan, hot water, private bathroom and cable/satellite television.

Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • Tour/ travel desk
  • Conference facilities
  • Laundry/ dry cleaning services
  • Internet Access
  • On-site bar
  • Library/ reading room
  • Souvenir/ gift shop

On-site Facilities:

  • Secure car parking
  • Restaurant with fireplace and bsnack ar (try the local crayfish direct from the lake!)
  • Conference room
  • Craft shop
  • Picnic and relaxation areas
  • Library
  • Travel information
  • Satellite TV
  • Grocery store with essential items
  • Storage or safe custody of personal effects
  • Car hire and taxi
  • Laundry service
  • First aid, emergency contacts, 24 hour security
  • 24/7 internet connection Ushs 100/- per minute

Activities At The Lodge

  • Volleyball, badminton, indoor games
  • Swimming, canoeing, boat-motor hire
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Community walks
  • Twice weekly local market

Responsible Tourism

  • We have been implementing a tree planting campaigns at our lodge and in the surrounding areas. We encourage visitors to at least plant a tree while at our lodge to promote the environmental conservation campaign.
  • We take visitors to learn about the lives of the local population, their farming activities and how community tourism is directly benefitting villagers. Local communities are invited to sell their locally made handcrafts to our guests.
  • We work directly with local guides on village walks. This helps tourists attain the most authentic experience while simultaneously giving back to the community.
  • All our hotel staff and guides are from the local community. The cultural authenticity and quality of your trip will be something that you will never forget!
  • We purchase locally produced food, crafts, fabrics, lodge décor and furniture from the local community to help support the economy.

Price

Prices below for bed only basis in US dollars.

  • Camping in own tent: US$7- per person per night
  • Renting a mobile tent: US$10- per person per night
  • Mobile tent with bedding: US$12- per pp/per night
  • Furnished double tent: US$35- per night
  • Furnished tent (single occupancy): US$25- per night
  • Family cottage: US$110-
  • Double room: US$40- per night
  • Single room: US$30- per night
  • Double cottage: US$40- per night
  • Single cottage: US$35- per night

Contact

Travellers Rest Hotel

Location: Kisoro, 14km from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Travellers Rest Hotel is a colonial-style hotel located just outside Kisoro, in the extreme southwestern corner of Uganda, offering a perfect base for trips into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. When you enter, the ibis welcomes you with its typical sound. The beautiful surrounding garden is the home of many birds. Sitting on the terrace you can smell the sweet perfume of the honeysuckle, and in the cool evenings you can warm yourself by the fireplace, outdoors or in the lounge, surrounded by unusual African artifacts and a huge collection of Congolese masks.

The surrounding landscape, dominated by the peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes, is of astonishing beauty. The volcanoes offer spectacular views of the Rift Valley and the emerald-green Lake Mutanda in the distance.

In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fossey said of the hotel: “It was my second home.”

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Travel desk
  • Bikes to rent
  • Lounge area with fireplace, bar and large meeting table
  • Internet access
  • Massages
  • Laundry service
  • Gift Shop
  • Enclosed garden
  • Huge selection of Congolese masks

Room Description

Spotless private rooms lead out onto the pleasant garden. All have private bathrooms with hot water.

Available rooms include single, twin, double, triple and a suite.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Visits to a local deaf primary school – guests are welcome to make donations
  • There are also performances at the lodge by a local orphan group
  • Walk or cycle to Lake Mutanda
  • Visit the market in Kisoro on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Climb one of the volcanoes
  • Track mountain gorillas or golden monkeys
  • The Batwa Forest Trail thorugh the National Park

Responsible Travel

Travellers Rest organizes tours to a local deaf school, and guests are encouraged to contribute to the children’s fees, materials etc. A local orphan group performs at the lodge in the evenings.

Most of food is bought from Kisoro market, which is supplied by the local Bafumbira and Bakiga communities. The hotel staff are mostly from Kisoro. Staff training and career development of the staff members is of great importance to the Hotel management.

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0)772 533029,
+256 (0)772 370263
Email:
postmaster@gorillatours.com
Web:
www.traveluganda.co.ug

Price

Room only:
  • $65 single, $75 twin/double, $85 suite
Half board (breakfast and dinner);
  • $77 single, $109 twin/double, $119 suite
Full board:
  • $92 single, $119 twin/double, $129 suite

Pearl Supported

 

Kisoro Tourist Hotel

Location: South West of UgandaKisoro Tourist Hotel in Kisoro is the best option for anyone visiting the southwest of Uganda, on the way to Rwanda, Congo and Bwindi for gorilla tracking.

The region of Kigezi is well known as “The Switzerland of Africa” for its evergreen forests, lush valleys, and numerous lakes and hills.

The hotel boasts a wonderful location among the foothills of Mount Muhavura, and guests can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes along the borders with Rwanda and the Congo.

Kisoro Tourist Hotel is the most pleasant and comfortable hotel at a budget tariff price. It offers first class accommodations with self-contained rooms.

Enjoy the warm atmosphere of the lounge and the authentic fireplace. After your activities in the surrounding area, relax with a massage, sauna or steam bath. The restaurant is well known in Uganda for the high-standard food preparation in both traditional and international dishes.

Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • Tour/Travel desk
  • Conference Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Gift shop
  • On-site Bar
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning
  • Library/Reading Area

Room Description

All rooms have fireplace, TV – Cable/Satellite, Local Stations, Fans, Hot water, Private Bathroom.

Responsible Travel

  • The women´s dance group performs dramas to raise awareness of environmental issues, and young people are discouraged from poaching wild animals in the park.
  • The women´s group perform traditional dances and drama, and have used the profits from their performances to purchase a small area of land, which they hope to use to construct additional accommodations for visitors. They support environmental and AIDs awareness campaigns in local schools and focus on stopping young people from involving in the acts that may lead them to contract AIDS.
  • We have a craft shop at the hotel and host cultural dances where community members can preform.  These offerings help raise money for the surrounding communities.  

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0)486 430135
Mobile:
+256 (0)774 383448, (0)772 480682
Website:
http://www.traveluganda.co.ug/kisorotouristhotel
Email:
kisorotouristhotel@gmail.com

Price

Bed and Breakfast
Single    USD 40
Double   USD 50
Full Board
Single    USD 50
Double   USD 70

Contact us for more information about Pearls of Uganda

Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org

         

Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge (Volcanoes)

Location: Bordering Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

This lodge is “located in a stunning location at the base of brooding volcanoes” (Lonely Planet).

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to mountain gorillas, rare golden monkeys, the extinct Virunga Volcanoes, atmospheric bamboo forests and the sacred Ngarama Cave – once home to the King of the Batwa Pygmies. After a thrilling day of mountain climbing, wildlife watching or

cultural trekking there is no better place to relax than Mount Gahinga Lodge.

With a warming open fireplace, massage room, delicious three course meals and blissful views of the mighty volcanic peaks, this lodge is a wonderful place to recuperate after your Ugandan adventures!

Guests are guaranteed a great night’s sleep in our comfortable private cabins, surrounded by beautiful gardens and terraces to make the most of the views and native birds and butterflies.

We look forward to creating a unique and memorable holiday for you!

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Open fireplace
  • Laundry service
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Outdoor sitting area for birdwatching, surrounded by wild plants
  • A sunroom facing the volcanoes
  • Solar power

Room Description

Mount Gahinga Lodge’s eight attractive bandas are nestled in the wild gardens at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes.

All bandas have their own patio seating area, as well as private bathrooms with composting toilets and bush showers, which are filled with hot water upon request.

Lighting is solar powered, making them extremely environmentally friendly.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Guests can spend the day climbing the Muhavura Volcano. (Elevation 4137 m) Its name means “the guide.” The typical cone-shaped mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb passes a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded with the view of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike takes approximately 8 hours (round trip covering 12 km).
  • Guests can spend the day climbing the Gahinga Volcano. (Elevation 3473 m) Its name means “small pile of rocks.” A hike, which takes you about 6 hours round trip goes through a good example of a pure bamboo forest. Gahinga once had a crater lake on top but time has changed it into a lush swamp. (Distance to the swamp is 8 km.)
  • Guests can go on a nature walk along the Congo/Uganda border (visa not required). This hike takes you first toward Sabinyo. The trail climbs up the base of Sabinyo for a while through fine montane forest before turning toward the Congo. Along the way you will get a great view of Sabinyo’s gorge and peaks. Upon reaching the Congo you cut back along the international border. The return leg to the park headquarters is a great section for birding. The two rest huts along the way are good places for a break. Look closely for the golden monkeys and signs of elephants. (Hiking time is 5 hours and distance is 10 km.)
  • Guests can visit the rare golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. They can spend one hour with the golden monkeys – less famous but rare and equally deserving of protection. Golden monkeys are found only in the Virungas and in one other forest in Rwanda. 
  • Guests can go birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is blessed with a unique bird fauna; 79 bird species have thus far been recorded within the park including several species endemic to the East Congo Montane region. For the Virunga Conservation Area as a whole, over 295 species in the Virungas are endemic to the Albertine Rift Afromontane region representing 59% of the total of known endemic species. 
  • Guests can visit local communities and schools, a 2-3 hour walk. The walk is not that strenuous, through local villages where stops can include a basket maker, blacksmith, and school. 
  • Guests can take part in a full day Batwa pygmy experience. This cultural walk starts at a base camp, which is situated 30 minutes from the lodge. Members of the Batwa community and Ugandan Wildlife Authority guides take you through the dense forest and educate you on the Batwa ways of life. You will see traditional dwellings, shoot with bows and arrows, learn about medicinal and edible plants, and visit the Garama Cave for a song and dance performance. 

Responsible Travel

Composting toilets, bush showers and rainwater catchment sytems preserve water supplies. Solar electricity is also used, and the wildflower area has been left to attract birds and other wildlife.

The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust receives $100 from every safari and has purchased school roofs and water tanks, and made donations to hospitals

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0) 414 346464/5
+256 (0) 312 263823
Email:
salesug@volcanoessafaris.com
Web:
www.volcanoessafaris.com

Price

All rooms are $350 US per person, full board.

Pearl Supported

Contact us for more information about Pearls of Uganda

Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org