Apoka Safari Lodge

Location: Kidepo Valley National Park

Apoka is located on a picturesque kopje overlooking the Narus River valley in the remote and beautiful Kidepo Valley National Park. The Park itself is located in far northeastern Uganda, bordering Sudan to the North, the Napore Mountains to the West, and the Morungole Mountains to the South. The Kenyan border is just 5 kilometers from the Park’s Eastern boundary. At the crossroads of Kenyan, Sudanese and Ugandan ecosystems, Kidepo provides an amazing wildlife experience in a remote and pristine wilderness. Apoka Lodge is relaxed and a very remote location of the park which provides a quiet, private and fulfilling experience.

Room Description

  • Apoka contains ten separate cottages, each self-contained and including indoor showers and outdoor bathtubs, as well as a veranda for relaxing and enjoying the view. Our cottages are ideal for honeymooners.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Picnics and private dinners
  • Community tours to the local community and the Batwa
  • Game drive
  • Night game drive
  • Walking safari
  • Bird watching
  • Visits to the local village
  • Karamajong dance performance

Responsible Travel

  • All community activities help support the surrounding communities.
  • Tours help support the culture and livelihood of the Batwa people.

Contact

Tel:
+256 772 707 007
Email:
info@wildplacesafrica.com
Web:

www.wildplacesafrica.com/

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Price:

Twin: E. African resident/ child supplement: $244/$100, None residents/ child supplement: $295/$100 
Single: E. African Residents/ child supplement: $450/$150, None residents/ child supplement: $630/$150

       GeoLodges RainForest Lodge, Mabira

Location: Mabira Forest Reserve

GeoLodges’ exquitite and unusual RainForest Lodge has been built using local, onsite materials to create a stunningly unique atmosphere for visitors to truly appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Mabira Forest Reserve. Boasting over 100 species each of birds, butterflies and insects as well as three primate species and outstanding biodiversity, the RainForest Lodge exhibits the peace and calm of an equatorial hardwood rainforest in the heart of Uganda.

Lodge facilities include the internationally-renowned Legacies Restaurant; the Canopy Bar, with daily cocktail specialities; and the Elements Lounge: A multi-level, 360-degree open lounge with comfortable seating and beautiful views of Mabira Forest. The campfire is the perfect place to rest in the evenings, surrounded by leaping vervet monkeys and the haunting sound of tree hyraxes.

Trails wind through the forest to the private cabins, tranquil seating areas and the secluded pool, and guests are invited to explore the fascinating nature trails with a trained guide who will share the forest’s secrets.

Lodge Amenities

  • Open-sided Legacies Restaurant and Canopy Bar
  • Travel desk
  • Pool
  • Gift shop
  • Hiking trails
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Sauna and massage

Room Description

The Lodge has seven double rooms and five twin rooms. The rooms have en suite bathrooms with hot showers; comfortable lounge areas; large beds; secluded balconies with seating (morning tea and coffee are served here); and screened windows that open upwards to provide a 180 degree view of the forest. The temperature in the rooms is controlled by the natural climate of the forest.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Forest Walks: With our in-house naturalist
  • Birdwatching: 100 species are found here

Responsible Travel

  • RainForest Lodge runs on hydroelectric power and uses energy saving lightbulbs. Meals are cooked on gas. For showers, the water is heated by solar power fitted individually on each room.
  • We use natural cleaning products that do not pollute the surrounding forest.
  • Paper and plastic are recycled whenever possible, indigenous seedlings are grown in our tree nursery to reforest areas that have become degraded.

Contact

Tel:
0414 258 273, 0312 260 758
Email:
info@geolodgesafrica.com
reservations@geolodgesafrica.com
Web:
www.geolodgesafrica.com

Price

  • Single occupation: (per room, per night)
    • Full Board: $210 US
  • Twin/double sharing: (per room, per night)
    • Full Board: $330 US

Gulu Homestay

Location: Iriaga-Gulu

Come stay at the Acholi village with a local family in a traditional African banda. This community accommodation offers its visitors an authentic taste of daily Ugandan life and complete cultural immersion. See the day-to-day activities of a typical northern Ugandan village while the proceeds from your trip are directly benefiting the local population.

Room Description

Guests can choose between sleeping in a private room or a dormitory. Eight rooms are available for guests; all have private bathrooms with a composting toilet, bathing basin and hot water. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Hiking/ trekking
  • Bird watching
  • Visit to local school
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Ability to view the day-to-day operations of a Ugandan village
  • Watch and help Ugandans work the fields and do other daily village work.

Responsible Travel

  • All foods and supplies are sourced locally.
  • All the proceeds from village tourism directly benefits the local community through economic and social development.

Contact

Primary contact: Mr. Opiyo Peter Bob
Phone:
+256(0)782798887
E-mail:
gulukidsuganda@yahoo.com

Igongo Cultural Center

Location: 12km from Mbarara town along Masaka – Mbarara highway.

          

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by gorgeous scenery of gardens and beautiful buildings that house a museum, a crafts shop and a restaurant. We serve traditional dishes of millet bread, matooke and ghee, along with a local drink made from millet or sorghum. All ingredients are locally sourced to guarantee freshness and support local producers.

A hotel and campsite is currently being constructed near the center and is anticipated to open in the coming months. The hotel will house up to 22 quests per night and include electricity, private bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot showers, all-inclusive meals and mosquito nets. There will also be dorm rooms.

Activities:

  • Medicinal plants tour
  • Visit to a local school
  • Traditional dance or music performance
  • Crafts demonstration
  • Museum tour
  • Hill climbing
  • Donkey rides (coming soon)
  • Learn how to preform traditional Ugandan chores
  • Visit to local farms

Description of Tours: 

  • Museum Tour – this takes between 30 – 40 minutes and showcases artifacts and information on culture and traditions of the people of southwestern Uganda.
  • Cultural village – this demonstrates the evolution of housing and the cultural setting and arrangement of a typical Nyankore and Kigezi households. It includes crafts demonstrations, music performances, traditional chores and much more!
  • Sculptures and trees of medicinal value– there are a number of historical sculptures of animals and people. Visitors can also see herbal trees and those with cultural significance in the gardens of the centre.
  • Tourists can also experience daily village life through home visits, a hill walk and visits to community schools.

Responsible Travel

  • The Center uses energy-saving bulbs, minimizes the use of charcoal for cooking and minimizes solid waste. The crafts shop uses decomposable packing bags instead of plastic bags.
  • The Center maintains a clean, green environment and encourages the local community to do the same.
  • Visitors requested to observe cleanliness and leave the natural environment intact.
  • Over half our technical and support staff are sourced from the local communities.
  • Over 60% of crafts are supplied by local artists.
  • All local dishes are procured from the local community and available at all times for visitors.
  • Local dance groups are hired to present their performances, and are trained in professional dance and arts.
  • The Center uses the museum to showcase and inform visitors of the area’s artifacts, history, lifestyle and beliefs. Our mini bookshop displays publications about the cultures of south western Uganda.
  • The profits earned from tourism products are used to train and promote local artists and sponsor educational cultural radio programs on local stations. 
  • The Center has secured land for establishing a forest for indigenous tree species, in order to preserve the surrounding natural area.  

Duration and Booking

  • The duration of tours depends on the size of tour groups. 
  • It is advisable to start tours in the morning
  • It is also advisable to books two weeks in advance

Price

Tours: $5-10, depending on tour and group size
Entrance fee: $8
Price per person per night (anticipated): US. $ 100

Contact

Telephone: 0774380848/0701510329
Email:  igongo.museum@gmail.com
Website: www.igongomuseum.co.u

Jjaja Bbanga Community

Location: Rakai district,Nabigassa sub-county Ngoma Village

Discover the Jjaja Bbanga community and stay in a local guesthouse that was once the home of the community’s chief. Enjoy authentic Ugandan community accommodation and partake in the various activities offered through Grassrootz Safari, a sponsor of the community. During your stay you can participate in tourism activities throughout the village, many of which entail volunteering activities which support the community and conservation.

Room Description

Guests can sleep in the very same place the village chief once slept! Rooms are set up dormitory-style and all have electricity, towels, sheets, mosquito nets, showers and flushing toilets. The guesthouse can accommodate up to nine people per night and breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Visit to local school
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Ability to view day-to-day life in a Ugandan village
  • Traditional dance or music performance
  • Watch and help Ugandan work the fields and do other daily village work.  

Responsible Travel

  • We mainly employ parents of the students from Jjaja Bbanga primary school.
  • Visitors may purchase local arts and crafts which directly benefits the village economy.
  • All food is sourced and produced within the village, also helping to generate village income.  
  • The guesthouse takes active measures to minimize waste, use of water and use of electricity. We use water from the well and/or rainwater. Our visitors have the opportunity to fetch the water themselves so that they can feel as culturally immersed as possible. This also encourages them to use the water responsibly.
  • For electricity we use solar energy and at our school project there is a bio-gas installation.
  • We help clean the surrounding area as well as educating visitors on overall environmental impact reduction techniques.  

Price

The approximate cost of a stay is:
30,000 Ugsh per/night

Contact

Primary contact: Ms. Sarah Jjuuko
Phone:
0775193270 / 0775193271
E-mail:
guest@icuganda.org
Website:
www.icuganda.org/jjajabbanga/content

Kibale Safari Lodge

Location: Kibale National Park
Kibale Safari Lodge is spectacularly located on a hillside overlooking the forests of Kibale National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains.

The Lodge has been meticulously designed to blend into its natural surroundings, enabling visitors to feel like part of the wildness. From the seclusion of your private veranda you can watch wild animals leap from tree to tree.

Our spacious dining room offers excellent standards of cuisine, and the well stocked bar overlooks the forest so that guests can enjoy magnificent scenery while relaxing with a drink. The Kibale rainforest is home to an astonishing 13 primate species including chimpanzees, 325 bird species, elusive forest elephants and giant forest hogs. Our network of shaded forest trails allows our guests to make the most of this abundant wildlife.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Travel desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry Service

Room Description

Primate Safari Lodge offers two rooms on the main building, and five luxury cottages with private toilets and hot showers. All cottages are well furnished to ensure comfort

Activities At The Lodge

  • Chimp Tracking 
  • Guided forest walks including nocturnal Walks
  • Bird walks, including a visits to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development that is every birder’s fantasy
  • Bigodi Women’s Swamp Walk or Village Walk: A wildlife walk through a papyrus swamp, supporting the local community
  • Visits to crater lakes

Responsible Travel

Primate Safari Lodge works closely with the local Bigodi Women’s Community and KAFRED – the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development.

Our guests will enjoy local cultural performances, village walks and the opportunity to buy local handicrafts – all profits support the local community. The Lodge is committed to purchasing fruit and vegetables from neighboring villages.

Contact

Tel:
+256 31 2 277304
Mobile
+256 77 2 515672 / 78 2 399235
Email:
kitanda@infocom.co.ug
Web:
www.adventurecamps.co.ug/lodges

Price

  • Double/twin room: $555 US per room
  • Single room: $445 US
Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, and unlimited juice, tea and coffee.

Pearls Supported

Kogere Village Guest Farm

Location: Nyamwamba Division

Come stay with a local family or our village camping ground and enjoy the wonderful variety of cultural activities offered at our guest farm. Visit our restaurant that serves delicious, local food sourced from our farm and venture into the spectacular man-made “ Kisembo Forest” surrounded by a plethora of birds!

Room Description

The accommodation has electricity and provides guests with towels, sheets, mosquito nets, showers and flushing toilets. The guesthouse can accommodate fifteen people per night. Visitors can enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Visit a local school 
  • Community walk
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking and Trekking
  • Medicinal plant tour
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Water tours
  • Traditional dance or music performance
  • Traditional craft demonstration 

Responsible Travel

  • We employ only locals to guide our tours.
  • Profits generated through tourism is reinvested into the community. For example we offer training to community members and aid to orphaned children.
  • We also support a local tree nursery.  

Price

The approximate cost  per activity/tour ranges between 10,000 and 20,000 USh 

Contact

Telephone number:0774337500
Email: kogereguestfarm@gmail.com
Website:http://kguestfarm.blogs

Pineapple Bay Resort

Pineapple Bay Resort

Location: Bulago Island

With 6kms of sandy beaches and almost 10kms of shoreline on 500 acres, Bulago Island is a miniature paradise away from the bustle of urban life. Surrounded by Lake Victoria, the shoreline is made up of rocky outcrops and low cliffs. Around the shore the soil is highly fertile and covered with shady trees. The northeast tip of the island contains a small portion of rainforest. while the interior is covered with savannah-like grassland.

A number of local farmers provide a range of fruit and vegetables, ducks, chickens, pigs and goats. The fish, Nile Perch and Tilapia, can be caught by line or bought from the local fishermen.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Sailing on the lake
  • Nile perch and tilapia fishing
  • Water skiing
  • Sundowner cruises
  • Bird watching
  • Horses thrive on the island and there are currently two Somali ponies used for riding

Responsible Travel

  • The Pineapple Bay Resort is run by Uganda Safari company and Wildplaces Africa, which are both committed to the principles of sustainable tourism which emphasize: customer service, environmental conservation, cultural heritage and community development.

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0) 776212155
Email:
info@wildplacesafrica.com
peter@safariuganda.com
Web:
www.safariuganda.com
http://www.wildplacesafrica.com/bulago-island/
Prices: 
Twin: Per adult/ child supplement: $200/$100
Single: Per adult/ child supplement: $300/$100

Primate Lodge Kibale

Location: Kibale National Park

We invite you for a stay in the middle of the African rainforest. Discover a place where the serene silence is only interrupted by the melodious sounds of the numerous forest birds. A place that combines comfort with adventure while blending perfectly with the natural environment…

Located in the middle of Kibale Forest National Park, this eco-friendly safari lodge is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates of Uganda, with a special focus on the wild chimpanzees that inhabit this African

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Reading area/ library
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry Service
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Room Description

Primate Lodge Kibale features an exclusive camp with eight luxury safari tents, seven comfortable forest cottages and an adventurous Tree House. All rooms are privately situated within the forest, making it an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Chimp tracking and habituation
  • Village walk
  • Game drives
  • Bird walks
  • Hiking/ trekking
  • Educational activities that include nature walks and photographs
  • Crafts/curios
  • Cultural performances

Responsible Travel

  • All products we use are souced locally. Cultural performances and handicraft making at the lodge are all carried out by the local community. The revenue from these performances and products are all reinvested into local communities.
  • Being situated in the protected area of Kibale National Park, Primate Lodge is highly committed to the conservation of nature and culture. The lodge is constructed with local materials and makes use of solar powered electricity in order to minimize the impact on the environment.
  • We support a local sports team and work closely with conservation organizations operating within Kibale Forest.
  • The lodge holds a children and youth activity program which includes educational tours, photography and other activities that empower the new generation and educates them about the history of Kibale. This way they can use this knowledge and also share it with lodge visitors during village walks.

Contact

Tel:
+256774933415
Email:
reservations@primatelodge.com
Web:
www.ugandalodges.com

Price

  • Luxury safari tent (residents) Double Ocupacy $270, Single Ocupacy $170,    Extra bed $110 – FB
  • Luxury safari tent (none residents) Double ocupacy $350, single ocupacy $210, Extra bed $110 – FB
  • Forest cottage (residents): Double ocupacy $100, Single ocupacy $90, Extra bed $40 – BB
  • Forest cottage (none residents): Double ocupacy $165, single ocupacy $120, Extra bed $70 – FB
  • Sky tree house: Double Ocupacy $30, single ocupacy $30 – bed only
  • Campsite (own tent): per person $8 – bed only

Pearls supported:

Rwenjeru Parish

Location: Biharwe sub-county Mbarara district.

Visit Rwenjeru Parish and embark on an array of unforgettable cultural and natural activites. You will even have the option of spending the night in an authentic Ugandan community!

The community has an onsite restaurant that allows guests to sample traditional cooking, including delicous matooke, kalo, potatoes, rice and much more. Savour tropical fresh fruit and try your hand at a variety of unique activities from discovering medicinial plants to bird watching.

Room and Lodge Description

The dormitory-style rooms all have electricity, towels, sheets, mosquito nets, showers and flushing toilets. The guesthouse has the capacity to accommodate up to 100 people per night. Visitors can enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner. Extra amenities include tents, self catering facilities, canteens and a campfire. There is also an on-site restaurant where visitors can enjoy traditional Ugandan food.  

Activities At The Lodge

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Other Wildlife Watching
  • Medicinal plants tour
  • Traditional dance or music performance
  • Volunteer Program
  • Visits to a local school
  • Crafts demonstrations
  • Watch and help Ugandan work the fields and do other quotidian village work, such as gardening, bee keeping and cattle herding 

Responsible Travel

  • We involve communities rather than individuals. For this reason, we believe, local guides should participate in the planning and managing of the tour since this gives back to the local community.
  • The profits from tourism help us respect traditional culture and social structures, which contributes to the conservation of our rich cultural heritage.
  • Profits also help us come up with mechanisms to help communities cope with the damage created by commercial tourism.
  • Visitors can purchase local arts and crafts which directly benefits the village economy.
  • All the food prepared is sourced and produced within the village.  
  • We help clean the surrounding area and educate our local neighbors on overall environmental impact reduction techniques.  

Price

The approximate cost of a stay is:
20,000 Ugsh per/night

Tour or Activity:
10,000- 30,000 Ugsh

Contact

Primary contact: 
Mr. Enock Rutaaza
Phone:  
+256774685863
E-mail:
enockrutaaza@yahoo.com

Contact us for more information about Pearls of Uganda

Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org