Volcanoes Safaris Kyambura Gorge Lodge

The Gorge is almost at the geographical centre of the Greater Virunga Landscape, at the heart of the Albertine Rift that straddles Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC. This landscape is one of the most important areas for avian, primate and wildlife biodiversity in Africa. The original Volcanoes site for the lodge, adjoining the Gorge, was about 25 acres. We have since increased it to about 60 acres in order to protect the neighbouring areas of the Gorge and create a buffer zone.

Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • On-site bar
  • Library/reading area
  • Laundry/dry cleaning
  • Gift show
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Coming soon:

  • Conference facilities
  • Internet access
  • Pool

Room Description

Eight private bandas with private bathrooms and hot water heated by solar energy. Room rates include a complimentary massage and alcoholic beverages.

Activities at the Lodge

  • Kyambura Gorge Women’s Cooperative – visit the coffee plantation and processing plant sponsored by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.
  • Empundu Playground – visit the local playground provided by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust. Football and Netball played here daily.
  • Visit to a demonstration garden built and run by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust – used to educate locals on how to plant and harvest vegetables and fruit.
  • Other activities at the lodge include: community walks, wetland walks and birding. When on safari with Volcanoes Safaris, the game drives and chimp tracking are also included.

Responsible Travel

US $100 from each Volcanoes Safaris trip goes to the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust. This trust has helped the local community through the following activities:
  • Kyambura Gorge Women’s Cooperative – coffee plantation and processing plant sponsored by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust. This offers woman the opportunity to grow and harvest coffee using VSPT facilities. They have access to over 1000 coffee trees and a processing station. The VSPT buys coffee from the women as a way to support their co-op.
  • Empundu Playground – local playground provided by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.
  • Demonstration garden built and run by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust – used to educate locals on how to plant and harvest vegetables and fruit sustainably and use organic pesticides. 
  • The Omumashaka Community Performance Group – consists of five tribes who regularly perform educational plays about conservation and AIDS awareness to Volcanoes Safaris clients and the community.
  • We have also purchased a site of  illegal brickworks which has been converted back to wetland, and are now training local community members to become birding guides. 

Sustainable and Green Practices:

  • Solar lighting is used throughout the lodge
  • We source food from local communities, and teach the communities how to provide for all the nearby lodges.
  • We recycle all plastic bottles by using them for storing and selling the coffee made on the land
  • The lodge built from mainly local materials

Contact

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

Price

  • Single Banda $400 per person
  • Double Banda $800

All prices are in US dollars, and include breakfast, lunch and dinner and a complimentary massage. Children under 2 are free, children aged 3-12 are charged 50% of the adult rate.

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Simba Safari Camp

Location: Bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park

Simba Safari Camp is a budget safari accommodation situated on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will find a variety of comfortable and affordable guest rooms, dormitory rooms and a well-established campsite with safari tents or space to pitch your own.

Perched on a hill, the camp offers spectacular views of Lake George, Lake Kikorongo and the classic African savannah plains stretching to the distant horizon. It is the closest accommodation for game drives in the Kasenyi plains, and elephants and buffalo can even be viewed from the camp.

Delicious meals are served at our open air restaurant, to give you a taste of real African cuisine. Guests can also choose a wake-up call with fresh tea or coffee served on their verandas.

Whether you wish to go on a game drive, join a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel or go in search of the chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, Simba Safari Camp is the perfect base for your adventure!

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Lounge with DSTV
  • Solar power
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Our 4WD safari vehicle which can be hired for game drives or transfers to the Park

Room Description

Simba Safari Camp offers eight twin rooms and one triple room. All have ensuite bathrooms with flushing toilets and solar heated water. Private verandas are ideal spots to relax. The family cottage sleeps up to five, with two bedrooms and an additional bed in the lounge.  The four dormitory rooms each have five or six bunk beds with mosquito nets and shared showers and toilet blocks.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Cultural performances by Kikorongo Women’s Group
  • Day trips to Katwe Salt Lake and village
  • Game drives in the Kasenyi Plains and Mweya Peninsula
  • Kazinga Channel boat safari
  • Chimp tracking at Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
  • Exploration of the crater lakes

Responsible Travel

  • Most staff are from local communities, and much of our fresh fruits and vegetables are purchased from their gardens.
  • We host cultural performances and craft workshops at the Camp by Kikorongo Women’s Community.
  • We have solar-powered lighting and solar hot water.

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0) 414-267153 / Mobile: +256 (0) 772-426368
Email:
info@ugandalodges.com
Web:
www.ugandalodges.com

Price

  • Single Room: $55 US b&b, $88 US full board (per room)
  • Twin Room: $78 US b&b, $144 US full board (per room)
  • Triple Room: $117 US b&b, $217 US full board (per room)
  • Family Cottage: $150 b&b, $320 full board (per room)
  • Shared Dormitory: $14 US per person bed only
  • Camping (furnished tent): $22 per tent single occupancy, $28 US per tent double occupancy bed only
  • Camping (own tent): $6 US per person bed only
Prices do not include VAT.
Children under three years sharing a room with their parents are free of charge, children between 3-12 years pay 50%.

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Mweya Safari Lodge

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Mweya Safari Lodge is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts numerous unique attractions, in addition to game viewing and ornithology, which have become synonymous with the term safari. We believe beyond doubt that unique encounters always begin off the beaten track…

Each room at Mweya has a breathtaking view of the Kazinga channel. You can watch the forest hogs grazing the grass outside, as well as weaver birds at your table, mongooses playing together, and the odd curious hippo! Our cuisine is of the highest quality, presenting a range of exquisite continental, Indian and international cuisine.

For those who want to unwind and relax, what better way than with a massage in our new Health Club after a long day out in the game park? With an abundance of game and some of the best bird watching in Africa, Mweya Safari Lodge is the perfect place to start your journey of discovery.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bars
  • Travel desk
  • Conference and board room
  • DSTV and Internet access
  • Shop
  • Pool, spa, gym and steam room
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry service
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Room Description

Rooms are decorated in “safari luxurious” style, and have electronic safes, telephones, balcony doors and fans. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with hot water.
In addition, deluxe rooms have air conditioning, while the luxurious suites have living rooms with sofa beds and a mini bar.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Game drives and nature walks
  • Kazinga Channel cruise
  • Wellness activities and yoga
  • Bird watching
  • Bush breakfast
  • Cultural performances and local village walks

Responsible Travel

Contact

Marasa Africa.
Plot 96-98 5th Street Industrial Area
P.O.Box 22827 | Kampala | Uganda
 
Ph: +256 (0) 312 260260/1
Ph:  +256 (0) 414 255992 
Fax: +256 (0) 312 260262
reservations@marasa.net
mweyaparaa@africaonline.co.ug

marasa.net
 
Prices:
  • Single: $180
  • Double $320
  • Deluxe double$360
  • Suite$395
  • Tent for 2 Pax- $360 – $395
  • Cottage for 4 pax- $675- $955
  • Royal Cottage: $590, Presidential Cottage: $780, Queen’s Cottage: $840 (per person)
1-2 children sharing with adults pay $50USD full board per child, or $75 in a room of their own

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Kyambura Game Lodge

Location: Situated at the Kichwamba escapement on the eastern boundary of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The lodge has been built using locally sourced, environmentally friendly materials that were fitted and made by local community workmanship. Accommodation is provided in seven spacious and tastefully designed self contained grass-thatched cottages, with views to the park, running hot and cold water and a private wooden balcony perched over the rolling savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. All cottages are located in a shrubbery surrounding which offers both environmental conservation and privacy for our guests. We have a swimming pool adjacent to the campfire where a local traditional dance is often performed by the Banyaruguru troupe.


Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • Tour/Travel desk
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry service available
  • Swimming pool
  • On-site bar
  • Library/Reading area
  • Souvenir/Gift shop
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Room Description

Our seven spacious and tastefully designed self-contained grass-thatched cottages have bath tubs/showers with views to the park, running hot and cold water, electricity and a private wooden balcony perched over the rolling savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Rooms have an instant gas water heating system for our showers to save energy and wood.

Activities At The Lodge

During your stay at Kyambura game Lodge you can engage the following activities:
  • Game drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch trips on the Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee tracking into the Kyambura Gorge
  • Walks in the world famous Kyambura Gorge
  • Forest walks into Maramagambo Forest
  • Superb bird watching
  • Community, village and crater walks

Sustainability Efforts

  • We aim to involve the community in our tourism program. We train comunity members in nature and cultural interpretation, handcraft production and overall guest relations. We also teach them to protect and preserve the area’s natural attractions.
  • 5% of our tourism proceeds are channeled back to provide sustainable management and the passing on of informal and formal education to local community groups.
  • We encourage the youths we train in nature and cultural interpretation and the elderly to share information regarding the culture and norms of their society. We provide allowances and meals at these meetings and work with them to developcultural trails that will increase the influx of both local and foreign visitors to the area.
  • We encourage homesteads to preserve utensils, tools and rehabilitate structures that are synonymous with their culture and tradition. These are always on show during tourist community visits

Contact

Tel:
(+256) 782 526636
(+256) 702 526636
(+256) 414 322789
Website:
www.kyamburalodge.com
Reservation Email:
reservations@kyamburalodge.com
marketing@kyamburalodge.com

Price

  • Double cottage per room (high season) Bed and Breakfast: $242 Full Board: $308
  • Single cottage per room (high season) Bed and Breakfast: $143 Full Board: $176
  • Double cottage per room (green season) Bed and breakfast: $165 Full Board: $231
  • Single cottage per room (green season) Bed and breakfast: $99 Full Board: $132

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GeoLodges Jacana Safari Lodge

Location: Bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park

Set on the edge of Uganda’s largest crater lake, this tree house lodge grew out of the forest, in harmony with nature. The delicate use of natural materials and rich textures blend perfectly with the scents, sights and sounds of this tropical hardwood forest, creating an unforgettable travel experience.

Luxury chalets and a family cottage are tucked away in the dense foliage of Maramagambo Forest, ensuring a peaceful and restorative stay. Your private veranda is the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled sundowner or early morning tea and coffee, served by your personal waiter.

Sink into the comfortable sofas of the Virunga Lounge around the large stone fireplace to tell your African adventure stories.

The lower deck and bar hang over Lake Nyamusingire’s edge and lead to the Captain’s Table, a floating pontoon for meals and exploration of the Lake. The swimming pool is located next to the Lake, perfect for viewing fabulous sunsets, and the sauna and massage area provide a soothing holistic experience to perfectly complete the day’s adventures.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Virunga Lounge with fireplace, sofas and hammocks
  • Sundowner Bar with lake views
  • Swimming pool overlooking the Lake
  • Sauna and massage area
  • Self-contained chalets and a family cottage, all with en-suite bathrooms with hot water
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Floating “Captain’s Table” pontoon – for dinner on the lake

Room Description

Jacana offers ten spacious, luxury chalets and a family cottage with two rooms joined together. Each is secluded by the surrounding forest. All rooms have en-suite washrooms with hot showers and an enclosed veranda with large panoramic windows offering views of Lake Nyamusingire.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Game Drives: Safaris to Mweya Peninsula in search of elephants, warthogs, lions, leopards, antelopes and more.
  • Kayaking: Venture out onto the lake and take a picnic basket with you.
  • Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise: Observe hippos, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo and thousands of birds while you calmly cruise down the channel.
  • Forest  Walks: Explore the Albertine Rift on foot, and spot birds, butterflies and monkeys.

Responsible Travel

  • Energy efficient appliances and limiting electricity use to a few hours a day leaves a lighter carbon footprint
  • Restaruant fare includes local produce, fish and other tasty ingredients from Uganda
  • Lodge staff come from nearby communities creating jobs and building local capacity
  • Community dance performances showcase the local culture

Contact

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

Price per room per night

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

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Location: Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. It is the only exclusive camp in the Ishasha sector, allowing guests to enjoy their game viewing without the hustle and bustle of lots of other vehicles and people. On a clear day one can see the Virunga Volcanoes to the south, and the Rwenzori Mountains to the north.

A central dining area under canvas provides a comfortable environment for meals. The outdoor lounge area beside the river, and evening “fireplace” venue for guests complete the unique bush experience offered at this camp.

We recommend a minimum of two to four nights in the camp, as there is a lot to see in the area We are within easy reach of both the Mweya Peninsula and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

 

Lodge Amenities

  • Central dining area under canvas
  • On-site wildlife viewing
  • Lounge area under canvas
  • Camp site

Room Description

With only ten tents, guests are able to enjoy the feeling of exclusivity in pristine surroundings. Each spacious tent, which overlooks the pretty Ntungwe River, has two large beds, a shady verandah and its own en suite bathroom and dressing area, providing hot water bush showers and an eco-friendly flush toilet. Power is provided by solar energy.

Activities At The Lodge

  • Game drives to Mweya and through Ishasha
  • Guided walks along the Ishasha river area for close up viewing of hippos
  • Bird-watching: with such varied ecosystems, the bird life here is prolific and includes the rare Nerina trojon and black bee eaters.
  • Visits to Community Projects: See a performance by a local dance and drama group, and walk through the nearby Kazinga village where schools, homes, traditional herbalists and farms can be visited.

Responsible Travel

  • The Camp has water saving bush showers and eco-friendly flush toilets, as well as solar power.
  • The Ishasha Community Project has recently been set up by us in conjunction with Prime/West, an organisation committed to conserving the bio-diversity of the area by reducing threats to the eco systems through increased economic opportunities.

Contact

Tel:
+ 256 (0)414 321479
Mobile:
+256 (0)772 502155, +256 (0)772 721 479
Website:
www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com
Email:
reservations@wildfrontiers.co.ug or info@wildfrontiers.co.ug

Price

  • Double occupancy: $230 US per person full board
  • Single Occupancy: $310 US full board
Children ages 5-12 pay 50%, children under 5 are free of charge Discounts are offered for Ugandan citizens.

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Ihamba Safari Lodge

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ihamba Safari Lodge is situated by Kahendero Fishing Village on the shores of Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
It is the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Ihamba Safari Lodge’s unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy and the welcoming surroundings provided by the friendly local staff.

Room Description

Ihamba Safari Lodge consists of 10 family cottages. Each spacious cottage includes a couch that converts to a double bed to accommodate children, as well as a large private deck for relaxing and wildilfe viewing. Maximum capacity is three adults, or two adults with two children under the age of 12.

Room Facilities:

• Private bathroom and shower
• Desk
• Drinking water

All guests enjoy the use of:

• Swimming pool
• Housekeeping and laundry services
• Access to high speed internet in all public areas
• Library
• On-site bar
• Ample and secure parking
There is also a stand-by generator in case of power shortages

Activities At The Lodge

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Walking safari
  • Bird watching
  • Visits to the local village
  • Crafts

Responsible Travel

  • We use local produce when available
  • We have opened a souvenior shop at the lodge for crafts
  • Our staff are local
  • We have local dancers for cultural performances
  • We employ local guides during village walks to provide information to the clients
  • We provide recycling bins for our guests to use
  • We use natural light in the lodge as often as possible
Contact:
Rashid Kiyimba

Tel:

+ 077 433 4655 

www.ihambasafarilodge.com

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Hippo Hill Camp

Location: Hippo Hill Camp is in the buffer zone of Queen Elizabeth National Park-Katwe town.

Established in September 2006, Hippo Hill Camp is the only luxury tented Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

Hippo Hill Lodge is a Camp in the wilderness!! Offering travelers a “real adventure”. Hippo Hill Camp is in the buffer zone of Queen Elizabeth National Park-Katwe town. Even the drive through the Park to get to the Camp is quite an impressive experience for visitors.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has 95 mammal species and 606 bird species. It covers a total area of 2,056 sq km and its altitude is 910 m at Lake Edward to 1,390 m in the crater area. The mean maximum temperature for the region is 28 degrees C, and the mean minimum is 18 degrees C.

The Camp welcomes you with the breathtaking scenery of the Park and the cool soothing breezes from its surrounding lakes.

The Camp is a must see place! It is spectacularly well-built on a hill overlooking Kitako and Kabazimu Islands. It is also surrounded by Lake Edward, the Katwe salt Lake and Munyanyange crater Lakes that contain lots of flamingoes, Hippos, buffalo and other other animals. The extraordinary landscape of the crater lakes was created by volcanic activity some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. The Camp blends into its natural surroundings to enable visitors to feel as if they are part of the wildness.


Lodge Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • Tour/Travel desk
  • On-site Bar
  • Library/Reading Area
  • Souvenir/Gift Shop
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Room Description

The Camp presently offers 10 luxury tents with private toilets and hot showers. These tents are walk-in safari tents with their own en-suite facilities including cold and hot water. All tents are very well furnished to ensure comfort for all. No detail has been overlooked in the furbishment of these magnificent tents as they provide a perfect setting for relaxation. From the seclusion of your veranda, you can watch wild animals as they descend from the hill to quench their thirst and nibble the green grass.
Contact
Tel:
+256 31 2 277304 / 77 2 515672 / 78 2 399235
Fax:
+256 31 2 287250
Website:
http://www.adventurecamps.co.ug/hippo_hill_camp.htm
Email:
kitanda@infocom.co.ug
Price
A tent with a double/twin room is USD 200 and a single room is USD 110 full board
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Unlimited Juice, Tea/Coffee

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