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

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

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

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

Nkuringo Gorilla Camp

Location: Nkuringo, bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is located at 2161m above sea level on the Nteko ridge, overlooking a beautiful swath of the world-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha river valley to the breathtaking, conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes, and the surrounding canopy of the Bwindi Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorilla.

Our accommodation includes en-suite cottages, bandas, rooms, tents and a campsite for those who travel with their own tents. We also have a small restaurant serving locally sourced food, and self-catering facilities, so we can welcome guests of all budgets and tastes.

This section of forest is home to the Nkuringo group of gorillas and the camp is ideally located to see them close up. We also offer walking safaris through the forest to the village of Buhoma, and guests will enjoy birding as well as meeting our friendly Bakiga, Bafumbira and Batwa neighbours.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Travel desk
  • Laundry service
  • Lounge area
  • Craft shop
  • On-site wildlife viewing

Room Description

We have two beautifully hand-crafted en-suite cottages as well as budget rooms and safari tents. Paraffin lanterns provide light and the shared bathroom facility includes two bush showers and two eco toilets. Hot water is prepared for bathing on request
There are several camping terraces for those with their own camping equipment.

Available rooms:
  • 2 en-suite Cottages
  • 5 twin rooms with shared bathroom
  • 1 twin banda with shared bathroom
  • Safari tents
  • Camping with own equipment

Activities At The Lodge

  • Nkuringo village walks with cultural performances and demonstrations
  • Visit to the Batwa
  • Birding
  • Forest walk through Bwindi to Buhoma
  • Multi-day trek to Kisoro via Lake Mutanda
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Canoeing on Lake Mutanda

Responsible Travel

We do not have electricity at the site, lighting is supplied by paraffin lanterns. We have rainwater catchment and storage systems installed, and staff will bring hot water on request. We also have eco-toilets.

Nkurongo Gorilla Camp has started the Nkuringo Youth Initiative program, a community conservation group.

Our Walking Safaris have generated employment for local guides, porters and the canoe team. We are an equal opportunity employer, and are training women to join our team of guides.

The Youth Group entertains our guests with regular cultural performances, and often put the tips they receive towards community projects such as the library and pre-school. They also run a small craft shop. Produce is locally sourced to support Nkuringo’s farming families.

Contact

Tel:
+256 (0) 774 805580 / (0) 792 805580
Email:
info@nkuringocampsite.com
Web:
www.nkuringocampsite.com

Pearls Supported

Price

  • Cottages, full board:$165 single occupancy, $210 double.
  • Rooms, room only: 66,000 USh single occupancy, 99,000 USh twin.
  • Banda, room only; 66,000 USh single occupancy, 99,000 USh twin.
  • Safari tents, room only: 66,000 USh single occupancy, 99,000 USh twin.
  • Camping with own equipment: 15,000 USh per person, camping only

For all guests EXCEPT those staying in cottages, food is extra:
• Breakfast 10,000 USh per person
• Half board: 40,000 USh per person
• Full board: 50,000 USh per person

Contact us for more information about Pearls of Uganda

Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org

Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort Campsite

Location: Ruhija Village, adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and less than 1 km from the gorillas’ natural habitat.

The community members of Katojo Parish, Kabale District created the Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort in July 2008 to support the community’s income by providing tourists with affordable accommodation and access to the region’s incredible gorilla population and other wildlife.

Lodge Amenities

  • Restuarant
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Onsite wildlife viewing

Room Amenities

  • Fireplace
  • Fans
  • Self-catering
  • Hot water
  • Private bathrooms

Activities At The Lodge

  • Hiking and trekking
  • Birdwatching
  • Village walks
  • Cultural performances
  • Craft and curio markets
  • Wildlife viewing

Responsible Travel

  • We are taking active measures to separate waste, as well as use of water and electricity at the lodge.  We have information displayed at the lodge about the use of water.
  • We support local schools and health care facilities, and work to make their activities environmentally sustainable.
  • The lodge staff are hired from the local community, provided with on-the-job training, and encouraged to pursue further studies.
  • We purchase locally grown food, artisanal crafts, fabric, lodge decor, and furniture from the local community.

Contact

Pearls of Uganda
Tel:
+256-414501866+256-414501866 / +256-772657700+256-772657700
Email:
info@pearlsofuganda.org
Web:
www.pearlsofuganda.org

Price

Twin Bed Canvas Tent:
  • $60 for one person B&B
  • $120 for two people B&B
Single Bed:
  • $20 for one person
  • $40 for two people
Camping with Tent Hire:
  • $15 for one person
  • $30 for two people
  • $10 own tent
Contact us for more information about Pearls of Uganda

Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org

Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas

Location: Nyundo Village, 6km from the Buhoma entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The residents of Nyundo were firsthand witnesses to climate change. They cultivated crops on the steep hillsides bordering Bwindi Impenetrable forest, but had noticed erosion, changing rain patterns and the disappearance of the forest´s characteristic mist. Ultimately, their crops began to fail. The Nyundo Community Conservation Project was developed in response to this. The community decided to protect the land and allow the forest to grow back, and now the trees, the rains and the mist have all returned to Nyundo.
Experience life in this beautiful rural region of south western Uganda: sleep in a cozy, traditional banda; wake up to the mists swirling over the dark hillsides of the Impenetrable Forest; and enjoy delicious meals freshly prepared by the village women using local ingredients. The residents of Nyundo welcome you into their village, and your stay here supports local livelihoods and forest conservation.

Lodge Amenities

  • Private bandas in secluded gardens
  • Dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Room Description

Five bandas, constructed in traditional style using natural materials, are designed to represent the traditional African family homestead. All bandas have sheets and mosquito nets. Latrines and showers are shared between the bandas. The showers have cold running water, with hot water provided on request.

Available rooms include:
  • Three bandas with two bunks (each sleeps four)
  • One banda with one bunk
  • One banda with a single bed

Activities At The Lodge

  • Traditional Skills Trail: Learn about farming, cooking and traditional midwifery in the region. 2 hours, 20,000 USh.
  • Waterfall Hike: Visit the bath of the kings, and learn of Nyundo’s history with the village elders. 2 hours, 20,000 USh.
  • Hill Hikes: Trek the Congo-Uganda border, with astonishing views of the Rwenzori Mountains, the Virunga Volcanoes and the Rift Valley. 4 hours, 20,000 USh.

Responsible Travel

  • Everyone involved in the tourism project is from Nyundo. There is a craft hut selling items made by local women and orphans.
  • Almost all food is grown in or around the community, and is both organic and traditional Ugandan food.
  • Tourism provides an alternative income for those who have abandoned their farms in order to let the forest grow back and conserve the local environment – discouraging poaching and inappropriate land use.
  • The craft hut sells baskets and paper-bead jewelry made by local women and children, and banana leaf dolls made by local orphans.

Contact

Pearls of Uganda
Tel:

+256(0)772930304 / +256(0)772657700
Email:
info@pearlsofuganda.org
Web:
www.pearlsofuganda.org

Price

Full Board
30,000 USh
Self-Catering
20,000 USh

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Contact us for more information about Pearls of Uganda

Email: info@pearlsofuganda.org