Best hotels and hostels in Uganda

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Little Elephant Camp

    This dream safari camp features a few impeccable tents outfitted with grills and your own personal kitchen and living-room tent. Comfortable and ultraprivate, it's ideal for groups or families. Your hosts are a lovely Canadian couple who have thought out every old-school adventure detail from custom-made director's chairs to wooden trunks and open-air solar-heated showers fenced behind each tent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jinja

    Wildwaters Lodge

    One of Uganda's best luxury hotels, Wildwaters lives up to its name by overlooking a raging stretch of the Nile from its stunning island location. Accessed via a boardwalk, the private thatched-roof suites have canvas walls and palatial interiors with gleaming polished floorboards, poster beds and sofas. All open up to balconies with outdoor claw-foot baths overlooking unhindered Nile views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Kyambura Gorge Lodge

    This former coffee factory is a top choice for those looking to slow things right down. Style looms large here, with abstract art and mismatched craft pieces that exude personality. Modern bandas (thatched-roofed huts) feature outdoor showers, scavenged wood balconies, floor to ceiling windows and sofas where you can take in the savannah. The swimming pool is perfect for a sundowner and massage is free.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Murchison Falls National Park

    Fort Murchison

    Dutch-owned Nature Lodges' most ambitious venture takes the form of an ambient Islamic fort in a commanding location overlooking the Albert Nile. It has fine dining, good service and rooms oozing with safari style (go upstairs for the best views). The gorgeous rooftop deck has loungers shared with darting multicoloured agama lizards. There's a swimming pool and wi-fi in the works.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Crater Lakes

    Papaya Lake Lodge

    A stylish retreat with a rock 'n' roll heart, stunning Papaya Lake Lodge goes that extra mile. A gin cart for cocktail hour, antique masks and a bathroom sink fashioned on a fixed-gear bicycle are some of the original details. Spacious cottages with balconies face pretty Lake Lyantonde. The pièce de résistance: a ridgetop swimming pool overlooking two crater lakes.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Bwindi Lodge

    Eight stylish bandas (thatched-roofed huts) with solar power, gorgeous textiles and warming fireplaces make up this ultraluxurious offering. Take a walk and go birding on the extensive grounds or enjoy a free massage. Gorillas have been spotted using the riverside path – it's just that chilled. Activities include game drives, tea-plantation visits, forest walks and visits to Batwa villages. Also supports community-based projects.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kampala

    Emin Pasha Hotel

    Kampala’s finest boutique hotel is housed in an elegant property set in wonderful gardens with rooms that blend lodge atmosphere with luxury. The more expensive ones feature claw-foot bathtubs, while all have classic writing desks, four-poster beds and gorgeous slate bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fort Portal

    Kyaninga Lodge

    The stunning Kyaninga Lodge, 10km northeast of Fort Portal, features eight epic thatched-roofed log cabins that soar high upon stilts. Joined by a wooden walking platform, they are a spectacular sight – as are the views over Kyaninga Lake. The log cabins are spacious and private, with gleaming wooden floors and bathrooms with claw-foot baths, glass showers and marble countertops.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sipi Falls

    Sipi River Lodge

    A real retreat set in lush gardens with porch rockers and a creek-side trail to the second waterfall. Dorms and bandas (thatched-roofed huts) use separate bathrooms with individual room locks and plenty of space. Splurge on a cottage with gorgeous batiks, private deck and shower views of the falls. A great on-site restaurant attracts nonguests for espresso drinks and homemade meals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jinja

    Haven

    Overlooking a wild Class VI rapid, this wonderful, friendly lodge is all about location. With pleasant grounds featuring a play area, bike rentals and sandbox, it's great for families too. There are sensational panoramas from suave bandas (thatched-roofed huts), tents and bungalows, all with hot water. It boasts numerous ecofriendly credentials, a safari-style restaurant and swimming pool with sunloungers.

  • Lodging in Kidepo Valley National Park

    Apoka Safari Lodge

    A unique luxury property, Apoka Safari Lodge spoils you with 10 lovely rooms, fine dining and a swimming pool chiselled into rock. Large, thatched cottages with canvas walls and solar power look out on wildlife attracted to the on-site watering hole. Each cottage features an outdoor tub, stone showers and a writing desk that would suit Hemingway to a tee.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fort Portal

    YES Hostel

    This wonderful project is the work of Carol Adans, a Hawaiian who moved to Uganda to make a difference over two decades ago, and boy, has she! YES supports the Mama Rescue Home, where 30 HIV+ children live, through its exceptional-value hostel with a peaceful pastoral setting. Rooms are configured as dorms, but usually you'll get one to yourself.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kisoro

    Travellers Rest Hotel

    A hotel with a history, it was once run by the so-called father of gorilla tourism, Walter Baumgärtel, and Dian Fossey regularly stayed here. Through various thoughtful touches such as Congolese crafts, this otherwise simple place has become a lovely little oasis. The garden has lots of shade and the restaurant features an atmospheric bar with fireplace.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kampala

    Yellow Haven Lodge

    Haven is the operative word in this boutique lodging on Kampala's outskirts near the airport. On Lake Victoria, the surrounding marshland attracts prolific birdlife. Rooms, including a new tree house, offer lovely simplicity, with canopy beds and no TV. Instead there's an authentic Irish pub, garden lounge area and meandering stone paths to a saltwater pool and pond.

  • Lodging in Crater Lakes

    Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

    Not actually on Lake Nyabikere, but near enough to snag some views, is the wonderful Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse. Set on manicured gardens overlooking tea plantations, there's a choice of renovated bandas (thatched-roofed huts) or rooms in the atmospheric 1950s colonial building with a fireplace and a superb collection of antique books on Africa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Crater Lakes

    Kluge's Guest Farm

    Whether you're drinking a beer with Stefan Kluge himself or watching monkeys skate across the treetops, this well-run retreat is unique. The cooking alone is some of the best in Uganda, served buffet style with homemade sausage, fresh breads and house hot sauce. Rooms are immaculate and beds divine. There's a sparkling little pool and roaring evening campfire.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Murchison Falls National Park

    Murchison River Lodge

    While firmly in the luxury category, Murchison River opens its doors to all budgets, whether you're here to pitch a tent, do some lazy camping or live it up in its lavish two-storey thatched cottages. Grounds are quite spread out. The safari-style open-air restaurant has good food and superb views of the Victoria Nile with elephants in the distance.

  • Lodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Ishasha Wilderness Camp

    The location right on the Ntungwe River is prime. At these prices this tented camp is less luxurious than you might expect, though its 10 tents are spacious, with elegant furnishings and wi-fi in a lovely thatched living room. One of the few lodges inside the park's boundaries, there's great wildlife guiding and an option for bush breakfasts or sundowners.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Bunyonyi

    Birdnest@Bunyoni Resort

    The Belgian-owned Birdnest is an impressive sight. It's the most upmarket choice in Bunyonyi, but remains excellent value. Open-plan rooms have vibrant decor, with lovely, private balconies looking out to the lake, while the outside terrace decking has a swimming pool with huge hammocks and free canoe hire. The secluded cottages (which sleep four) can only be reached by canoe.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Bush Lodge

    An excellent budget choice, this exceptionally run bush camp sits on the banks of Kazinga Channel frequented by elephants, forest pigs, warthogs and hippos. There are basic tents with beds (and power outlets), and private bandas (thatched-roofed huts) and safari-tents with outdoor showers clad in bamboo and composting toilets. Meals are wonderful, with tables arranged atmospherically around the campfire.