Are you looking for a budget lodge where you can stay while on a gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda? Here are the best 5 safari lodges that offer a great deal for money if you are looking for a gorilla trek while on budget.
In the north of Bwindi, there are two sectors from where gorilla treks start from. These are the Buhoma Sector and the Ruhija Sector. There are several lodging options for budget travelers who would like to head into the north Bwindi. Some of the best lodges are;
Buhoma Community Camp
Gift of Nature Lodge
Gorilla Valley Lodge
Nkuringo and Rushaga sector lies in the southern part of Uganda. This area is home to gorilla families like Nkuringo gorilla group, Nshongi gorilla family, Mishaya gorilla family, Kahungye gorilla group.
Safari Lodges in Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park;
Wagtail Eco lodge
Wagtail lodge is one of the budget lodges in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park. It is situated in in Rubuguri, close to the briefing point of Nshongi and Nkuringo gorilla trekking families. It is well crafted out of African material designed to conserve nature while using it sustainably. It has a restaurant and bar where a number of meal options are served. From its compound, one can get a clear view of Virunga volcanoes and Rwanda Congo boarder with Uganda.
Rushaga Gorilla Camp
The Rushaga Gorilla Camp offers a great choice of rooms. There are budget rooms from as low as USD100 per night. If you need an upgrade, you can also book a cottage from US$150 per night.Read More
My 8 unique hotels in Kampala! – I thought choosing this shouldn’t be a problem and indeed it isn’t but the trouble is keeping it to 8. I am afraid I have got to say right from the start that this will be broken – no promises here!
Not different from Paris and London of this world, Kampala has got some of the finest to be proud of and by any standard these 8 or so hotels will leave their mark. The beauty; the surrounding, the layout and the type of rooms (not different from what you would find in Chicago or New York) is what makes them unique – the bonus is; they are crowned with a Uganda touch!
OK then, here we go with my 8 unique hotels in Kampala and with out following any order of merit;
First on my mind is the Speke Resort and Conference Centre. Right at the shoreline of Lake Victoria, it is the ideal place to chill out. It’s got a thrill that will grub you and particularly about Uganda’s beauty with a detailed touch of precision. Its Olympic size swimming pool is a plus (try it if you think you are good enough to represent your country). This resort simply graces the shore of the lake and for me, its very much a top 10 in Africa. You probably wouldn’t take your eyes off this one… and what a way to kick off these unique hotels.
It offers a range of facilities; A 5 star restaurant, excellent conference facilities, luxury cottages and the Speke equestrian Centre that will offer you a horse riding holiday including lessons if you wish which you could round off with a boat ride on Lake Victoria. Still looking for places for your honeymoon?
… While you are still at that, you can make your way to the Protea Hotel Kampala. Set in Kololo – an upscale suburb of Kampala, this 4 star hotel will gracefully give you 5 star services at no extra cost. 59 luxury rooms plus 11 lavish en-suites and a modern hi-tech gym will provide you with an amazing way to spend a night or two.
And then the hotel for Mother Nature lovers – kept to the thyme of depicting Uganda’s greenery and beauty, the Kampala Serena Hotel. Right in the heart of Kampala with an artistic impression that brings out Uganda’s lakes and rivers, this 5 star hotel blends the African flair, social style and business consistency that will keep you coming back for more… It has a rock sculptured pool deck and water falls with over 150 world class rooms that will guarantee your memorable stay in Uganda.
Finding its way into my 8 unique hotels is the Emin Pasha hotel – have you been there? Yah right! You could be one of the ‘been there done that’ but wait a minute; this little cosy, with a rich ambience hotel will take you by surprise. It’s got no attributes to the big chains and yet has a character of its own. Its Fez Brasserie and Wine bar is probably the finest to eat and drink in Kampala.Try it…
With exactitude, the Hotel le Petit Village is a piece of class. Someone has called it the ‘charming oasis’. This lovely family-friendly hotel is the perfect way to escape from the rush of Kampala. Lovely food too and the out door pool adds to the flair.
Then comes the controversial one – Yes! In a sense that you will have to prove me wrong on this. The Sheraton Hotel Kampala certainly squeezes its way through to my 8 unique hotels. It’s stood the taste of time! One will say it’s passed its glory days but wait a minute, you won’t beat its location (right in the heart of Kampala) and just when you step in, it welcomes you with that ever relaxed ambience.
It’s with in reach of the central business centre of the Capital and as a meeting point; it will give you the ideal atmosphere to crack that business deal.
Oh, and here comes probably my best; The Lake Victoria Serena Resort – right at the shoreline (am I just obsessed with the lake view? – hmm!). They say; ‘it’s styled to replicate the lines of a classically rustic roman villa’. This luxury residential complex is magnificent. Lovely poolside and great service! …
…I however have my reservations on the roads that lead to the complex – they are in serious need of some TLC but don’t let that kill the excitement, once you over come the bumpy roads, paradise will break loose!
And while you are pampered at the Serena Resort, you can make your way to Grand Imperial Hotel – its history stems way back to the colonial times as one of the first hotels to be built in Kampala. With over 100 elegant rooms, the grand imperial is right in the heart of the central business centre of Kampala. Look no further if you are looking at a stay for business – it’s quite ideal.
Does that make my 8 unique hotels? Sorry there is just one more; Mosa Court Apartments – thought I should say something about this little paradise. For business or pleasure and particularly if you are looking at a long stay – this is the ideal place which will save you a few $s too. Its location is very central to the Capital.
…Did I say one more? This list will go on and on irresistibly but last but not least, the Speke Hotel in Kampala. The Bar at the Rock Garden is certainly my best – you will love the ambience there. And talking about Kampala nightlife, if you are the kind that loves a bit of dancing, you can catch some music here at the weekends. Nice place to entertain your clients/visitors!
My 8 unique hotels in Kampala are not cast in stone and a lot of things could have changed as I finish writing this. A lot of new hotels are also coming up. You will see lots of reviews and stories about these places and more here, make you choice – I trust for most of it, you will agree with me.
Go on and tell me what you think about my 8 unique hotels in Kampala – you could have a thing or 2 to share about your experience at these places or any other – any thing that you think will help the other visitors OR have you discovered Kampala’s new paradise?Read More