Uganda offers great safari options for those environment and nature-conscious travellers. Known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda has made great strides in sustainability efforts. We feature a selection of some best eco-lodges in Uganda that meet the criteria of eco-rated facilities on the ecotourism principles and guidelines.

Some of the criteria that these facilities need to meet include:

  • contributed to sustainable development by working together with local communities
  • conserved both the natural and the cultural environment
  • whose physical and cultural context has been fit through attention, landscaping, colour, as well as the use of local architecture
  • have had minimal impact on the natural surrounding by adopting strategies like sustainable means of water acquisition
  • careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewage
  • as well as offering interpretive programs to educate its employees and tourists about the surrounding and cultural environment.

These lodges are committed to sustainable tourism practices, meaning you can enjoy your vacation without harming the local environment. Plus, they offer all the amenities and comforts you expect from a top-notch lodge, so you can relax and rejuvenate during your stay. Here are some of the best of such in  Uganda you can enjoy while exploring this beautiful country.

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Kampala Serena Hotel - Tour
Kampala Serena Hotel
$ 229
1 Night
Available on request
Kampala Central Division
Kampala Serena Hotel
$ 229
The Kampala Serena Hotel is an oasis of cool and green, with a secure environment ideally located in an excellent location in the heart of Kampala, which is the focal point of national, regional, corporate, political and social life. Surrounded by 17 acres of beautifully manicured water gardens, our hotel attracts visitors to Kampala seeking 5-star amenities including elegant accommodation, gourmet cuisine and a superlative Conference Centre that sets Kampala Serena Hotel among the city’s premier business hotels. read more read less
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Apoka Safari Lodge - Tour
Apoka Safari Lodge
$ 970
1 Night
09 Dec, 09 Dec, 10 Dec, and more
Apoka Safari Lodge
$ 970
Apoka is in the heart of Kidepo Valley National Park, tucked into the North-Eastern corner of Uganda. The editor of Canada’s La Vie de Luxe magazine listed Apoka Lodge in the launch of the issue using the following words: “True luxury is about the experience – having the opportunity to explore the world’s chicest hideaways…our team of writers have scoured the globe to bring you just that: the top 50 places in the world to stay, from grand yachts to urban oases to glamorous trains…” “From the vantage point of your private veranda, off your wood, thatch and canvas “cottage room’, – one of Apoka’s ten, perched atop large rocky outcrops – soak up the gorgeous savannah panorama of remote Kidepo Valley National Park in northeast Uganda, among the most beautiful – and underrated – destinations in East Africa. Watch the parade of giraffe, elephant, buffalo, antelope, zebra and some 200 bird species. The interiors and amenities of Apoka complement the natural landscape outside – cream and chocolate carpets, plush white towels, Egyptian cotton bed linens, and outdoor bathtubs carved out of the rock face. Join the other guests as they track game with well-trained guides along sandy riverbeds. Then retreat to your luxurious, blissfully isolated room underneath the stars, as lions roar in the distance.” The lodge is completely solar-powered, and all of the buildings are made from sustainable materials. With everything handmade by local craftsmen, you’ll never want to leave this natural oasis. Guests can go on game drives to see lions, elephants, and other animals in their natural habitat or take a walk through the lodge’s beautiful gardens. The rooms at Apoka have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious. 10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surround a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah. With inside sitting rooms and private verandas, there are plenty of places to relax, read and sprawl.  Big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woollen carpets, extra large plush towels, and over-sized dressing gowns…you may be as far away from the city as you’ll ever be, but you won’t miss a thing. read more read less
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Semliki Safari Lodge - Tour
Semliki Safari Lodge
$ 623
1 Night
09 Dec, 10 Dec, 11 Dec, and more
Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Western Region
Semliki Safari Lodge
$ 623
Semliki Safari Lodge is superb. The lodge is located in the heart of the Semuliki National Park, making it an ideal base for exploring this unique and bio-diverse region. It’s made up of sustainable materials and renewable energy sources. Set on over 500 sq. km of wilderness, the lodge is situated in the Toro - Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, in the Western Rift Valley and is a member of classic safari camps in Africa. It is the only accommodation here, offering a truly private experience where comfort and authenticity have been taken seriously.  Staying at Semliki Safari Lodge is like stepping back in time. It evokes the spirit of the old explorers, it piques curiosity and inspires discovery. Semliki is secluded and intimate. With a maximum of 18 guests we promise excellent service and attention to detail…and an unforgettable experience. The main lodge – with its soaring thatched roof – is where our guests gather around the chunky dining tables or sprawl in the comfy armchairs and sofas telling stories and sharing experiences. Lit by lanterns and open to the elements on one side, at Semliki you really feel like you are touching the wild. Get out and walk – there are miles of trails cut through the riverine forests that crisscross the savanna. read more read less
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Mabira Rainforest Lodge - Tour
Mabira Rainforest Lodge
$ 114
1 Night
09 Dec, 10 Dec, 11 Dec, and more
Mabira Rainforest Lodge
$ 114
This upmarket eco-lodge is situated in the Mabira Forest and exhibits the peace and calm of an equatorial hardwood rainforest in the heart of Uganda. The Lodge has been built using local, onsite materials to create a stunningly unique atmosphere for visitors to truly appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the Mabira Forest Reserve. The rooms are secluded with balconies overlooking the forest, and windows that provide a thorough view of the forest. Other facilities here include a Swimming Pool, Sauna and Massage area, a well-stocked canopy bar with daily cocktail specialities, a restaurant that serves continental dishes, and a multi-level encircling open lounge with comfortable seating providing beautiful views of Mabira Forest. read more read less
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Nile Safari Lodge - Tour
Nile Safari Lodge
$ 1,170
1 Night
09 Dec, 10 Dec, 11 Dec, and more
Nile Safari Lodge
$ 1,170
Nestled peacefully amongst the rich papyrus forest on the southern banks of the River Nile, the Lodge is one of the few wildest places in Africa offering the most luxurious accommodation in the park. Rooms are designed in wooden chalets and luxury tents, all fitted with en-suite washrooms, with no air-conditioning, each with a private balcony suspended over the river Nile which allows you to enjoy stunning views and gives a true feeling of wild Africa. From the deck of your own room, you will perceive the sound of the silent ripple of water whispering untold secrets, hippos snort with contentment from their watery home, catch a glimpse of Giant Nile crocodiles bask on sand banks, whilst elephant herds wading through the papyrus islands. This magical wilderness is complimented by a restaurant, bar, an ambient lounge and a superb extended deck underneath the protection of a giant fig tree, an open fireplace, and the crystal clear swimming pool offering the best escape from the hot equatorial sun after a day of activities in the park. The staff at the lodge is exceptionally compassionate offering a personal touch service to each visitor. Remote, tranquil, luxurious, eco-friendly. Escape the ordinary and experience the awe-inspiring spectacles that Nile Safari Lodge offers on the banks of the world's longest river - River Nile and Uganda's largest national park – Murchison Falls National Park. Nile Safari Lodge is a wholly-owned family eco-friendly lodge, started in 2017 with a long-term dream of creating and offering a unique experience in the Pearl of Africa. To share the beauty of the region we grew up in and hold very close to our hearts. Our purpose and drive are to offer experiences and memories that enable our guests to “Escape the ordinary”… The lodge has been designed to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. read more read less
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