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13 Eco-lodges in Uganda Mending Broken Hearts Through Nature

Best Eco Lodges in Uganda
Written by Jesca

Looking for a way to experience both environmental friendliness and luxury in Uganda? The pearl of Africa is a great place to visit if you’re looking for the best eco lodges in Uganda.  There are many such establishments whose priority is a sustainable environmental system tied to luxury and relaxation.

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 would expect from a top-notch lodge, so you can truly relax and rejuvenate during your stay. Here are some of the best of such in  Uganda that you can enjoy while exploring this beautiful country.

  1. Apoka Safari Lodge

Best Eco lodges in Uganda

Apoka Safari Lodge. Photo/Inside Kidepo.

Nestled in the heart of Uganda’s wilderness, Apoka Safari Lodge is one of the best eco lodges in the country. The lodge is built on a hillside overlooking a savannah plain, and guests can enjoy stunning views of wildlife from their rooms.

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.

2. Semliki Safari Lodge

Best Eco Lodges in Uganda

Semliki Safari Lodge. Photo/Twitter.

Semliki Safari Lodge is superb. The lodge is located in the heart of the Semliki 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.

The rooms are large canvas tents with permanent thatched roofs, and the interior of each room is made of a hand-carved four-poster bed draped in muslin. Each veranda has a private panoramic view complimented by a pool that overlooks the Blue Mountains of the Congo.

3. The Rainforest Lodge – Mabira

Set in the Mabira Forest, this establishment boasts a tranquil atmosphere for travellers wanting to experience an authentic Ugandan rainforest. All materials used to construct the lodge are sourced locally from the surrounding area, giving visitors a one-of-a-kind look into Uganda’s natural resources.

Other amenities available at the lodge include a canopied bar with daily cocktail specials, a Restaurant and an open lounge – providing ample seating for your comfort.

4. Jacana Safari Lodge

Jacana Safari Lodge

Jacana Safari Lodge. Photo/Sun Safaris.

With rooms that offer picturesque views of the lake and plenty of space for guests to spread out, this tree house lodge is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. The cottages are set in the dense Maramagambo forest at the edge of one of the park’s crater lakes for a truly unique experience. With a design scheme made of natural materials like wood and rope, it’s the perfect place to escape civilisation and return to nature.

5. Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge

The Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge is situated at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains. The lodge was built with sustainability in mind and features several eco-friendly features. Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge is also heavily involved in conservation efforts, working with the local community to protect the environment.

6. The Haven Eco River Lodge

The Haven is a peaceful, relaxed and well-maintained; thus among the best eco lodges in Uganda. Enjoy the calmness and breathtaking views over the starting point of rafting at the River Nile.

The Haven Eco River Lodge is ideal because of its environmental credentials. The lodge is solar-powered, providing 24-hour electricity and hot water for the showers. They source their water from a 20-meter-deep borehole.

7. Mount Elgon Ecolodge

Mount Elgon Eco lodge is situated on the slopes of Mount Elgon, in a region of outstanding natural beauty. This Eco lodge is also heavily involved in conservation efforts, working with the local community to protect the environment. The lodge offers several hiking and safari experiences, allowing visitors to explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of the area.

8. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island is home to a sanctuary for orphaned and displaced chimpanzees. The sanctuary was established to conserve these endangered species and is heavily involved in conservation and education efforts. Visitors to the sanctuary learn about the work being done to protect chimpanzees and also have the opportunity to meet and interact with the resident chimpanzee population.

9. Gorilla Forest Camp

Located just 500m from the entrance of Buhoma Park, Gorilla Forest Camp is beautifully designed and set in a lush forest glade. The camp’s tents are thoughtfully set up to blend in with their atmospheric surroundings of misty valleys and the looming mountain range that protects this delicate ecosystem.

Each tent has an en suite bathroom with a tub, running water, and other amenities. They also have spacious verandas where guests can enjoy the views and meals in privacy. The atmosphere is that of a rainforest, which inspired Disney’s The Jungle Book animation. Now you know why it ranks among the best eco lodges in Uganda.

10. Zebi Ecolodge

Zebi Ecolodge is an upmarket lodge situated in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. The lodge was built to provide visitors with a unique experience that would allow them to feel close to nature, while also supporting the local community and conserving the environment.

Zebi Ecolodge works closely with the local community, employing members of the nearby village and using locally sourced materials for construction where possible.

11. Kigambira Safari Lodge

Located in lake Mburo National Park, Kigambira Safari Lodge is one of the best eco-lodges in Uganda. The lodge offers stunning views of the park, and features a swimming pool, restaurant, and bar. Kigambira Lodge also has a fleet of safari vehicles, which guests can use.

12. Kyaninga Lodge

Kyaninga Lodge is an upmarket lodge situated on the edge of Kibale Forest National Park. The lodge provides visitors with a unique experience that allows them to feel close to nature. Kyaninga Lodge also has several initiatives in place to support conservation efforts. These include using solar power and rainwater harvesting and offering guests the opportunity to plant trees in the forest.

13. Serenada Eco Resort

Serenada Eco Resort is on the shores of Lake Victoria in Mukono District. It is the nearest ecological resort to Kampala. Its main features include two tropical forests, four beautiful gardens, and a beach that guests can enjoy. The objective of Serenada is to conserve nature. For nature lovers, the resort is a home to over 220 species of birds, rare butterflies and wild animals.

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Besigye is a Ugandan writer and a teacher by profession. She loves adventure and travelling that's why she loves writing travel blogs.

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