In seeking out the best Christmas holiday resorts and hotels in Uganda, a few universal features come to mind… a restaurant or two on site, activities for the whole family, games rooms and swimming pools.
And Christmas being one of the most cherished time of the year, it certainly is also a schedule-packed, stressful, high-pressure time where the house must be constantly prepped for company and the oven barely turns off.
We also know that Christmas comes once every 365 days, this time round, gather up the family, pack your bags, and head to a getaway in the charm and comfort of one of the best twenty-five resorts and hotels in Uganda, where someone else is in charge of overseeing the kitchen, making the beds, as well as making sure everyone’s glass stays (at least) half full.
The choice of hotels and resorts that made it to the best 25 were based on online client reviews as well as recommendations from tourism industry players in Uganda.
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Speke Resort Munyonyo
Speke Resort, conveniently located only 12 km from the centre of Kampala, offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation and leisure facilities; all situated in an idyllic setting in Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria. The resort offers you a choice of luxury accommodation to suit individuals, couples, families or groups on long or short stays.
Leisure facilities at Speke Resort include, Uganda’s only Olympic size swimming pool, an equestrian centre and a choice of fine bars and restaurants, all with different international menus. The Resort’s spectacular setting and unparalleled service and cuisine are the ideal ingredients for a magical storybook wedding or special event. It also offers a choice of elegant rooms and beautiful outdoor locations that will provide the perfect setting for your function or vacation getaway.
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Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort
Located adjacent to Speke Resort and Conference Center, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is Uganda’s leading 5-star resort.
Specifically constructed to host the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is dedicated to providing unrivalled comfort and unmatched services.
Boasting 449 rooms, cottages and Presidential suites, with a unique blend of traditional Ugandan and ultra-modern furnishings, which merge into the Pearl of Africa theme carried throughout the décor, the many room features and amenities ensure a seamless transition from pleasure to business and vice versa.
The resort also has comprehensive wellness and fitness facilities that assist body and mind to work in harmony.
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Kampala Serena Hotel
Located on Kintu Road, Nakasero Hill, in the centre of Kampala, Kampala Serena Hotel is nestled among 17 acres (6.9 ha) of lawns and gardens.
The hotel that opened on 31 July 2006, after eighteen months of renovations and refurbishment is run owned by a consortium that includes three corporate entities; Tourism Promotion Services, a division of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, the Uganda National Social Security Fund and Proparco, a French property investment company.
Run and managed by the Serena Hotels Group, Kampala Serena Hotel has 188 guest rooms, including suites that are elegantly furnished boasting an impressive collection by local artisans.
Uganda, which has been welcoming royal dignitaries over the years has hosted a number of high profile guests among whom are Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, and Mswati III, King of Eswatini and head of the Swazi royal family who all stayed at Kampala Serena Hotel.
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Latitude 0 Degrees Hotel, Kampala
With views stretching out over Lake Victoria, and the city of Kampala, Latitude 0° sits among indigenous orchid-filled trees atop of Makindye Hill, approximately 6 kms from the Capital City’s central business district, and 45 minutes from Entebbe International Airport.
Latitude 0 is more than just a hotel, with 47 guest rooms and suites, a 24-hour front desk, and fast airport transfers. The hotel has two restaurants and three bars with culinary delights and a wide variety of drinks from all corners of the world. Its indeed a haven for relaxation and fitness through the hotel’s spa, gym and swimming pools.
This boutique hotel is also a socialising and networking centre with lounges, rooftop bar, private dining and entertaining spaces, and a calendar filled with music, art, fashion and business events.
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Chobe Safari Lodge
Located in the Murchison Falls National Park, this Five Star lodge is undoubtedly the gem in Uganda’s crown of tourism destinations. The breathtaking panoramic views, coupled with the sounds of the River Nile’s magnificent rapids, sets the scene for an adventure that will impress even the most discerning of visitors.
Chobe Safari Lodge offers a unique opportunity to sample the wildlife, birds, flora and fauna; all in an area of the park that has yet to be discovered. This area of Murchison Falls National Park is ideal for fishing, and will revive this newly refurbished lodge to become one of the best fishing destinations in Africa.
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Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa
Lake Victoria Serena Serena Golf Resort & Spa is a 5-star hotel located in Lweeza, Wakiso District, on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest fresh-water lake.
Acquired in 2006, Lake Victoria Serena Resort is the second property in Uganda, under the Serena brand. It stands amid terraced rose gardens above its own boating Marina, which has been sculpted from the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria.
A gently rounded bay, studded with acacia trees, the Marina is encircled by the immaculate greens of the Resort’s own PGA-affiliated championship golf course. Spanned by rustic bridges and enhanced by gentle bays where a wide array of water birds gather, the course is the ultimate fusion of natural beauty and professional challenge.
Set within the grounds, amid water cascades and fountains, is a Roman coliseum, which offers the ultimate wedding or event arena. And, widely spaced amongst the shaded pathways of the gardens, clusters of pastel-painted villas house the rooms, all of which enjoy panoramic views across the Marina to the hazy expanses of Africa’s second largest lake.
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Protea Hotel Kampala Skyz
Located on plot 1 Water Lane Naguru, Skyz’s Hotel is a gem perched on Naguru Hill. The hotel offers world class accommodation and conferencing facilities, an onsite fine dining restaurant with a swimming pool and well-stocked bars with some offering panoramic views of Kampala.
The hotels has 2 conference halls on site both with a capacity of 120 people, the famous Skyz Deck which can seat 300 people and 13 ultra-modern boardrooms fully equipped with the latest equipment.
With 141 rooms ranging from standard rooms to the presidential suite, guests on club floors get to enjoy the Club Lounge which is perfect for private meetings and small discussions.
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Brovad Sands Lodge
Brovad Sands Lodge – tucked away in the charming island of Bugala, Ssese Islands on lake Victoria is the tropical hideaway of Uganda, a blissful holiday beach resort that is inviting, cozy, relaxing with direct water access. A beautiful property embraced by a private natural white sand beach and shaded by soaring natural vegetation and trees – Brovad Sands Lodge is truly a fascinating treasure immersed in history and tradition.
The lodge features opulent and rondavel cottages fitted with modern furniture. All the 40 cottages enjoy en suite facilities: Each room has a TV screen fully connected to satellite channels, wardrobe, work-table and wake-up service on request. The rooms typify your very own home away from home.
Brovad sands lodge also has exclusive offers for the spa, massage, and sauna with a swimming Pool. The perfect place to slip into the water, swim a few laps and let the day’s troubles just melt away.
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Elephant Plains Lodge
Perched 941 metres above sea level, high upon the western escarpment of the Albertine rift in the north east of Queen Elizabeth National park, Elephant Plains Lodge offers panoramic views stretching for miles over the huge open grasslands to lake George.
Guest accommodation is in 6 spacious double/twin en-suite cottages with large private verandas and huge glass windows to take advantage of the incredible views. An additional 2 family cottages offer accommodation in 2 separate en-suite bedrooms with plenty of space for up to 5 people. All the cottages have large bath tubs as well as showers and are spaced out along the hill top offering privacy and tranquility. All the rooms overlook lake Kikorongo where from your veranda you can see elephants and buffaloes come to drink.
The main area provides an extensive lounge with comfortable couches and intimate seating areas for you to enjoy a Ugandan gin and tonic and take in the wonderful views under the cooling breeze rolling in off lake George. The Bar is well stocked, with a wine cellar and has bistro style seating for a more informal experience. The spacious restaurant has an outside dining deck with 270 degree views serving an international menu inspired by local flavours, all presented with the warmest hospitality from our professional team.
The lodge also has a large eco-friendly swimming pool for guests to cool off at the end of the day and continue to take in the amazing views offered from everywhere around the lodge.
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Mweya Safari Lodge
Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.
For those guests seeking the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, Mweya Safari Lodge offers numerous configurations of cottages to suit your needs and requirements.
Families may be more comfortable in the lodge’s affordable, family cottages, namely “The Rwenzori Cottage” and “The Royal Cottage”.
For those demanding something more luxurious and exclusive, the “Queens Cottage” and “The Presidential Cottage” will be sure to meet your demands.
– The Presidential Cottage, The Queens Cottage, 2 Family Cottages, 2 Luxury Tents, 2 Standard Tents.
Other facilities include a swimming pool with a panoramic view of Kazinga Channel, which separates Lake George and Lake Edward. You can peer across the channel and identify the different wild animals cooling off in the waters below.
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Papaya Lake Lodge
Papaya Lake Lodge is a modern, stylish and unique boutique facility located in western Uganda, close to Fort Portal town and Kibale Forest National park – Africa’s Primate Capital. Situated on the rim of Lyantonde crater lake in the middle of the ever-green lush vegetation, Papaya Lake is a perfect starting point for activities such as Chimpanzee Tracking, Crater Lake Hikes and many other activities.
The Great Crater Lakes area boasts over 20 extinct volcanic craters, forming a necklace of lakes, each unique in shape, size and colour, and each boasting its own distinct ecosystem; two of these breathtaking features lie right at Papaya Lake Lodge’s doorstep. To the west, the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains tower above the area, breathing life into the valleys and rifts, which are engulfed in countless vanilla, banana, coffee and tea plantations.
The Lodge owes its unique vibe to its owner’s Magdalena and Sebastian sensitive blend of Africa’s traditional heritage and eco-luxury style. Traditional Ugandan art comes alive here, reunited with the splendour of the Great Crater Lakes and reinvigorated by local folk culture. Classy fusion cuisine; homegrown fruits and veg; artisan but discreetly elegant interiors; impeccable guest service and the key personal touch: these are Papaya’s trademarks that will make you feel at home with us.
“For us, the most important thing is to share with our guests the best that our new home has to offer: the timeless beauty of the wilderness and Uganda’s warm hospitality. We also want to make everyone aware of our sense of responsibility for the local culture and for the environment in which we now work and live,” Magdalena and Sebastian
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Lemala Wildwaters Lodge
Located on roughly six hectares on Kalagala Island, Wildwaters Lodge lies on a unique private island mid-stream within the mighty River Nile in Uganda: around 25km downstream from Jinja in eastern Uganda.
It’s in a sublime location, and only reached by boat which makes it a very adventurous place to stay. The lodge perched on granite rocks with exciting foamy rapids roaring all around. The ten stand-alone elevated timber-floor and super-spacious luxury suites nestle in rainforest with amazing river views. Each are linked by raised wooden walkways to the restaurant, bar and library, and feature glass-fronted windows, locally handmade furniture, stylish bathrooms with rain showers, and secluded wooden decks with daybeds and romantic free-standing open-air bathtubs.
There are also delicious and far above standard sunrise breakfasts and candle-lit five course dinners and a lovely swimming pool carved out of natural pink granite rocks in the attractive main communal lodge area. Activities on the river for guests in the nearby adventure-hub of Jinja area include the heart-pounding white-water rafting and jet boating, and gentler horse riding or fishing.
Wildwaters is not only fun for the whole family, but also offers a relaxing and intimate stay for honeymooners and couples looking for some quiet time – if of course the roar of the racing white-water rapids does not interfere. But, really these sounds on the mighty Nile are quite hypnotic and calming so Wildwaters offers an experience in all the senses.
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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a high-end Lodge situated in the far South-Western corner of Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The main lodge feels like a ski chalet in the alps. Or a stone palace in the Rocky Mountains. Soaring ceilings, massive exposed wooden beams, big picture windows with endless views of treetops, volcanoes and mountains. But with the gentle and warm welcome, the quiet dedication of the personal butlers and the smiles on the faces of virtually all the staff, this can only be in Uganda.
Guests at Clouds stay in large cottages built of local volcanic stone. Each one has a large sitting room with double-sided fireplace, vast overstuffed armchairs, hand-woven carpets, private verandah and comfortable bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. There are 5 double cottages and 2 family cottages (each with 2 private bedrooms and en suite bathrooms).
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Mahogany Springs Luxury Resort Bwindi
Set back on the pristine waters of the Munyanga river and facing the Bwindi Impenetrable forest is Mahogany Springs Luxury Resort.
The lodge offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.
Mahogany Springs is one of the perfect bases from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures.
With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world Bwindi is often described as a bird watchers’ paradise and the fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river ensures the lodge has many rare species visiting every day.
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Primate Lodge Kibale
Primate Lodge, tucked deep in Kibale the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee Tracking as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.
Guest accommodation comprises 16 rooms in different categories i.e. 9 Luxury Cottages and 7 Standard Cottages. Other lodge amenities include a spacious dining terrace, a well-stocked bar, a secluded lounge area with a small library, complimentary room service, an evening camp fire, laundry service (at a small fee) as well as free WiFi in the public areas.
The lodge’s vantage point enables one to experience the amazing wonders of the African jungle, the greatest variety and concentration of primate species found anywhere in Africa as well as excellent food by the chef ‘Bos’ and the warmest service and hospitality.
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Apoka Safari Lodge
Located right in the middle of Kidepo Valley National Park, Apoka Safari Lodge rooms have been built with comfort in mind. The lodge has 10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surrounding 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 woolen carpets, extra large plush towels, 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.
Step outside to a sheltered terrace and slip into your own outdoor stone bathtub, big enough to fit the whole family.
The swimming pool at Apoka Lodge – deep and cool – has been carved out of the big rock. This is the kind of pool that makes you want to jump in, splashing and yelling, feeling like a kid again.
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Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else.
You can experience the beauty and romance of this unexplored region, while staying in the height of luxury and elegance. Nine exclusive cottages made from hand carved logs, superb dining, and a wealth of adventures await.
Set apart and raised on platforms, the cottages at Kyaninga offer you privacy and tranquility. Each spacious cottage comes with a choice of twin or double beds made up with the softest bed linen and feather pillows. An indoor seating area leads out to a private deck where you can enjoy morning tea or coffee with views over the lake and the Rwenzori Mountains. The en-suite bathrooms’ boast marble countertop basins set atop crafted Elgon olive pedestals, claw footed freestanding baths, and glass-walled showers. With modern solar power, you will always have hot water and electrical charging points.
The menu is based on classical European cuisine and tweaked to make use of local ingredients, many of which are handpicked from Kyaninga Lodge’s own kitchen garden or the neighbouring markets
The terrace leads down to the swimming pool looking over the lake. Lined with pavers cut from the local volcanic rock and featuring two wooden decks, the swimming pool provides the perfect space for you to relax and unwind. Here you can soak up the peace and tranquility of Lake Kyaninga and the mountains beyond.
In this equatorial paradise, you will feel a thousand miles away from the bustle of daily life, and you are; with wireless internet access in the Main Lodge, you can still share your adventures with your loved ones.
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Paraa Safari Lodge
Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west of Uganda overlooking one of nature’s best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide, and cascades 43 meters below.
The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls – one of the world’s most powerful flows of natural water.
Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the safari lodge’s 54 rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom. The choice of accommodation ranges from a cottage, suites, double, twin and single.
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Ndali lodge lies on the rim of an inactive volcano that formed the magnificent lake Nyinambuga. The main lodge is thatched with a dining area, sitting room and a reception. It has 8 cottages offering lavish accommodation for 16 guests.
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Deriving its name from the historic English explorer Samuel Baker, Baker’s Lodge is situated on the South bank of the mighty Nile River which transects Murchison Falls National Park.
This intimate, safari styled lodge is set within a large private area with direct river access, large shady trees and wetland areas hosting abundant birdlife along the water’s edge. The views onto the river are vast and magnificent with islands hosting nesting egret birds, elephants bathing and pods of hippos regularly viewed.
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Crater Safari Lodge
Crater Safari Lodge is located on the banks of Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, 7 km from the tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park. Fort Portal is the closest town and is 22 km away.
Crater Safari Lodge is an Award winning lodge (Best Eco Lodge/Resort) and has featured in many international media news outlets as one of Uganda’s most Luxurious and Beautiful lodges.
It places safari-goers in prime position to explore Kibale National Park, home of Africa’s highest concentration of Primates like chimpanzee.
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Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature.
An infinity pool overlooks the valley below where buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bush buck and zebra can be seen at the waterhole. On the rocks you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers.
The only regret that many of Mihingo Lodge’s guests have is that many a time, they wish they had booked to stay longer than only a night or two.
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Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness.
This exclusive camp offers superb quality accommodation and services in this un-spoilt remote sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area.
Being within the park the wildlife is free to also pass through the camp and elephants can be seen bathing in the river, buffalo enjoy grazing and resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and vervet monkeys are frequently viewed.
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Mbale Resort Hotel
Mbale Resort Hotel is set against the backdrop of the slopes of Mount Elgon in the heart of Mbale Town. All rooms and suites at the resort reflect a contemporary and sophisticated style featuring breathtaking Mbale skyline views, spectacular panoramic views of the Wanale Hill, Swimming Pool and garden views.
The hotel has 94 rooms on 2 Wings. The Victoria/Executive Wing with 74 Executive Rooms and the Eden/Original Wing with 20 Budget rooms. All rooms will soothe your mind and set your soul free!
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Kyangabi Crater Resort
Kyangabi Crater Resort located in Rubirizi District, borders Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda.
The Resort has double, twin and family rooms as well as 2 noise free conference halls; one that accommodates 80 people on average and another that accommodates 120 people.
For those who enjoy their drink, the resort has a fully stocked bar and restaurant that serves both local and continental dishes.
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