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Kyaninga Lodge | © Kyaninga Lodge
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10 Top Luxury Hotels in Uganda

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Culture Trip Writer
Updated: 4 April 2018
Explore the Pearl of Africa, hike the mountains, track the gorillas and chimpanzees, raft the River Nile, spot the tree climbing lions, and so much more while you stay in Uganda’s most luxurious hotels. Here are the top hotels designed to ensure that you enjoy your travels in high luxury.

Kyaninga Lodge

Lodge, Cottages, Eco-Lodge
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The breathtaking Kyaninga Lodge | © Kyaninga Lodge
Kyaninga Lodge is the ultimate African luxury lodge experience in Uganda. 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 an 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 you at Kyaninga Lodge.
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Adventure, Traditional, Romantic, Remote, Stylish, Relaxed, Fine Dining

Kampala Serena Hotel

Business Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel, Eco-Lodge
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Kampala Serena Hotel
Kampala Serena Hotel | © Kampala Serena Hotel
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, the hotel attracts visitors to Kampala seeking five-star amenities, including elegant accommodation, gourmet cuisine, and a superlative Conference Facilities that sets Kampala Serena Hotel among the city’s premier business hotels. This five-star hotel features 186 guest rooms of remarkable sophistication and comfort, including 14 spacious suites that range from unique, open-plan Executive Suites to an exquisitely presented Royal Suite. Lose yourself in the beautiful, tropically styled free-form swimming pool tucked among rock terraces, wooden bridges, and a waterfall. Savor a fine dining experience like no other at the radiant Pearl of Africa Restaurant, or unwind with friends or colleagues in the Champagne Bar. Explore a world of wellness at the Moroccan palace-inspired Maisha Spa and Health Club, home to Swedish saunas, Turkish steam rooms, a plunge pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Experience the wonder, inspiration, and delight of the Kampala Serena Hotel.
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Business, Romantic, Fine Dining, Family Friendly, City

Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa

Resort, Golf Hotel, Villa
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Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa | © Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa
Styled to replicate a pastel-shaded Italian hillside village, the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa stands out among hotels in Uganda. The resort is situated 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. Rising on gentle slopes above the marina with long views across the lush greens to Lake Victoria beyond, the hotel itself has been styled to echo an Italian palace with its mosaics, rustically arched pool terrace, and shaded colonnades. Set within the grounds, amid water cascades and fountains, is a Roman Coliseum, which offers the ultimate backdrop for weddings and events. Widely spaced among the shaded pathways of the gardens are clusters of pastel-painted villas.
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Golf, Relaxed, Stylish, Family Friendly, Fine Dining, Romantic

Chobe Safari Lodge

Chain Hotel, Lodge, Eco-Lodge
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Chobe Safari Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge | © 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 set 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. The swimming pool at Chobe Safari Lodge is the most unique of its kind; it features three separate “tiers” of the pool, giving you the choice of more privacy when you swim. Each tier boasts the same, magnificent panoramic view of the River Nile on its journey from Karuma Falls to Murchison Falls. Treat yourself to the mouth-watering menu of local and international specialties produced by experienced chefs. Barbecues and traditional dancers make dining outdoors at Chobe Safari Lodge an unforgettable experience. The Chobe Health Club and Spa promises to be the perfect “après safari” world of relaxation and revitalization. Located at the top of the three-tier pool, the health club and spa offers guests a range of therapies to soothe and restore one’s karma after a long day out in Murchison Falls National Park.
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Paraa Safari Lodge

Chain Hotel, Lodge, Eco-Lodge
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Paraa Safari Lodge
Paraa Safari Lodge | © Paraa Safari Lodge
Paraa Safari Lodge, located in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, overlooks one of nature’s best-kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert, where 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, luxury, relaxation, and adventure. Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the lodge recreates a mood that has come to be associated with the famous explorers of East Africa. The safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie The African Queen (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart). Enjoy a variety of excursions and activities, from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. A variety of ecosystems and an impressive 451 species of birds await you here.
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Mweya Safari Lodge

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Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge | © Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge, located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, offers visitors an unforgettable experience of luxury in the wilderness. The lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the “Mountains of the Moon.” To the east lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes: Lake George and Lake Edward. The lodge offers a range of activities and attractions: take a game drive and discover a vast array of wild game, experience a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel using one of the luxury boats, or watch some of the 619 different species of birds available to be seen. Nearby, chimpanzees can be found in the breathtaking Kyambura gorge—a formation of the natural rift in the earth. Here the ancient movement of tectonic plates has created a natural forest habitat for hippos, monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and buffaloes.
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Wild Waters Lodge

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Wild Waters Lodge | © Wild Waters Lodge
Nestled in a luxuriant rainforest on its own private island mid-stream in the mighty Nile, Wild Waters Lodge is breathtaking. Thick riverine forest naturally covers the island and each of the ten timber-floor rooms is nestled amid the forest with private views over the River Nile and its rapids. The expansive, canvas-walled, traditionally thatched rooms each boast private decks with elegant free-standing baths and wash basins carved from the local pink granite. Softly lit with handmade furniture, you can relax in comfort on this island paradise listening to the thunder of the Nile rapids and the calls of the many species of bird who call the island home. Elevated wooden walkways gracefully link the rooms to the restaurant and bar area and offer an unforgettable walk through the heart of the forest.
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Apoka Safari Lodge

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Apoka Safari Lodge | © Apoka Safari Lodge
Apoka Safari Lodge is found on a charming kopje looking over the Narus River valley within the distant Kidepo National Park. This park is positioned in the extreme northeastern part of Uganda, adjacent to the Napore Mountains in the West, Sudan to the north, and the Morungole Mountains towards the south. Uganda’s border with Kenyan is only five kilometers from the eastern border with the Park. Kidepo offers a remarkable wildlife experience with an isolated and dazzling wilderness. Everything is handcrafted by local craftsmen. Ten large rooms with canvas walls encompass a rocky kopje with neverending views over the savannah. There is an inside common sitting room plus a private veranda offering lots of places to unwind and read.
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Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Business Hotel, Hotel, Campground
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Sheraton KampalaHotel
Sheraton Kampala Hotel | © Sheraton Kampala Hotel
Sheraton Kampala Hotel, established in 1967, sits majestically on the slopes of Nakasero hill, resulting in sweeping views of the Kampala skyline. This high-style hotel is surrounded by nine acres of well-manicured gardens. Get your sweat on in its state-of-the-art fitness center complete with a gymnasium and outdoor swimming pool and get pampered at the newly renovated massage rooms. After a long day of exploring, cherish the art of cocktails, sip on a local or international beer, or an exotic medley of martinis and specialty drinks at the Equator Bar and Lounge. Sheraton Kampala Hotel is the ideal destination for every occasion from family to business getaway.
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Pearl of Africa Hotel

Business Hotel, Hotel
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Pearl of Africa Hotel
Pearl of Africa Hotel | © Pearl of Africa Hotel
This 20-story luxury hotel is a sight to behold. Pearl of Africa hotel offers local and international business and leisure travelers the very best in East African hospitality. The five-star accommodation has 253 rooms and 42 suites in seven levels of accommodation, ranging between 31 and 164 square meters in size. All rooms and suites are elegantly appointed—drawing inspiration from Uganda’s vibrant natural beauty—with quality finishes and all the amenities that a world-class traveler would expect, such as complimentary wi-fi, flat screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars and walk-in rain showers. Guests can pick and choose from a variety of bars and dining options in the 3,000-square-meter food and beverage service area with its trendsetting technology, pristine production space, and state-of-the-art storage facilities. Also on offer is a 740-square-meter ballroom, nine meeting rooms, two boardrooms, a business hub, three swimming pools, and a cutting-edge wellness center with a luxury spa and fully equipped gym. A daily housekeeping service, complimentary high-speed internet, and free parking are supplied to all guests.
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