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The Great Uganda Gorilla Safari

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Hotel No. 5
Location
Entebbe, Uganda

Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel tucked away in Entebbe’s leafy suburbs, just 10 minutes from the international airport. Its luxurious accommodations provide a peaceful escape from the urban buzz of Uganda's capital city on Lake Victoria. Ten airy rooms open onto a lush lawn, palm-studded garden and shaded swimming pool. Plush beds feature mosquito-net canopies, and oversized upholstered furnishings, including armchairs, add to a cozy and contemporary atmosphere. Each room also has a writing desk. In these calm, earth-toned environs, polished floors are complemented by soft rugs, and a full wall of windows illuminates the space. Each room has air conditioning, en suite bathroom, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, a safe, and tea- and coffee-making facilities The hotel offers spa treatments and a gym, and the restaurant features a gourmet menu paired with an international wine list.
Protea Hotel Entebbe
Location
Entebbe, Uganda

Optimally located on Lake Victoria, the 4-star Protea Hotel Entebbe offers fine accommodations less than one mile from Uganda's international airport. Guests are greeted in the expansive lobby, defined by sophisticated modern furnishings and a winding staircase. The 73 spacious guest rooms are stylishly appointed and have every contemporary amenity including air conditioning, en suite bathrooms, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and electronic safes. Before or after your safari, stroll the lavish gardens and relax on the outdoor terrace, or enjoy a swim in the spectacular pool at the edge of Lake Victoria, with sweeping views. The Tides Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features fresh local seafood, including tilapia and Nile perch. Nearby are Entebbe Botanical Garden, Kitubulu Forest, the Ugandan Wildlife Education Center, and Entebbe Golf Club.
Ndali Lodge
Location
Kibale Forest, Uganda

Ndali Lodge in Kibale Forest is one of the most exciting accommodations we offer... anywhere! The setting is one of the most dramatic in Africa: the lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano that has filled with water to become scenic Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 430 feet deep.

The main thatched lodge has a spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by eight cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The west-facing cottages have a panoramic view of the rainforest-draped 'Mountains of the Moon.' Cottages are built of local stone and thatch, and the interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished using local natural materials. Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a family, has en suite facilities with bath, shower, toilet and wash basin, plus a private veranda, ideal for watching the sun set behind the Rwenzori Mountains, the snowcapped peaks of which are easily visible on a clear day.

At night the dining room is lit exclusively with candles – the lodge has no electricity or generators to alter the tranquil atmosphere, though there is solar lighting in the cottages. The sitting room, reception and dining room open onto Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by open-air passageways. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the lake, and guests enjoy freshly squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and homemade bread with wild honey to complement a full English breakfast.
Mweya Lodge
Location
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Mweya Lodge enjoys an unsurpassed location atop a peninsula jutting into Kazinga Channel, the waterway at the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Every room overlooks the channel, which boasts the world’s largest concentration of hippos. Guests also enjoy magnificent views of Lakes George and Edward, not to mention wild forest hogs grazing just outside the windows and an abundance of colorful local birds. The volcanoes of the Rwenzori Range, the famed “Mountains of the Moon," rise in the distance. With 54 en suite rooms, Mweya is a larger lodge than we typically use on our safaris, but we've chosen it for its outstanding location directly on the Kazinga Channel. The lodge welcomes guests into a dramatic high-ceilinged lobby, and interiors incorporate thatch, stucco and terracotta tile. Enjoy drinks in the classic safari ambience of the Tembo Bar, and meals in the formal dining room or on the veranda, with views that will surely distract from dinner! Swim in the infinity pool as you identify animals cooling off in the channel below. A health club and spa offer a range of facilities, including sauna, steam bath and relaxing treatments.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Location
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Ishasha Wilderness Camp enjoys an isolated setting on the Ntungwe River in the remote southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The region is famed for its tree-climbing lions, which can sometimes be spotted in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Ten spacious framed canvas tents are situated in the wooded area beside the river, furnished with large mosquito-netted beds. En suite bathrooms have a dressing area, hot and cold running water, "bush-style" showers, and an eco-friendly flush toilet. A central lounge, dining room and bar area under cool thatch provide a comfortable and convivial environment for meals and relaxing. A shaded area beside the river offers al fresco dining and a fireplace for guests to relax around over sundowners, sharing their day’s experiences. The camp is designed to be as low-impact as possible, with carefully limited usage of water, power and other resources. Solar power is used for lighting, with power outlets limited to a central area allocated for recharging cameras and other small electronic devices. Wi-Fi access is available.
Mahogany Springs Lodge
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Location
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Mahogany Springs Lodge enjoys one of the finest locations in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, on the edge of the national park with close proximity for gorilla trekking. Eight large thatched cottages and two family rooms overlooking the Munyanga River face the dense rain forest that's home to half the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. The lodge combines scenic views, privacy, serenity and exceptional comfort to create a gorilla and birding safari base with few peers. Every room at Mahogany Springs is a spacious suite, with large double doors and windows that bring the outdoors in. Each suite has a balcony surveying the verdant valley. Suites have hardwood floors, minimalist wood beds with crisp white linens, writing desks, and bathrooms with terra cotta mosaic-tiled showers. The main building features high ceilings under thatch, with wrap-around terraces that survey the panorama of river and forest. Enjoy a glass of wine at the impressive wooden bar, or relax in front of the double-sided fireplace with a book or board game from the library.
Buhoma Lodge
Location
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

This inspiring ecolodge provides an ideal location for gorilla treks into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, since trails into the forest leave directly from the grounds. Eight large cottages are built of local natural materials including sustainably sourced stone and wood, with decor in earthy, muted colors. Each has a private veranda offering expansive views of the virgin rain forest. Comfortable beds welcome you after a long day of gorilla trekking, and each cottage has en suite facilities with flush toilets, hot-water rain showers, locally produced natural bathroom amenities and a secure safe. The lodge's water supply is gravity-fed, and solar power provides electricity and lighting. Each morning, hot beverages are delivered to your cottage, allowing you to wake gently and savor the early morning sounds of the forest. The central lodge comprises an elevated lounge and bar serving local and imported beverages, and dining facilities offering both international and locally flavored cuisine prepared using fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Terrace dining under the night sky is an appealing option. Fireplaces add warmth and atmosphere to cool evenings, providing a cozy environment in which to discuss the day’s adventures. Free Wi-Fi and recharging facilities are available in the bar. Following a long day of gorilla tracking, guests can enjoy a complimentary massage in the spa treatment room by a trained in-house masseuse. The lodge also offers complimentary laundry service and hiking-boot cleaning. 

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