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 on Lake Victoria provide a peaceful escape from the urban buzz. 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.
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.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
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.
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.
Mahogany Springs Lodge
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.
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
This new lodge offers deluxe accommodations in close proximity to Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas. Surrounded by lush gardens, the lodge offers eight extra-spacious guest rooms and a family suite. Rooms have a host of amenities including Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and mini bar. A king-size bed (or two twins) is dressed in crisp white linens and contemporary textiles. Large en suite bathrooms have a rain shower and deep porcelain soaking tub—a welcome indulgence after a day of gorilla trekking in the rain forest. Each room blends traditional and contemporary style elements, with dark wood furniture, sisal rugs and a neutral palette creating a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe. Survey the panorama of the Rwenzori volcanoes from private verandas with cushioned chairs, then retreat indoors to your comfortable air-conditioned room. The restaurant, bar and lounge area offers a sweeping view of the volcanoes and emerald-green hills clad in rain forest. After your gorilla trekking adventure, retreat to a hammock in the garden, enjoy a swim in the pool, or relax with a massage.
Kigali Serena Hotel
The Kigali Serena Hotel is located in the center of Rwanda's capital city of Kigali, six miles from Kigali International Airport. This relaxed yet elegant 5-star hotel is ideally located on one of Kigali's most attractive boulevards. With comforts such as air conditioning, a large swimming pool, multiple restaurants and a friendly atmosphere, the Kigali Serena is an ideal first stop on your Rwanda safari.
The hotel is built around a polished granite atrium that showcases a fine collection of Rwandan art. Newly renovated rooms are decorated in pan-African style with warm colors and include twin or queen-sized beds, luxury bathroom, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, and all the amenities expected of a high-end property. The Executive Lounge and piano bar open onto a wide sundeck overlooking the pool, as does the Milima Restaurant, which offers a broad range of all-day buffet choices. For more casual fare, the Sokoni Café offers indoor and outdoor poolside seating. The Moorish-themed Maisha Spa offers a slate of recreation and relaxation options for weary travelers, from a pool set amid lush tropical gardens, a state-of-the-art gym, cardio and yoga studios, steam room, sauna, and massage therapy.
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