Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of our most secluded camps, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda, home to almost half the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas. Located within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla. Due to its unique location, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself. This luxury camp features ten rooms and a bar, lounge and dining area overlooking the rainforest, as well as a raised natural platform for open-air dining.
In the main area, guests can sit around the cosy campfire at night and enjoy Bwindi’s crystal clear mountain sky. There is a small gift shop at the camp offering a variety of local artefacts and practical supplies and a mini spa with a variety of treatments, offering the perfect way to end a day of tracking. Breakfast is served before the morning game activity. Lunch is enjoyed back at the camps or packed during gorilla treks. Once back at the camp, pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner will be served. Romantic private dinners can be arranged upon request. With prior notice, our camps are able to arrange halaal meals, however, please note our kitchens aren’t strictly halaal and our chefs are not trained in halaal food preparation. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange kosher meals.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main areas of the camp. Electricity supply is a combination of silent packed generator and battery system.
The ten tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are stylish and spacious – exactly what is needed after a day spent tracking gorillas. Each tent features two queen sized beds and an ensuite bathroom with a large bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy as well as an indoor shower. The rooms are also equipped with a hairdryer. Every tent has a personal attendant to attend to guests’ every need.
Specially customised sedan chairs with support and harness allow less able guests to be carried into the rainforest to track the gorillas in their natural habitat
Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mount Gahinga Lodge is a stunning luxury adventure lodge hidden in the southern corner of Uganda. Its rustic charm is inspired by traditional design and building techniques. Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla tracking, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest. The lodge with its beautiful living room, sun room and terrace has fantastic views of the volcanoes and the Kisoro valley below. The luxury bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bufimbira people, with their distinct colours. Each Banda has an ensuite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch.
Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the finest luxury lodge at Bwindi. With dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique properties. The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge is perfectly located for a Uganda jungle gorilla tracking experience. The luxury forest lodge in Bwindi, fully renovated in 2018, now features a redesigned guest lounge and dining area that bring the feel of the forest into the stylish interiors. The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for guests to relax and discuss their gorilla tracking experience. A newly designed outdoor terrace gives dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage.
Gorilla Safari Lodge provides the ideal base for outstanding gorilla trekking opportunities. The lodge focuses on top quality service, good food and comfortable accommodation. Gorilla Safari Lodge is a relaxed and luxurious lodge on the boundary line of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest(Just next to the starting point of trekking the gorillas). Bwindi has a population of around 340 mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei); roughly half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. The ancient forest is home to the biggest ever troop of gorillas that are familiarised with humans. It is a humbling once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to observe these shy and peaceful animals in their natural habitat. Gorilla Safari Lodge offers its guests luxury accommodation in eleven spacious cottages, each providing the perfect setting to relax after an exciting day of trekking. The well-appointed cottages all have solar-powered lighting, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flush toilets and individual verandahs offering excellent views of the unspoiled tropical rainforest.
Nestled at the gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Lodge is one of only two lodges set within the national park, and is the perfect lodge of choice when embarking on your bucket-list Gorilla trekking adventure. Renowned for its warm welcome and attentive service, guests love the homely ambience of this Africa inspired lodge. Constructed using sustainable materials, the elevated central lounge, bar and dining area (serving delicious multi-course meals) offers a cosy spot for guests to unwind, and offers amazing uninterrupted views over the forest. The crackling fireplace adds a mystical atmosphere to cooler evenings. Tranquil and cosy, the ten spacious eco friendly wooden chalets offer a private escape. Fall asleep to the sounds of the forest and awaken to chattering birds and monkeys as day breaks. Enjoy morning tea/coffee on your private verandah with sweeping views over the primal forest– what better way to start the day. With Buhoma set just steps away from the trek start point, gorillas have been spotted popping in for an occasional visit.
This eclectic contemporary safari lodge, fully upgraded during 2018 with entirely remodelled public areas and gardens, has been converted from an old coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space. The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savanna, the distant mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge.
The stylish bandas also have a contemporary theme with the accent on local artifacts re-imagined in a new context. Each banda offers a unique view either across the savanna or the gorge. 4 Deluxe Bandas have been launched in June 2019. The swimming pool has been redesigned and upgraded. A new spa has been opened.
The lodge is the ideal location for tracking the lost chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge nearby and seeing the amazing game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, centred around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe. The park has six hundred amazing bird species, the highest in an African park.
We launched the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism project in February 2019, a series of community and conservation activities developed since 2009 to safeguard the Kyambura Gorge ecosystem.
8 unique luxury bandas, of which 4 deluxe bandas with iron-sheet or thatch roofs, all with a private balcony offering spectacular views of the park. 1 guide cottage available. All rooms are complete with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water. Inviting salt water swimming pool with expansive views.
Personal butler service for all guests.
The well-appointed Crater Safari Lodge is situated in a prime location on a hill overlooking the second largest crater lake in Uganda. The views from the lodge are breathtaking, and rooms either have a full or partial view of the crater lake below. Close to the lodge is the famous Kibale National Park, home of the chimp trekking safari. The national park protects the lush and dense evergreen rain forest, which is the natural habitat to chimpanzee. Chimp trekking is a major drawcard of the area and walking permits can be organised by the lodge. There are a number of other outdoor and cultural activities on offer in the
immediate area which can all be booked while staying the lodge.
Crater Safari Lodge has been designed in such a way that it doesn’t intrude on its pristine surrounds. Thatched chalets with expansive wooden balconies provide the perfect luxurious jungle escape. Hammocks and garden swings on the grounds of the lodge add an extra element of tranquility to your remote safari experience.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness, coupled with superb accommodation and exceptional service. The thatched central lounge and dining area provides a cosy and relaxed space for guests, although meals are often served ‘al fresco’ beside the river. In the evening, the outdoor fireplace beside the river is the perfect place for guests to relax over sundowners and share their day’s experiences. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, privately nestled along the riverbank, is comfortably furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms. Wake to the delicious aroma of morning coffee served on your private verandah. Resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and Vervet monkeys abound and if you are lucky you’ll spot Henry, the lone hippo, wallowing lazily below our viewing deck. Game roams freely through camp, with Elephant making frequent guest appearances. Designed to respect and complement the environment, a low impact eco-sensitive camp.
Semliki Safari Lodge is situated in the Semliki Wildlife Reserve in the heart of the Albertine Rift Valley. The reserve is bordered by the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Albert. Previously known as the Toro-Semliki Game Reserve, Semliki Wildlife Reserve is the oldest protected area in Uganda. It is unique; gifted with geographic barriers that host a magical forest, perfect for walking.
Staying at Semliki is like stepping back in time. It evokes the spirit of the old explorers, it piques curiosity and inspires discovery. Semliki is secluded and intimate. The main lodge is perched on a hill overlooking the riverine valley with the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. A large dining area, plush seating with stunning views, and unique traditional art are the main features of the lodge. There is also a patio bar and a swimming pool area that includes a breezy shaded lounge and superb forest views, perfect for passing a lazy afternoon. Guests will be pampered by our staff while enjoying the sounds of the forest in a tranquil environment.
Activities and facilities included: Game drives. Game walks. Picnics, private dinners, bush breakfasts & sundowners. Birding. Chimpanzee research project trips. Lake Albert boat trips. Swimming pool.
Shoebills are regularly seen on boat trips on Lake Albert. There is a dry habitat chimpanzee community living in the forest and guests can interact with the chimpanzee researchers.
With a maximum of 18 guests we promise excellent service and attention to detail... and an unforgettable experience. Our guests stay in one of 8 golden-hued tents with gleaming hardwood floors (1 family sleeping 3-4 | 3 double sleeping 2 each | 4 twin sleeping 2 each) . Staying under canvas is one of the most romantic and exciting things to do in on safari in Africa. You hear the sounds, you feel the wind, you smell the rain before it comes. But this isn’t roughing it either: the tents are protected by a thick thatch roof and feature en-suite bathrooms, hot showers and double vanities.
Set on the southern bank of the mighty Nile River, Baker’s Lodge boasts ten beautifully appointed safari suites, all with tranquil river views. Named after the English explorer Samuel Baker – the first European to view the falls and name it – the lodge rests amongst large shady trees and wetland areas. With a thatched central lounge, dining and bar area, this eco-friendly lodge offers an ‘Africa of olde’ feel. Cool off in the refreshing swimming pool, lounge with a book under shady trees as the river flows gently by, and round the day off with a sundowner or two. The sunsets here are truly magical. Outside dining and multi course dinners are a real treat for guests, all served by attentive staff. Built on raised wooden decks to take full advantage of cool breezes and spectacular river views, each spacious thatched cottage offers beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers (some also feature bathtubs). You may well spot our resident hippo pod wallowing in the shallows just steps from your room, which are spaced far apart allowing ultimate guest privacy.
Apoka Safari Lodge is located on a picturesque kopje overlooking the Narus valley in the south-western sector of Kidepo Valley National Park – Uganda’s most remote park. Kidepo is in the far north-eastern section of Uganda bordering Sudan to the north, the Napore Mountains to the West, and the Morungole mountains to the East. The Kenyan border is just 5 kilometers from the park’s eastern boundary. At the crossroads of the Kenyan, Sudanese and Ugandan ecosystems, Kidepo provides an amazing wildlife experience in a remote and pristine wilderness. The vast golden green plains are punctuated with craggy, rocky outcrops, reveal an even bigger sky at night. Under a canopy of impossibly bright stars, this is where we are reminded that the earth is round.
Apoka Safari Lodge is relaxed, and quietly located in the park providing a peaceful and private experience. Wildlife is viewed from the privacy of your veranda or your private outdoor stone bathtub, but the best way to see the wildlife is up close: on foot, or in one of our open-top Landcruisers. The swimming pool at Apoka Lodge – deep and cool – has been carved out of a big rock. This is the kind of pool that makes you want to jump in, splashing and yelling, feeling like a kid again.
Activities include: Game drives. Game walks. Picnics, private dinners, bush breakfasts & sundowners. Visits to the local community. Birding. Swimming pool.
Wildlife in Kidepo is abundant. Lions, leopard, cheetah (only park in Uganda with cheetah), elephant, giraffe, zebra, ostrich and possibly Africa’s largest herds of buffalo as well as rarities such as the the tantalus monkey.
The rooms at Apoka Safari Lodge have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large. 10 expansive rooms (4 twin sleeping 2-4 each & 6 double sleeping 2 each) with natural canvas walls surround 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, oversized dressing gowns... you may be as far away from the city as you’ll ever be, but you won’t miss a thing.
2 cottages have sweeping views over the Narus valley, 5 overlook the open savannah and 3 have a view of the mountains.