Types of Accommodation
Accommodations are available in the main centres and the larger national parks, and in general, they are the best option for anyone with accessibility issues or for those who are uncomfortable with insects and creatures. They also suit the needs of birders and photographers with mobility problems as the surroundings are often more open and less dense. Hotels tend to be built in colonial style with a central lounge and dining area, though the more modern ones are similar to lodges. They provide comfortable accommodation, a bar and restaurant, and hot showers.

A variety of standards and prices are available for overnight accommodation in and near the national parks, and these range from luxury lodges and tented camps to standard self-contained rooms and simple rooms. All three can be found in the parks, with the larger and more popular parks having all three options. Outside national parks, the higher standard accommodations are more likely to be found in the main centres. When choosing the type of accommodation to be used during your safari, several factors will come into play including who is going, what is their age and fitness level, what is the budget, and what is the specific location of the lodging.

Unlike some other African countries, Uganda does not have an extensive range of hotels. The majority of these are found in the capital, Kampala, and other large towns. Hotels in rural areas are often rather basic and may not meet some tourists’ expectations. However, the standard is improving and there are some good establishments to be found. Hotels are graded by the Uganda Hotel Proprietors’ Association. Grades range from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest. The grade is an indication of the standard and type of the hotel with the cost of a night’s stay ranging from $50 for a single room in a 1-star hotel to $140 and above for a double room in a five-star hotel.
A range of international and regional hotel chains and independent hotels are available and a number of internet websites can now assist you in booking these prior to departure. Hotels are an ideal option for business travelers or tourists looking for a comfortable night’s stay in the capital, either at the beginning or at the end of their visit. The higher quality hotels also offer excellent business facilities.

Safari Lodges
Luxury lodges truly offer the best of both worlds to the visitor. They are constructed to a 4 or 5-star hotel standard yet designed to blend into the natural surroundings and often with stunning views and sunsets to enjoy from your veranda. Indeed, some of the safari lodges have such beautiful grounds that it can be hard to tear yourself away and head out on safari excursions, especially if there is a regular game visiting the grounds! Lodge food is usually superb, often of an international standard and there is usually a good wine list to choose from. There are luxury lodges in and around all of Uganda’s major National Parks and offering a range of activities from relaxation, bird and primate watching to quality massages and beauty treatments. Please ask your Safari Guide if you would like some assistance in booking preferential lodge trips or extra special touches for occasions. Lodging costs generally range from US$150 – $500 per person per night.

Tented Camps
Tented camps have grown into an extremely comfortable way of staying in a safari location without having to build a permanent structure. These days you’ll find many tented camps are of higher quality and offer more comfort than a lot of lodge-style accommodation. Rustic and chic, canvas and thatch rooms can be positioned to offer optimum privacy and often overlook an amazing view. Tents are generally spacious and insect-proof with comfortable beds, full linen, a small veranda and en suite bathroom with a dresser, flush toilet and a traditional bucket shower – a shower head in the tree and a pulley system to fill it with hot water when ready to shower, a wonderful way to rinse off the day’s dust and relax under the stars. Usually, the communal areas are of open sides, positioned under thatch or canvas, with a lounge and dining area and sometimes a small library. Some tented camps go the extra mile and offer private butler service, secluded plunge pools and luxury spa treatments.