Pack up, boot up, let’s get ready to have a thrilling getaway this Independence weekend! The Pearl Guide has collected for you ten (10) simply unmatchable plans for you to have a worthwhile weekend away from 9-11th October. The best thing about the plans, they will cost you less than a fortune!

1. Marasa Africa: Chobe, Mweya & Paraa Lodges

Paraa Safari Lodge

Marasa Africa invites you to a luxurious experience in any of these three five-star lodges this Independence.

Chobe Safari Lodge: This Five Star lodge is undoubtedly the gem in Uganda’s crown of tourism destinations. With breathtaking panoramic views, the sights and sounds of the Nile, it sets the scene for an adventure of a lifetime.

Mweya Safari Lodge: Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

Paraa Safari Lodge: Situated in the north-west of Uganda overlooking one of nature’s best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert. Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure.

Cost: $100 per person per night. The package includes; accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It does not include activities, drinks and park fees.

To book or for more information, please email or call+256 (0) 312 260260/1.


2. Kasenyi Safari Camp

Kasenyi Safari Camp

Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi Savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof.

There are four tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas and private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during day and at night. Lion Prides, hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena and warthog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roaring.

Cost: $135 per tent per night (double) which translates to $67.5 per person per night. Full board, drinks are NOT included.

To book or for more information, please email or call +256756992038 or +256791992038.


3. Lake Albert Lodge

Lake Albert Lodge

Lake Albert Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Albert in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. Indulge in the stunning view from the lodge over Lake Albert, where local fishermen fish during day and night and thousands of magical lights can be enjoyed a clear evening.

Cost: 3 Day 2 Nights Package is $490 per person. This includes 2 nights stay full board, horseback safari, mountain biking, fossil hunting, and night game drive. Usual room rates outside this special package start at $140pp.

To book or for more information, please email or call +256-772-221-003.

4. Marafiki Safari Lodge

Overlooking Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Marafiki Safari Lodge offers private luxury safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably watching the Savannah Plains with breathtaking views across the park and the Rwenzori and Virunga mountains. It also offers accommodation in four timber cabins that provide comfort and space for a more modest budget.

Cost: $40 per person per night in the Cabins and 100$ for two people sharing a safari tent i.e $50 pp. Other activities such as game drive, boat cruise, forest walks, crater drives etc can all be arranged.

To book or for more information, please email or call +256 (0) 775 941189.


5. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island

Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 48 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Acquaint yourself with the chimps and take a break from the mainland with

Cost: Overnight stay at Ngamba Island for 2 nights is 1,600,000/= for a group of 4 people which is inclusive of speedboat transport, entrance, meals, accommodation and guiding fees.

Day Only excursions to Ngamba Island is 130,000/= per person for a minimum number of 10 people which is inclusive of speedboat transport, entrance, lunch and guiding fees.

To book or for more information, please email or call 256-0414- 320 662.


6. Lakeside Adventure Park

LakeSide Adventure Park

Perhaps you’re looking for  a much-needed adrenaline rush, Lakeside Adventure Park’s courses are the perfect fun challenge!

Cost: High Ropes Course 60,000 UGX, Climbing Wall UGX 30,000, Obstacle Course 10,000, Amazing Race of 15 PAX 100,000, Lunch Buffet 25,000 UGX. Transport is UGX 120,000 for a small boat that carries 7 people.

To book or for more information, please email or call 0784047064.


7. Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Kyambura gorge lodge

This eclectic contemporary safari lodge in Uganda has been converted from an old coffee processing plant and is an ideal location for Uganda safari activities including chimpanzee trekking, wetland tours, lion safaris, and much more. Kyambura Gorge Lodge boasts incredible views overlooking the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with the mythical Mountains of the Moon in the far distance.

Join us for fun filled family games, a special children’s menu and a coffee tour at Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust Coffee Cooperative where you will learn how coffee is grown, processed and packed. Parents can also enjoy a complimentary massage. Children stay free when sharing parents’ room.

Cost: $300 per person for a 3 nights package.

To book or for more information, please email or call (+256) (0) 414 346 464.


8. Katara Lodge

Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges beyond, Katara Lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s premier safari destination and one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world.

Cost: – $118 per person sharing per night for double or twin occupancy
– $153 for single occupancy
– $50 each for kids aged 2 – 11
– $70 each for kids aged 12 and above. Full board rates excluding drinks and are applicable for 2 or 3 nights stay.

To book or for more information, please email or call +256414 695 658.


9. Pineapple Bay: Independence Day BBQ

Pineapple Bay is the perfect island retreat. Where you can lounge on a Lamu bed, looking out to the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria. Or climb to a breezy hilltop and enjoy an ice-cold sundowner with a 360-degree view, or lie in your bed with your morning tea and in your view is nothing but Lake Victoria and all her glory. Enjoy Independence weekend at this island getaway.

Cost : Per Person Adult Sharing for a 2-night all-inclusive package in a Lake-view room – $380
Per Adult Person Single for a 2-night all-inclusive package in a Lake-view room – $495
Per Child Sharing for a 2-night all-inclusive package in a Lake-view room – $195

The package includes full board accommodation (all meals) welcome drink, teas & coffees, water,3 Course BBQ lunch, Kids activities, Island hikes,  Deep cool pool, White beaches, Beach volleyball, Boules,Long walks. There are return boat transfers from Munyonyo or Entebbe.

To book or for more information, please email / or call+256 414 251 182 | +256 772 489 497


10. @ The River Ishasha

at the river ishasha

@ The River Ishasha is an affordable eco camp in Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda with fabulous views of the Ntungwe River and Ishasha game park. Various room types are available all with views of the river at varied priced to suite any budget, as well as a large camp site also on the river. Ishasha is one of the few places in the world where whole prides of lions habitually climb trees.

Cost: Family cottages 2 adults and 2 kids full board for $200 per night.
Lazy camping rooms $80 full board per room per night.
Group discount (8 min) 20% discount of published rates

To book or for more information, please email  or call +256 (0)787 005 888