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The RainForest Lodge
kampala
2 reviews
“a fantastic place to stay in the middle of the rainforest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2009

The Rainforest Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Uganda. I have been here many times with my family and it is always a nice escape. The cabins are beautiful and well-integrated into the surrounding rain forest, there is a lovely pool area and the lounge/dining area is very stylish. The manager Chris is very involved in making sure the guests are well taken care of and the staff is pleasant and helpful. Occasionally the food is slow so it's best to order well in advance.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2009

This may simply be one of the best examples of ecotourism where the surrounding thick, natural forest is blended with a business idea. We spent two days at the lodgeand it must be one of the closest one would ever get to living in Trazan's world...except ofcourse for the swinging from tree branch to another and howling at the top of your lungsto announce your arrival to the jungle animals.The lodge offers guided forest walkswhich offers the opportunity to see exotic, towering, canopy trees and a wide variety of birdlife.
The service by the staff was exemplary and the accomodation, in private wood cabinswas exquiste. The Rainforest Lodge is a highly recommended place to visit and lodge- Katiso

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2009

The Rainforest Lodge at Mabira Forest is a magical place. It's not far from Kampala or Jinja (about 30-45 minutes) yet it feels like you are nowhere near any city centers. The staff are very amiable and warm. The Chef is willing to try new dishes if you talk to him. The management give you a majestic experience; very personal.

We stayed in lodge #10, which was just far enough away from the dining/lounge and the pool. If you want to stay the farthest away from people, #5 or #6 would be good choices. All the rooms are designed similarly: large screened windows that can open to the sky, deck with seating for 2, large lounge couch just inside the door, writing desk, large bed (7"x7") with a bed-chest/seat that looks deep into the rainforest, and solar heated water in the showers. The entire lodge is made of wood, which gives it a homey camping type experience. The decor is all locally prescribed from artisans and local vendors; it's not overly done like upscale hotels.

It was great to experience heavy rains during mid -day while we were swimming; we would run from the pool to the steaming sauna to get warm. In between, we would hear the Hornbill couples communicating to each other high up in the forest trees.

We stayed from Monday to Wednesday and felt as if we were the only ones there! Because of this we were well catered for. The place was exceptionally quiet; we could read in the lounge for hours, take long nature walks, and simply relax near our rooms and on the deck while the Red Tail Monkeys searched for their dailies.

Although not far from Kampala or Jinja, it is a great place to stay and feel like you are in a distant forest, away from the crowds. Do consider a stay here - it was worth every shilling or dollar!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2008

I have now stayed twice here when traveling for business in Uganda. The individual cabins are spacious, extremely comfortable, and quiet. The food is wonderfully presented, and the staff are incredibly attentive. It is a perfect place to spend a night when traveling -- for business or pleasure -- from Kampala to the northeast. I will certainly be back.

Stayed September 2008
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Property: The RainForest Lodge
Address: | Mabira Forest, Mabira, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Eastern Region > Mabira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Mabira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge has been built using local, on site materials to create a stunningly unique atmosphere for visitors to truly appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the Mabira Forest Reserve. Boasting over 100 species each of birds, butterflies and insects, 3 primate species and a crucial part of the reserves biodiversity, the Rain Forest Lodge - Mabira exhibits the peace and calm of an equatorial hardwood rain forest in the heart of Uganda. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Rainforest Hotel Mabira

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