Uganda is naturally blessed with stunning places that are not just perfect for exploring the wild, but also perfect for a romantic and relaxing getaway that is necessary to recharge and rekindle.
Uganda’s natural beauty means you can have a romantic getaway in so many places all around the country. In this article, we have highlighted the most popular places you can go to for a romantic getaway in Uganda. Depending on your exact plans, your getaway can even include a combination of these places and some incredible attractions.
These places are picked because they are great for relaxing and truly slowing down. Sometimes, our guests choose to add any of these places for relaxation during a longer safari that goes to multiple places all around Uganda.
5 Places for a Romantic Getaway in Uganda
1. Lake Bunyonyi
The place of many little birds, a few more miles from Kampala city located in western Uganda, Kabale district. Lake Bunyonyi and its many islands offer stunning views and breathtaking fresh air.
For someone willing to get away from the busy towns and opt for a calm, quiet place, this is your ideal destination. While staying here at any of the amazing lodges, you can get to enjoy canoeing, boat riding, swimming, hiking the highlands around the lake, nature tours, and birding.
Lake Bunyonyi is located close to both Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks which are popular for those interested in seeing mountain gorillas in the wild.
2. Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is undoubtedly one of East Africa’s best parks and also the oldest and largest in Uganda. A weekend getaway to Murchison involves you taking boat trips on the calm Victoria Nile for a picturesque sundowner, Game drives to see wildlife, and hiking to the top of the falls.
Murchison is located in northwestern Uganda, and there is a number of safari lodges that are strategically located within the park or outside with stunning views.
The Lodges offer a number of other activities for couples planning to stay there or solo travelers e.g. Bush breakfast, Hot-air balloon safaris, spa services, and many others. Additionally, on the way towards or from Murchison, you can opt for Rhino Trekking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola.
3. Ssese Islands – Lake Victoria
Whether it is the perfect sunrises and sunsets or exploring the little islands, the Ssese Islands have become the de facto weekend romantic getaway for people seeking a break from the noisy and chaotic city. The hotel infrastructure has grown significantly and there are many options to choose from for your stay.
4. Jinja Town
Jinja town offers the perfect mix of a calm romantic getaway and an adrenaline-filled getaway – just 2 hours away from Kampala city center.
An active getaway can include doing things like bungee jumping, white water rafting, or ATV riding along the Nile and others. A more relaxed getaway can involve boat rides into Lake Victoria, horseback riding, and visiting the source of the Nile among others.
Jinja is popular with both local Ugandans and foreign visitors for various adventures and relaxing activities. The hotel infrastructure is great and you can get luxury service just on the edge of the great river Nile.
Related article: Top 10 things to do on a visit to Jinja
5. Fort Portal Town
Fort Portal is Uganda’s tourist city – and it is for good reason. The evergreen Fort-portal town is filled with beautiful views and surrounded by traditional homesteads, located in the western part of Uganda.
One of the main reasons why this should be your dream weekend getaway town is the Lodges. The beautiful lodges make it easy to do a full-service hotel stay with a beautiful view of the nearby greenery and the distant Rwenzori Mountains.
Fort Portal is located near Kibale, Semuliki, and Queen Elizabeth National Park which you can easily visit for wildlife viewing, birding, and chimpanzee tracking among others.
While these places are great for a romantic getaway in Uganda, every couple wants different things. There is no one-size-fits-all for what can be done on a romantic trip. Some people choose to track mountain gorillas, others choose to climb mountains while others choose a relaxing style in a luxury hotel near the beach.
Whatever your plans, we have been to all the places in Uganda and we can share our experience to help you make the right decision on where you will have the best time on a romantic Uganda getaway.