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Welcome to Uganda Lodge

Set amongst the rolling hills of SW Uganda, about 40kms past Mbarara and very close the main road, Uganda Lodge is ideally suited for both short and long term volunteers and for tourists to rest for a few days on their way south for a mountain gorilla safari, other tours or to visit Rwanda, Burundi or the Democratic Republic of Congo. Volunteers can spend time at Ruhanga Development School helping to advance its facilities and/or working directly with local children in other capacities; the new village medical facility or in other community development work.

Although Uganda Lodge is privately owned and managed by local entrepeneur Denis Aheirwe, it is run as a social enterprise business and visitors who stay there can rest assured that the all profits from the accommodation plus the safaris he runs will be used to enhance the living conditions of villagers in the community. Here at the Uganda Lodge website you can find out more about the project and how you can get involved. For potential new volunteers and for those who have visited the lodge previously, we provide background information about how the project has developed over the past few years, the volunteer opportunities available and details about how we can help with your travel arrangements and the tours and safaris that are available once you arrive.

Please note that although Ruhanga Development School, the McNeil Medical Centre and the recently started Vocational Skills Training Centre are advised and partially supported by UK Charities they are owned and managed locally through a registered Ugandan NGO called ‘Stand on Your Own’ When you volunteer in Ruhanga this is an independent agreement and you are not volunteering for or through a UK Charity.

We believe we offer the best value volunteer experience in Uganda if not Africa itself, so why not visit us and discover the ‘Pearl of Africa’ for yourself?


  • Established in 2007 with only 1 nursery class of 10 children
  • 550 children across 3 nursery and 7 primary school classes
  • 15 teachers plus 15 non-teaching staff including cooks, matrons, security, drivers and cleaners
  • Students aged 3-19 years – assigned to a class based on exam results, not age
  • 30% of the students board at the school during term time
  • We do not receive any financial support from the Government
  • Student fees per term are approximately £6 for day students and £35 for boarders
  • We offer subsidised transport for day students living a few kilometres from the school

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The progress at Uganda Lodge has been down to the generosity of people like yourselves who make donations to the project. More >>