The start of your African Adventure!

Apply to volunteer!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?

How to help out at Uganda Lodge

How to help!

We recruit volunteers throughout the year from all ages and backgrounds to help with our community and school project in Uganda! More >>.

  • You only pay for your accommodation and travel.
  • All placements themselves are cost free.
  • We accept English speaking volunteers from around the world.
  • Placements include our own school ...
  • ... our own village medical clinic ...
  • ... and other community based projects.
  • Both short and long term placements available.
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Help develop our toy library!

Lending Library

We've established a new toy and lending library at our new health clinic to help the development needs of young people. More...

  • A toy lending library for pre-school children ...
  • helping to develop motor, cognitive and play skills ...
  • to help them maximise life opportunities.
  • The library will also lend books and other resources to older children
  • ... and members of the wider community.
  • We need your donations to help successfully launch this project.
  • So find out how you can help today!
Join Uganda Lodge

Become a member!

Sign up as a member of the UK charity Uganda Lodge with our new membership scheme.

  • Uganda Lodge now has a membership program!
  • Help us plan for the future by joining for just £10 a year!
  • Your support will help us develop more projects
  • to assist the children and young people of Ruhanga
  • ... and members of the wider community.
  • Your membership help us plan for securely for the future.
  • So join up today and be part of something special!

Read our recent Uganda Lodge Newsletters! More <<