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#6 of 21 Specialty lodging in Kasese
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.0
Service
4.1
Value
4.3
Lodge Bellavista is located at the edge of Nyamiteza's crater lake; it is a crater lake among the 25 craters from Fort Portal leading to Kasese. Through Google Earth you can see them clearly. Kasunganyanja village, at 40 km from Fort Portal on the road leading to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, is the point where you should turn to your left. Proceed for less than 2 kilometers and you reach Lodge Bella Vista. The most taking aspect of the lodge is its vicinity to the lake within the crater on one side and the view of the Rwenzori Mountain on the opposite side, all this in a complete green environment. The lodge is along the most important tourist road in Uganda and a stop over to spend a night or for a lunch is quite an opportunity for a tourist moving from the Murchison Falls towards Fort Portal and the National Parks on the south like Kibaale Forest, renowned for its chimpanzees, the Rwenzori National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Valet parking
Pool with view
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Game room
Hiking
Billiards
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Room types
Mountain view
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Pool view
Suites
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian

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Kasunganyanja, Kasese Uganda
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Pall wrote a review Feb 2021
Kampala, Uganda12 contributions1 helpful vote
Positives: fantastic views, nice pool, rooms ok, fairly good value for money. Negatives: very slow food service, many things missing from food menu, bad food, very limited bar selection, warm beer, owner shouted at us in front of other guests because we had a dog (on leash) despite the staff (receptionist) having allowed the dog at the time of booking as well as in person, owner blasted television at loud volume during breakfast time (?!?)... Overall, place has a lot of potential and is good value for money if you don't expect much when it comes to service standard.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Batters wrote a review Feb 2020
Mubende, Uganda24 contributions3 helpful votes
You would pay hundreds of dollars in other lodges for the views you get from rooms here - but the smaller prices don’t represent a huge compromise in quality. Rooms are well appointed, bright and comfortable with views out to the lake on one side and the pool on the other. There is a good menu of Italian influenced food. Food is very, very slow to arrive even by more relaxed Ugandan standards. Best to order well in advance and go about your day while you wait. When it does come, food is very good! I travelled with my 1 year old daughter and was welcomed and looked after - but it’s perhaps not somewhere I’d recommend for those with toddlers as there isn’t anywhere for them to run around that is free from steep drops down to the lake (or next to the pool). Not a criticism- just an observation for those considering bringing very young children! The lodge is fairly isolated so don’t come expecting an action packed time - it’s more a place to relax and unwind in superb surroundings. A small selection of activities are available including a nature walk around the lake. You’d have to go further afield for other excursions. Pool could probably do with being cleaned a little more regularly - its was perfectly useable but a fair amount of floating debris from the trees- perhaps just the result of a couple of particularly windy days. Overall a lovely little place and really excellent value for money.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Annet1970 wrote a review Oct 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands61 contributions27 helpful votes
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This lodge has everything I have ever looked for as a well traveled woman. Location and view are 10 out of 10. From my room (nr3) I see crater lake and mountains on either side. The lake is swimmable but only if you are really confident swimmer , it reaches to 500 m deep and has no sloping shores. Otherwise just stick to the very nice and heated pool. Pietro and staff will do everything in their power to make your stay fantastic and relaxing. If you are an active person go on hikes with guide Alex over the hills to discover more crater lakes and villages. Chimp tracking or hotsprings are an hour drive. By own means or thru a touroperator in Fort Portal. It helps if you have a solid car to reach this place . Although I took the Linkbus from Kampala. Get of at the village and the bodaboda will take you to the lodge for another 2000sh. Works fine! The cuisine is Italian, never did rucola taste so good. Ofcourse you can order local as well. Whatever the choice is make sure you order in time so they can prepare your meal and serve it at your convenient time. The story of the Duke of Abruzzi getting to the top of the Rwenzori mountains in 1906 is well on display in the restaurant so stop by for this interesting piece of history. Also there is beautiful African Art in each room. And...during my 6 day stay I had wifi, electricity and warm water around the clock. That is rare in Uganda. I will come back.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Hakuna M wrote a review Aug 2018
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The stunning panoramic view of the lake and the mountain was so incredible and so much we enjoyed staying here. i am sure we are looking forward to go back and stay at lodge bella vista. great thanks to the staff who did everything possible to make our trip amazing,we had nice food nice rooms with the view of the lake.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Acram_Don2018 wrote a review May 2018
11 contributions
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This place is the best thing that happened to me in the month of feb ! They have the best pizza❤️Accommodation is on point❤️They are located in the crater lakes region 🌍😳Customer care✔️Rates✔️Try them today for any sort of trip!
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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SamOtim wrote a review Apr 2018
Kampala, Uganda213 contributions32 helpful votes
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There is a great view from the lodge overlooking the crater lake. This is a good place to relax, do some bird watching and have nice strolls. You can swim in the lake. Staffs have always been very helpful. We were in a group of 35 and did not have any hiccups while staying there the whole weekend. The lodge is also close to other attractions (Rwenzori, hot water springs) etc. You can also walk up the the close by hill, though steep. Pool was cleaned every morning. Service was ok. Awesome and very comfortable beds. Our room had the view of the lake and we just enjoyed it. you can also hire mountain bikes from the lodge. A nice discovery.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: We stayed in Room 1, but too close to restaurant,
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Annette I. wrote a review Feb 2018
15 contributions7 helpful votes
This Lodge has the advantage of being close to the highest peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. With a little luck (haze in dry season, sometimes clouds in rainy), you can enjoy sitting in the front porch of your room looking out over the swimming pool to the peaks (though the highest are further behind). Recommended for breakfast! The rooms are very comfortable and imaginatively designed. From your rear porch you sit right above the crater lake - maybe 100 metres belwo. Great for bird-watchers. A beautiful aerial dance of brown kites over the water this morning. The staff were all very helpful.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Rooms above pool - porches front and back - mountains and crater lake. Backpackers 10 dorm beds,...
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Response from Eric S, Manager at Lodge Bella Vista
Responded Mar 20, 2018
Dear Annette, Thank you for staying with us. It was a pleasure hosting you. Kind regards
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EPS2308 wrote a review Jan 2018
Mumbai, India111 contributions39 helpful votes
Location is outstanding Rooms are well done , good view But Service v v v poor Food v v bad, except the pizzas Time taken after ordering 2-3 hours On the day we arrived and checked in , it was 1 pm , there was not a drop of water in the taps, they told us it would come in 30 minutes but water did not come for 8 hours, till 9 pm there was no water We asked for a bucket of water and a mug They arranged for half a bucket of water but said there was no mug. Food which we ordered at 115 pm was brought at 3 pm There was no wifi for a whole day, we were told that it was not topped up, wifi was off from 6 am to 4 pm Overall v v disappointed with service
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Eric S, Manager at Lodge Bella Vista
Responded Mar 20, 2018
Dear EPS2308, We are deeply saddened to know you got a bad experience while staying at our facility, what happened was an unacceptable standard of service that we usually offer to our guests. I'm going to investigate to ascertain exactly what happened that day and corrective measures will be put in place, to ensure something like that to never happen again. I'm offering you a complimentary Half board stay at our lodge for one night. Apologies for the inconvenience caused
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Seith B wrote a review Oct 2017
Kabale, Uganda96 contributions2 helpful votes
Normally every first week of October for the last 15 years todate, I and my wife have been choosing a quite good lodge mainly in a wild environment targeting fresh breath and sounds of nature for mind relaxation and resting. This year we choose Lodge Bellavasita as our destination. We were so much excited and amazed by the hospitality of the highest order by the lodge staff from the day 1 up to 5th day of our stay. We really enjoyed food there as it was pure organic. We enjoying spot fishing where we went with lodge staff physically did fishing and the very fish had it for our dinner, the pizza and the italian menu made this lodge very unique compared to other lodges we had visited before. We enjoyed local actvities around the lodge including sunrise and sun set tours,top of lake view,hiking all concluded by enjoying the swiming pool at the lodge. I liked the King delux room as it was spacious with big windows where you see all lake through the window and surrounding hills. I higly recomend who ever wantd to relax to go thrte however I would recomend that the lodge could put a shuttle st thr lodge to pick budget travellers from rwimi or kasese or fortportal as there is no direct public transport up to the lodge
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JesseofOB wrote a review Sep 2017
San Diego, California18 contributions14 helpful votes
Stayed here on our stopover between Kibale and Queen Elizabeth NPs. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, especially Ivan who took us out on the lake in the evening and invited us on a walk to see the surrounding farms and villages in the morning. The hilltop location overlooking the crater lake provided outstanding views and a wonderful cooling breeze. We had two comfortable, clean bedrooms on separate floors, a nice roomy bathroom, and decks on all floors out the front and back. Breakfast was included and was good and filling, and dinner was very reasonably priced and delicious (I had an artichoke pizza and big salad, which could be enough food for two people).
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
$51 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
UgandaWestern RegionKasese
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lodge Bella Vista
What are some of the property amenities at Lodge Bella Vista?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Lodge Bella Vista?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Lodge Bella Vista?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lodge Bella Vista?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lodge Bella Vista?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lodge Bella Vista have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lodge Bella Vista offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Lodge Bella Vista have airport transportation?
Yes, Lodge Bella Vista offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Lodge Bella Vista?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lodge Bella Vista?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.