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Nile Safari Lodge

Lead DesignersFelix Holland
Design TeamFelix Holland, Allan Semakula, Edson Agume, Oriol Reventós, Philip Matovu, Juliana Achi, Morgane Charron, Ethan Walker
Project LocationBuliisa, Uganda
CreditsPhotos, Will Boase; Contractor, ARS Construction
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Hotels & Resorts
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Entry Description

This eco-lodge is carefully sited along the edge of a steep embankment with magnificent views of the River Nile and Murchison Falls National Park beyond. A series of traditional grass thatched roof structures are nestled amongst tree canopies in wilderness. The building design encourages natural ventilation through the openness of the diagrid gumpole structure; this, along with using photo-voltaic panels for power embraces the favorable equatorial climate. Local and natural materials of timber, grass and stone further contextualize the design and blend the buildings into their environment.


Localworks is a multi-disciplinary design and build collaborative, based in Kampala, Uganda, that specialises in the design and realisation of ecological architecture in East Africa. Our approach is rooted in the principles of sustainable architecture, with a focus on site-sensitive, contextual design and socioeconomic, environmental and technological appropriateness.

Awards and Prize

AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2018, Finalist

Uganda Society of Architects Building of the Year 2016, Winner (Multipurpose Hall at St. Bernard’s)