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Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 September 2011

The camp is by an attractive river & has a large tree full of nesting weaver birds.
The food was good & the tents clean & comfortable.
There was plenty of hot water for the bucket shower.
The camp has a good environmental attitude.
A very good place to stay to explore the Ishasha region from.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

We spent just one night in this camp last December and enjoyed our stay so much we wished we had more time here. The camp is situated in the Ishasha section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the vegetation is quite different to the rest of the park. It is less scrubby here and in fact very pretty indeed. The camp is on a bend on the Ishasha River and a new reception/restaurant building overlooks the river. You can go down onto a deck as we did to have a pre-dinner drink and just sit & take in the views of the rapidly moving river. There is a resident Hippo that frequents this river bend but not on the evening we were here. Instead a couple of Elephants came crashing through the trees on the other side of the river further downstream and we were able to observe them for a short while.

The tents here are in very good condition and rather large with a separate dressing room/bathroom, a shower & a chemical toilet for night time use only. They are in the process of replacing these chemical toilets with flush ones but it will take time. During the day you use flush toilets which are positioned at intervals around the property. There is a sign you turn around to say the toilet is occupied whilst you are using it. Like most of these up market properties the bed was very comfortable & the tents were kept spotless. There was a wardrobe with several coat hangers in the tent & several storage areas. As the likelihood of wildlife wandering near the tents here is high there is a portable siren in the tent in case you need to summons help. Do not leave the tent flap open & you will not have a problem.

We had a delicious Dinner here consisting of several courses & the breakfast the next morning was plentiful & also delicious. This place stood out as providing us with by far the best picnic lunch we have had in 3 trips to Africa. Karen, the camp owner was very interesting to talk to; especially to hear about the problems of trying to stop the fast moving river from washing the camp away over time. She made us feel very welcome at the camp and was concerned that we were having a comfortable & enjoyable stay. This is a very nice camp that I wouldn’t hesitate to return to. As is so often on a safari we asked ourselves why we were not staying longer. With the hospitality & comfort it would have been easy to stay a lot longer. On the way out of the park the next morning we spotted one of the famous tree climbing Lions of Ishasha so we were delighted we had made the effort to come here.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KiwiExplorer
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

This camp is a gem. Good food, new tents, fantastic location in a remote setting, helpful staff and at least superb wildlife. What else should I say?

Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
Thank AlMalika
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

As described before this Camp is in a beautiful setting, tents fine although my chemical toilet didn't work very well, BUT the food and service was average to not very good, the staff did not seem to want to talk to you, there was no alternative to the food menu, so if you didn't like the food then bread was the option. Breakfast was not great either.
My main gripe is the bar prices a glass of wine at all the other camps and lodges I stayed at was between 6,000 to 8,ooo shillings Here a small glass of wine was 20,000 shillings ! When converted to dollars with a very poor exchange rate $1 to 2,000 shillings it made this wine ridiculously expensive and certainly spolied the two days I spent here. The wine turned out to be Namaqua a wine you can buy by the box for about £16.00 in England! Several other clients were complaining about this.
Considering the company also own the fabulous Buhoma Lodge I cannot understand why this Camp differs so much in value and service.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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1  Thank brumfan
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

This lodge is just wonderful. It has a beautiful location at the riverside. Elephants come to drink as do baboons, birds and red-tailed monkeys. There are lot’s of monitor lizards walking around as well as weaver birds. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is tasty and they serve complementary water at every meal. The tents are clean and cozy. Just remember you are in Africa in the middle of the bush it is not a city hotel. That is why it is so nice. You hear lions roaring at night and hyenas calling. In the morning you are being waked up by birds. If you want they will bring you coffee or tea at your tent to wake you up. It is a smaller lodge so much more personally than the bigger lodges in the park.
The bucket shower was much better than some of the showers we had in the lodges. They are planning to make flush toilets in the tents so that will be very nice. At the moment you have a chemical toilet for nighttime use and a flush toilet near the tents for daytime use. These are clean and you will be watched by the red tailed monkeys in the trees, who has that at home?!
The wildlife viewing is the same as other parks in Uganda, there is not a lot of wildlife there. But in this area you have a good chance of seeing lions and leopards and lot’s of Uganda Kop and topi’s.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chantalremi
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

This camp is not awful - it's fine. But thats it. It has nothing special to recommend it. There was a distinct lack of any warmth or interest in customers. A brusque explanation of how everything worked & then you were left on your own. In our case this involved a 90' tree falling in the night right beside our tent. No-one came!! No-one showed any interest or concern. The tree falling was not their fault - the issue was their lack of response or concern. This summed this accomodation up - fine - but nothing special and certainly not worth the extortionate cost. We stayed at over 10 places in Uganda and paid much more and much less. This was the only one that was not value for money - at all!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank sunnygirl025
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

A real tented camp right on the river side for early and late safari drives.
Spacious tent with (allow 5 minutes after order) plenty warm shower water and inside overnight chemical (back-up) toilet. It just started to rain when we returned at dusk, but water service was top.
The early morning was a real experience with hundreds of chirping weaverbirds twittering about in the large acacia tree in front of our tent. Shy monitor lizards shooting away. Yes, tree-snooring lions do hang around in trees.
For day time spacious regular toilets just behind tent.
Good dinner and breakfast. Battery recharging facilities in the open lounge tent.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank huys25
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Address: Wild Frontiers Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Queen Elizabeth National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Price Range: £437 - £442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ishasha Wilderness Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury, eco-friendly camp located in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park - famous for its tree climbing lions. It is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Being within the park the wildlife is free to also pass through the camp and elephants can be seen bathing in the river, buffalo enjoy grazing and resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and vervet monkeys are frequently viewed. ... more   less 
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