Elephants were enjoying an afternoon snack across a small river a hundred feet away as we checked in. If you like your animals wild and up close, this is your spot.
We came for the (mythical?) tree-climbing lions to this camp in the south region of Queen Elizabeth National Park called Ishasha, though no one in the lodge had spotted a lion on any of the three days we were there. Nearly everything else about our stay exceeded expectations.
Just enjoying an afternoon drink near a firepit along the river we saw elephants, baboons, colobus monkeys, and a variety of birds. Dinner was by candlelight along the river on china with linen, and extremely high quality 3 or 4 course meals, particularly impressive given the remote location. Be adventurous, though - the bugs come big and small, and were interested in my clothes and my food despite my generous use of DEET. Come with a sense of adventure!
The rooms were very well done given the location - flushing toilets, stone flooring, and a lovely open shower area. The room itself was perfectly fine, again above expectations for the remote location.
My only complaint was the showers - we cam back from a game drive the first night a bit late, and the showers and dinner felt very rushed, never what you want on vacation. The 2nd day, we requested 3 and 3:15 showers (time must be reserved because staff actually prepares the 20 liters of warm water to order, no easy feat) - the first 20 liters arrived at 3:30 after I asked again, the 2nd didn't come until almost 4 - my wife and I both managed to shower using the first 20 liters.
The service otherwise was fantastic and friendly. I doubt there is a peer to this location anywhere in the Ishasha region.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp Hotel Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp - Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda