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Ishasha Wilderness Camp - Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

An outstanding tented camp in the grounds of the Southern Sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
First greeting was a big bull elephant feeding at the river as I arrived. I was the only guest in this camp, and the service was flawless. I stayed 1 night in May '14.
The permanent tents are good size, typical ECO style, but comfortable, clean and spacious. The Winner is each tent has its own view of the river, where despite being there only one night, watched colobus monkeys, baboons, and elephant as if they were at my command.
Food was outstanding quality and more than enough. I felt I had been fattened up to be fed to the lions :)
Winnie and Mark who manage the establishment were great to meet and dine with, the evening watching the fireflies and stars over a fire and drink.
1 night was not enough, and despite seeing the tree climbing lions, leopard and plenty of elephant definitely have Ishasha Wilderness Camp on my "am coming back" to list.

Room Tip: All the tents are great
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

This camp is perfect! The tents are very big and beautifully located. The beds are huge and very comfy and the bathroom is as big as most standard hotelrooms. There is no warm water in the rooms, but whenever we wanted to take a shower, they brought a big kettle of hot water to our tent.
We really loved the food, every 4 course dinner, 2 course lunch and breakfast was prepared with love. Every wake up call came with tea and homemade cookies.

All the staff is very friendly and helpful. We really recommend this camp!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

April 2014: Just enjoyed a wonderful two nights at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. As stated by other reviewers, the setting is terrific, right along the banks of the river. Sleeping in the luxury tents about ten meters from the sounds of the fast flowing river was incredibly peaceful. The food was excellent, and the staff, up to and including manager Abu, were very gracious and accomodating. This area of Queen Elizabeth Park is much less traveled than the Northern sector, so when we found a leopard and later a group of tree climbing lions during our game drive, we were the only vehicle there, which is very unusual for an African safari. IWC provided a truly memorable experience. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is a really unique place to stay - a very memorable experience! Their 10 tented dwellings are pretty much right on the river, so you hear the flow of the water constantly. It's very unique and relaxing. They even set up the dinner tables near the river so you could really enjoy the experience. The service was excellent, the maanger terrific, and the food very good - they even did a good job with the vegetarian options! So much so that the carnivores wanted them!

The only downside is spotty internet service and no outlets in the rooms. Also, taking a hot/warm shower can be a bit of a challenge - par for the course in a venue like this.

Notably, we went on a game drive and saw a bunch of lions sleeping in the trees in the afternoon - it was a fabulous! Definitely consider this options if you're in the area.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We arrived at the Ishasha camp late in the evening due to our driver wanting to impress us with a less traveled road...it was SO less traveled that we eventually had to turn back since the road (and I use this word lightly) turned into swamp! By the time we arrived, our party of 4 were extremely tired and a bit crabby. The staff took over and welcomed us and got us fed immediately, and the food was great. I definitely recommend getting to this camp earlier in the evening so you can enjoy the scenery and the dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. The luxury accommodations were fabulous and the river right outside each cabin was mesmerizing. Everyone working at the camp made sure we had everything we wanted whether it pertained to special diets or other types of special requests.
Not many other clients were at the camp the 2 days we stayed, so we almost felt like it was our private camp!

Room Tip: I believe all the rooms are equal in what they offer....view, beds etc.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

There are not so many words to describe this simply magnificent place in the wilderness. Ishasha Wilderness camp is one of those very few places where they know what it means to take care of a guest in the wilderness. It is special, wonderful, the staff pay attention to detail, the luxury tents are just a home away from home. And the food...I don't know where they got their chef from but he is simply great and very creative. It's the best food I have eaten while on safari to be honest.

There are so many amazing surprises that await you...whether it's elephants feeding across the river while you sit outside your luxury tent, whether it's buffaloes crossing the river or weaver birds dashing to and from the other side of the river carrying materials to build their nests...there is a lot to see while relaxing or just staying at this place.

I will just share some of the photos I have taken over several trips to speak for themselves and I thank you to all the Ishasha Wilderness camp team, right from Carla, when I book the safaris, to Abu, the Camp manager to all the friendly staff, Charles, Kesloni and all the rest, you guys made our stay wonderful.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

True luxury in genuine African wilderness. My friend and I travelled to Ishasha in January 2014. I had known about this lodge for a long time and was very excited to finally get the opportunity to stay there. My booking was handled effortlessly by Elizabeth in Kampala. We travelled from the Queen Elizabeth side and drove into the sunset as we reached the park. Whilst the road is a bit bumpy, it's definitely worth the trip. The lodge is not far from the park gate and we reached in time for a tasty dinner under the blight stars, beside the river and then had drinks at the campfire before retiring to a lovely room with (possibly my favourite part), a little bedtime story printed out and on the pillow. I won't spoil the ending! We got up the next morning and took it slow. We then took a game drive and found 5 lions in one tree in the south or the park. We felt like the luckiest people on the planet. We then went back to the lodge before heading on to our next destination. The wildlife surrounding the lodge was wonderful, especially the black and white colobus monkeys. The lodge was well managed by Abu. The staff really made us feel welcome and relaxed and were very flexible when we were about 4 hours late for lunch as we hadn't wanted to leave the lions. We will definitely be going back!

What more can you ask for!?

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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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: £436 - £446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ishasha Wilderness Camp - Queen Elizabeth National Park 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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