I had looked at this place when passing and decided to try it as an alternative to the costly Wilderness Lodge. The booking went through OK and so we arrived. It had been raining off and on and they can't be blamed for that. However we were told only one of the booked Stilted Tents was available for the first night. There were four in our party and we had booked BOTH stilted Tents. We were shown Betty's booking page and fair enough only one booked on there. However we had a voucher for both and as we were staying two nights we wanted what we had booked. After initial resistance we got the two tents. Don't know about those evicted.
The tents were fine and what we expected except there was no river view just a reedy swamp. Inside was as shown on the website and we were happy enough with that. Nice bed, usual offices etc.,. Hot water by solar heater.
Sadly the approach path could do with attention as it was raised grass and unit. Staff seemed to have made their own paths too.
There is no criticism of Betty, and ex UWA warden we knew by happenstance, but severe criticism of the 'absent management/owners' in Kampala. They do not have a clue about running a succesful Lodge.
Meals were bland and unimaginative. We feel stocks were low after teh Christmas period and the chef was doing his best with leftovers. How many ways to cook a Banana are there? this view was re-inforced by the strong taste of Knorr soup from a packet in the "Fresh Mushroom" Soup. We also noted on the second day that 'supplies' arrived by motorcycle from the village and noting the produce, it was no surprise that these formed our dinner. We think the place was living from hand to mouth and profits remain in Kampala.
All in all we died not mind the Camp and restaurant as much as Dympna seems to have done. We stay at lots of places like this and like a bit of rusticity away from Modern large Lodges.
However it was unacceptable to be served such food in such circumstances so doiubt we will be returning any time soon. There are two other Camps immediately adjacent and will try them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ishasha-Ntungwe River Camp (INRC) welcomes you to Uganda. INRC is a well established camp site and safari lodge designed to provide comfortable accommodation adjacent to the natural habitat of wild animals. INRC is strategically along the Ntungwe river next to an elephant track. INRC's camp consists of spacious tents with an exquisite African interior located in a calm environment. The tents are spread out on the ground with a private veranda in the front and a toilet/bathroom at the back. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ishasha-Ntungwe River Camp Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park