Stayed here 3 nights with a small safari group. What made this lodge special for me was the outdoor feeling in the cottages: first thing I noticed before even unpacking, were the hippos playing around right in front of my room!
During the day it feels cool inside thanks to natural air flow in the cottages, surrounded by trees - at night the screened-in windows are closed by heavy blinds.
The small pool - not used much, feels a bit neglected, but with monkeys playing in the trees nearby.
Service was friendly, laundry returned promptly (depending on weather conditions) and good food choices at dinner.
Yes, the rustic character has it's drawbacks: noisy birds/frogs at night, electricity only for a few hours in the mornings/evenings, long walk to most of the cottages (lined up around the lake), constant smell of the wood fires burning outside (for hot water) and the smelly water in the showers, long drives to the park entrances on pretty bad main road.
However I would not have wanted to miss the experience in exchange for a more luxury accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the edge of Uganda’s largest crater lake, this tree house lodge grew out of the forest, peacefully at one with nature. The delicate use of rock, poles, wood, rope, organic furniture and rich textures blend perfectly with the smells, sights and sounds of this tropical hardwood forest. A cracking fireplace combined with a magical atmosphere creates an unforgettable experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jacana Safari Hotel Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Jacana Safari Lodge Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park