The Bush Lodge
The Bush Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rating: Safari Camp
The Bush Lodge is a unique safari camp situated in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, offering unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing and Kyambura Chimp tracking. The camp is built along ecological principles, providing a small-scale setup that allows for a classic Uganda safari experience.
Guests can enjoy meals and lounge in the main area, which is a large dining tent overlooking the Kazinga Channel and the Rwenzori mountain ranges. In the evenings, when the weather allows, guests can opt for a starlit dinner outside, with paraffin lights and a campfire creating a cozy setting for a 4-course dinner.
The chef caters to vegetarian menus, but guests are advised to inform their booking agent of any dietary requirements before arrival. Early wake-up calls come with coffee or tea, and packed breakfasts or lunches can be arranged according to guests’ plans.
The Bush Lodge’s unique setting allows animals to roam in and out of the camp, providing a truly immersive safari experience. The camp is situated in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and guests can reach it with a 1-hour flight plus a 2.5-hour drive from Kasese Airport or a 15-minute flight or a 4-hour drive through the park from Bwindi’s Kihihi Airtrips.
Whether you’re seeking a classic Uganda safari experience or a unique and immersive wildlife adventure, the Bush Lodge is the perfect destination.
Accommodation at Bush Lodge
The Bush Lodge provides comfortable and elegant accommodations with 12 luxury safari tents built around the indigenous bush. The tents are erected on a raised wooden platform and made from a combination of canvas and local materials. Giant mosquito netted windows allow for a stunning 180-degree view of the natural surroundings. Each tent has a private terrace overlooking the seasonal Kamera River, providing a tranquil and serene atmosphere.
All tents at the Bush Lodge are ensuite with running water for the hand basin, a flushing toilet, and an outside shower with 24/7 hot water. The showers have two showerheads, allowing couples to take their starlit shower together. It’s a perfect way to unwind and relax after a long day exploring the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
For budget-friendly accommodation, the Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge offers 10 non-self-contained tents with comfortable beds, a bedside table, and a power outlet for charging electrical equipment. All tents are under a grass-fetched roof, which creates a private terrace and provides some welcome shade. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. Guests don’t need to worry about linen as the camp provides all bedding and towels.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious self-contained tent or a budget-friendly option, the Bush Lodge has something for everyone. The camp’s unique setting and comfortable accommodation make it an ideal base for exploring the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Hot water ‘bush showers’
Restaurant & Bar
Drinks at the Bar
Activities at Bush Lodge
The Bush Lodge provides an excellent base for a classic African safari experience through Kasenyi Plains or the Ishasha sector, offering guests a good chance to view some of the big game animals in Uganda.
Wildlife Game Drive
Kasenyi Plains is the most outstanding wildlife viewing area in Queen Elizabeth National Park and arguably in Uganda. This park section contains Kazinga Channel, Lake Albert, and antelope breeding grounds, making it an excellent choice for the park’s big cats and a wildlife photographer’s heaven. At least two nights in the park are recommended to fully exhaust the African bush wilderness experience in the Kasenyi Plains.
Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel
Not far from the lodge, guests can enjoy boat trips on the Kazinga Channel, either on a scheduled boat launch or a private boat safari. It’s a perfect way to watch a good spectacle of waterhole drama. The channel’s strategic shore locations have a great selection of exclusive safari lodges and camps.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura
Chimp trekking is available in the low-key Kyambura Gorge forest reserve, where visitors can enjoy a relaxing nature walk. Although chimpanzee sightings may not be highly probable, other animals, including red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, baboons, and vervet monkeys, are easily spotted.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is also known for its variety of avian species, including various falcons, the blue-headed bee-eater, the African finfoot, and 597 bird species recorded. However, Chimpanzee Tracking is what draws visitors to the gorge.
The main highway on the edge of the park separates the communities of people who live along the boundaries. The road connects the park to the capital city in the east, Kibale National Park in the north, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a visit with Africa’s gorillas. Along this highway is where guests can find decent safari lodges and camps.
Chat with an expert.
Planning a safari to a remote location in a foreign country can be a daunting task for anyone. However, with the assistance of our local safari specialists, you can receive the best recommendations on accommodations and suitable routes. Bush Lodge in Queen Elizabeth is an excellent option, but your trip can also include a visit to the mountain gorillas in Bwindi. Don’t hesitate to ask Nkuringo Safaris specialists for help in planning your trip.