Northern Queen Elizabeth N.P
Rating: Safari Camp
Bush Lodge is a safari camp conveniently in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing and Kyambura Chimp tracking.
The small-scale setup is built along with ecological principles. The unique setting where animals room in and out of the camp offers a unique opportunity to experience a classic Uganda safari like old times.
The main area is a large dining tent for meals and lounging. The tent overlooks the Kazinga Channel and the backdrop of the Rwenzori mountain ranges while enjoying our excellent food.
In the evenings, though, when the weather allows, Bush Lodge allows you to take your table outside and organize for you a starlit dinner. Paraffin lights and a campfire create a cozy setting from where your 4-course dinners are served.
The chef caters to vegetarian menus, but you have to inform your booking agent before arrival to organize your dietary requirements. Early wake-up calls are with coffee or tea, and packed breakfasts or lunches can be arranged according to your planning plan.
Bush Lodge is located in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Guests can reach the camp from Entebbe with a 1-hour flight plus a 2.5-hour drive from Kasese Airport. From Bwindi, Kihihi Airtrips, guests take a 15-minute flight or a 4-hour drive through the park.
Accommodation at Bush Lodge
Bush Lodge has 12 self-contained tents elegantly built around the indigenous bush. The tents are erected on a raised wooden platform and made from a fine combination of canvas and local materials.
Giant mosquito netted windows allow a 180-degree view of the natural surroundings. Each tent has a private terrace overlooking the seasonal Kamera River.
All tents have an ensuite bathroom with running water for your hand-basin, a flushing toilet, and an outside shower with 24/24 hours of hot water, where two showerheads allow couples to take their starlit shower together.
Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge offers budget-friendly accommodation in the form of 10 non-self-contained tents with comfortable beds, a bedside table, and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment.
All tents are under a grass-fetched roof, which creates your private terrace and provides some welcome shade. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as the camp offers all bedding and towels.
Hot water ‘bush showers’
Restaurant & Bar
Drinks at the Bar
A classic African safari experience through Kasenyi Plains or the Ishasha sector offers a good chance of viewing some of the big game animals in Uganda. Bush Lodge provides a great base for game drives in the park.
Kasenyi Plains offers the most outstanding wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and arguably in Uganda. This part of the park contains Kazinga Channel, Lake Albert, and the antelope breeding grounds, making it an excellent choice for the park’s big cats and a Wildlife Photographer’s heaven. You would need at least two nights in the park to fully exhaust the African bush wilderness experience in the Kasenyi Plains.
Boat trips on the Kazinga channel, not far from the lodge, are available on either a scheduled boat launch or private boat safari lazily floating on the channel’s shores, where you can watch a good spectacle of waterhole drama. On strategic shore locations on the channel are a great choice of exclusive safari lodges and camps.
Chimp trekking available in the low-key Kyambura Gorge forest reserve. Although chimpanzee sighting may not be highly probable, the gorge reserve offers a relaxing nature walk. Other animals you’ll quickly see in the riverine forest include red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, baboons, and vervet monkeys are seen.
The 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.
Mweya peninsula area is the most common choice for accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Still, camps and lodges can get very busy in high season, making room reservations expensive and scarce.
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 and Kibale National park in the north and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla trekking. Along this highway is where you most probably will find decent safari lodges and camps.