Northeastern Queen Elizabeth N.P
Elephant Plains Lodge
The newly constructed Elephant Plains is a luxury safari lodge by Uganda Lodges Brand. The lodge is located northwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park, offering easy access to Kasenyi tracks, Mweya Peninsula, Kazinga Channel. Perched 941 meters above sea level, on the Albertine Rift western escarpment northeast of the park, it offers extensive panoramic views over the savannah plains stretching to lake George.
It is set on 80 acres of pristine wilderness next to the equator line (N*S 0.0,25.172), with the equator monument visible from anywhere around the lodge. Lake Kikorongo, just nearby, displays stunning plains merging into its crystal waters with large Elephant herds gathering in the evenings to catch a drink. What gives the lodge its ingenious name.
Basing at the Elephant Plains, one can take a short drive to Kasenyi plains for fantastic game viewing. Kasenyi Plains also have Uganda Kob breeding grounds, attracting an impressive number of preditors in the area.
Elephant Plains Lodge is located in the northeastern of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and guests can reach it from Entebbe with a 1-hour flight plus a 2-hour drive from Kasese Airport. From Bwindi, Kihihi Airtrips, guests take a 15-minute flight or a 5-hour drive through the park.
Accommodation at Elephant Plains
Accommodation at Elephant Plains is set in 6 spacious double/twin en-suite grass-thatched cottages with large private verandas and full-height glass windows/doors to take advantage of the incredible views. Additional two-family cottages offer double separate en-suite bedrooms. The family cottages can accommodate five people per stay.
All the cottages have large bathtub showers and spaced out along the hilltop, offering privacy and tranquillity. All the rooms’ large verandas overlook Lake Kikorongo, where you can watch the sunset on elephants and buffaloes by the watering hole.
The main area provides an extensive lounge with comfortable couches and intimate seating areas for you to enjoy a Ugandan gin and tonic and take in the beautiful views under the cooling breeze rolling in off lake George. The spacious restaurant has an outside dining deck with 270-degree views serving an international menu inspired by local flavors.
The lodge also has a sizeable eco-friendly swimming pool for guests to cool off at the end of the day and continue to take in the fantastic views offered from everywhere around the lodge.
Being situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s protected area, Elephant Plains Lodge is highly committed to the conservation of nature and culture. The lodge uses solar-powered electricity to minimize the impact on the environment. It is constructed with materials from the local area, all with a story behind them that is unique and true to Ugandan culture. The cottages are thatched using local brown savannah grass that not only blends into the surroundings but absorbs the heat and acts as a cooling system that is needed so close to the equator. The black granite stones used on the walkways are from the Mukubu river, which flows from the Rwenzori mountains.
Bathtub in all rooms
Restaurant & Bar
Drinks at the Bar
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.
Our Uganda safari experiences in Queen Elizabeth National Park are entirely customizable with the help of an expert safari planner. We can show you these and more for inspiration to put together an incredible trip to Africa.