Enjojo Lodge in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rating: Simple African
Enjojo Lodge is a hidden gem located on the southern border of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Ishasha sector. It offers great access to the park’s tree-climbing lions. The lodge is situated on 40 hectares of lush vegetation, acacia forest, scattered grassland, palm trees, and a small lake, providing guests a serene getaway.
Guests can choose from six grass-thatched cottages and one Safari House, each providing a comfortable and authentic African experience. Homemade food sourced from the lodge’s organic garden is served in the grass-thatched restaurant and bar, while guests can appreciate the scenic beauty of the small natural lake. Enjojo Lodge was built to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment, using locally sourced materials and entirely solar-powered.
Enjojo Lodge is a haven for wildlife, with herds of elephants, buffalo, and antelopes regularly spotted on the property. Additionally, the lodge is renowned for its abundant birdlife, making it an ideal destination for birders. Guests can also enjoy the sight of resident Vervet monkeys, baboons, and colobus monkeys swinging in the branches.
Enjojo Lodge is ideally located in the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the Ishasha Sector, famous for its remarkable tree-climbing lions. Uganda Safari itineraries always include the tree-climbing lion experience. Enjojo Lodge provides a perfect base for this incredible adventure.
In addition to the tree-climbing lions, the Ishasha Sector offers a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and various bird species. The lodge’s location provides guests with easy access to the park, making it an ideal base for exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southern region.
How to get to Enjojo
Guests can access the camp effortlessly through a 1-hour flight from Entebbe followed by a 2.5-hour drive from Kasese Airport. Alternatively, guests can take a 15-minute flight or a 4-hour drive through the park from Bwindi, Kihihi Airtrips.
Enjojo Lodge is a perfect destination for those seeking authentic and peaceful African wildlife experiences in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Accommodation at Enjojo
Enjojo Lodge offers seven luxury cottages with unique charm and en-suite baths featuring a rustic outdoor shower. Four of the cottages are tucked away in lush vegetation with swaying palm trees and are accessible by a wooden elevated walkway leading to and from the restaurant. On the other hand, the other three cottages overlook an open grassland where elephants often roam. Guests can unwind, relax, and enjoy the African wilderness from the spacious verandah’s easy chairs.
The lodge is committed to leaving only the lightest of footprints, with solar-powered lighting, flickering kerosene lanterns, and eco-flush loos. Under a cool thatched roof, the central lounge and dining area provide a comfortable environment for meals and relaxation during the heat of the day. The chef serves meals ‘al fresco’ under the trees near the lakeside, and in the evenings, guests can gather around the ‘fireplace’ with sundowners to share their day’s experiences.
At Enjojo Lodge, food service is typically of reasonably high quality, and the kitchen can cater to various dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and other variations, provided you let them know when booking.
We recommend a stay of between two to four nights at the lodge to fully experience its unique charm. One of the highlights of the lodge is the possible viewing of the tree-climbing lions of the area, often found resting in the branches of giant fig trees.
Overall, whether guests are seeking a romantic getaway or a wildlife adventure in Uganda’s wilderness, Enjojo Lodge provides a perfect retreat.
Hot water ‘bush showers’
Restaurant & Bar
Drinks at the Bar
Experiences at Enjojo Lodge
Enjojo Lodge offers a variety of experiences to make your stay unforgettable. First, the lodge’s small waterhole, Akanyanza, is abundant with fish ranging from tilapia to lungfish and catfish, which you can catch with fishing rods rented from the Enjojo reception. If you prefer to explore on foot, a 2-hour nature walks in the countryside behind the lodge will bring you closer to nature and enrich your trip.
Tree-climbing lions & wildlife safari drives
The lodge is a 5-minute drive from the Ishasha Sector entrance gate of Queen Elizabeth National Park, making it a perfect base for watching the tree-climbing lions and other big mammals such as elephants, buffalos, hippos, hyenas, and leopards. Additionally, the plains of Ishasha are also home to antelope species like cob, bushbuck, waterbuck, and topi.
To further enhance your experience, the lodge offers spectacular safari game drives in the open-roof safari Land Cruiser onsite. They can also arrange sundowner picnics inside the park, where guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset. For a more immersive experience at the lodge, they offer bush breakfasts and 24-hour safaris with bush camping.
Rwenshama Fishing Village
When you’re ready to explore beyond the lodge, a morning or evening visit to Rwenshama Fishing Village is a must-do activity. The 40-minute drive from Enjojo Lodge to the fishing village goes straight through the park and offers plentiful wildlife sightings. In Rwenshama, guests can see how traditional fishermen bring their catch onshore and spot hippos, pelicans, and, if you’re lucky, the lone elephant bull “Da Boss” doing his daily walk along the shoreline.
For birders, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a prime destination, with over 600 species of birds, including the shoebill stork. Enjojo Lodge has a birder guide at your disposal to help you spot these amazing creatures.
Take a guided walk or bicycle ride to get to know the local Bakiga culture and see their crafts and unique village. Enjojo Lodge is also a great option after your gorilla trekking adventure with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Overall, Enjojo Lodge offers a range of experiences that will suit every guest’s needs and preferences, making it a perfect lodge of choice in the southern sector before joining your expedition in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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