Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth N.P
Rating: Simple African
Enjojo Lodge sits on the southern border of Queen Elisabeth Park in the Ishasha sector. It is built on 40 hectares amidst acacia forest, lush vegetation, palm trees, scattered grassland, and a small lake.
Birdlife is abundant; herds of elephants, buffalo, and antelopes are regularly spotted on the camp’s campus. Resident Vervet monkeys, baboons, and colobus monkeys frequently swing in the branches and get some guest attention.
Enjojo Lodge has six grass-thatched cottages and one Safari House. From the grass-thatched restaurant and bar, guests can enjoy the homemade food and the scenic beauty of a small natural lake.
The lodge is entirely solar-powered and constructed with local materials to blend in with the surrounding natural environment. Most of the furniture and decoration have been hand-crafted by the local community to complement the African decor that adorns the cottages.
The grass-thatched restaurant and bar serves homemade food from the lodge’s organic garden and views a small natural lake. Big herds of elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes are regular visitors to the lodge, while vervet monkeys, baboons, and black and white Colobus monkeys have become residents. Not to forget the abundant birdlife, which makes Enjojo a dream environment for birders.
Enjojo Lodge is located in the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its weird tree-climbing lions. 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 Enjojo
Enjojo Lodge has seven luxury cottages. Each cottage has its own unique charm, an en-suite bathroom with a rustic outdoor shower.
Four of the cottages are secluded in lush vegetation with swaying palm trees. Cottages are accessible by a wooden elevated walkway leading to and from the restaurant.
The other three cottages are overlooking an open grassland where elephants are regular visitors. From easy chairs on the spacious verandah, you can unwind, relax and enjoy the African wilderness.
The camp is committed to leaving only the lightest of footprints, so it’s solar-powered lighting, flickering kerosene lanterns, and eco-flush loos all the way.
Under a cool thatched roof, a central lounge and dining area provides a comfortable environment for meals and to relax in during the heat of the day. Under the trees, next to the lake, the chef serves meals ‘al fresco’. The evenings light up the ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience.
The food service at Enjojo Lodge is usually of reasonably high quality. Special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and other variations should not be a problem, so long as you let us know when booking.
We recommend a stay of between two to four nights in the camp to get the hang of it. One of the highlights is the possible viewing of the lions of this area, often found resting in the branches of giant fig trees.
Hot water ‘bush showers’
Restaurant & Bar
Drinks at the Bar
Enjojo Lodge is about a 5-minute drive from the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park entrance gate. The lodge is a perfect base for watching the tree-climbing lions.
Other big mammals to watch in the Ishasha area include elephant, buffalo, hippo, hyena, and leopard. Common antelope species include cob, bushbuck, waterbuck, and topi, which are only found in the Ishasha plains.
Whether you are using your own vehicle or the Enjojo Lodge open-roof safari Land Cruiser, Ishasha sectors have spectacular savannah game drives and offer the best private safari drives.
Enjojo lodge can arrange for you sundowner settings inside the park. Sundowners are a perfect relaxing moment while you hold your drink, the sunset evenings washing golden rays over the Ishasha plains.
Upgrade your Ishasha expedition with a Bush breakfast inside the Park.
Make it a 24-hour safari with bush camping at Enjojo Lodge. Sip your sundowners around the campfire and enjoy a tasty dinner. Spend the night in one of our double igloo tents surrounded by jungle noises. After a hot breakfast, your game drive will continue.
Morning/Evening visit to Rwenshama Fishing Village. Open-roof Land Cruiser drives you to Rwenshama, a fishing village on the shore of Lake Edward. During the 40-minute drive from Enjojo lodge straight through the park, you will undoubtedly encounter plenty of wildlife. In Rwenshama, see how the traditional fishermen bring their catch onshore: tilapia, lungfish, and catfish.
Hippos lurking, pelicans fishing, and if your timing is correct, the lone elephant bull “Da Boss” will be doing his daily walk along the shoreline.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 species of birds, making it a prime destination for birders in East Africa. Thanks to the combination of swamps, acacia forest, and savannah grassland, Ishasha attracts many birds, including the shoebill stork. We have a birder guide at your disposal.
The small waterhole (Akanyanza) at Enjojo Lodge is abundant with fish, ranging from three types of tilapia to huge lungfish and catfish. You can rent fishing rods from the enjojo reception.
A 2-hour nature walk in the countryside behind the lodge will give you a natural feel of the place. It will enrich your trip, bring you closer to nature, and nothing is more relaxing.
Please get to know the local Bakiga culture and see their crafts and unique village. Take a guided walk (1 to 3 hours) or bicycle rides (2 hours).
The lodge is close to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, making it a great option after your gorilla trekking adventure with the mountain gorillas. It’s also a perfect lodge of choice in the southern sector before joining your expedition in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth, NP.
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.