North of Queen Elizabeth N.P
Marafiki Safari Lodge
Rating: Medium Range
Price: $70 – $350 pp/Fb
Overlooking Lake George on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s northern border, Marafiki Safari Lodge offers private luxury safari tents. The rooms sit on raised wooden floors covered with tapeline canvas walls which guests can roll to view the expansive savannah plains across the park with the imposing Rwenzori Mountains framing the breathtaking views.
Easily accessible from Kasese Airstrip and Kibale Forest National Park, Marafiki Safari Lodge is designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the park’s local communities. The lodge also offers accommodation in timber cabins that provide comfort and space for a more modest budget traveller.
Basing at Marafiki camp, guests can take a short drive to Kasenyi plains for fantastic Uganda safari game viewing. The most famous park’s game tracks in Kasenyi Plains have excellent wildlife viewing, especially at the Uganda Kob breeding grounds, attracting many predators in the area.
The Lodge is located in the north of Queen Elizabeth National Park, off the Kasese highway. 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. From Fort Portal, Kibale Forest, there’s a 2.5-hour drive to the lodge.
Marafiki Safari Lodge offers spacious private bandas with raised wooden floors, constructed from eucalyptus gum poles and canvas, giving the guests freedom to roll up the walls and enjoy breath-taking views over the lake and the vastness of the savannah plains.
Each room is fitted with an en-suite open-air shower for a genuinely perfect bath with the view of the African sunrise over the lake and the moonlight under the stars. For the slightly more adventurous, it has three luxury furnished Safari tents complete with park views. In addition, there’s a luxurious timber cabin for budget travellers that can accommodate 16 people in four spacious dormitory rooms.
Breakfast is served on the restaurant’s veranda, fresh coffee with a full breakfast of seasonal fruits and other fresh local produce. After a long day exploring the park, relax in the bar and lounge area, take in the stunning views whilst enjoying a relaxing meal, and sundowners while the sun drops behind the Rwenzori Mountains.
En-suite open-air bathrooms
Restaurant & Snack Bar
|Person||Double Tent||Triple Tent||Single Tent||Timber Cabin|
|Adult (full board)||$245 pr/night||$350 pr/night||$175 pp/night||$70 pp/night|
|Child||$61 pn||$60 pn||$89 pn||$35 pn|
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 the 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.