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Ishasha Wilderness Camp Queen Elizabeth


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Ishasha Wilderness Camp Overview & Where Is It Located?

Tucked away in the southern Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the lovely Ishasha Wilderness Camp. This mid-range safari vacation accommodation stands hidden in lush foliage on the banks of the Ntungwe River. The central lounge has a thatched roof on a frame of wooden poles, with an open front overlooking the river. It is furnished with rough-hewn wooden furniture, with carved artifacts adorning the woven sisal walls. Throw cushions in brightly colored prints liven the decor, while wooden sideboards add a homey touch. From here, you can walk down a few steps to reach the deck beside the river. Enjoy some holiday relaxation time in easy chairs under the umbrellas, with a book from the lodge library, as you watch elephants and buffalos drinking or grazing on the opposite side.

Key Takeaways

  • Unique location on the banks of the Ntungwe River within the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Open plan mess area with a thatched roof on a frame of wooden poles
  • Deck on the river for enjoying the pleasant weather and viewing wildlife drinking at the river
  • Library for borrowing books and reading in comfortable chairs
  • Eco-friendly practices like rainwater harvesting and green toilets
Ishasha Wilderness Camp Queen Elizabeth Park View

What To Expect At Ishasha Wilderness Camp Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Deluxe Safari Tier 2 Experience. Total of 10 tented rooms with a stone deck and wood interior floors
  • Canvas walls and a thatched roof providing the authentic safari ambiance
  • Choice of rooms with a large double bed or twin single beds covered with mosquito netting
  • Ensuite bathroom with eco-flush toilets and bucket showers
  • Additional amenities like a wooden chest, area rugs, and a writing desk
Stroll along a rough pathway to reach your tented room, one of 10 offered by the Ishasha Wilderness Camp for your bush stay in Queen Elizabeth Park (where else to stay). Safari guests touring this western part of Uganda are usually delighted by the sight of these rooms, which are made of canvas stretched over wooden frames. A woven thatch roof provides shelter, while an additional canvas roof covers the entire structure, which is erected on a concrete platform with wooden interior boards. Mesh windows with curtains allow for ventilation and for hearing the wildlife sounds of the park.

The patio outside is perfect for catching glimpses of the resident African wood owls and traversing wildlife. You can also enjoy a lazy siesta in a hammock strung between two trees on the edge of the river. Each of the tents has twin or double beds covered with mosquito netting. Other furniture includes a writing desk and wooden chests, with area rugs to lend warmth. The spacious ensuite bathrooms are at the adjoining side and include eco-friendly flush toilets and bucket showers.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp Accommodation Queen Elizabeth

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Ishasha Wilderness Camp On Queen Elizabeth Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Game drives in the reserves to view some of the 90 species of mammals, both herbivores and carnivores. Ideal location to spot tree climbing lions of Ishasha
  • Visiting the designated Important Birding Area (IBA) for sighting over 600 bird species thriving in the park
  • Traveling to Kyambura Gorge to watch habituated chimpanzees and other primates
  • Cruises on the Kazinga Channel to spot flora and fauna
  • Interacting with the local communities and participating in their cultural activities
While you could spend your entire safari trip reveling in the natural wonders of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you’ll certainly want to go on game drives to view some of the 95 species of mammals living in the reserve. Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, and it is not uncommon to spot a few napping in the branches of the fig trees. The park is also known for other cats, such as the genet, serval, and leopard, along with predators like the hyena. Among the herbivores, you can spot here are Ugandan kob, topi, the elusive sitatunga, waterbuck, and many others.

It may interest you to know that Queen Elizabeth National Park has been designated an Important Birding Area (IBA) and is proud to host more than 600 species of birds, with the Mweya Peninsula being one of the prime birdwatching locations in Uganda. You’ll also want to travel out to Kyambura Gorge, where you can spend time in the presence of habituated chimpanzees and other primates. Boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel and visits to the local communities are other memorable activities can be pre-booked via your AfricanMecca Safaris consultant.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp Safari Queen Elizabeth Tour

How Is The Dining At Ishasha Wilderness Camp?

Key Takeaways

  • In-house restaurant and bar located within the lounge area
  • Selection of traditional Ugandan and international dishes
  • Option of having meals indoors and outdoors on the deck beside the river
  • Campfire lighted in the evenings for enjoying sundowner drinks
  • Bush breakfasts organized for guests depending on weather conditions
Dine on delicious meals served in the lounge area, which also houses the dining area and bar. Ishasha Wilderness Camp’s chef prepares both global and local cuisine that you can enjoy accompanied by wines. Alternatively, the accommodation staff may organize an alfresco meal for you on the deck by the river. You can also enjoy sundowner drinks around the campfire lighted on the deck.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp Meals Queen Elizabeth Dining

Pros & Cons At Ishasha Wilderness Camp In Queen Elizabeth

What We Like About Ishasha Wilderness Camp

  1. Strategic location beside the Ntungwe River, surrounded by lush greenery with views of some of the wildlife coming to drink at the river.
  2. Has just 10 tented rooms for vacationers, allowing for a quiet, personalized safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  3. Operates on eco-friendly principles, such as using sustainable materials for building the lounge and tents, eco-friendly toilets, and rainwater harvesting.
  4. Great location and views of the park and wildlife, authentic wilderness ambiance with sightings around the camp. Perfect location to spot the Ishasha tree-climbing lions.
  5. Drinks are included at the camp.

Things To Note When Staying At Ishasha Wilderness Camp

  1. Does not have a swimming pool, fitness center, or spa for the right reasons - an authentic safari camp.
  2. Has tents erected on the banks of the Ntungwe River in Queen Elizabeth National Park, accessible via dirt pathways; guests may need escorts to reach their tents at night.
  3. Offers a rustic ambiance that may not be suitable for high-end traveling guests looking for luxurious facilities and amenities.
  4. The ensuite bathroom offers the traditional bucket shower. You will need to advise the camp on your preferred shower times to preheat your water.
  5. Ideal location to connect to other safari areas i.e. Bwindi for gorilla trekking to day safari in Mweya for the Kazinga Channel boating.
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When staying at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Murchison Falls, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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