Uganda : Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a beautiful, diverse park on the equator. It has two lakes, George and Edward, connected by the scenic Kazinga Channel. There are also crater lakes to the north , grassy plains, tropical forests and gorges. Due to its diversity, it has the highest number of mammals in any of the Ugandan Parks with 10 types of primate, and you can even see the elusive sitatungwa and shoebill stork in the swamp areas around Lake George. The remote area of Ishasha in the south is a lovely remote area which is famous for tree climbing lions. There are only a few lodges around the park and they are spread out, so driving between the different areas can take some time. Day trips to the different areas of the parks with a packed lunch is the best idea.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an exclusive tented camp in the unspoilt remote southern sector of Ishasha in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, an area famous for its tree climbing lions. It is the ideal midway break between gorilla viewing in Bwindi and the game viewing in the Mweya area of QENP. It is a lovely unspoilt area with open savannah ideal for game viewing and definitely worth a visit when in the area. The camp is set along the Ntungwe river and has 10 large simply furnished twin/double East African- style tents. Each tent has its own private en-suite bathroom and dressing area providing hot water 'bush' showers and an eco friendly potty toilet for the nights but there are flush toilets in camp. It's a lovely little camp, quiet and peaceful with some great game viewing.
Mweya Safari Lodge is a large lodge based in the centre of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with stunning views over Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel. It has 40 rooms and suites and a luxurious Royal Cottage, all en-suite with their own private verandas. There is a large swimming pool and an elegant restaurant. Activities include a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, boat trips to the chimpanzee sanctuary on Izinga Island, game drives, nature walks and bird watching expeditions.
Jacana Safari Lodge sits on the edge of a crater lake in the heart of the Maramagambo Forest and not far from the chimp trekking in the Kyambura Gorge. The lodge is in a beautiful setting and has 11 en-suite log cabins over looking the lake, constructed from natural local rope, rock and wood. They are very nicely furnished and have their own private verandas where you can have a romantic dinner. There are two bars, a swimming pool and a restaurant, as well as large deck overlooking the lake. For the boat trips on the Kazinga Channel and game viewing around the Mweya Peninsular, full day game drives with a picnic lunch are recommended.