Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a quiet retreat nestled in the private southern region of the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park located in western Uganda. The park, which spans the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is famous for its tree-climbing lions, as well as its rich biodiversity which boasts over 500 bird species, and 100 mammals. The park’s colourful wildlife includes the likes of jackals, leopards, elephant, hippos, warthog, antelope species, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and many more.

The idyllic Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated just off the northern circuit game viewing track, in the shade of tall trees where guests can lounge on their private verandas while listening to the tranquil sounds of the Ntungwe River flowing past. The entire camp comprises ten spacious canvas rooms with en suite bathrooms fitted with hot running water, flushing eco toilets, and bush showers with dressing areas.

A large central thatch houses the lounge and dining area where guests can enjoy tasty meals freshly prepared with local ingredients. Meals can also be savoured under glittering stars around the fireplace which is set up next to the river in the evening.

Early morning and late afternoon game drives are on offer at the camp with drive-in guests welcome to explore in their own safari vehicles, and fly-in guests invited to explore in the camp’s open vehicle. Due to the remote location of the camp, it’s unlikely that guests will encounter any other vehicles on their ventures giving the impression that you have the run of the place.

Other activities include bird-watching where guests can view the rare Nerina Trojon and Black Bee Eaters species. For an authentic perspective, guided walks with a National Park ranger can also be arranged along the Ishasha River for close viewings of hippos and other riverine wildlife. Bush breakfasts and sundowners at various viewing points can be arranged with the camp. Lastly, the Ishasha Community Uplift Group offers guests an enriching opportunity to participate in community development including visits to the local villages, schools, hospitals, and traditional healers.

The camp is available all year round, however keen wildlife photographers are encouraged to book between April and July as the air is particularly clear. For bird-watching enthusiasts, visits are recommended from October to November to view the migratory species. A stay of at least two to four nights is suggested to fully experience all that the camp has to offer.

The Ishasha Wilderness Camp is accessible via a day’s drive from Entebbe or Kampula, a four hour’s drive from Fort Portal, a six hour’s drive from Lake Mburo, or a two hour’s drive from either the Mweya Peninsula of Queen Elizabeth National Park or the Bwindi Impenetrable forest south of the camp. Alternatively, guests can charter flights to Kihihi airstrip which is a 45 minute drive from the camp. There are also daily scheduled flights from Entebbe to Kihihi.

Halaal options available.


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