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6 Luxury Lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Written by Jesca

Luxury lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park are the perfect choice of accommodation for visitors seeking to experience the best services at the park. To understand what it means to have luxury accommodation, visit the park.

You find luxury safari lodges seating in areas all perfect for absorbing the breathtaking surrounding sceneries and majestic African skies.

Initially known as Kazinga National Park, in 1954, they renamed the park to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

The park is one of the main destinations for game viewing in Uganda, famed for its tree-climbing lions, elephant herds, buffalo and a variety of monkeys. Built on the right spot with an extraordinary setting, the park gives you the opportunity for exceptional viewing full of surprises from every corner.

What is there to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park?

Queen Elizabeth park is home to over 95 mammals, including the big 5. Attractions in here include nature walks, game drives, boat cruises, chimpanzee trekking, tree-climbing lions and bird watching. 

Explore Kazinga Channel by boat cruise, go Chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura Gorge and enjoy Game drives at the Mweya Peninsula.

When can you Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park?

The park is open all year long, and there is no specific time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park since seasons change. However, wildlife viewing is at its best during dry seasons, from January to February and June to July. 

How Much is a Night at Queen Elizabeth National Park?

The price for medium-class lodges outside the park ranges between 45 to 100 USD per night per person, whereas those inside the park can cost between 70 to 150 USD per night per person. Luxury lodges inside the park start from 120 to 140 USD per night per person.

Over the years, luxury lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park have increased. With many choices currently available, it may not be easy choosing the lodge you want.

To choose a luxury lodge, consider the services available and the price. We have compiled this list of top luxury lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park. We hope you will get a good idea of what the various lodges offer by reading through them.

Here are some of the top lodges you can stay at

Kyambura Gorge Lodge 

Luxury Lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Photo/

This lodge is one of the luxury lodges at the park and it definitely exceeds all expectations! The main area of Kyambura Gorge lodge is so impressive, with high ceilings, cosy corners for reading and relaxing, and stunning views.

The bandas are very spacious and impressive with a daybed, a lounge area and a private veranda facing the forest. The en-suite bathrooms are also huge, offering both an indoor and outdoor shower. 

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Luxury Lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Photo/

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is another luxury lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Set in the wooded area facing the Ntungwe River, the camp provides the utmost and lavish comfort.

The whole camp has a very authentic safari feel to it, with canvased tents, hot bucket showers and intimate communal dining in the main mess area. 

The camp has well- lit path-ways that link the guest tents to the main lounge, dining, swimming pool

Have one of the ultra-luxurious experiences of staying in bedded tents as you enjoy one of the big 5; elephants coming to quench their thirst during the broad day. Spot tree-climbing lions resting in the branches of the large fig trees.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Luxury Lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Mweya safari Lodge. Photo/

Perfectly seated on the Mweya peninsular, Mweya Safari Lodge is one of the top luxury lodges in Uganda. The magnificent views of the park and the Kazinga channel are beyond measurable.

At Mweya Safari Lodge, there is dedicated personal service, and attendants pay attention to details. You are assured of that ultimate luxury safari lodge experience.

Jacana Safari Lodge

Luxury Lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Jacana Safari Lodge. Photo/

Jacana Safari Lodge is in the heart of the prestigious park on the edge of Lake Nyamusingure—the largest crater in Uganda. They uniquely build the dramatic lodge using locally sourced materials such as rocks, wood, and natural furniture.

This luxury lodge is home to about 10 lavish chalets and a family cottage. The location provides exclusive concession of richly diverse habitat, teeming with game, beneath endless skies that blend well with the sweet melodies of the tropical hardwood forest.

Jacana Lodge is well situated for you to engage in activities such as Wildlife game drives, launch cruises on Kazinga and Kayaking in lake Nyamusingure. The staff are professional and will make your stay enjoyable.

Elephant Plains Lodge

Elephant Plains Lodge. Photo/ Uganda Lodges

The Elephant Plains Lodge is another luxury lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Northeast Escarpment. Neighbouring the lodge is Lake Kikorongo, where herds of elephants come to quench their thirst (hence the name!).

The lodge has a collection of private cottages, double/twin cottages, and family cottages, offering two separate bedrooms for five people. 

Elephant plain lodge boasts a bar and lounge set above a pool, showing off the panoramic scenery around the escarpment. This area of the park is also stunning, with views of the grasslands stretching to Lake George and the Kasenyi Plains, where you will spot wildlife wandering through.

 Katara Lodge

Katara Lodge

The twin room in cabin at Katara Lodge. Photo/

Perched on the edge of the rift Valley escarpment is Katara Lodge, with bamboo-based furnishings, thatched roofs, and wooden beams that blend well with the surroundings.

The lodge has eight individual thatched bungalows with large double beds and en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs and showers.

The lounge and restaurant on the hill provide outstanding views of the plains and the Rwenzori Mountains at a distance. There is also a library where you can pick up a novel to enjoy outside whilst relaxing in a hammock.  

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Besigye is a Ugandan writer and a teacher by profession. She loves adventure and travelling that's why she loves writing travel blogs.

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