Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Camp: Our View
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an idyllic retreat for people who genuinely enjoy the wilderness. It is also on the way south from Fort Portal to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Mountain Gorillas, which is a long drive. So Ishasha is a welcome camp to stay at to break the long journey. This intimate camp has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for its superb quality accommodation and exceptional service.
Set next to the Ntungwe River, close to the border with the DRC, in the far south west of Uganda’s famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, each of the camp’s ten spacious canvas tented rooms has a private verandah overlooking the river. Comfortably furnished with large mosquito-netted beds, all rooms are en suite with hot bush showers, running water for hand basins and flushing eco-friendly toilets.
The thatched central lounge and dining area provide a comfortable setting for meals and relaxation, although meals are often served al fresco next to the river. In the evening, the outdoor fireplace is the perfect place for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experiences. By Ugandan standards, Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a high-end luxury bush camp.
Being within the Queen Elizabeth National Park the wildlife is free to pass through the camp, which it certainly does! Elephant can be seen bathing in the river, Buffalo enjoy grazing nearby, and resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and vervet monkeys are frequently viewed. Security staff are always on hand to escort and assist guests duesto the proximity of wildlife to the camp. When we were there, there was a small Uganda Army base situated at the entrance to the camp too.
Bush breakfasts and sundowners within the Park complete the bush experience offered at Ishasha Wilderness Camp.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp: Quick Facts
- 10 Spacious Tented Rooms, all en suite
- Hot water ‘bush showers’ and flushing eco-friendly toilets
- Free Wi-Fi internet and recharging facilities
- Luxury camp in a remote area of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Game drives
- Guided Walking
- Ballooning (extra cost)
- Cultural tours
- Children and families welcome
Ishasha Wilderness Camp: The Details
As the camp is within a National Park, it is designed to be as low impact as possible with low usage of water, power, and other resources. Solar power is used for lighting, with power points limited to a central area allocated for recharging cameras and similar electronic devices. Meals are freshly prepared with many local ingredients, and the bar has an excellent (for Uganda) selection of local and imported wines and other beverages. The morning wakeup call includes tea/coffee at your tented room. We recommend a stay of between two to three nights in this camp as there is a lot to see in the area. One of the highlights is the possible viewing of the famous “tree lions”, often found resting in the branches of large fig trees!