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Elephant Plains Lodge/ Queen Elizabeth National Park

Elephant Plains Lodge

Elephant Plains is a brand new luxury lodge located on the most spectacular view point in the whole of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Perched 941 metres above sea level, high upon the western escarpment of the Albertine rift in the north east of the park, the lodge offers panoramic views stretching for miles over the huge open grasslands to Lake George.

The lodge sits on an achingly beautiful span of wilderness covering an area 80 acres of pristine wilderness, a short drive to the park gate, nowhere else here can you sleep closer to the equator? Nestled next to beautiful Lake Kikorongo this is where the open plains merge into the crystal waters and seeing large numbers of Elephants coming to drink from the water, hence the lodges’ name. This marvelous biome  carefully protected with eco-friendly practices like solar panels for generating power and naturally-occurring materials sustainably harvested to construct the lodge.

A short drive to the Kasenyi plains offers open savannah filled with various wild animals. This area has fantastic game viewing, a huge number of grassland birds and is a major breeding ground for the Ugandan Kob which readily attract lions and other big cats to the area. The open plains and large number of wildlife mean photographic safaris are extremely rewarding.



The Lodge has 8 cottages including the family cottages offered by the lodge, some of which have a comfortable double bed while others have twin singles. The units spaced at a short distance from each other to offer seclusion during your stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park. And reached by walking over dirt pathways. In case you are visiting with kids or in a group of up to 5 members, you could consider booking the 2 Family Cottages that have two bedrooms, each with a separate bathroom, and can sleep up to 5 members.

All rooms has mosquito netting draped from a framework on the ceiling and a small seating arrangement. Look forward to large windows that let in the warm sunshine with a patio outside, which is perfect for spending safari holiday time reveling in the scenic landscape of the park. The ensuite bathroom includes twin vanities and a bathtub with plenty of hot water.



Elephant Plains Lodge serves you wholesome meals in the dining area that has bistro tables for the casual safari dining feel. The patio outside also has tables where the staff organizes alfresco meals for guests with 270 degree views. Each dish is flavored with delicate spices and flavors, and you can try some satisfying local and international cuisine. The bar in the lounge area serves you drinks, including house wines and gins. On request, the staff can also set up hot meals in the bush for the authentic African safari experience.


Game Drive

The northern sector of the national park is called Kasenyi, or better known as the “Kobs Mating Ground”. In this open savannah area you will find hundreds of Uganda kobs. The kob is an elegant antelope, similar to the impala, which lives in harems up to twenty females, leaded by one dominant male. Consequently, it is not exceptional to encounter a hungry lion in this area, waiting for his chance to pounce on one of the unsuspecting animals. Big herds of buffaloes, giant forest hog, warthogs, monitor lizards and sometimes a lonely elephant can be seen during a game drive in Kasenyi as well.


Wildlife Viewing

The Mweya Peninsula is one of the best places to start Nyamunuka Crater Lake your game drive from. The forested area offers a great variety of game tracks and at the same time it hides many narrow natural trails, created by the inhabitants. A game drive in this area will give you a fair chance of finding the elusive leopard and watching herds of elephant. Also waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas and the giant forest hog are regularly seen around the Mweya Peninsula. As it is located closely to the shores of the Kazinga Channel do not be surprised when you encounter a hippo grazing peacefully between the bushes, in the early morning or evening. Many bird species like the Black Bee-eater, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl and Malachite Kingfisher inhabit this isolated peninsula as well.


Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

This famous 32 kilometers long channel a natural link between Lake Edward and Lake George and said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos. A boat trip will offer you the opportunity to view hundreds of hippos laying lazy in the water or plunge timidly when you pass. Crocodiles  found motionless at the shores and also buffaloes and waterbucks come to the water to cool off. Occasionally you may see an elephant coming to quench his thirst. Moreover, the Kazinga Channel is a true birders paradise as it is home to hundreds of (water) bird species. You may spot birds such as  Pelicans, Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Cormorants and the bright colored Saddle-billed Stork.


Exploration of Crater Lakes

One of the most scenic parts is the impressive crater area in the northwest region of the park. Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, you can now explore a series of dramatic craters and dry calderas in the hilly landscape, offering stunning views of the park and its surroundings. The birdlife is spectacular, with large flocks of flamingos, but also buffaloes and other wild animals come to drink here



Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge

A real Tarzan territory found in the northeast of the national park. This is where the savannah grassland suddenly ends into an impressive gorge of 100 meters deep and 16 kilometers long. The steep slopes  formed by the water of the Kyambura River and make a beautiful contrast with the valley  covered by lush riverine forest. A walking safari takes you along the river, deep down into the heart of the gorge. Follow the sounds of the Tree climbing lion in Ishashaattering chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and other primates. Or try to catch a glimpse of the colorful forest birds, while you find your way through the thick bushes, with a blanked of dense forest canopy raising high above you.


Forest Walks in Maramagambo Forest

A part of Queen Elizabeth National Park consists of tropical rain forest including the legendary Maramagambo Forest. It is one of the largest forests in Uganda, with different walking trails traced out. A guided nature walk will lead you through the lush primary forest, home to a large number of primates, butterflies and bird species. Baboons, vervet monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and even chimpanzees can be hiding in the trees or down in the bushes. Deeper into the forest you will find the Bat Cave, a large cave which serves as a shelter for thousands on Egyptian Fruit Bats and several pythons that prey on these bats. Nearby is also the tranquil, picturesque Blue Lake. As the name implicates, it is famous for the intense blue color of the water.


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