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#2 of 23 Specialty lodging in Kasese
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4.6
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4.8
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4.7
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4.1
The elephant home is located next to Queen Elizabeth national park. It is situated on Kasese-Mbarara road, 21km from Kasese town. We offer self contained room, a restaurant, crafts shop and village tours. On prior arrangement we also offer wildlife safaris inside the park the lodge is suitable for visitors wanting to do a wildlife safari in this park or visiting the surrounding areas. it is located 5 minutes drive from the park gate where the game drive starts. It is famous for delicious meals, friendly staff, clean and spacious rooms, most accessible and affordable price in the area.
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Karen M wrote a review Aug 2022
Kampala, Uganda16 contributions1 helpful vote
If you're looking for the Hilton, just keep driving, because you won't appreciate this place. This is a community-focused operation that supports the local people in every way. That alone is reason enough to book a few nights here. The entrance is right off the busy highway, so we expected to hear traffic noise but, turns out, we were unaware of it. The rooms are not fancy, but the shower was amazing, so I give them very high marks for that. Because they are just beginning to recover from the lockdown, it happened that the four of us were the only guests during our two-night stay, which was too bad. This place should be full all the time. It's the people, and their focus on community, that make the place so special. Special shout-out to Edwin, who was always ready to take care of anything we needed, and Jason, an excellent chef who turned out delicious high quality meals. We would put him up against fancy hotel chefs any time. Be sure to check out the little gift shop. This is where you'll find gorgeous hand-made baskets and other genuinely local crafts. Support these people; they deserve it.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Flora S wrote a review Aug 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa7 contributions2 helpful votes
Great welcome. Good food and very friendly and helpful staff. This accommodation is supporting a local community project to improve relationships between communities living beside QE Park and the Park authorities. Amazing project and extremely nice staff! We also had a delicious dinner there.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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TravelinMom138 wrote a review Aug 2021
Baltimore, Maryland38 contributions50 helpful votes
We stayed two nights in August, 2021 and highly recommend The Elephant Home! First, Jason, the on-site manager, is amazing, and all the staff are very friendly, went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable, and provided a very professional level of service. Meals were all delicious and varied (Jason is the chef as well), and the dining area is lovely. While there, we had to get Covid tests for onward travel to Kenya, and were at a bit of a loss on how to do so. Jason came to our rescue and personally escorted us to three different places, first in Kasese and finally to the border with Congo (which is not as far away as it sounds), to finally be able to get the correct test and have results in time - we NEVER would have been able to do that without his help! They also arranged for our lion tracking safari in QENP, and the community boat ride in the Kazinga Channel (which I recommend over the Park-run boat trip, as it's much closer to Elephant Home). If we did it all over again though, I would actually have done a community tour instead of the boat trip. Our rooms were clean, with comfortable beds, and the noise from the road was minimal. Yes, the facilities are basic (heated water was provided for bathing), but we appreciate the tremendous effort the community is making to attract income from tourists, and also appreciated having just a small sense of daily life in the community.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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salametli wrote a review Feb 2020
schweiz16 contributions5 helpful votes
So this place is lovely. It is basic and close to the street but definitely worth a visit. It is a community project and they did a good job. Firstly they were really really friendly. I think the friendliest people we meet in uganda. Secondly the food is tasty and the drinks cold. They go the extra mile for you and store the drinks somewhere else where they have a good fridge and fetch your drinks when you want some. It doesn't take longer and is a really nice touch.Furthermore they do everything to make you feel home. We were camping and they gave us a shower and toilet in one of the rooms because it was available. Afterwards they installed lovely little solar lights around our campsite in the evening and came down to ask us if they might bring us something in a very respectful and friendly way. We also liked that you could have little roofs where you could put your tent underneath. Of course this is not a 5 star lodge. It is a lovely authentic place running by a local community with a lot of heart and kindness.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 9, 2020
Dear Salomé W, Thank you for choosing The elephant home. We hope to welcome you again in future.
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Iain P wrote a review Feb 2020
20 contributions24 helpful votes
Host Jason was superb and a great cook too. Facilities are certainly simple here but when you see the effort many people go to so that you can have a hot shower -you are both humbled and inspired. Jason and staff were really helpful at setting us up with other community benefitting activities and the one we chose was particularly fascinating - a tour of the salt producing lake at Katwi. Its a very hard life for the people there. So for a clean basic and community benefitting base for the Park, you aren't going to beat The Elephant Home.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Felex Kamalha, General Manager at The Elephant Home
Responded Oct 9, 2020
Dear iainp2016, It was a pleasure hosting you at The elephant Home. We are glad that you have shared your review here.
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triciamurray16 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sligo, Ireland14 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed for one night on our road trip. The facilities are quite basic. No solar/ running hot water (they need to boil water). No electricity.The food was ok, the staff are lovely and they are trying to use income to upgrade facilities. The room was good. We also did the village walk tour which was very interesting and would recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Felex Kamalha, General Manager at The Elephant Home
Responded Oct 9, 2020
Dear triciamurray16, Thank you for your stay and review of the Elephant home. we are humbled by your support.
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Arne H wrote a review Dec 2019
10 contributions8 helpful votes
We only stayed for coffee and the community tour, but were shown around the place. Very friendly staff and nice campground with sheltered campsites. Opportunity to book the channel cruise on Kazinga Channel.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Felexkamalha, General Manager at The Elephant Home
Responded Jan 1, 2020
Dear sir/ Madam, t was a pleasure welcoming you to the elephant home during your brief visit. we hope to welcome you again in the future. Happy new year 2020.
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Miska K wrote a review Dec 2019
Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic4 contributions1 helpful vote
we stayed at the Elephant Home for 3nights in Dec 2019. we arrived without a booking, didn t know much about the place. at the gate, it looked like the place was under reconstruction, but they are just renovating the first building. our room was a cozy double, with a comfy bed, a mosquito net, basic furniture and lovely paintings on the wall - it is a nice personal touch. our bathroom was impeccable, brand new - they get hot water through solar panels, if they re out, they ll fetch you a nice bucket :). that was not a problem for us. in the room, you have electricity - lamps and fan - but the power outlets didn t work, so we charged our phones and camera batteries at the main house, overnight. the wifi is only in the dining area, on request - somehow slower, you send a message but not a picture. we didn t mind. the food was excellent, honestly one of the best we had in Uganda. you can choose a veg/meat option. from the dining area which is open, you have a lovely view at the park. it looks a little unfinished but to us it didn t matter. the staff is very friendly and helpful, they explained to us why and how this guesthouse was founded and how the community benefits. they offer numerous activities (hikes, boat trips, weaving workshop, traditional dance performances atc) but unfortunately we didnt have time for that. overall it was a very lovely stay for us, thank you very much :)
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Felex Kamalha, General Manager at The Elephant Home
Responded Oct 9, 2020
Dear 282miskak, Thank you for your stay and time to share feedback about your stay with us. in time, we have now installed pathway lighting, power for charging in your rooms and it is still a great jungle full of birds and sometimes wild animals visiting from the park. We hope to welcome you again, in future.
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Laura wrote a review Nov 2019
103 contributions6 helpful votes
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Perfect low budget accomodation for game drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Very friendly and caring staff! So we have to say a big "wasinja" (that should be thank you in the local language).
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Felexkamalha, Manager at The Elephant Home
Responded Nov 17, 2019
Dear Laurychan, We happily receive this review from you and thank you for your stay. We hope to welcome you again.
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Whatkateandkrisdid wrote a review Aug 2019
Kyiv, Ukraine22 contributions
Elephant Home is run by members of one of the communities surrounding QENP. Animals from the park, particularly elephants, causes problems for the communities, trampling their coffee and cotton crops and their food crops. This guesthouse provides income, training for locals in hospitality and helps the community to see the value of the National Park and the wildlife in it in terms of attracting tourism. They have three rooms with en suite bathrooms. The rooms are huge and comfortable. There is also a campsite if you have your own tent. This is a community based project away from amenities so there isn’t a lot of water in the shower, no fridge and no air conditioning. They provide a solar powered charger for mobile phones and drinking water. The solar power gives lights at night. The staff are incredibly attentive. Jason is a great host and chef and Howard was very helpful. There are three course meals for lunch and dinner for about $6 each and the portions are huge! Don’t go expecting to lose any weight! You arrange a time for your meals and they are ready in the restaurant then. They have lots of community based tours on offer. They can arrange a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with another local community project and community guides for game drives. There is basket weaving in the local village and they can arrange traditional dancing. We also went on a tour of the local village that the project supports where Jason told us about how they live.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 9, 2020
Dear Whatkateandkrisdid, we are happy to hear from you. I were pleased to have you stay at The elephant home. Thank you very much for your support.
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$35 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
UgandaWestern RegionKasese
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Elephant Home?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Elephant Home?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, The Elephant Home offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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