I have chosen to take my time to do this (and other) reviews, of our stay which was undertaken as part of a one-week, self-drive trip in July.
The drive down the Ishasha Road was long (2 hours), slow-going (40 kmph), dry, dusty and noisy. We were totally exhausted at the end of it, but finally reached the southern sector of the Park gate, and the signs of lush green grass that beckoned alluringly. Quickly through, and immediately onto the typical sand track, following the signs easily towards the Camp.
As we approached the top of the hill, on the ridge and looked down to the valley below, with the tree-lined river lying tantalisingly in the backdrop, our spirits soared. We were almost there, and it didn't take us very long to get down off the ridge (past a hyena den, we learnt later) and into the Camp.
As is customary, we were met by enthusiastic staff, who assisted us with where to park; took our bags; and led us to the main dining banda. We felt so stiff after the long drive, and were delighted to find the cold towel and refreshing lime juice on arrival.
We absorbed the view, adjacent the river, and then headed off for our tents. We had booked one tent for the 3 of us, but someone had cancelled and so I was fortunate enough to get a tent of my own. To call them "tents" is really an understatement. They are luxurious, canvas yes, but on a large concrete base, with a permanent roof over, and beautifully fitted out. The separate bathroom was not only clean, but every attention to detail was provided, in delightful recycled card boxes, and packagings. The thing that delighted me most about this, was the so thoughtful packet with soap powder in, so that you could wash undergarments yourself. IWC does however, have a free laundry service. A basket is at your disposal, for return next day.
When it came to hot water, all that was required was to inform the staff you wished to take a shower in 10 minutes, and the water was delivered externally to a bowser-like system, high enough to give the perfect pressure, at a great temperature.
We had 3 delicious meals in the Camp; probably amongst the best quality of food I have experienced in the country. The bar was well-stocked and good value for money, and nothing was too much trouble. If you didn't want coffee, then hot chocolate was quickly provided.
We didn't see any lions on the trip, as the rumour was they'd migrated to the DRC. However, we heard, then saw a single elephant in the Camp, and got some wonderful photos of that, and we spotted a Malachite Kingfisher on the bank. I started to get my novice "birding" eyes in!
Whilst we were there, the works were continuing to upgrade all the original tents, all to the same high specification, and I had the chance to walk round the whole camp looking at the position of the various accommodations.
I would highly recommend Ishasha Wilderness Camp, if you are looking for that bit of extra care and attention, especially in the middle of a long drive from either Bwindi or the northern sector of QE.
I realised subsequently, I should have stayed longer here rather than elsewhere. It was one of those places that was hard to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, solar hot water 'bush' showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. We also offer "Fly-in" safari packages which include transportation to and from nearby airstrips as well as game drives and other activities included within the rates. Please inquire with us for more details. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp Hotel Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park