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“Ishsha River Camp Ntungwe Uganda”

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Ishasha-Ntungwe River Camp
Reviewed August 3, 2012

This was our only mistake during our wonderful trip :( We were a bit concerned before we left home but our tour operator assured us it would be fine for one night. It was a dump. The entrance was like going into a swamp, it was wet and gloomy. Reception was a damp open sided hut and as for our tented accommodation.......awful. We upgraded (there was only one other couple staying there so no problem with that) for an outlandish charge and that was slightly better. You can't even hear a river never mind see one. The food was very average with no choice. Terrible place, to be avoided.

Room Tip: Take off the ground accommodation !
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

I guess the approach through grass and mud didn't help. The road was blocked so we couldn't leave again for a game drive. The tent we were brought to was moldy and old. We requested an upgrade to a tent/chalet on stilts - cost of upgrade $60. Base cost was $120 so total of $180 was way too high for what was offered. This is a VERY basic location. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was OK given the environment. No light after 11pm. No electricity. An experience for one night. Not to be repeated.

Room Tip: If you can afford it - get off the ground!!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Stayed here for one night in sept 2011. We felt so welcome. The shower was really nice and warm and the tents spacious. As a vegetarian I was delighted with the delicous dinner, the best I had on my trip in Uganda! We were lucky to see 6 tree climbing lions, 2 of them within 30 min. drive from the camp

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Meinke
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Loved this simple little eco safari camp. Wonderful staff, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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1  Thank jenniferck1
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

Down a track that got progressively more muddy and made us grateful we had 4WD, we received a very nice welcome from the manageress Betty and her team. Soon installed in our tents, we could easily get back to the Ishasha gate for an afternoon game drive. The raised 'river edge' tents were clean, tidy and fairly well appointed. Great stone bathrooms. Very good food with attentive service, on the river bank. Recommended but, as ever, negotiate when booking, to get an acceptable price.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CommanderBUganda
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

For you bird lovers... we did get to see the Shoebill in Ishasha N.P in the delta area, which is not the easiest bird to find. Hard to see in the tall grass, make sure you stand up in the jeep when looking for them. Make sure you check out Fig Circuit in the park. We didn't see the tree climbing lions, but we weren't there in the rainy season. We think it was to dry for them. We did see very large groups of Tupas and some other smaller animals that we didn't see in other parks in Uganda.
Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp, is a simple but lovely tented camp which was a nice change from some of the other high end places we stayed at in Uganda. It's a bit of a funny drive across farmers fields to get to and we did wondered if our driver was lost.
People are so friendly in Uganda, always waving and smiling .
Sweet Betty, who runs the place, loves to tell funny stories. She works also as a guide and knows all about the animals in the parks.
you walk down to a classic open tented area near the river , where they serve breakfast and you can watch monkeys and other animals.
The sleeping tents are not on the river, they are a short walk from where you enter the camp.Dinner was served by candle light in a small open covered hut area about 5 mins. from all the tents. The food is nice, but simple.
Not much to do after the lights go out, make sure you bring a head lamp for reading at night the lights go out around 8pm.
They could use a few more people working there, the kitchen is far from the river tent eating area, its a long walk if they forget something.
The local village kids came by to dance for us, one rainy night. We made a small donation.This area is more remote then some of the other parts of the country, if you can make room in your bag to bring a small, old or new photo book on animals, plants, bugs to give the school or any type of kids books. Its a very poor country and each village could use a few more books, maps, not pens or paper, most schools have to many kids to give each one a pen, so why not a great photo book they can take turns looking at and learn what animals they have in their country. I was surprised what the kids didn't know about their own country and some of the smaller ones had never seen a photo of an elephant or lion!

Room Tip: the only noise you hear are the animals
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank enjojo
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

The service was delightful - starting with cold drinks and damp cloths on arrival. Breakfast and lunch by the river were a great idea, but the service could quite easily have been more efficient (essential things like toast and butter were forgotten. The butter had to be defrosted after the toast arrived)
The food was simple but well prepared and included the most delicious chargrilled rack of goat.
The accomodation was excellent and the solar power provided constant warm/hot water. Shower and toilet were modern and effeicient.
My only criticism was that the bed sheets and duvet cover felt like thin nylon. Not very comfortable.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Jean D
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Additional Information about Ishasha-Ntungwe River Camp

Address: near Ishasha gate, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ishasha-Ntungwe River Camp (INRC) welcomes you to Uganda. INRC is a well established camp site and safari lodge designed to provide comfortable accommodation adjacent to the natural habitat of wild animals. INRC is strategically along the Ntungwe river next to an elephant track. INRC's camp consists of spacious tents with an exquisite African interior located in a calm environment. The tents are spread out on the ground with a private veranda in the front and a toilet/bathroom at the back. ... more   less 
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Ishasha-Ntungwe River Camp Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park

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