Elephant Plains lodge
Elephant Plains lodge
Elephant Plains lodge is one of the latest luxury lodges constructed on the most spectacular view point in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is located northwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with easy access to Kasenyi plains, Mweya Peninsula, Kazinga Channel. The lodge is standing at 941 meters above sea level, offering panoramic views stretching for miles over the huge open grasslands to lake George.
It is lying on 80 acres of pristine wilderness, just 2 drive minutes from the park gate. It is also located close to the equator with views of the equator monument seen from all around the lodge. The lodge is nestled next to beautiful lake Kikorongo in the south and lake George in the East or southeast. While standing at the lodge, you can have a view of the giants of the savannah “Elephants” in the open plains. The name comes from this beautiful place where you see large numbers of Elephants coming to drink from the water.
The Kasenyi plain that are found in the southern part of the lodge providing an amazing opportunity to do lion and leopard tracking. A game drive to the Kasenyi plains offers you an opportunity to see various wild animals mostly the predators. The plains offer fantastic game viewing with huge number of grassland birds and acting as a major breeding ground for the Ugandan Kobs. The presence of Ugandan kobs in the Kasenyi plains attract lions, leopards and hyenas that hunt and feed on them.
Accommodation at Elephant Plains
Elephant Plains has a total of 8 luxury cottages, 6 spacious double/twin en-suite grass-thatched cottages and two-family cottages. They all have large private verandas and full-height glass windows/doors offering you amazing views of the surrounding and the plains. The family cottages offer double separate en-suite bedrooms and can accommodate up-to five people per stay.
All the cottages have large bathtub showers spaced out along the hilltops, and all rooms have large verandas overlooking Lake Kikorongo. One can have a view of elephants and buffaloes feeding or taking water by the watering hole during the sunset.
The lodge’s main area has an extensive lounge with comfortable couches and intimate seating areas for you to enjoy a drink with friends. You can also rest on the veranda or at the campfire area while moving your eyes on the beautiful views.
Restaurant and Bar
The lodge has a well-stocked bar with bistro seating and spacious restaurant offering out-siding dining deck with 270-degree views. It serves international menus inspired by local flavors and prepared by processional chefs.
The lodge has a sizeable swimming pool for guests to cool off after the day activities and also rest there as they enjoy a drink. You still have amazing views of the surrounding not only from the pool, but from everywhere around the lodge.
Activities to do while at Elephant Plains lodge
Kasenyi Plains game drives
Very close to the lodge is Kasenyi plains famous for the experiential game drives to encounter the lions and leopards. The Kasenyi plains offers the most outstanding wildlife viewing experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Uganda at large. The plains are a breeding place for the Uganda kobs and this open savannah area houses hundreds of kobs that acts as prey for lions and leopards.
This part of the park extends to Kazinga Channel famous for the boat cruise between Lake Albert and lake Albert. The plains act as antelope breeding grounds that make it an excellent choice for the park’s big cats to stage here for prey. The Kasenyi plain is a very remarkable place offering a perfect spot for wildlife Photography and filming safari. You would need at least two nights in the park to fully exhaust the African bush wilderness experience in the Kasenyi Plains, by Pamoja tours and tours.
Boat trip on Kazinga channel
The Kazinga channel, not far from the lodge offers remarkable boat trips to view the beautiful wildlife swimming along the shore line.
The boat trips are available on either a scheduled boat launch or private boat safaris on the channel’s shores. Expect to see animals like the elephants, buffaloes, hippos and birds on a boat trio at Kazinga channel.
Ishasha Tree climbing lion
This is the most unique place in the park and the only place with tree climbing lions in Uganda. It is found in the far south of the park in the Ishasha sector offering you a view of lions resting in tree branches during day.
chimpanzee tracking is available in Kyambura Gorge forest and Kalinzu forest in the southern part of the lodge across the Kazinga channel. Although chimpanzee tracking may not be highly recommendable, the gorge still offers a relaxing nature walk. There are other animals to see in the riverine forest including the red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, vervet monkeys and baboons as well as forest elephants among others.
The park is also known for its variety of avian species, including various falcons, the blue-headed bee-eater, the African finfoot, and 597 bird species recorded. However, Chimpanzee Tracking is what draws visitors to the gorge.
Other attractions include:
- Exploration of the Crater Lakes
- Forest Walks in Maramagambo Forest
- Equator cross line
- Crater lake visit
- Salt lake visit
- Laundry Services
- En-suite bathrooms
- Bathtub in all rooms
- Restaurant & Bar
- Swimming Pool
- Drinks at the Bar
- Wi-Fi Available
- Mosquito net
How to access to the park.
The lodge is located in the northern part of the Queen Elizabeth national park and can easily be accessed from Kasese. It is an 8 hours drive distance from Kampala to reach Queen Elizabeth National park.
Book with Pamoja Tours and Travel to have an experiential lion and Leopard tracking adventure in Queen Elizabeth National park.