Bush Lodge: The Lowdown

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A stay at Bush Lodge will be an experience that is instantly recognisable to those who have stayed in much beloved rustic lodges and camps elsewhere in Africa. This is firmly not a place to come for the glitz and whizz of modern luxury, but a lodge in which to settle back and soak up a peculiarly African magic.

What’s Bush Lodge really like?

Arriving at Bush Lodge you come into a dusty clearing amongst the acacia bushes, high on the bank above the Kazinga channel. Here are three large marquee style tents- two used as dining rooms and one as a cosy sitting room. From the main area pathways lead off to the campsite on one side and the twelve simple canvas and thatch chalets on the other side. Chalets are either double (overlooking the channel) or twin (overlooking a natural wetland where we spotted a fish eagle), but are otherwise similar in design. They’re named charmingly after animals found in the park, and are simple, but perfectly adequate inside. They have firm beds, a small desk with a charging point, and an eco loo using woodchip instead of flushing. Outside though is the real highlight, stepping out of the back door of your tent you’ll enter a small reed enclosure where your sink and bucket shower are open to the stars- magic! At night you’ll need to be escorted to and from your tent as there is plenty of wildlife in camp. During our stay there were hippos around and the morning alarm clock was a hyena- as well as the distant call of a village mosque!

In all we thought this was an excellent camp. The campsite makes it feel a little larger than the relatively small number of chalets would suggest, however we found it to be incredibly atmospheric and a great base for visiting this area of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

What can I do at Bush Lodge?

Most of our guests coming to bush lodge will visit with one of our guides as part of a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Bush Lodge is also particularly well located for hopping down to join one of the boat safaris on the Kazinga channel- keep your binos at the ready, this is a really top spot for birding!

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