Ishasha Wilderness Camp: The Lowdown

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If you’re visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park and want an authentic feeling safari camp, Ishasha Wilderness Camp should be firmly on your list.

What’s Ishasha Wilderness Camp really like?

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is tucked away amongst the fever trees down beside the Ntungwe River, and has just tent rustic luxury safari tents built of canvas and wood. Beds are set under sweeping mosquito nets, and each tent has an ensuite bathroom with a safari shower and flushing eco-loo. From here, paths lead back to the main area where there’s a large, open-sided dining area and lounge under a thatched roof, though when the weather holds, meals are often eaten outside on the lawns. There’s also a fire place (the “bush TV”) for your evening drinks and chatting to other guests in camp. At the end of a jolly evening you’ll normally be escorted back to your tent as there are often 4-legged visitors in camp. Overall we found the atmosphere to be fairly low key, friendly and natural, with a focus on the wild environment rather than more western style luxuries.

What can I do at Ishasha Wilderness Camp?

Our guests who visit Ishasha will general do so as part of a longer driving safari around Uganda, and travel in with their own guide, who’ll conduct the game drives and bird watching in the national park. It is also possible to arrange visits to the local community.

Giving back at Ishasha Wilderness Camp…The camp’s been designed to have a low footprint on this wild environment, so water usage is designed to be minimised (hence the eco loos and safari showers) and lighting is solar. Ishasha Wilderness has also tried to benefit the local community through selling locally made handicrafts as souvenirs and offering the chance for guests to visit the local village to meet with Ishasha’s neighbours.

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