Safaris in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
The Queen Elizabeth national Park spreads over an area of 1978 square km in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo and Uganda kob. Birds present are all typical of riverine and savannah habitats.
The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the place to search for the tree climbing lions often to be seen in the vicinity of the camp which is situated just off the Northern circuit game viewing track. The lions also favour the large fig trees on the Southern circuit game viewing track and this offers alternative game viewing routes.
On early morning and late afternoon game drives, either in your safari vehicle, or for fly-in guests – in our dedicated camp open safari vehicle, you may explore the area’s game routes in search of the different species. The area is still pristine and untouched with only a handful of game vehicles found around the area at any time. Being the only camp within the park, it offers flexibility of timings for drives allowing guests to maximise their game sightings in this area.
“Sundowners” and “Bush Breakfasts”
Sundowners can be arranged for the late afternoon at a suitable viewing point either along the ridge area or besides the Ntungwe River to allow guests to savour the vast vistas and atmosphere of this beautiful area of the park.
Bush breakfasts are also available to camp guests when pre-arranged and weather allows. Your own personal chef and dining set-up in the wilderness can be combined with an early-morning safari drive.
Community Tours & Visits
Deo’s Model Homestead Tour: Deo and his family live on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park near the Ishasha Sector. He is not only a craftsman, a herbalist and a subsistence organic farmer, but he is also the Chairman of the local community group. He would like to share with you the challenges he faces living on the edge of the Park and the solutions he is trying, especially with respect to the wild animals coming to devour his crops.
You are invited to see inside his grass-thatched guarding hut whilst he describes the methods used to deter bushpigs, baboons and elephants. Deo demonstrates how to maintain the elephant trench and encourages you to walk the length of his land inside it. He shares with you some of the organic farming methods he uses to help maximise his yields. As Deo has been trained in Medicinal Plant Use you will be shown some key plants, and he will encourage you to sample a few of the healing products.
Agartha’s Taste of Uganda Tour: Agartha is a strong member of the local community group and tirelessly works to improve not only her family’s well-being but also her neighbours’.
Agartha takes great pride in sharing with you how the women of her tribe, the Bakiga, prepare their favourite food. Not only do you hear how the ingredients are grown and harvested but you can witness how to shift, grind, cook, and most importantly, keep the much-loved food warm for their husbands.
During the tour Agartha weaves in stories of what it’s like to be a Bakiga wife whilst encouraging you to taste what you may have helped prepare together. She then sends you off on your journey with a packed traditional snack.
Hot Air Ballooning
The hot air ballooning operator based in the Northern Sector of the park can on special request operate an early morning flight over Ishasha.
An early start is rewarded with stunning vistas of the park and surrounding Rwenzori Mountains from the silence of the balloon. There is a good chance to spot predators on the hunt in these early morning hours.
A welcoming “bush breakfast” is provided for clients upon landing.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge
Located just outside the North-Eastern boundary of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the picturesque Kyambura Gorge is home to a small community of habituated chimpanzees.
Guests can trek the chimpanzees in the company of a Wildlife Authority ranger. Please note that a trekking permit is required and must be purchased in advance of your visit. Our Reservations Team can assist you with this.
Cruise the Kazinga Channel
Queen Elizabeth’s Northern Sector, “Mweya” can be visited before/after Ishasha or even incorporated into a full-day excursion from Ishasha Wilderness Camp.
The Kazinga Chanel, bisecting this part of the park offers a tranquil river cruise, with excellent chances of spotting elephants on the river-bank, hippos in the water and a plethora of water-birds.
Boat cruises depart at scheduled times through-out the day, private trips are also possible.
Birding and Wildlife Walks
You may also explore the camp area on foot and do some bird-watching with “Nerina Trojon” and “Black Bee Eaters” being two of the rarer bird species sighted at the camp.
Guided walks with National Park staff can be arranged along the Ishasha river area for close up viewing of hippos and offer a unique bush experience.