10 hotels in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Best hotel deals for 2023

August 16, 2022 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best hotels in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region including Simba Safari Camp, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp, Engiri Game Lodge and Campsite, Enganzi Game Lodge, Irungu Forest Safari Lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, ParkView Safari Lodge, Marafiki Safari Lodge.
Things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park

1. Simba Safari Camp

Queen Elizabeth National Park 33024 Uganda
Excellent
29%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Simba Safari Camp

Simba Safari Camp is a safari accommodation on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park and only 2 km from the equator. Located on a hill it offers spectacular views of Lake George, the Kazinga Channel and the savannah plains teemed with wildlife. The camp offers 11 spacious rooms with en suite facilities and private verandas, as well as 4 dormitory rooms and a campsite. A restaurant and well-stocked bar are also available.

Speedy safari trip

Reviewed By BlueJay71

I stayed at Simba Safari on a last minute stop with a friend. The accommodation is comfortable and spotlessly clean. The pool is a great bonus too! The staff were very friendly and accommodating and were able to arrange a comprehensive safari trip at short notice. The food is excellent - a very tasty three courses served after a long day on safari. We had a wonderful time! Thanks Simba!

2. Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge

Near Kahendero Fishing Village, Queen Elizabeth National Park 26320 Uganda
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge

Tucked away in Western Uganda on the shores of Lake George inside Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge welcomes you with a stunning view of the Lake and the Rwenzori Mountains. Our Lodge is the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquillity of unspoilt Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge is a unique place where you can be at one with all forms of nature from the balcony of your Cabana. We have seven African styled cottages with en-suite facilities, King and Queen sized beds, Wardrobe, reading table and mosquito nets. Our facilities include Wi-Fi internet, a swimming pool, ample parking space and compound gardens for picnics.

Lovely romantic get away

Reviewed By jkissing2018

We spent two nights at the Ihamba in February 2022. This is a smaller, mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth. We saw Elephants and Hippopotamus from the lodge and our room. The pool was excellently maintained and inviting after long days of travel. The menu is limited but excellent and flexible to guests travel schedules. We have a return visit with the whole family planned for June 2022.

3. Kasenyi Safari Camp

Lake Bunyampaka, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Excellent
89%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 212 reviews

Kasenyi Safari Camp

Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof. There are four tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas & private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during day & at night. Lion prides, hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena & wart hog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling & lions roaring.

Best place to be ❤️

Reviewed By ChristianeF773

When you arrive you meet this very beautiful lady named Ruth who welcomes you and fulfills every wish while you stay in the camp. She is the soul of this lodge. Thank you so much. The owner of the camp- Philip- is not just a lookalike of Morgan Freeman, he is also an expert and friend of hyenas and gave us an unexpected gift and was doing a nightdrive.

4. Engiri Game Lodge and Campsite

Mbarara-Kasese Rd Katuguru Trading Center, Queen Elizabeth National Park 256 Uganda
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Engiri Game Lodge and Campsite

Engiri Game Lodge and Campsite is a budget game lodge at the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, 300m off the Mbarara-Kasese road, on the shores of Kazinga Chanel. Its beautiful environ is embedded with volcanic huts, a campsite and a main building housing the reception, lounge, restaurant and bar. Situated amidst pristine, quiet savanna bushes, this is the perfect budget hotel to stay for a holistic wildlife experience. It is one of the few hotels closest to the famous Kasenyi Plains known for lions and leopard tracking and where most game drives are carried out. And you are closest to the nearest and remarkable Community Boat Tour on Kazinga Channel where you can see over 550 different bird species and watch the largest numbers of Hippos in the world as well as large numbers of Elephant Herds. Activities available include Game Drives, Lion Tracking, Boat Tour on Kazinga Channel, Bird watching, Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambula Gorge or in Kalinzu Forest, among others.

Christmas wild Holidays

Reviewed By Gidudu A

Our Family Christmas Holiday was amazing with an excellent wild experience at Engiri Game Lodge & Campsite. The staff Gift, Linet, Simon, Sharon and Mike gave us a true hospitality service you would like to experience. We had great meals and the chef was quite excellent for the FB option we had. We opted for the Camping tents which were comfortable, neat and of great experience. From the restaurant we could view a heard of Elephants nearby. We had great campfire which was cut short by the rains. Having Wireless internet was quite great however only accessible at the main building and was frequently interrupted. We had sports amenities with us and as such the camping area had great space for mini sports activities like soccer and badminton. The greatest experience was our second night when a heard of elephants visited and was feeding at our camp area, the Night guards Simon and Mike frequently engaged them for close to 3 hours as they came close to our tents. We look forward to yet another camping experience at Engiri Game Lodge & Campsite.

5. Enganzi Game Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Enganzi Game Lodge

Great Views in Queen Elizabeth NP

Reviewed By Sasha H

We stayed at Enganzi Game Lodge for one night while in Uganda on holiday. After a long safari day, it was nice to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Be prepared for a bit of a hike to and from your room. There is quite a bit of stone stairs that will lead you to your room, and they are a tad steep. We thankfully did not have to carry our luggage; the staff was kind enough to take our bags to and from our room. There is no wifi in your room, which is expected, but there is wifi in the dining room/reception area for you to use. Power will also shut off during the night, which is also normal for Uganda, so charge your camera gear and phones earlier in the night so you are prepared for your morning. The food was not bad, and the staff were nice. We had a bit of a bathtub mishap after dark and we could not get it to drain, and it started leaking all over the bathroom. We walked up to the reception area where the night guard was at, and he was able to get another staff member to come and help us. I wouldn’t recommend walking by yourself at night, we should have just left it until the morning. Also be aware that you are in rural area, so there are going to be spiders and other critters. We saw quite a few spiders in our room. We tucked our mosquito net underneath the mattress to prevent them from crawling into bed with us. Thankfully we had a kind lizard friend that was taking care of the problem. We watched him hunt for a while before we went to sleep. Once seeing a spider that is as large as a cell phone, you are a little jumpy so sleep that night was sparse. The room itself was nice, it had a large bed with mosquito net, a full bathroom with a sink, shower, and tub (which was great for washing a few clothes), an area to hang up clothing, a desk, and a sitting area. They have a pool, but we did not swim as we did not have enough time. The views from the property are stunning.

6. Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

Off Main Road Kasese, Mbarara, Queen Elizabeth National Park 256 Uganda
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge is located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, 800m from Kazinga channel. The lodge has 9 well designed cottage that are self contained, well stocked bar and a restaurant. We arrange, game drives, boat ride , chimp trekking and community walks.

Very Friendly Place

Reviewed By Karecarter

We stayed at Irungu Lodge in December and really enjoyed the lodges, people are extremely friendly and Tony the owner is really a nice guy! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful, they were very kind and we liked the family friendly atmosphere. There are black out times for lights from 10:00 P.M.-5:00 A.M. which was fine but just be prepared.

7. Buffalo Safari Lodge

Mbarara-Kasese Road Katunguru, Queen Elizabeth National Park 00256 Uganda
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Buffalo Safari Lodge

Buffalo Lodge is a newly refurbished lodge, transformed from a 4 room budget facility to an exceptional 18-room luxury property. The Lodge is located at Katunguru Bridge in Queen Elizabeth Park, and sits in 25 acres of wilderness overlooking the famous Kazinga Channel.

Family holiday with 2 young kids.

Reviewed By 635gordonh

Me,my wife and 2 young kids visiting the lodge for 6 nights..we found the staff very welcoming and friendly.always willing to help.the lodge was very large and done to a high standard.we really enjoyed the food and our whole experience.Would definitely recommend and return in the future.

8. Simba Safari Camp

Queen Elizabeth National Park 33024 Uganda
Excellent
29%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Simba Safari Camp

Simba Safari Camp is a safari accommodation on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park and only 2 km from the equator. Located on a hill it offers spectacular views of Lake George, the Kazinga Channel and the savannah plains teemed with wildlife. The camp offers 11 spacious rooms with en suite facilities and private verandas, as well as 4 dormitory rooms and a campsite. A restaurant and well-stocked bar are also available.

Speedy safari trip

Reviewed By BlueJay71

I stayed at Simba Safari on a last minute stop with a friend. The accommodation is comfortable and spotlessly clean. The pool is a great bonus too! The staff were very friendly and accommodating and were able to arrange a comprehensive safari trip at short notice. The food is excellent - a very tasty three courses served after a long day on safari. We had a wonderful time! Thanks Simba!

9. ParkView Safari Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park 2168 Uganda
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

ParkView Safari Lodge

We have beautiful and luxurious grass thatched cottage in Western Uganda located in a shrubbery surrounding which offers both environmental conservation and privacy to our guests. We are situated right on the boundary of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with a 3 in 1 epic view of the great Rift Valley escarpment, Rwenzori Mountain Ranges and Kanzinga Channel connecting Lake Edward and Lake George. The architect of the universe has made Parkview Safari Lodge an ideal place where the breeze and the resonance of the wilderness act as a soul therapy giving you the most magical mood and the sense of relaxation you ever wanted. We have a multiplicity of services and amenities at the site such as restaurant and bar that create an inviting atmosphere in which a guest’s every need is met. Quality service and delicious cuisine are offered in our open-air dining room; reading area where you can meet new friends or have a quiet time with a good book is also available, Internet access, Laundry services, On-site wildlife viewing and a lot more! We provide vacation packages and special pricing based on seasonal offerings. Parkview Safari Lodge is surrounded and inspired by nature’s wonders, and you will be too, as our guest. Guests can further enjoy the numerous outdoor activities on offer - hiking, fishing, swimming, game drives, boat cruising, chimp trekking, birding and exploring the beautiful gardens. Get ready for your unique and memorable travel experiences: we shall make it happen!

Serene, good staff, excellent food

Reviewed By susansZ9802YD

We had a very awesome time with friends during our visit to QENP and stayed at Parkview Safari Lodge. The staff were hospitable and kind, the accommodation clean and refreshing. The food, excellent. Our tour guide, Arafat made the whole trip memorable.

10. Marafiki Safari Lodge

Bwera Road, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Marafiki Safari Lodge

Marafiki Safari Lodge is more than a safari lodge, its an experience of wilderness, luxury & comfort in the bush. The main area consists of a dining and lounge area, a breakfast deck, bar, infinity pool and an open fire pit, where you can enjoy the stunning African night skies. Rooms are all spread out in there own secluded settings, with views over the iconic lake George and Kasenyi Savannah Planes, with the perfect positioning for watching the sunrise from your bed. From Marafiki Safari Lodge, you can take game drives in the Savannah, Boat Safaris on the Kazinga Channel, Trek with Chimps in the Kyambura Gorgre, Forest Walks, Lion Tracking and enjoy Sundowners at a private spot looking over Lake Edward. Simply Marafiki Safari Lodge. Simply Africa.

Good but need improvement

Reviewed By HG2M

We spent 3 days there and you will find below our point of view. We believe there are better options in Queen Elisabeth + * Great location within Queen Elisabeth park * Food is good. Everyday new dishes * The area is great with great view * Staff are very helpful and willing to make your stay great - * The view is stunning and you wish to get a nice jump is the pool after your game drive as it is 35 degrees outside ? The pool is not clean at all, you don't even see through. No filtration system, not clean everyday... that is a total No Go for us as we chose the hotel for that * Drinks are way more expensive than in any other hotels we have been staying in Uganda, even in the most expensive or remote ones * Recurring Internet shortage.. * Rooms definitely needs a renovation soon: very old appliances, windows not closing properly..etc

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