Budget Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Budget accommodation in Queen Elizabeth national park is readily available for tourists visiting Uganda. Seeking budget accommodation/lodges is the smart option for visitors on a fixed travel budget. Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in Uganda covering 1,978 square kilometers. It is the second most visited savannah national park in the country after Murchison falls National Park in northwestern Uganda. The national park is home to more than 95 species of mammals and over 645 bird species making it one of the best parks to have the ultimate safari experience in Uganda.
Budget Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Kazinga Channel View Resort
Kazinga Channel view resort in Queen Elizabeth national park is situated in Katunguru one kilometer off Kasese-Mbarara road along the Kazinga Channel. The resort offers visitors accommodation in form of Bandas which are established privately, single and double roomed cottages which are self-contained with double, twin beds distributed in a blockhouse and camping sites where visitors can carry their own camping equipment’s. The resort’s strategic location offers guests great scenic views of the Kazinga Channel and wildlife in the park such as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, giant forest hogs, warthogs and some bird species.
Kazinga Channel view resort has a restaurant which serves local, continental and international cuisines, a well-stocked bar and children’s playground. The resort has free wifi and laundry services for its guests.
Tembo Safari Lodge
Tembo safari lodge is located within the national park just overlooking the Kazinga Channel. The lodge offers scenic views of the Kazinga channel and provides the best accommodation facilities at an affordable price for the budget travellers. Accommodation options at the lodge consist of;
Basic double or twin room, the rooms are comprised of sleeping linens, private bathroom, shower, towel toiletries and daily housekeeping.
Cottages, Tembo safari lodge offers cottages with bedrooms comprised of 2 twin beds, private bathroom and shower.
Mweya Hostels and Cottages
The Mweya hostels and cottages in Queen Elizabeth national park are budget accommodations located near Mweya safari lodge which is a luxury lodge in the park. The hostels and cottages are managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority which is a government organization responsible for the management of Uganda’s national parks. Mweya hostel and cottages offers accommodation facilities like single and double self-contained rooms and self-contained guest houses which cater for 4 to 6 people and others facilities like; a restaurant, bar, canteen and lounge area with free Wi-Fi connection.
Engiri Game Lodge
Engiri game lodge is also located in Katunguru near the shores of Kazinga Channel. The lodge offers accommodations like tents where each tent is comprised of two beds for two adults, has available camping tents for hire and camping sites for visitors who want to camp with their own tents. Engiri game lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park offers guests great views of wildlife in the park such as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, warthogs and bird species which will be seen on you room verandah. The lodge also offers favorable environment for relaxation after a game drive or boat cruise at Kazinga channel.
Accommodation at the lodge is composed of;
Basic tents, the basic tents have no beds and provide the mattresses to the visitors. The tents are established overlooking the gardens, contain showers and allow only two people or adults and a maximum of one child.
Basic cottages, the basic cottages are comprised of bedrooms with two double or twin beds with 4 bathrooms and separate showers.
Family cottages, these cottages are comprised of the bedroom with one king bed and two twin beds, sitting room, kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, 3 bathrooms, shower and a desk. It allows a maximum of 4 adults and 3 children.
Pumba Safari Cottages
Pumba safari lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park is located in Kyambura Gorge in the eastern part of the park. The lodge has privately established, self-contained and grass thatched cottages where each cottage is comprised of two beds. Visitors staying at the lodge have great views of the national park, along with wildlife and some bird species in the park. The lodge also offers other services and facilities to the visitors including; restaurant, well stocked bar, free WI-FI, gardens for relaxation, free breakfast, a coffee shop and laundry services among others.
Simba Safari Camp
Simba safari camp is a budget accommodation facility located in Queen Elizabeth national park; on a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo in the national park. The camp is situated about two kilometers from the equator and is close to Mweya peninsular and Kasenyi plains which give you easy accessibility for the game drives. Samba safari camp offers great views of the park, Kazinga Channel, Lake George, wildlife, bird species and the crater lakes.
En-suite rooms, Simba safari camp has triple, double/twin rooms which are comfortable and spacious comprised of two single beds and double bed, veranda for relaxation, running water and flashing toilets.
Dormitory room, Simba safari camp offers dormitory rooms with 3, 5 and 10 double deckers with bathrooms and common showers which have hot and cold water for the dormitory rooms.
Family cottages, Simba safari camp offers family cottages which consists of two bed rooms, one king size bed, one twin bed, shared bathroom, living room with one extra bed, veranda for relaxation and the family cottage accommodates a maximum number of 5 people.
Campsite, Simba safari camp offers a private camp site for backpackers where visitors can bring their own camp equipment’s.
Topi lodge is located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park; within the Ishasha sector. Ishasha sector is known as the only destination in Uganda where you will be able to see the famous tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth national park. Topi lodge offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes and the national park. Topi lodge offers comfortable double/twin rooms with private bathrooms.
At the River Ishasha Lodge
The river Ishasha lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park is a budget accommodation for budget travellers. It is located on the banks of river Ntungwe a short drive to Ishasha sector gate. The river Ishasha lodge offers great views of some wildlife like elephants, birds and offers comfortable en-suite cottages comprised of private bathrooms, camping sites for those interested in camping. At the river Ishasha lodge offers other facilities like; a restaurant and fully stocked bar, Lounge area which offers views of the river, swing seats for relaxation, a swimming pool and beach area where guests can relax and unwind with a chilled sundowner.
Conclusion: Budget accommodation in Queen Elizabeth national park is available for visitors although visitors are urged to make your bookings in advance due to high demand especially during the peak season in the park which is between June to August.