Nearby National Parks

Akagera NP

Akagera NP (Rwanda)

The lake environment of Akagera National Park in northeastern Rwanda is magnificent and its campsites with electric fences are unique in central Africa.

The park’s specials in terms of fauna are the zebra, the giraffe and the rare roan antelope. Lions were introduced in 2015 and had their first offspring in 2016 while black rhinos returned in 2017 restoring the Akagera’s “Big Five” status. There are also elephants, leopards, hippos, buffalos, eleven species of antelope and almost 500 different bird species. Akagera’s wildlife is on the rise under the management of an international non-profit conservation organisation, African Parks, who are responsible for the total management of Akagera.

The park’s former reputation for “vegetarian safaris” is a matter of the past and it can surprise you in a most positive way. Along with the park’s successful conservation story, the diversity in wildlife and environments – a string of lakes to the east and rolling grassland hills to the west – make Akagera well worth visiting.


Ruzizi Tented Lodge & Karenge Bush Camp

Two bases from which to discover the incredible wildlife, spectacular scenery and conservation success story of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. Ruzizi sits on the shores of Lake Ihema, this riverine forest setting in the south offers excellent birding and access to a range of activities. Karenge sits high above the Kilala plains, stylized after a traditional mobile camp, its location is ideal for access to the park’s wildlife-rich remote north. Rates start from $150 pppn sharing, full board.
+250 787 113 300

Queen Elizabeth NP

Queen Elizabeth NP (Uganda)

This park is a wonderful addition to a Gorilla Highlands holiday, popular due to abundant wildlife thriving in its diverse ecosystem of sprawling savanna, humid forests and sparkling lakes. Rare tree-climbing lions live in the Ishasha sector, the part closest to our region, and there are many other species: antelopes, buffalos, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, leopards, primates and more.

Some of the attractions:

• Kazinga Channel launch trip with plentiful birds and other animals visible from the boat
• chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
• equator circles at the northern tip of the park


@The River Ishasha Lodge

This rustic yet tranquil lodge spanning over 50 acres of land is right on the Ntungwe River and 10 min drive away from the park. The amazingly spacious tree house — big enough for 4 adults and 4 kids — goes for USD 300 FB, 4 gorgeous en-suite rooms are the perfect size for couples (USD 150 FB per room), there are 2 large en-suite family rooms (200 FB) while lazy camping rooms (USD 50 FB pppn) are ideal for taking in the view and a good night’s sleep. We’ve been open for 7 years and already won 4 TripAdvisor certificates of Excellence.
+256 772 722 688

Bush Lodge

An excellent base for your safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park, built along ecological principles. Its bandas are designed and spaced to maximise privacy and enhance the wildlife aspect of the lodge. Bordering the Kazinga channel in the northern part of the park, the lodge has animals literally roam over the camp and its surroundings, and the sounds of hippos and hyenas complement your star lit dinners. Finally, the Bush Lodge offers a safari experience that is affordable, with excellent food and friendly service. Rates range from USD 35 to USD 140 B&B.
+256 312 294 894

Enjojo Lodge

Set amongst a lovely acacia forest in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, just a five minute drive from the park gate, our lodge impresses.
We can arrange for you game drives, walking safaris, and bicycle rentals
to a nearby local community. Gorgeous accommodation to serve all budgets, from own tent camping USD 10 pp to FB thatched cottages USD 140 pp.
+256 772 067 070, +256 758 880 521

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Situated besides the Ntungwe river within the Ishasha sector this eco friendly wilderness camp offers the ideal combi- nation of luxury in a bush environment. Renowned for its excellent game viewing opportunities including the lions in the trees, elephants, buffalos, leopards, hyenas and many antelope varieties, there is much to offer at this location for bird enthusiasts too. Ten spacious en suite framed, canvas safari styled rooms under the shady riverine trees overlook the river where animals can often be seen enjoying the cooling water. Rates dependent upon season and resident status – doubles/twins from USD 170-360, singles from USD 200-470
on FB basis with house drinks included. Meals are top quality and special arrangements for intimate dinners, bush breakfasts and sundowners can be made. Unlimited hot beverages are available all day on a self-serve basis and are delivered to your room with early morning wake up calls upon request. An open fire area is provided in the evenings where guests can relax and enjoy the “safari” environment.
+256 772 721 155, + 256 414 321 479 60

Katara Lodge

A perfect base to explore Queen Elizabeth NP. Perched on the Kichwamba escarp- ment, it offers uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward, and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountains. Discover serenity at this luxury eco-lodge that has 8 hand-crafted cottages and offers you a perfect way to unwind after a thrilling day on safari!
Prices from USD 200 per person per night sharing a double/twin cottage. Discounts for EAC Residents.
+256 773 011 648

Nyungwe NP

Nyungwe NP (Rwanda)

chimp tracking in Nyungwe NP; photo by Marcus Westberg

Chimp tracking (the chimpanzee population is over 500) and the 160m/525ft canopy walk are the two activities people most associate with Nyungwe, and birders count it as Rwanda’s top destination.

But there’s more:

• black and white colobus monkey tracking
• Kamiranzovu Marsh Trail: a lovely waterfall plus huge diversity of fauna and flora around Nyungwe’s biggest swamp
• Congo-Nile Divide Trail: wilderness adventure of 3-5 days (not the same as the Congo Nile Trail from p6)


Cafe Resto Bar Keza

Located in the centre of the village of Gisakura near Nyungwe Forest, this is where local people and budget travellers like to meet for drinks and meals. Rooms (USD 23) come with hot water.
+250 783 396 666

Gisakura Guest House

On the western edge of Nyungwe, Gisakura Guest House offers pleasant rooms for USD 30-45. We offer a variety of hot meals, snacks, sandwiches, coffee and desserts; many of those options also vegetarian or gluten free.
+250 788 675 051, +250 788 530 716

Kahuzi-Biega NP

Kahuzi-Biega NP (Congo)

Kahuzi-Biega Grauer’s gorilla tracking; photo by Marcus Westberg

Named after two dormant volcanoes, this park near Bukavu (p27) is known worldwide for Grauer’s or eastern lowland gorillas. Three habituated groups reside in the highland sector of the park that also protects over 1,100 plant species and 350 species of birds.

Other activities:

• trekking Mt Kahuzi (3,300 m/ 10,827ft)
• hiking to Tshibati Falls near Lwiro (p41)
• several nature trails

Lake Mburo NP

Lake Mburo NP (Uganda)

hippo in Lake Mburo; photo by Alice Bartz

Lake Mburo is the only savannah national park around the Gorilla Highlands region where you can take part in a walking safari. Zebras and giraffes are its top attraction and there is horse riding available on the park’s edge.


Eagle’s Nest Camp

Built on a high hill, bordering Lake Mburo National Park, Eagle’s Nest offers accom- modation with a view. Almost the whole park is visible from this tented camp. Prices from USD 55 to USD 80 B&B
+256 392 177 992, +256 777 820 071