Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Katara Lodge Queen Elizabeth National Park Reviews
Katara Lodge Sep 29, 2014
Katara Lodge is south of the Kyambura channel, near Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is outside the park boundary so you don’t have to pay park fees to stay there unless you plan to enter the park. It has one of the best views I’ve ever seen from its open fronted bar and small infinity pool.
The lodge occupies a stunning location on the wall of the escarpment that marks the boundary of the Albertine Rift Valley. The view must carry on for close to 50 miles; you can certainly see both lake George and Lake Edward. It aims to be an eco lodge, with rain harvested water, a salt pool (apparently greener than a chlorinated one, which I can totally believe), and low waste electricity. It also has some wildlife of its own - obviously no big game, but several colonies of Black Capped Weaver birds, other birds I am not so good at identifying, bats at night, lots of small lizards, including the genuinely spectacular agama lizard with its bright blue and orange colouring, and a clear view of any eagles that might be circling the plains.
The food is excellent, and room rates are full board which means you get sent off with a packed lunch if you’re going out for a game drive. There’s nice wine too, although in Uganda I tend to drink beer. For all the environmentalism, they have good fridges for the drinks!
The pool is gorgeous; it’s built as an infinity pool high up in the grounds, with the full panorama of the plains in front of you. It can be a little cold, as the ridge is a rain shadow for the plains and clouds are more common up here, but then a little cold is often a good thing in an outdoor pool in this heat. If that’s too cold, the bathrooms in the cottages have roll top baths with net walls in the bathrooms - no one can see in, but you can see the whole view from the bath (presumably baths are OK in an eco lodge because of the whole rain harvesting thing? - anyway, the water is solar heated). The rooms are huge, each in their own little cottage with a double bed, a bed-on-wheels for sleeping on the verandah in the dry season, proper mosquito netting, and a large open sitting area.
Everything is finished to a very high quality, and the staff are very helpful. Nicholas, the manager, is very knowledgable about the park and can sort you out with a guide for the park if you need one. Wifi is available. The only slight downside is that you are quite a long way out of the park - maybe about an hour in the rainy season because the roads are so bad, but less in the dry season.
Part of the Uganda 2014 travel blog
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