Elephant Plains Lodge; Elephant plains is a classic luxury lodge that lies on the most spectacular view point in the whole of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is located 941 meters above sea level, high upon the western escarpment of the Albertine rift in the north east of the park. More so, the lodge offers gainful views stretching for miles over the huge open grassland to Lake George.
This lodge was set in 80 acres of pristine wilderness, just a few drive to the park gate and closer to the equator. Elephant Plains is also nestled next to stunning Lake Kikorongo where the open plains merge into the crystal waters and see large numbers of Elephants coming to drink from the water, thus deriving the lodge’s name.
During your comfortable stay at the lodge, you can have a short drive to the Kasenyi plains offers open savannah filled with the range of wild animals. The Kasenyi plains offers remarkable game viewing, variety of grassland birds, and its main breeding ground for the Ugandan Kob which are prey to lions and other big cats to the area. The open plains and large number of wildlife species , are extremely rewarding in photographic safaris.
The lodge consists of 10 beautiful rooms with en-suite facilities and private verandas, décor with perfect amenities such as; swimming pool, spacious restaurant that served mouth running meals, welcoming staff, free Wi-Fi, free parking and concierges many more.
Things to do and see while at Elephant Plains Lodge;
Game drives in the Kasenyi Plains;
The park has got different tracking trails for game drive that is Kasenyi plains which is in the northern sector of the park, however, this is an open savannah area where you expect to see hundreds of Uganda Kobs. The Uganda Kobs is one of the elegant antelope similar to the impala which lives in harems of twenty females which is lead by one dominant male. And it is not exceptional to watch a hungry lion in this area, waiting for the prey to pounce on their head. What to see includes; big herds of buffaloes, giant forest hog, warthogs, monitor lizards and during a game drive expect to discover more mammals in Kasenyi.
Wildlife viewing at Mweya Peninsula;
The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to start your gorgeous hike to Nyamunuka Crater Lake your game drive from. The forested area offers a great number of game tracks and at the same time it hides many narrow natural trails which were created by the inhabitants.
Well, game drive adventure carried out in this area will offer you a fair chance of finding the elusive leopards and viewing of herds of elephants as well as waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas and the giant forest hog are regularly seen around the Mweya peninsula. Amazingly , the lodge is closely to the shore of the Kazinga Channel and never get surprised you encountering a hippo grazing peacefully between the bushes ,in the early morning or evening . During morning hours, you will waken up by these early bird species, listening to their sweet melodies, such species include; the Black bee-eater, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl and Malachite Kingfisher inhabits.
Boat Safari on the Kazinga Channel
This is one of the most done activities along the impressive channel which links between Lake Edward and Lake George and it is home to the world’s largest concentration of Hippos. During boat cruise trip expect to have great opportunity to view hundreds of hippos laying lazy in the water. Crocodiles can be seen at the shores and also buffaloes as well as waterbucks which come to the water to cool offer. More so, the Kazinga Channel is a haven for birders with around 100 water bird species and some of birds to spot include; Pelicans, Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Cormorants and the bright colored saddle-billed stork among others.
Exploration of the crater Lakes;
If you have enough time stay at the lodge, never miss out to visit this thrilling crater area found in the northwest region of the park. Get to explore a series of dramatic craters and dry calderas in the hilly landscape, offering impressive views of the park and its surroundings. The birdlife encounter is spectacular, with great chance to view large flocks of flamingos but also buffaloes and others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve;
This is an interesting activity that starts early in the morning which a briefing and after a ranger guide will lead you through forest trails to look for them. As you searching for them, you will have other chances of catching a glimpse of the beautiful birds while you walk through a blanked forest canopy raising high above the sea level. Once you allocate them an hour will be given to you, spend with them as you learn their behavior, feeding as well as enjoying photo shoot.