What makes Katara special?
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most biodiverse national park. With this comes a heavy footfall and a lot of competing lodges. The Rift Valley Escarpment extends to the south-east of the park. There, on a ridge rising dramatically above the plains, 16 kilometres from the Katunguru Gate of the park, you will find a number of other small lodges all situated to take advantage of the views and the wonderful sunsets. Katara Lodge is our favourite here.
The lodge feels borne from the wilderness it sits in, with bamboo architecture and wooden beams holding up the thatched roofs under which you can gaze endlessly at the sweeping savannah in front of you. There are certainly more luxurious options available in Queens, but Katara is the perfect mid-range option that will ensure a comfortable stay whilst keeping a lid on costs.
Plus, the sunset view from the pool is incredible.
Rooms & Amenities
Katara lodge has 8 thatched bungalows spread over the hilltop. Some of the lodges are a small distance from the main compound. Each cottage has an ensuite bathroom (with bath and shower), double or twin beds, and a lounge area looking onto the plains beyond.
Katara is a true eco-lodge, the lighting and electrics are all solar-powered, there is a rainwater harvesting system, and the water is heated by solar power as well.
The main compound has a great bar and dining area, food is delicious and staff always wear a smile.
With the wildlife of Queens drawing travellers out of the lodge and into the park, we often hear from travellers that they wish they added an extra day at leisure at Katara to simply relax and enjoy the views.
Activities at Katara
The wealth of flora and fauna in Queens makes it one of the top safari destinations in the country. Pairing a safari experience here with a gorilla trek in Bwindi or chimp trek in Kibale makes for an extraordinary wildlife experience.
All visits to Queens will include a game drive on the Kasenyi plains and boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. If you're spending more than 2 nights here, you can visit the chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, take a game drive in the Ishasha sector of the park in search for tree-climbing lions, and visit the crater lakes or the salt pans at Katwe.
Please note that we do not handle lodge only requests. If you are planning a wider adventure in Uganda and want expert support, we are here to help and would love to hear from you.
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