Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Kyambura Lodge sits adjacent to Kyambura Gorge on the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. In a previous era, this site on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley housed a coffee cooperative surrounded by plantations and subsistence farms. Today, Kyambura Lodge is one of the area’s premier safari bases. Seven cottages built of natural materials are tucked discreetly into a mountainside, blending with the wild environs. Each offers exceptional privacy and a slate of comforts, with large, log-pole beds, en suite bush 'showers with a view,' hot and cold running water, 220v electricity and a private wooden balcony with panoramic vistas across the park’s vast expanse and Rwenzori Mountains beyond. Drawing inspiration from the innovative approaches to life in 'everyday' Africa, Kyambura Lodge celebrates the vibrancy and resourcefulness of 'up-cycled' design (the re-use of found/discarded objects in a way not originally intended) incorporated by local craftsmen. A swimming pool sits next to the communal campfire where traditional dances are often performed by the local Banyaruguru troupe. The restaurant and lounge open onto a sundowner deck overlooking the park, for mellow relaxation after the day’s activities. The friendly, professionally trained kitchen staff serves multi-course meals featuring international and local cuisine. Organic vegetables from the lodge garden are a highlight.