Twin Lakes Safari Lodge — The Hidden Gem on the Fringes of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Posted January 9, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Tour & Travel ~ 3,754 views


By Ronnie Mayanja — Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is the most visited of Uganda’s national parks and for good reason. If you plan on taking a safari it is a must see. The 52 crater lakes that surround the area on the fringes of the Western Rift Valley were formed millions of years ago through volcanic activity and are quite picturesque. At the urging of friends David Katureebe in Boston and Bart Kakooza – Media Plus I decided to visit the land of their ancestors.

I was fortunate to experience the hospitality at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge, a stunning location overlooking QENP, with Savannah plains in the distance and the deep gorges that form part of the Western Rift Valley.

I was travelling with my two daughters and we approached the lodge by way of Mbarara and Ishaka before making it to Kichwamba – here the road will test your endurance hence the need for UNRA the road authority to act soon.

Once there we were pleasantly surprised by this perfect gateway, with reception and dining areas tastefully renovated from 1950s colonial buildings. It is wonderful family lodge facility that also caters to honeymooners with all of the coziness and attention to detail that one would hope for with a spacious room, private porch and an ample supply of hot water that is solar heated.

Nicholas Mbampata Musiimenta, the Lodge General Manager, and his staff, gave us a history of this hidden gem and ran through a list of activities for would be guests at the lodge—from sightseeing the twin lakes, trekking chimps, climbing the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains (“Mountains of the Moon”) in Kasese and experiencing community tourism among locals—to embarking game drives in QENP (you won’t want to miss the tree-climbing lions of Ishisha at the end of QENP – Kasenyi will give you the best chance to view these majestic kings and queens of the jungle).

The lodge offers full packages with arrangements for game drives, tour guides and boat rides. The boat ride from Mweya along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake Edward and Lake George offers a superb opportunity to see many of same the animals one can see in QENP, with the advantage that they are just there lining the shore as you ride by. To this regard I commend Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for adding another boat with a bigger seating capacity on the Channel.

One of the ways Twin Lakes Safari Lodge stands out among the 30 or so lodges in the area are the community activities they can arrange, including a demonstration of how local brew is made and visits to local homesteads to observe the making of millet foods. There is also a cultural museum that captures many of the aspects of the people in this region, including the tradition of herbal medicine. As a family-run lodge your will be sure to get a taste of Bunyaruguru.

Much more could be done to market tourism to the crater lakes (especially the fishing and zip-line tourism for the adrenaline junkies), some of which are twin lakes on elevated surfaces that don’t feed into each other. Another attraction in the area is the Maramagambo Forest, which is part of QENP on the Bushenyi side, rich in bio-diversity with many types of trees, rare birds and different monkeys. It is also home to the Kamunjuku transparent fresh water lake deep in the forest.

Uganda is truly gifted by nature and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) will need to focus on promoting these natural tourist attractions to compliment the tree-climbing lions and the mountain gorillas that have now become signature attractions. And so the next time you have a chance to travel to QENP and Bunyaruguru crater lakes region be sure to make a stop at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge in Kichwamba — it is definitely a budget friendly two-thumbs up experience!

For more information you can also visit their website —

Phone — Front Desk: +256-754-678-808
Manager: +256-702-892866
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