The Elephant Home: No. 1 affordable community lodge

Perfect accommodation for guests who want a lodge located next to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where they can explore the wildlife and the local cultures on their trips. The elephant Home is easy to access with either private or public transport means, offers affordable prices, spacious guestrooms, delicious meals, and very hospitable staff.

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Why stay at the elephant home?

The promise to all people who stay at the elephant home is; delicious meals, hospitable staff, easy access to the park gate where the game drive for every trip starts. We have a long list of community and wildlife activities that guests can participate in. Our staff and guides will organize all the activities and provide information on how best to explore the area.

Amenities you will find at the lodge:

We have spacious, clean guestrooms with private toilets and showers. The bed setup is double, twin, or triple. The beds are furnished with bedding and have mosquito nets. Each of the rooms has seating furniture and a private balcony overlooking the natural bushes, offering a connection to nature. The lodge has free WiFi in the restaurant, uses solar, and has electric outlets for charging in the rooms.

What you can do here?

Our guides organize wildlife safaris, Kazinga channel boat cruise, and other short community trips. These trips enable visitors to equally explore the wildlife and the culture at the most affordable price. We have more than seven community excursions around the village. They include; Savanah and hill-climbing day trips. We also have an on-site crafts shop. At the shop, guests can choose to participate in a crafts-making workshop with the village women.

Our guest reviews

Great basic accommodation to share benefits with the community Host Jason was superb and a great cook too. Facilities are certainly simple here but when you see the effort many people go through so that you can have a hot shower -you are both humbled and inspired. Jason and the staff were really helpful at setting us up with other community benefitting activities.  The one we chose was particularly fascinating – a tour of the salt-producing lake at Katwe. It’s a very hard life for the people there. So for a clean basic and community benefitting base for the Park, you aren’t going to beat The Elephant Home.– Iain P

An amazing place! “It’s an amazing place and I advise everyone to stay there! First of all, I would like to mention a wonderful staff! Very helpful and super kind! All our activities were great! Super strongly recommend taking a community boat! You will see SOOO many elephants and hippos! Our lunches, breakfasts, and dinners were super delicious! Please try Matoka! You should understand that this is a community hotel, so all your money goes to villages, to families directly – it’s an amazing way to help African people!” – Artcage – Russia

Very happy to stay here “We were very happy to stay here. It is run by the local community and is only 1km from the entrance gate to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The food was absolutely delicious. We had lunch once we checked in and then a delicious 3-course meal for dinner. The staff was extremely polite and helpful. The accommodation was perfect. Just what we needed. The manager was also very helpful in advising us about boat trips and tour guides for the game drive e.t.c. in the park. Highly recommended. Much better value than the places inside the park and really ideal for our trip!” – Aoife – Ireland 

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What to expect in the direct vicinity.

During the days, meet the people, explore the wildlife on the famous Kasenyi tracks and the Kizinga channel as you look for the cats, hippos, buffalos, elephants, and many others. Birders will find a long list of birds to see, all day and all year round. Visit the Katwe salt pans to see how the locals mine salt most anciently with their hands, (to earn their daily living) to put food on their table. On our BodaBoda safari, you will view both the people’s cultures and wildlife being shown to you by the experienced local community guide.

If you’re looking for a longer day trekking, you will find the Village Hill trek appropriate. Enjoy the open views of the Queen Elizabeth savannah as our guide will take you on the several hours’ trek through via the rustic villages to the mountain lake.

Village experience-tour

Kikorongo village tour experience

Community Hill trek

Hill Trekking

Bodaboda safari

Bodaboda safari

Crafts Workshop

Basket weaving workshop

Katwe traditional Salk Mining

Salt mining experiend

Community boat cruise

Kazinga channel boat cruise