A self-catering holiday home perched on top of the escarpment overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Observatory is a good alternative to the traditional lodges especially for those seeking privacy, family time, a group of friends or even a restful getaway.
Only a six-hour journey from Kampala to Rubirizi district, the cottage overlooks Queen Elizabeth national park. This means you are likely to see herds of elephants and other wild life in the valley below. The view here is spine-tingling! On a good day, there are views of Mountain Rwenzori, Lake Nyamusingire, Lake George, Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel. You are in awe from the moment you arrive to your departure.
The rooms are cozy and the house is clean. The caretakers Prisca and Grace are attentive and instinctive to your accommodation needs. The exterior and interior of the house is made out of wood; a unique and eco-friendly concept – it is also powered by solar. All this makes the house blend in with its environment.
The observatory comfortably accommodates 8 people with one double room, one twin room and two rooms with double deckers. Extra blankets are available. For your comfort, a chef is available on request. You will need to carry your own food and drinks; although basics like Sugar, Salt, Cooking Oil are available. The chef is well versed in what he does. For our stay we had two barbecues and several other meals. The food was delicious and left us wanting more. He is mindful of requests and preferences and offers good meal suggestions.
The house is well equipped and you can tell a lot of thought went into pulling all this together. The amenities include a jacuzzi, a fridge, kitchen, mini-library (books and videos), board games, a telescope, rain boots in various sizes, a T.V. speaker systems and a lot more to make your stay comfortable. When we visited, the swimming pool had just been completed. A fitting addition to this already awesome place. The view from the pool is surreal. They also offer massages which come in handy after a day spent hiking.
The next day, we went for an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park where we saw a variety of animals; herds of elephants, lions, Impala, Antelopes and many more. In the afternoon we proceeded for a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel and we were able to see more animals along the banks of the channel. Kazinga channel is a waterway that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. The sightings here include; schools of hippos, elephants, crocodiles and a variety of bird species. Other activities offered here include; Hiking around the rift valley and Crater lake region, Nature walks, a visit to the Salt mining area and chimpanzee tracking in Kibaale National park.
We retired to our cabin that afternoon. Just in time for the sunset. And boy oh boy, it was magnificent. The lighting made for some great picturesque moments. We spent our evenings playing board games and storytelling.
There are a few places in Uganda where I’ve been completely blown away. This is one of those gems. The perfect home away from home that made for a perfect birthday weekend.