Katara Lodge is located on the Kichwamba escarpment, that was formed as a result of volcanic activity. The area boasts of 72 explosion craters, and several undulating hills and valleys, that together provide very beautiful scenery. The Lodge is a short (15km) drive from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the edge of the hills overlooking the open savannah.
Each spacious cottage was hand crafted using locally available materials and carved into the hillside by the Katara village community. The cottages combine wooden floors, grass thatched roofs and canvas that can be folded away for uninterrupted views of the park stretching out below. The bathrooms are luxuriously fitted – the romantic roll top bath, or the invigorating rain shower, provide a perfect way to unwind after a thrilling day on safari. The water is heated using solar thermal energy. You may choose to start the evening with a sundowner on the private veranda perched on stilts. The more adventurous can spend the night under the African sky on a four poster star bed. On a lucky day, you might be woken up by the trumpeting sound of the elephants in the savannah below.
The main bar and dining area is a large thatched structure, completely open to the western side providing a beautiful view of the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with the Rwenzori Mountains a stunning backdrop on a clear day.
While you are staying at Katara Lodge, there are a number of activities which you can undertake: •Game drives through the Queen Elizabeth National Park •Launch cruise on the Kazinga channel •Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge or forest walks in Kalinzu Forest Reserve •Guided nature walks in the Maramagambo Forest •Interpretive village walks