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Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari

Queen Elizabeth National Park is undeniably Uganda’s most visited park.

3 Day Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park which was named in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to it spans over 764 square miles, covering the districts of Rukungiri, Rubirizi, Kasese and Kamwenge. The park is famous for its wildlife which includes a population of over 95 mammal species among which is; the cape buffalo, hippos, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees. The park is also renowned for its tree climbing lions found in an area called Ishasha in Rukungiri district.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of birds and various birding spots among which is; the Mweya Peninsula, Ishasha sector, Marabigambo forest, Kasenyi area, Lake Kikorongo, and Katunguru bridge area.
The park is also known for its volcanic features among which are deep craters and volcanic cones, the park offers bountiful attractions for an eventful safari tour.

Trip Highlights

  • A brief stop at the equator.
  • Game drives; channel drive circuit and Kasenyi plains drive
  • A visit to Ishasha in Rukungiri to see the tree climbing lions
  • A boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Visit to Katwe crater lakes
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge
  • A tour to Maramagambo forest

Itinerary

Day 1 – leave Kampala for Queen Elizabeth

After an early morning breakfast, our driver-guide will pick you from your hotel/convenient location in Kampala. After a briefing on how your trip will run, you will set off for Queen Elizabeth National Park in one of our excellent 4x4 wheel drive safari vehicles. While driving, you will specifically make a stop at the equator in Kayabwe on Masaka road for you to take photographs, get refreshments, pay a brief visit to the crafts shops in the area and have a chance to do an experiment which proves that the imaginary line (equator) diving the world into two halves is in that place.

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Upon arriving at Queen Elizabeth, you will check in at your choice accommodation and retire to an early dinner or you can choose to have a nature walk or an evening game drive in company of an informed and experienced guide before retiring for the night at your lodge.

Day 2 – Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park

The second day of your safari will see you waking up to a beautiful African sunrise and a tasty breakfast. You will then depart for the park headquarters where you will have a briefing and then set out for a morning game drive to explore the wildlife in the royal Queen Elizabeth. The game drives are divided into two; the channel drive circuit and the Kasenyi plains drive.

While embarking on the channel drive circuit, you will follow the shore of the Northern Kazinga channel where you will spot large mammals such as elephants, waterbucks, hippos, warthogs, the giant forest hog and lions. The Kasenyi plain drive takes the route towards Lake George in the typical African savannahs. The rolling plains favour a large game population and it’s the most reliable place to see lions, among other predator species. The section is also a habitat for grassland birds including the red-throated spurfowl, yellow-throated longclaw and the grey-crowned crane.

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In the afternoon after your lunch, you will set out for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel, a 40km water channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George where you will be able to spot a large number hippos and Nile crocodiles plus a number of water birds as well as mammals to be spotted in the areas nearing the shores. The magnificent African sunset will see you retiring to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Head back to Kampala - end of your tour

You will have an early morning breakfast and set out for your final excursions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You set out on a Trip to the Katwe crater lakes; a cluster of ten crater lakes formed from extinct volcanoes. The lakes offer a beautiful scenery and breathtakingly soothing views across the park and the neighbouring Congo Mountains. You also visit the salt plains and nearby fishing villages.

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You will then set out to Kyambura gorge located on the eastern side for a chimpanzee trekking excursion. The chimpanzee trails are well maintained which makes it easy to find the habituated chimpanzee families. After an encounter with the prized creatures you can set out to for a brief visit to Maramagambo forest which is one of the largest forests in Uganda. With the aid of a ranger, you can take a look at the famous bat caves where thousands fruit bats roost every day.

In the waning afternoon, you will set out on journey back to Kampala – Uganda’s capital. The ATP-Tours driver-guide will drop at your hotel/convenient location or drop you at Entebbe airport to catch your flight. This mark the end of your memorable trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation

  • Mweya Safari Lodge – Luxury/upmarket
  • Ishasha wilderness camp – Luxury/upmarket
  • Ihamba lakeside safari lodge – midrange/standard
  • Simba Safari Camp – midrange/standard
  • Tembo safari lodge – budget/downmarket
  • Dave the cave eco lodge and campsite – budget/downmarket

Tour package (what’s included)

  • 4x4 wheel drive safari vehicle
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Meals; lunch & dinner (day 1), breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 2), breakfast & lunch (day 3)
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the trip
  • Gorilla trekking permit – 1 per person.
  • Park ranger fees
  • Relevant government taxes
  • Accomodation – full board for your safari days

Exclusions

  • Visa and airfares
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Tips to porters
  • Telephone calls
  • All expenses of a personal nature