5-days Queen Elizabeth National Park Tour

March 15, 2024
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This thrilling safari takes you on an unforgettable journey through Uganda’s diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Queen Elizabeth National Park, nestled in the western part of the country, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers and the second largest Natrional Park in Uganda. The park is part of the western arm of the great East African Rift Valley centered around Lake Edward and George. There is a natural channel named Kazinga Channel that links these two lakes and is a habitat for a variety of wildlife species and bird species as it is one of the major watering halls in Queen Elizabeth  National Park and the environs.

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel cruise

Day 3: Wildlife Safari and Ishasha Sector Exploration

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Day 5: Departure and stop over at the Uganda Equator

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival.

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and meet and greet, you will be transferred to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for dinner and overnight, the drive will take between 10 minutes and 1 hour, depending on your choice of accommodation and the traffic flow.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Friends Beach Hotel or Papyrus Guest House.

Day 2: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel cruise

After Breakfast in Kampala or Entebbe, embark on a scenic drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey takes between 6- 7 hours to reach the park depending on the stopover that you will make enroute. today we target having lunch at the lodge and then later enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This waterway connects Lake George and Lake Edward offering spectacular views of big packs of Crocodiles, large schools of  Hippos, lots of game including Elelphants and Cape Buffalo come down to cool off during the hot sun of the day and a plethora of bird species such as the large colonies of nesting Pied Kingfishers not comparable to anyhere in the world as they are in hundreds, Malachite and African Pygmy Kingfisher, Great White Pelican and Pink-backed Pelican, African Spoonbill, congregations of the beautiful African Skimmers as the scheme the fish, Yellow-billed Stork, African Jacana, Goliath, Grey and Common Squacco Heron, flocks of Reed Cormorants, Black Crake, African Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, the locally common and wide spread Kittlitz’s Plover and the Saddle-billed Stork among others. You will be transferred to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Buffalo Lodge

Day 3: Wildlife Safari and Ishasha sector exploration.

After an early breakfast, you will embark on an exhilarating game drive in the Kasenyi sector where you should keep your eyes peeled for the big 4 and other wildlife species including cats such as the shy and tactical Leopard, Lion, Hyaena and the grazers including African Elephants, Cape Buffaloes,  and antelopes like Waterbuck, Uganda Kob and Bushbuck among others. You will also encounter a variety open country bird species such as the Grey-capped Warbler, Red-necked Spurfowl, Flappet, Red-caped, White-tailed and Rufous-naped Lark, Long-throated Longclaw, Sooty Chat, Plain Backed and African Pipit, Black and White-browed Coucal, Lesser-masked, Black-headed and Village Weaver, Black-chested, Western Banded and Brown Snake-Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Spot-flanked Barbet, White-browed Robin-chat, Black Headed Gonolek, Senegal and Crowned Lapwing, Quail Finch, Red-eyed, Ring-necked, African Mourning and Laughing Dove among others. with a picnic lunch, today you have chances of exploring the the Ishasha sector well renowned for its exclusive tree-climbing Lions. Explore this unique habitat and marvel at these majestic felines as they chill in the fig, acacia or Albysia branches which is mostly done to avoid biting insects on the ground or act as vintage points for the next meal of these tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, remember this is just an adaptation but it is the same species of lion Panthera Leo. As you traverse the Ishasha sector look for the unique Topi antelope considered to be among the wisest of all and birds like the White-headed Barbet, Common Scimitarbill, Green-wood Hoopoe, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Brubru, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Ovambo Sparrow-Hawk, Greater and Lesser Honeyuide, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Blue-naped Mousebird, Orange-breasted Bushsrike and Tropical Boubou among the many bird species this section has to offer.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Buffalo Lodge.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura Gorge

After breakfast, you venture into the nearby Kyambura Gorge for an unforgettable chimpanzee trekking experience. Observe these intelligent primates in their natural habitat. You will embark on the morning session of chimp trekking. You will be assigned an armed ranger guide who will lead you into the jungle as you track and observe these intelligent primates. Expect to spot a variety of bird species, especially forest birds. After this strenuous activity, you will transfer to the lodge for lunch, and relaxing.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Buffalo Lodge.

Day 5: Departure and stop over at the Uganda Equator.

After breakfast in the morning, you shall be transferred back to Kampala with a stopover at the Uganda equator for photography and learn about the imaginary line that divides the earth in the north and the southern hemispheres. Return to Kampala/ Entebbe for departure.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

The trip includes: All meals, accommodation and ground transfers with a 4Wd vehicle.