Visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park
This 3 days safari to Queen Elizabeth national park will give you an opportunity to spot Africa’s top mammals, beautiful forests, sprawling savannah and stunning landscapes. Queen Elizabeth national park is found in the western part of the country and was named after Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. The park is found in an area covering over 1,900 square kilometers and has two Lake Craters Edward and George which are connected by the kazinga channel. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest and most visited park. The park lost many animals during the liberation war that toppled Uganda’s famous dictator Idi Amin Dada in 1979. However the population of animals is back to where it was with 95 species of mammals which include buffaloes, hippos, Elephants, warthogs, African lions, hyenas, cave bats, leopard, crocodiles, bush pigs and antelopes like the Uganda Kob. The park is famous for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha, boat cruising on the kazinga channel and chimpanzee trekking in the Kyambura gorge and Maramagambo forest. The park has over 550 species of birds and butterflies. On the horizon, you can see the Rwenzori maintains which has snowcapped peaks and glaciers.
- Head to Queen Elizabeth National park
- Visit the equator
- See Lake Katwe’s Salt mining industry
- Go on a Game drive
- Afternoon boat cruise at the Kazinga channel
- Chimpanzee tracking at Kyambura gorge
- Head back to Kampala
Day 1: Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park
An English speaking guide from Mission Africa Safaris will pick you up from an agreed point (usually your hotel) at around 6am. The journey to the park takes about 6 hours but you will be treated to great views of the beautiful countryside. You will stop along the way to take photos at the equator. As you approach and leave Mbarara, get ready to see great physical landscapes, valleys and terrain that are dotted with tea plantations and grazing long horned Ankole cattle. Lunch will be in Mbarara town after which you will head to the park and lodge. In the evening hours, you will be taken to tour the Crater Lake Katwe and the salt mining activities therein. Dinner and overnight will be at either Mweya safari lodge (Luxury) or Bush Lodge (Budget) which is strategically built with good views of the Kazinga Channel.
Day 2: Game drive and Launch cruise at the Kazinga channel
You will wake up very early to take tea/coffee then go for the early morning game drive at the Mweya peninsular around the Kazinga Channel. The safari is for about 3 hour and you will follow different trails to spot Jackals, buffaloes, forest hogs, warthogs, the Uganda Kob, Elephants, lions and the elusive leopard. You will be taken back to the lodge to have late breakfast then relax or stay at the poolside as you wait for lunch. The two hour afternoon launch cruise at Kazinga channel will give you opportunities to spot several bird (Kingfishers, pelicans etc) species, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodile and other water animals. Dinner and overnight will be at either Mweya safari lodge (Luxury) or Bush Lodge (Budget).
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking and Departure
You will wake up to heavy breakfast and then head for the Kyambura gorge. The underground forest in the Kyambura gorge is home to Chimpanzee, Baboons and many other primates. The forest also has many plant, tree and bird species. After visiting the Kyambura gorge, the guide will take you back for lunch as you also checkout from the lodge. You will then start the journey back to Kampala passing through Maramagambo forest to spot more mammals and primates. Expect to reach Kampala in the evening for your departure flight or to your hotel.
End of Safari
Safari Includes: Full time English speaking driver/guide, Park fees, launch cruise, park guide/Ranger, Bottled water, Transport in 4X4 vehicle, all meals in between journeys and full board accommodation while on safari.
Safari Excludes: International flights, Visas, Kampala accommodation, Personal expenses like laundry, crafts, drinks, cigars, souvenirs and tips