Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for humanity under UNESCO auspice. The park together with Kyambura and Kigezi Wildlife reserve form one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa . It is situated in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and covers 1,978sq.km from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows savannah and swamps.
It is the home of the famous tree climbing lions as well as the Uganda kob, other antelope’s species, topi,hyenas ,crocodiles waterbucks elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and 10 primate species including chimpanzees and many more. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers. The bird species includes the black bee-eater, 11 types of king fisher, and several species of falcons, eagles and the raptors and many more. In the crater lakes to the north, flocks of flamingoes can be found. A favorite way to view the game is by launch trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward.
Day 1: transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Drive early morning towards the west from Kampala and have a stopover at the equator for photographs, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. A game drive En route may be rewarded with views of Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. After lunch, go sightseeing in the crater region – it is a marvel!
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Budget Institute of ecology/ Enganzi lodge / Katara(FB)
Day 2: Morning game-drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon community walk & relaxation
Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning, an early game drive that exposes us to diverse animals, Big 5 members Elephants, Buffalos, big cats- Lions, Leopards more times in the evening, warthogs and Hunchback carnivals like Hyenas and many more species that are residents to this park are spotted along the Circuits as we drive along. There is a rich bird life especially our version of storks in the wetland spots as we reach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes at Kasenyi. We get back to the lodge for lunch after the game-drive. In the afternoon we take a community walk to the nearby village and beautiful crater lake as well as have time to relax enjoying the view from the lodge.
Day 3: Morning game-drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon boat ride
Early morning wake up for the morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. During the game drive, you will be likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, water bucks, stripped jackal, leopard and of course the several warthogs.
Return to the lodge for lunch and relax by the side of the swimming pool before taking an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. On the cruise you will see hippos, Buffalo, kobs, and elephants at the water edges. You may also see some crocodiles recently introduced in this park. Have a spectacular bird watching on the water banks especially marine birds. Retire to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and travel back to Kampala
After packing your luggage at at the lodge, you will depart for Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge still in Queen Elizabeth national park. During the trekking, you will sport the black and white colobus monkeys and the olive baboons.The success level of finding these chimpanzee stands at around 85%. The walk generally takes around 2‐3 hours. You need to carry along walking shoes. You will then drive back to Kampala arriving late in the evening.