3 days Queen Elizabeth national park safari takes you to one of the most visited national parks in Uganda that covers a total area of 1,978 sq. km for game drives and lion tracking experiences. The park is found in southwestern Uganda in the Kasese district. The park is famous for tree climbing lions that are only found here and in Tanzania in the whole world. The park is home to over 95 mammal species, 610 bird species, and not forgetting the Kazinga channel that connects lake Albert to lake George.
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Day 2: Game drive – Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Day 3: Lion tracking – Departure to Kampala
Wake up early in the morning, have a morning breakfast, and wait for our driver-guide to pick you from your hotel. the driver guide will brief you about your safari and later drive towards southwestern Uganda to Queen Elizabeth national park. Along the way, you will have great views of homesteads, plantations, beautiful landscape in Uganda’s countryside. You will have a stopover at the equator monument in Kayabwe where you will experience life both in the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. You will proceed with your journey and have lunch at the home of Ankole culture – Igongo culture center.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge – luxury, Buffalo safari lodge – mid-range and Pumba safari cottages-Budget
Wake up early morning for a breakfast after which meet your driver-guide for an exciting game drive along Kasenyi plains. If you do a game drive early in the morning you might get a chance to see nocturnal animals that are still grazing in the morning. During the game drive, you will see park animals such as lions, elephants, waterbucks, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, giant forest homes Uganda kobs, different bird species to mention but a few. After an amazing game drive, you will return to your lodge for lunch and relaxation.
In the afternoon you will drive to Kazinga channel where you will do a boat cruise. Kazinga channel happens to be the biggest water channel in the whole world. During you will boat cruise on Kazinga channel you will have great views of the water animals such as hippos, crocodiles, and water birds like the shoebill, African jacana, malachite kingfishers, pink backed pelicans, and pelican. You will also see some of the park animals such as buffaloes, elephants, and some antelopes on the shores drinking water or bathing. After the boat cruise, you will return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge – luxury, Buffalo safari lodge – mid-range and Pumba safari cottages- Budget
After morning breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and meet your driver for a morning game drive in the Ishasha sector to search for tree-climbing lions. Ishasha sector is famous for hosting tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park. After tracking tree-climbing lions you will exit the park and start on your journey back to Kampala. You will have a stopover in Mbarara city where you will have lunch from. Upon arrival in Kampala, you will be dropped at your lodge or Entebbe international airport to end your 3 days Queen Elizabeth national park safari
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
Park entrance fee
Service of an English-speaking guide
Below are the key areas of visit to many tourists who wish to travel the park for wildlife encounter and other activities
Semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope are found in the papyrus swamps of this Ramsar wetland place. You can watch the indefinable Shoebill alongside other innate birds on the lake.
You can see 72 enormous round basins that are scattered across the equator and this truly shows the Albertine Rift’s bubbling volcanic ancient. Do not miss the geological history of the region. The 27km drive amid Queen’s Pavilion and Kabatoro gate earns you a view of the huge craters, circular lakes, Rift Valley ridge and Kazinga channel and these are in front of the environment of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Katwe is a well-known lookout point in Uganda that cannot be missed and is in the Katwe- Kabatoro community on Lake Katwe which is known as a Salt Lake. Salt mining has been the order of day since the 16th century in this place. What follows is the sanctuary bird watching place known as Munyanyange. It is also a location of migratory flamingos that are seen from August- November.
Kasenyi plains are open savannah area which can give a visitor a great chance to watch various types of vast herds of Uganda kob and also attract prides of lions, warthogs are spot grazing bent down on their knees, guinea fowl rush over the grassland and huge dark elephants pace across the game drive tracks hence providing dream photo opportunities for visitors.
Mweya peninsula is the chief point and the visitors Centre of the park. It Is also the preliminary point for the Kazinga channel boat cruise. In Mweya peninsula there is also a luxurious lodge, hotel, restaurant, campsite and budget food options. A lot of animals and birds surround the place.
Doing boat cruise at Kazinga channel is gives excessive opportunity to watch a diversity of wildlife animals flowing at the banks and these includes water birds, buffaloes, hippos, elephants, caiman, weaver birds, marabou storks, monitor and elegant pairs of fish eagles. Boat cruise at Kazinga channel is unforgettable experience that you will never forget in your life. Here a visitor needs to sit with his or her camera and enjoy the incredible sight.
Kyambura river runs through underground forest of just 100 metres to the Kichwamba escarpment. This area is well known as a place of chimpanzees whereby some of them are habituated and can be tracked in the forest with the help of guides or UWA rangers. Kyambura Gorge is also a home to other primates and bird species and you can watch birds like African skimmer, white winged warbler, papyus gonolet and ovampo sparrow hawk. The Kyambura Gorge entrance fee is also a satisfying spot for a picnic.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve.
In Kyambura Gorge, there is a crater lake in the East of Kyambura which gives you a great chance to watch a lot of water birds that includes the great egret and the larger and smaller flamingoes.
Maramagambo forest is a home to a large number of primates and these include chimpanzees, monkey species and baboons. The forest is also a place of many bird species including the Rwenzori Turaco, forest flycatcher, pink backed pelican, white tailed lark and black bee eater. In Maramagambo forest there is also the cormorant house, it has big tree which has turned white because of the birds live here at night, one can also decide to visit this tree. The shady forest also hides crater lakes and a Bat Cave with particularly built viewing room.
Ishasha sector is the habitat for the tree climbing lion in the southern part of Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National. visitors can also see the herds of Uganda kob and it is a home of birds like rare shoebill, African White-backed Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle and Wahlberg’s Eagle. Many wildlife like elephants, buffaloes and among others are available. Ishasha sector is a convenient way to pass through to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is said to be open throughout the year, though wildlife viewing is at its best from January to February and June to July (the Dry seasons). However, this scenic park is at its most beautiful in the Wet seasons from March to May and August to December. April, May, August and September are very wet months and during that time, the rain might interfere with your safari.
This 3 days safari to Queen Elizabeth national park Uganda can be extended to other tourist destinations such as Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee tracking, Bwindi and Mgahinga for mountain gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking, Lake mburo and Murchison falls national parks for morning and night game drives
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