4 Days Queen Elizabeth Park Safari

Overview

This 4 days queen Elizabeth national park safari will take you the second largest and most visited national park in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park is located in southwestern Uganda in Rubirizi, Kasese, Kamwenge and Rukungiri district. On your 4 days Queen Elizabeth park safari you will participate in various activities like game drive in Kasenyi plains and boat cruise on Kazinga channel, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge and also visit the crater lakes such as Lake Katwe and Lake Munyanyange.

During your safari in Queen Elizabeth national park, you will view various wildlife animals like elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, warthogs, giant forest hog, topi, hippos, crocodiles, bird species like spur winged plover, African jacana, pink backed pelican, pied kingfisher, open billed stork, black crake, swamp flycatcher, primates like chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons among others.

Trip highlights

Day 1: Pick up and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 2: Game drive and Boat cruise

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Day 4: Departure to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Depending on your location in Kampala, our driver guide will pick you brief you about your 4 days Queen Elizabeth safari and then start the journey which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive. On your way you will have a stopover at the equator which is a great place for photos, you will also view craft shops therefore in case you want to but handmade items or art pieces the equator is a great place for craft items. From the equator you will continue the journey with another stop over at Igongo Cultural Centre for en-route lunch. Igongo Cultural Centre is a great place which offers spectacular views of animal and people sculptures, visit the museum, book shop among others.

After lunch you will continue the journey via Mbarara town, Bushenyi where you will see tea plantations along the road as you continue to Fort Portal town and then Queen Elizabeth national park. Upon arrival you will go for an evening game drive in Ishasha sector which is situated in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. During the game drive in Ishasha sector you will have beautiful views of the tree climbing lions which will be lying, relaxing up in the fig tree branches staring down at the Uganda kobs grazing in the open savannah plains. After the game drive you will drive to the lodge check in, have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options include Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Park View Safari Lodge (midrange) or Pumba Safari Lodge (budget).

kobs at queen Elizabeth park

Day 2: Morning game drive (lion tracking) and afternoon Boat cruise

On your second day, you will wake up early have breakfast and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kasenyi plains for the morning game drive or lion tracking. During the game drive you will see animal species such as the leopards, lions, elephants, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, buffaloes, bushbucks, warthogs, hyenas, bush pigs, and various bird species such as the papyrus gonolek, white backed night heron, yellow throated cuckoo, red chested sunbird, white winged warbler among others. After the game drive which takes about 4 to 5 hours, you will drive to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch you will meet up with your driver guide and transfer for the afternoon boat cruise. The boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park is done on Kazinga channel, a water body that joins Lake George and Lake Edward. The boat cruise starts at 2:00pm at the landing site near the luxury lodge Mweya safari lodge and takes about 2 hours. Boat cruise is an exciting and adventurous activity on Kazinga channel where you will be able to cruise close to the animals such as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles, waterbucks which will be viewed along the water banks and various water birds such as martial eagle, papyrus gonolek, pelicans, African skimmers, cormorants, African spoonbills, fish eagles, king fisher’s among others. After your boat cruise trip you will drive back to your lodge for an evening relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options include Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Park View Safari Lodge (midrange) or Pumba Safari Lodge (budget).

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking

You will wake up early have breakfast and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee trekking. Kyambura Gorge is also known as the valley of apes and located in north eastern part of Queen Elizabeth national park which takes about 30kilometres to reach there. On arrival in Kyambura Gorge you will first have a briefing about the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking and then start trekking in the jungle.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge takes about 2 to 3 hours or even longer depending on the location of the chimpanzee families. Once the chimpanzees have been found you will spend one hour in their presence learning about their lifestyles, behaviors, habits, recording videos and taking pictures with a flash less camera. After chimpanzee trekking you will meet up with your guide and drive back to the lodge for lunch and refreshment.

After lunch you will transfer to Lake Katwe the salt lake which was formed through volcanic eruption. During the Lake Katwe tour, you will be able to see the local people extracting rock salt from the main lake to the landing area for sell. If there is still time you will also visit Lake Munyanyange which is 2kms away from Lake Katwe and you will see different bird species such as the flamingos, pied avocet, black winged stilt, black terns, sea gulls among others. After visiting the crater lakes, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options include Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Park View Safari Lodge (midrange) or Pumba Safari Lodge (budget).

Day 4: Departure to Kampala

You will wake up have a relaxed breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide for another morning game drive in the park. This morning drive will give you an opportunity to view some of the animals that you missed the previous day. The game drive will take about 3 hour and then drive out of the park and start your journey to Kampala. On your way you will pass via the tea plantations and have a stopover for lunch in Fort Portal.

After lunch you will continue the journey via Mubende and reach in Kampala early evening. Upon arrival your driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe airport in case you have a flight to catch or at any place of convenience.

End of 4 days Queen Elizabeth safari

Tour includes                                       

  • An English speaking driver guide
  • All park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Lion tracking fee
  • Crater lakes tour
  • Bottled water

Tour excludes

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, tips among others.

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