3 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari
Queen Elizabeth National Park created in 1952, lies in the Great Western Rift Valley. The park covers an area of 1978 km² and enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between lakes George and Edward.
Lake George is connected to Lake Edward by the 32 km long Kazinga channel, which roughly bisects the park northern and southern sectors. To the north, Queen Elizabeth National Park is contiguous with Kibale National Park and with Kyambura Wildlife reserve to the north east. Kyambura was gazetted as a controlled hunting area and then promoted to the status of Game reserve in 1965.
This parks wildlife once suffered from heavy poaching, but recent conservation efforts have restored much of the game as it is now revered as one of the best places on the continent to see high concentrations of hippo. Other animals found in this park are chimpanzees, olive baboons, and tree climbing lions, giant forest hog, elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob and a variety of antelope. The park also boasts of a remarkable 612 species of birds making it a birders paradise.
- Launch Cruise along Kazinga Channel
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
- Game drive
- Saline explosions
- Dry and wet crater lakes
- Maramagambo Forest
- Equator and Queens Pavilion
Detailed Trip Itinerary: TEA U – Q3:
3 days (2 nights) Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari.
Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set off from Kampala at 8:00 am and head for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Punctuated with stops at the Equator line and for lunch enroute, the drive will take a minimum of 6 hours. Queen Elizabeth National Park set in the western rift valley boasts a remarkable variety of flora and fauna. The park offers a remarkable range of habitats – tropical forest, grassy plains, lakes, rivers, a zone of old volcanic craters and a vast bird diversity of 612 recorded species.
Over night stay at Jacana Safari Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge (BLD).
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After early breakfast, drive to Kyambura Gorge where you will partake in a thrilling Chimpanzee trek (subject to permit availability). This guided walk in search of Chimpanzees may also yield sightings of baboons, red tailed and Colobus monkeys.
In the afternoon take on a unique launch cruise along Kazinga Channel – one that joins Lakes George and Edward. The launch cruise passes through presumably the highest concentration of hippo in Africa and other mammals are a common sight as they drink at the waters edge.
The birdlife is abundant and colourful. Later return to the lodge. Over night stay at Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge (BLD).
Day 03: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala
Rise early and take on a morning game drive. Look out for lions, Elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, the comical warthogs, Antelopes and with luck the elusive Leopard could be spotted.
Return to the lodge for late breakfast. Check out and start the drive back to Kampala with a stop over for lunch and at any of the crafts display center’s enroute in case you need to buy souvenirs.
Places To Stay:
Jacana Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge
Ihamba Lake Side Safari Lodge