QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

This is a short holiday to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda and named after Queen Elizabeth II visit in 1954. Distance & Time Estimates: 435 kilometers south west of Kampala – 6 hour drive).

Queen Elizabeth National Park is described by many as the most beautiful park in Africa. Set in the South Western part Uganda and of the Great African rift valley, and bordered by the Rwenzori Mountains (the legendary mist-capped ‘Mountains of the Moon’). Queen Elizabeth incorporates dozens of mirror surfaced crater-lakes, salty and fresh water lakes.

There are over 95 mammal including 10 primate species (chimpanzees, vervet, blue, red-tailed, L’Hoest monkey, colobus, baboons), up to 20 predators (lion, leopard, spotted hyena, etc), antelopes, buffaloes, hippos and elephants. More than 610 bird species (probably the highest total for any national park in Africa, if not the world. In addition to 54 raptors, the checklist includes virtually every water bird species of Uganda, a variety of woodland and forest species.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Kampala , Queen Elizabeth National Park
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a prompt departure at 7:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Guide Meals
Shelters Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Hiking equipment
Guide gratuity

 

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Drive to Kampala

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Day 1: Departure

Drive from Kampala to queen elizerbeth national park.

Depart from Kampala heading Sout West across the country, through Mbarara town, the home to the impressive long horned Ankole cattle. On the way see the royal drum makers, stand on the Equator which passes through Uganda and divides the Globe in to the Southern and Northern hemispheres, you can also bargain at the roadside markets. Descend to Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping an eye out for game.

A short game drive along the Channel track welcomes you into this park as we proceed for check-in at your lodge. The Channel track runs parallel with the Kazinga channel as you drive slowly towards the Katunguru gate. It’s particularly rewarding with warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck and elephants.

Depending on the time limits, you may also like to enjoy a safari game drive in the northern sector of the park, the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris.

Afterwards you drive back to your lodge through large expanses of savannah grasslands as you spot some wildlife en route.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation options

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Mid-Range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge Low Budget: Simba Safari Camp or Mweya Hostels

Up-Market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

 

 

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Day 2

Early morning game drive and afternoon Transfer back to Kampala.

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes.

This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. Return to the lodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel.

This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

After the boat ride, we embark on our return journey to Kampala, arriving in the late evening time of the day.

Meal Plan {Breakfast and probably packed snacks}

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