The 3 days Safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda famous for the tree climbing lions and lots of wildlife. The park has an area cover of 1,978 sq. km and standing approximately 376 km from Uganda’s Capital city Kampala. The park has many features like crater lakes, forests , lakes making it very rich in lots of wildlife that use them as habitats .
Queen Elizabeth national park is home to about 100 mammal species and 606 bird species that have been registered in the national park with some being Endemic to the Albertine Rift.
The park has many aquatic birds like the White-faced Whistling, open-billed Stork, Squacco Heron, Spur-winged Plovers, Fish Eagle, Long tailed Cormorants, the Knob-billed Ducks Yellow backed Weavers, African Jacana, Pied kingfishers, Water-Thick knee, Pink and white backed Pelicans, Wattled Plovers and the Black Crake along the Kazinga Channel.
Other prominent Birds species you may see on this safari include the malachite, Collard Pranticles, black-ramped buttonquail, verreauv’s eagle-owl, Papyrus Canary papyrus canary, White winged terns, black bee-eater, African fish eagle, squacco heron, swamp fly-catcher, Martial Eagle, long-tailed cormorants, Black- rumped Buttonquail African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Grey-headed kingfisher, White-winged Warbler, shoebill, African skimmer, papyrus gonolek, and the thin-tailed Nightjars among others.
The park has lots of animals like crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, hyenas, Leopards, the Uganda Kob, elephants, antelopes, tree climbing lions that can be seen in the national park.
This safari is filled with lots of activities like birding, Boat rides, and game drives among others.
We shall have a boat cruise on the 40 kilometers long Kazinga channel giving you an opportunity to see lots of wildlife grazing along the Kazinga channel like elephants, Buffalos, and various antelope species among others.
The game drives in this safari will get you to see lots of wildlife in the well maintained game viewing tracks in the national park that are over 200 kms giving you chance to see lots of wildlife like elephants, Hyenas, buffaloes, lion and many antelopes species
Launch cruise on the Kazinga channel:
The boat cruise on the Kazinga channel will take 2 hours giving you a chance to see lots of wildlife like the biggest hippo population in Africa that can be seen yawning in the channel, water birds, buffaloes, the Uganda-kobs, elephants, zebras topis, bush bucks, spotted hyena, warthog, water bucks, reed bucks, mongoose, duiker, swamp antelopes, forest hog among others
Queen Elizabeth National park is rich in Birds species that stands at over 606 species making it a great destination for birding safaris and the birds can be found in various habitats in the national park like the savannah grasslands, the forests in the national park and along the various water bodies in the national park.
Queen Elizabeth is located in Rukungiri district that is in southwestern Uganda with an area cover of 1 978 sq km and the park stands on an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and its adjacent to lake Lake Edward and its 1 845 meters at the eastern Escarpment peak of the western Rift Valley’s.
Queen Elizabeth has rivine bush-land, moist semi-deciduous forest, moist thicket and riparian forest which are bird habitats within this national park .
Taking a hike in the national park will unveil to you lots of diversity of species that live in the forest species like black & African Emerals Cuckoos, the Grey Wood pecker, Hairy breasted Barbet, the purple-headed starling, speckled Tinker bird, the Green Hylia which are common within the Maramagambo forest
If you love birding, the best time for bird watching within Queen Elizabeth is from December to February and the birding safari is recommended to last two- three days bird watching safari to get the best out of the adventure and you are guaranteed to see over half of the birds species that are in the national park.
After breakfast in your hotel and lodge we begin the journey to Queen Elizabeth national park in south western Uganda. The journey starts with a briefing from our tour guide driver and you will get the best advice on how to get the best from the safari before the journey begins to south western Uganda a journey that lasts 6 hours to Queen Elizabeth.
We shall have our first stop at the Equator to stretch and carryout some experiments you will have a chance to see the drum makes at their crafts before we proceed to Mbarara where we have our lunch before we proceed to queen elizabeth national park.
The journey from Mbarara to queen elizabeth national park is an interesting one as you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and undulating hills referred to as the Switzerland of Africa you will see lots of tea plantations, the famous long horned Ankole cattle with horns as big as the elephant tasks, the banana plantations ,the Rift valley Escarpment ,woodlands arriving at the national park late in the afternoon welcomed by lots of wildlife like antelopes, elephants, the Uganda Kob, buffalos among others.
Meal Plan; Lunch &Dinner
Accommodation options in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Katara Lodge/Mweya safari lodge (Luxury)
Ihamba Safari Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp (Moderate)
Simba safari camp (Budget)
We take a very early morning game drive after a cup of coffee along the Kasenyi trail to catch the early risers and also to get a chance to catch the nocturnal animals before they go to hiding.
This trail is rich in lots of wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, Uganda Kobs, lions, warthogs and many birds’ species that are stated in the introduction and the game drive lasts about 4 hours returning later to the lodge for a full breakfast and relaxation before we embark on the afternoon session.
In the afternoon we embark on a 2 hours Launch boat cruise safari along Kazinga channel a forty kilometers strip that joins 2 great lakes of Lake George and Lake Edward a chance to see lots of birds species and animals grazing along the channel like Hippos, warthogs, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, Kobs among others .
Some of the birds species you will see on the boat trip include; pink backed pelicans, the malachite kingfishers along the shores and the trees returning later to the lodge for dinner and over night.
After breakfast, checkout of the lodge and take a final game drive as we exit the national park some of the attractions of the day can include nature walks, primates tracking in the Kyambura gorge, the tree lions in Ishasha trail as we exit the national park on our way to Kampala for your flight back home. We shall have a brief stop for an enroute lunch and we shall also stop at the equator to buy souvenirs that you will carry home as memories of the safari.
End of Safari