4 Days Queen Elizabeth Safari, takes you to one of the best national parks in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of about 2,000 square kilometers. The park was recently designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Queen Elizabeth national park is special because of its beautiful landscape and collection of wildlife. The creation of the East African Rift Valley led to secondary faulting which created gorges, crater lakes, swamps, Salt Lake, valleys and other remarkable features that make the park a natural wonder for nature lovers.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has leopards, Lions, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, hartebeests, oribis, hippos and several other creatures. A key attraction in the park are the rare tree climbing lions of Ishasha. Queen Elizabeth has more tree-climbing lions than anywhere else. It is also blessed with the unique Kyambura. The Kyambura Gorge hides an underground forest which is rich in biodiversity. It is a favorite place for some park animals, birds and primates especially during the driest part of the year. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge will take you right into the gorge to discover an ancient forest teeming with life and rare plant species.
Birders will not be disappointed when visiting Queen Elizabeth national park. Apart from the savanna plains, the other places to spot birds are at the Kazinga Channel and Maramagambo forest. The Kazinga Chanel connects Lake Albert to Lake George. It is considered one of the best places for birding and viewing wildlife in Africa. Overall, Queen Elizabeth has over 500 bird species. You can see Kingfishers, bee-eaters, eagles, raptors, flamingos, cranes and a lot more. This 4 Days safari to Queen Elizabeth safari is designed for tourists who are interested in game drives, chimpanzee trekking, beautiful scenery and visiting the Kazinga channel by boat. The tour begins from Entebbe or Kampala but can be tailored to start from other small towns in Uganda or Kigali Rwanda.
- Game drives
- Launch cruise at the Kazinga Channel
- Visiting the equator
- Spotting Tree climbing lions
- Chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura Gorge
Day 1: Pickup and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Evening game drive
On the 1st day of your 4 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari, your safari guide will pick you up very early from your Hotel in Kampala or airport in Entebbe to begin the journey to Queen Elizabeth National park. Queen Elizabeth is located in the western part of the country which is remarkable for its beautiful scenery, rolling hills and other physical features which resulted from the formation of the East African Rift Valley. Watch out for the local people working in their gardens or doing business in the market places along the roadside. You will also notice many herdsmen tending to the intriguing long horned Ankole cattle.
The driver will stop briefly at the Equator crossing in Kayabwe to allow you take photos in this popular spot. The equator line separates the earths northern and southern hemispheres. You can spread your legs and be in two of the earth’s hemispheres at the same time. The journey will continue and the next stop will be at the Igongo cultural center. As you approach the park, you will begin spotting beautiful views of the Rwenzori mountains from the horizon as well as crater lakes, wildlife and the East African rift valley. This is where the Guide will be most active as he shares with you details about all the features. You will arrive in the afternoon and be taken to your hotel for refreshment. After refreshment and maybe changing clothes, you will go for an evening game drive at the Kasenyi plains to spot warthogs, buffaloes, elephants, lions, small primates and several species of antelopes among others. Dinner and Overnight at Pumba Safari Cottages/Elephant Hub Lodge/Elephant Plains Lodge
Day 2: Morning Game drive – Boat Cruise at the Kazinga Channel
On the 2nd day of your 4 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari, Get up early for heavy breakfast as you wait to be taken for the morning game drive. The morning game drive allows you to spot the early risers and nocturnal animals like leopards going back to their den. Queen Elizabeth national park has remarkable landscape. You will marvel at the savanna plains, crater lakes, swamps, rivers and woodlands. The Rwenzori Mountains can be seen from almost every part of the park. All these physical features attract a variety of wildlife including buffaloes, lions, elephants, leopard, giant forest hogs, waterbuck, bush bucks, the Uganda Kob and Topis among many others.
After the morning game drive, you will go back to hotel for rest and lunch before proceeding for the boat cruise at the Kazinga channel. This boat will provide a perfect platform for viewing most of the wildlife as they gather to drink and bathe in one place. The Kazinga Channel is one of the great birding spots in Uganda and Africa. You will see all kinds of water birds feeding close to giant crocodiles, elephants and hippos. Dinner and Overnight at lodge as above
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge – game drive in Ishasha sector
On the 3rd day of your 4 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari, Wake up early and prepare to be taken for briefing at the starting point in Kyambura Gorge. The Kyambura gorge is an underground forest that was created by secondary faulting after the formation of the East African rift valley. A vast forest grew in this valley which became a favorite for many primates, birds and other wildlife. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge is remarkable because it offers tourists a chance to visit the unique gorge and discover its biodiversity. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge can be strenuous considering that you would be hiking up and down a steep gorge. You need to be mentally prepared for the challenge so that you are not surprised.
After tracking the chimpanzees, you will have lunch and be transferred to the Ishasha sector of the park to search for the famous tree climbing lions of Uganda. The lions love to rest on top of fig trees during the hot parts of the day but can be seen in the evenings too. Dinner and Overnight at lodge as above
Day 4: Morning Game Drive in Ishasha – Transfer to Kampala
Wake up and have an early morning game drive in Ishasha to see more of the lions and other wildlife in this particular sector including topis, elephants and buffaloes. Ishasha will offer you a different experience because it has a different setting and landscape from Kasenyi. After the game drive, you will begin the journey to Kampala with lunch at the Igongo cultural Centre. You may visit the Centre briefly to learn about the culture of the Ankole people – That is you if didn’t get time on the first day. You will continue the journey using the same route and bypass the equator crossing. Expect to reach Entebbe between 6 to 7 pm.