Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is the home of the famous tree climbing lion as well as the Uganda Kob, other antelope species, elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo and chimpanzees. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers. Queen Elizabeth National Park is among the Uganda’s oldest national parks and UNESCO listed it as a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity. The park is among the most diversified Eco-systems on the African continent.
In addition to the abundant wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a magnificent scenery with dozens of enormous crater lakes carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel whose banks are thronged with hippos, buffalos, elephants and a cocktail of birds, tropical forests which host several primates including the chimpanzees and the endless Ishasha plains which are immersed with a lot of game including the tree climbing lions.
Queen Elizabeth National Park stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 600 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa.
The main camp at Mweya is attractively positioned with fine views of the Rwenzori Mountains. A number of bird species may be seen in the vicinity of the airstrip watch for African Mourning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Fly-catcher, Grey-capped Warbler, The Beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, Red-chested sunbird, Slender-billed, Yellow-backed and Lesser Masked Weavers, Pin-tailed Whydah,and brimstone Canary, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, are fairly common along the airstrip.
The Kazinga channel is a magnet for water birds a launch cruise reveals species such as; Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squaco Heron, African open-billed Strok, White-faced Whistling and Knob-billed Ducks, African Fish Eagle, Black Crake, African Jacana, Water Thick-knee, Spur-winged and African Wattled Plovers, Malachite and Pied kingfishers, Swamp flycatchers and Yellow backed Weavers are all common.
Numbers of migrants peak in February and March and are nothing short of spectacular with hundreds of thousands of White-winged Terns hovering over the water, millions of common sand Martins and Yellow -wagtails roosting in reed-beds and lesser numbers of palaeartic waders such as the Ringed Plover, Little Stint,Curlew Sandpipers,Common Snipe,Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh, common and Wood sandpipers, Spotted Redshank and common Greenshankfeeding along the marshy fringes.
A number of national rarities have been recorded in Queen Elizabeth National Park from the hippo wallows along the channel including Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Northern Pochard, Mongolian Plover and Jack Snipe. Hundreds of African Skimmers may be seen roosting on sandbars near the entrance to Lake Edward but are migrants from southern tropics and usually present only from December to May. The Kazinga channel may also be viewed from the Katunguru Bridge on the main Mbarara-Kasese road where Pelicans, Terns, Greater Swamp and winged Warblers, Winding and Carruther’s Cisticolas and Papyrus Gonolek may be seen.
Kyambura gorge is home to chimpanzees some of which have been habituated and are available for tracking. You require a chimpanzee permit issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to track the chimps. While trekking the gorge you could spot a number of other primates and many forest birds.
The boat ride on the along the wildlife thronged banks of the Kazinga channel is an amazing wildlife experience. A relaxing ride of about two hours, you are treated to great sights of crowds of hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, monitor lizards, herds of elephants, and Uganda kobs among others. Most of the animals come by the channel to drink water, cool off the scorch heat and eat fresh grass along the banks. You are also treated to a cocktail of birds such as cormorants, king fishers and African eagles among others.
For anyone looking to discover someplace beautiful and off the beaten track, Uganda is a top tourist destination with something for everyone. Uganda offers Africa as you’ve always imagined it - wild, verdant, beautiful, and just waiting to be explored.
Uganda is very nearly the most complete safari destination in Africa – boasting both the Big Five, the enigmatic mountain gorilla, and the ever-popular chimpanzee. Uganda’s Big Five are represented across the country’s top ten national parks.
Thousands of travelers come to Uganda looking for an up close and personal experience with its most famous primate residents - the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park. Uganda’s national parks like Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park offer the best Wildlife viewing safari in the world.
We will leave Kampala at 7:00am. Our team will be pick you up from your hotel or preferred location in Kampala and we will drive west toward Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will make our first stop at the Equator crossing. It’s a wonderful spot to take pictures and have a cup of coffee. We will then proceed to Mbarara for lunch en route to Bwindi. We will have lunch at Acacia Hotel in Mbarara. It’s great opportunity to try out western Uganda’s Matooke (plantain-type bananas) and roasted goat meat. (if not vegetarian) After lunch, we will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving late afternoon. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)
You will start the morning with a game drive. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. You will visit the Ishasha sector of the park - renowned for the tree climbing lions and before return for lunch. In the afternoon, we will go for a two hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. The cruise takes you through the highest population of Hippos and you will see a profusion of animals on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photos, watch birds and see the water animals. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)
Katwe explosion crater is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is believed that this significant feature came into existence as a result of violent eruptions that took place approximately 8000 – 10,000 years ago. We will take an extremely rewarding drive to Katwe that will offer you a remarkable memory of your safari in Uganda. The communities have got rich traditions and their lifestyle is centered on the lakes’ natural offerings. You will learn the local processes of salt extraction and how they arrange their mining areas.
The crater drive track offers impressive scenic views and the extending to the wider Savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth. The views of the overlooking Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the mountains of the moon also add spice to remarkable memories for the safari. We will return for lunch and start the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight at Buhoma community Rest camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will go to Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee trekking. Look out for other primates and hundreds bird species.
You will for the final game drive in the afternoon. You will drive to Kasenyi Plains for the game drives and return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)
After breakfast, we will do a drive-out game drive and continue the journey back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch in Mbarara town and proceed to Kampala arriving late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel in Kampala.
If you have other activities planned, please let us know and we will send you a driver for Airport drop-off at a later date. (Inc: Breakfast / Lunch )
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