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Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

3 Day Uganda Tour - Mid-range Option

Travel west through plains and plantations to the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains to Uganda’s most popular savannah park. Queen Elizabeth national park is bursting with highlights from explosion-crater lakes, tree-climbing lions and chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge’s sunken rainforest, giving you a real feel of Uganda’s savannah and rainforest with this classic safari package!

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- Explore Uganda's most popular savannah park.
- Track in chimps in a gorge rainforest.
- Spot hippos and crocodiles with a water safari.
- Seek out lion prides on the rolling grassland.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Explore the explosion crater lake field with a game drive.
Day 2 - Search for prides of lions before embarking on a water safari.
Day 3 - Track chimps in Kyambura Gorge and return to Kampala.
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Day 1 - Explosion crater lakes

You’ll be collected from your chosen pick up point in Kampala (or Entebbe) and drive west through plains, tea plantations and passing Kibale NP (keep an eye out for the groups of baboons by the road), reaching Fort Portal town by midday for lunch. In the afternoon you will follow the Rwenzori Mountain range south stopping off at the equator and crossing into the southern hemisphere en route and enter Queen Elizabeth NP. Spend your afternoon exploring the explosion crater-lake fields in the parks northern sector. The pools that you’ll see dotted across the region of the park are a reminder of the violent formation of the Great Rift Valley, as massive chunks of rock were hurled out of the volcanoes creating these craters. Along the way there’s also a good chance to see a variety of wildlife such as elephants and wild game herds before you head down to your camp overlooking the Kazinga Channel.

Lake Nyamanuka, in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Image © Rachel Landman
Leopard in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Image © Uganda Carnivore Program

Day 2 - Savannah plains and water safari

You’ll be up early to take advantage of the cooler hours when the wildlife is far more active before the heat of the day sets in. You’ll take a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide, who are experts in tracking game and are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the savannah. You’ll head to the Kasenyi Plains, known for their prides of lions. This is one of the prime places to find lions as well as a host of other wildlife such as warthogs, vultures and if you’re one of the lucky ones, leopards. You’ll visit the salt lake with its savannah view and craft market before heading back to the lodge for a leisurely lunch. It’s then down along the Kazinga tracks to the Mweya peninsula looking out for elephants and game herds crossing the road. This is also a good spot to find lions. You’ll then take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to the edge of Lake Edward. On the boat trip you will get the chance to search the riverside for elephants, buffalo, some of the many hippo pods, crocodiles and many species of bird. If it’s clear, you may see the Blue Mountains of Congo on the horizon. Before the boat turns round, you’ll reach Kazinga fishing village, where you’ll see families living inside of the national park, going about their daily business of fishing amongst the wildlife. Its just a short drive back along the Kazinga Channel passing elephant herds to your lodge where, you’ll be spending the evening relaxing as the sun sets with the sounds of the wilds of the savannah echoing around you.

Day 3 - Chimps in a sunken rainforest

You’ll be up early in the morning to drive the short distance to Kyambura Gorge. The gorge contains its own rainforest ecosystem in which you will be tracking the chimpanzees. After a briefing from your guides you’ll descend along the forest paths into the gorge to search for these illusive creatures. If you manage to track them down you can spend an hour with the chimps. Observe their natural behavior in the wild as they feed, socialise, nurse their young, relax, patrol and display their prowess before to climb out of the gorge onto the savannah plains. After your tracking, you’ll be taken south out of the park, stopping off for lunch with a stunning view across park with the backdrop of the Mountains of the Moon. You’ll then continue on, passing Lake Africa, banana plantations and later, the edge of Lake Mburo NP (keep an eye out for zebras by the side of the road here). You’ll then drive north back over the equator to reach your drop off point in Kampala (or Entebbe) by early evening.

Chimpanzees live in Kyambura Gorge which contains a rainforest. Image © Steffen Schwörer
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Gorilla Tracking

Head into the highland rainforests of Uganda to track the famous rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site. Bwindi is a wildly diverse ancient rainforest and protects around half of the world's population of mountain gorillas right here in Uganda. Trust us, you’ll never forget your experience of meeting our distant relatives!

If you would like to add this activity to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Hot Air Ballon Safari

Fly silently over and across the African bush and savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with an early morning hot air balloon safari. You’ll be able to watch the sun rise across this stunning landscape with the chance to view elephants and game herds in the early morning light. After an hours flight you’ll land back onto the savannah in time for your bush breakfast.

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Predator Tracking

Join the predator tracking team from the Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) in Queen Elizabeth National Park to add something intimate to your savannah game drive. With your highly knowledgeable guides you’ll be able to get off the typical beaten track and search among the bushes and trees to get close up to lions, leopards and hyenas in truly natural savannah setting. Get your cameras ready! By partaking in this activity you are amongst many good things, contributing to establishing a comprehensive large predator database for the national park, which is used for conservation purposes.

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4×4 Supercustom

This tour is based on using a Supercustom. On safari in Uganda, you need vehicles that you can rely on, vehicles with as much comfort as we can provide to make your journey a happy one! The 4x4 Toyota Supercustom is a practical option for group safaris as they offer space, comfort and are reliable vehicles. Each vehicle can comfortably seat eight clients as well as a driver and an extra seat for when we hire additional guides and rangers. They perform well off-road and have pop-top roofs for that intimate experience with nature in the parks. As a conscientious business, we chose this vehicle, as it is kind to the environment; running on diesel with low consumption. This is therefore our standard touring vehicle.

Please note this tour is based on your being collected and dropped off in either Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us for a quote.

Upgrade Option – Classic VW campervan

The classic Volkswagen Campervan is our signature vehicle. It’s how the company started with its intrepid founders who wanted to test something a little unconventional. It worked! These Campervans were manufactured in Germany and bought to Uganda in the 1970’s. We currently own three Campervans that run trips over a large amount of the country. Clients need to bare in mind that these vehicles were not designed for off-roading. All of our drivers are certified VW mechanics and fix the odd hiccup. We won’t let you miss an activity but we do advise you to appreciate that there may be a few short stops along the way. We added the Toyota’s as some of our clients require speed and air conditioning but if you’re up for an adventure, you might want to consider something a little quirky. Each vehicle seats six around a table and has an MP4 jack (3mm amp) and a subwoofer to blast those 70’s tunes!

For price quote please see "Prices Tab". Please note prices are based per car hired and on pick up and drop in Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us.

Upgrade Option – Landcruiser with pop top

Some clients simply prefer a Landcruiser on their safari! They are after all the conventional way to travel on safari. Like the Super Custom, they offer comfort and reliability. They offer more intimacy for small groups of two to four clients and are optimal for single travellers. With their pop-up roof hatches, they give you up-close and personal interactions with nature.

For price quote please see "Prices Tab". Please note prices are based per car hired and on pick up and drop in Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us.

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Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$20 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$110 Per Person

Super Custom: Included

VW Kombi: +$110 Per Group

Land Cruiser Pop Top: +$180 Per Group

This Tour Includes

We use the following abbreviations our ‘Includes & Excludes’ section.
NP – National Park
NSC – Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
SC – Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
UWA – Uganda Wildlife Authority

Full time use of a private vehicle (as per your itinerary)
A Full-Time Private Driver/Guide
Fuel for your entire journey (with an allowance for any necessary detours)
Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 2 nights at The Bush Lodge (single / double or twin banda, SC)
All Meals (as specified in the ‘Meal Plan’ above)
Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)
- Savannah game drives x 2 (Queen Elizabeth NP)
- Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- Chimpanzee tracking permit (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Queen Elizabeth NP x 2 days (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Game drive guide (UWA)
- Boat cruise guide (Marasa)
- Chimp tracking guide (UWA)
A $10 per person donation to the Uganda Conversation Foundation (see CSR Program)
Collection from and drop-off at your desired location (in Kampala or Entebbe)
Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
A dedicated Tours Manager based in Kampala in daily contact with your Driver/Guide and on call, 24/7 in case of an emergency.

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visas (refer to your embassy)
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