3 days Queen Elizabeth and Chimps: Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most sounding national park and Uganda’s second-largest national park after Murchison Falls National Park and is located in the southwest region in Kasese district at the base of majestic Rwenzori mountain ranges. The park is adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has a prolific game such as the tree-climbing lion, waterbuck, Uganda kobs, warthogs which are often sighted both in and at the entrance of the park and also prepare to sightsee a huge number of hippopotamus, elephants and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.
Highlights of the tour
- Exploring Queen Elizabeth National park though the game drive
- Visit to the Equator crossing
- Gorilla trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
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.
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.
Day 2 – Exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set your eyes to spot the beasts that are habitats of the wilderness of Queen Elizabeth National Park as you conduct this early morning game drive. Queen Elizabeth is greatly habited by the big five, various primate species as well as over 600 species of birds! You intended to see animals! Exploration of Queen Elizabeth gives you opportunity to spot Elephants, Buffalos, lions, Leopards, Warthogs, Hyenas, water bucks, Uganda Kob and many bird species including Ibis, Fish Eagles and vultures among others that live in this park.
Exploration of the park will be supplemented with an evening boat cruise along the spectacular Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. The boat ride along the banks will give you an opportunity to see yawning hippos, herds of Uganda kob with their black and white spiraled horns, Nile crocodiles sunbathing, as well as elephants immersing themselves beneath the water while poking their trunks up like snorkels. Spending time on a boat cruise is a great introduction to a true African safari!
Day 3 – Chimpanzee trekking and drive back to kampala
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. End of 3 days Queen Elizabeth and Chimps
- Ground transport
- Boat cruise
- Park entrance fees
- Vehicle entrance
- Services of an English speaking guide
- Enroute lunches and bottled water in the safari vehicle
- Game drive
- Visa fees
- Air ticket
- All extras and optional at the accommodation for example laundry, beverages
- Tips to the guide