Safari at the Queen Elisabeth Park
An overview of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Nearly 100 species of mammals and about 606 types of birds live in this park and among them are: the great schools of hippos, the big pigs of the forest and the beautiful kobs of Uganda that we often see in the tourist villages Mweya Peninsula that prides itself in a beautiful riparian area in the shadow of Rwenzori mountain. However, the isolated area of Ishasha is predominant for resident arboreal lions, the Maramagambo forest is home to an interesting diversity of monkeys and birds, the crater lakes hold thousands of beautiful flamingos, while the Kyambura Gorge is a habitat for habituated chimpanzees.
Day 1: Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast, one of our guides will pick you up at your home in Kampala before 08:00 and drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will make a few stops in Ecuador to take some pictures and to Mbarara at Motel Agip for lunch. From there, you will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, marveling at breathtaking scenery, tea plantations, open meadows, Longhorn ankol cattle, woodlands and the Rift Valley Escarpment. Have a game drive in the evening as you drive into your accommodation. Dine and sleep at Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget) or Mweya Safari Lodge (upscale). Meal plan: Lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth Safari National Park in Uganda
Start the day with a cup of tea / coffee before embarking on a safari along Queen's Mile and Kasenyi Trail. On this trail you will see elephants, water males, lions, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs and warthogs in addition to several birds. Return for breakfast and lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a 2-hour boat ride on the Kazinga Canal where you will meet buffaloes, elephants, hippos, kobs and warthogs among others. This tour will also allow you to see a range of birds. Dine and sleep at Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget) or Mweya Safari Lodge (upscale). Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth- Entebbe
With wonderful memories from the day before, you'll have a hearty breakfast as you prepare for a walk of primates; Lunch at the splendid Kingfisher lodge before continuing to Entebbe. However, visiting the Igongo Cultural Village is an experience not to be missed. Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.
The Safari package includes:
• 4x4 transport from Entebbe International Airport and back
• Lunch en route • 2 hours by boat on the Kazinga canal. • Subsistence allowance for the driver or guide. the company of a guide on Kyambura Gorge
• Cultural tour of Igongo • Childcare / guide
• Game races • Full board accommodation (FB) according to each itinerary indicated
However, the package does not include personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone, tips, cigars and more.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE PARK AND BOOKING
Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of approximately 1978 km2; its position provides a magnificent view of the bottom of the Rift Valley that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. It is well known to be home to about 95 mammals with 612 species of birds. A historian known as Douglas Willocks recently spoke of the different characteristics that led to the formation of the park in 1952.
The area was strategically located with breathtaking views of Mount Rwenzori, the plains and the composite mass of jagged mountains that are good for activities such as hiking. On the other side of Lake Edward, there is a famous hill called Mitumbe which overlooks Congo. Its beauty is signified with changing colors from blue to green, with gentle, distant slopes and this makes it become the center of darkness in Africa. The eastern part of the park is characterized by a peaceful green escarpment that comes from the West Rift Valley. The features are all covered with savannah making it a beautiful place full of nature spurge trees.
The park is so extensive further adjacent to the other protected areas. For example, Kigezi covers an area of about 256 km2 and Kyambura with about 154 km2 of fauna and flora. Other areas include the Kalinzu Forest Reserve which borders the DRC with approximately 200km2 along the Virunga National Park. The Rwenzori National Park is about a few kilometers to the north.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any national park in the world - more than 500 different bird species and approximately 100 mammal species.
The grassy plains are home to a variety of safari animals that can be seen from a vehicle on the designated trail system in the park. Twenty predators are in the park such as lions, leopards, jackals and spotted hyenas, among others.
Common antelope species include kob, bush male, topi and buck water. Other animals that can even be found in Peninsular mweya are: buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and hippos. There are also various species of primates available in the park, including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, among others. The Ish Ashaest area is famous for its tree lions and is also known for hosting the largest concentration of hippos in the world.