Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western Uganda, about 376 kilometres (234mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital spanning an estimated 1,978 km² (764 mi). Park area extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes. The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. It was later renamed Ruwenzori before it returned to its royal name. QENP is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the 1978–1979 Uganda-Tanzania War (usually referred to in Uganda as the Liberation War that led to the overthrow of Idi Amin's regime. Idi Amin's forces included thousands of troops sent by Muammar Gaddafi, and some Palestinian support.
Many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees; it is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 600 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area.
Day 1 : Kampala-Queen Elizabeth Park Drive.
An early morning start at around 6 am from Kampala and (English Speaking Driver - Safari Equipped Vehicle) drive on through some of Uganda's most beautiful countryside arriving at Queen Elizabeth around lunchtime. Here we check in to the lodging Accommodation of your choice. There is the average or better budget Bush Lodge - beautifully set overlooking the Kazinga Channel and they have tasty food, and the great up-market Myeya Safari Lodge plus many other recommended lodging options as you may see after clicking on the link above.
A comfortable lunch and some deserved rest, in some of accommodations there is a pool where you can relax, but let the realizations set in that you are in African Wilderness even though you might be in an up-market facility
In the afternoon is the first of your game drives for you to see the animals and birds of Queen Elizabeth National Park. When one says game drive, it is slow in order not to miss anything. A resident UWA armed guide is on board who knows the animals, the birds, reptiles, plants and trees. From the lovable warthogs with their raised tails, to the giant African Elephant, then the king of the beasts, the majestic Lion. Keep your eyes wide open, camera ready and enjoy.
Dinner at the accommodations that you have chosen and a quiet evening overlooking the savanna, a crater lake, Kazinga channel, depending on where you are staying.
Day 2: QENP Safari Drive & Launch Cruise/Boat Safari
There is nothing like a breakfast while on Safari and there is nothing like the smell of it as you awaken. It is off to a morning game drive catching some of the nocturnal animals as they call it a night. As you drive along there is nothing like a herd of Elephants moving across the track ahead of you. A pair of lions in the distant savanna grass. Buffaloes grazing in the early morning hour. Birds flying overhead, maybe a rock python here or there. The game track rides last about 2½ to 3 hours but you won't even realize the time has gone by.
Back to your accommodations here at Queen Elizabeth, enjoy some unscheduled time andthen it is lunch time after which you are off on a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel where there are hippos, hippos and more hippos. In between are hundreds of birds of all kinds, some crocodiles and of course more hippos, and elephants and buffaloes. It is simply a fabulous, slow boat ride that usually is one of the highlights of a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Enjoy dinner and another night under the African star filled sky as you sit outside quietly taking it all in.
Day 3: Homeward Drive - Kampala
Another fulfilling breakfast and then the sad part of checking out and our journey back to Kampala begins with lunch in Masaka and onward to Kampala, a stop at the Equator for some photos and we will reach Kampala in the early evening.
Make it a four day Safari and add on Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. OR, you can choose to do it on the day you check out of the park. It can easily be added to any Safari to QENP and gives you complete look at various aspects of the park.
Since you are already at Queen Elizabeth there are no separate entrance fees, just the tracking fee itself making it also economical for visitors to Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda. The tracking increases your price of a Queen Elizabeth Safari slightly, but our clients feel it well worth the added cost, enhancing their overall Queen Elizabeth Park Safari experience. Explore the chimpanzees in Uganda here >>
Add tracking the Tree Climbing Lions Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park, this can be an overnight trip or simply a game drive added.
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