Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular park in Uganda, proven by the number of travelers visiting each year. It was named after the…
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Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular park in Uganda, proven by the number of travelers visiting each year. It was named after the queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, after her visit to the park in 1952. The park has the most diverse habitats making it a home to numerous bird species life, animal, insect, reptiles and amphibians and mammals.
It is famous for its tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha, crater lakes, forested gorges, Savannah plains, swamps, rivers, and the beautiful Kazinga channel – home to an abundance of wildlife. The park has the highest number of bird species in Uganda and any protected area in East Africa. There is Chimpanzee tracking in the ‘underground’ forest in Kyambura gorge and the nearby Kalinzu forest.
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with afternoon game drive
We start early in the morning in Kabale or at your accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi. From the scenic mountain landscape we immerse ourselves in changing landscapes such as savannah, scrubland, swamps, rivers and lakes. Arriving at Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we stay overnight, we start our first game drive. Elephants, buffaloes, warthogs and many different species of birds are regularly observed. In addition to common antelope species such as Uganda Kob we have the chance to see more rare species such as Serengeti Topi or Defassa Waterbuck.
Overnight: Park View Safari Lodge Meals: lunch and dinner Drinks: water while driving, other drinks not included.
Game drive and boat trip on Kazinga Channel
This day includes one of the highlights, the boat trip on Kazinga Channel. But first we start our game drive early in the morning. Now temperatures should be a bit lower and the animals should be more active. We may see hippos that are not yet back in the water from their nightly ramble. Also many other animals can be observed looking for food, with a bit of luck also some predators. In the afternoon, we relaxe on a boat trip on Kazinga Channel. Kazinga Channel connects Lake George and Lake Edward and has one of the world's densest populations of hippos. Regardless of this, many other animals tend to cool down later in the day, so you have a good view of elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, Nile monitors, various antelope species and a variety of birds.
Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner Drinks: water while driving, other drinks not included
Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kalinzu Forest Reserve, easy hike through the Maramagambo Forest to the Bat Cave and return to Kabale
The second highlight follows today, the chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve outside the National Park. Of the currently about 220 chimpanzees there are 70 habituated individuals. With a ranger we go to search them. When we have found the animals, we can spend an hour to take pictures or just to observe the fascinating social behavior of the animals. After this impressive encounter, we take an easy hike through the Maramagambo Forest to a bat cave. Thist forest is besides chimpanzees (not habituated) habitat for another six monkey species. From a distance we can hear the countless bats and soon we can watch them at the cave ceiling from an observation platform at almost the same height. Below there are beautiful pythons in the sun, waiting for one of the bats to crash in the scrum. After this easy but impressive hike, we make our way to Kabale or to Lake Bunyonyi, where this tour ends. Meals: breakfast and lunch and dinner Drinks: water while driving, other drinks not included
- Entrance fees to Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Entrance fees to Kalinzu Forest Reserve
- Permit Chimpanzee Tracking
- All activities as described
- All accommodations as listed
- A professional driver/guide
- All rides and flights as described
- All Taxes/VAT
- All meals as listed
- Water while driving
- Flights from / to Uganda
- More accommodations beyond those described
- Personal expenses (visa costs, insurance, souvenirs, etc)
- Increase of taxes or entrance fees, prompted by the authorities
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