5 days Uganda Safari targets two of Uganda’s most popular national parks; Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks. Explore Kibale National Park, home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzees and Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most popular park to enjoy game viewing in Uganda. Enjoy game drives through the savanna park, a search for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel, an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park including hundreds of enormous hippos, buffalos, elephants and a wide variety of birds.
Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 2: Game viewing and launch cruise
Day 3: Viewing tree-climbing lions in Ishasha
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale
Day 5: Return to Kampala
Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Begin your trip as early as 6:00am (local time) in the morning from Kampala and head to Queen Elizabeth national park overlooking the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori. It is approximately 7hrs drive – 417km to get to Queen Elizabeth national park.
A stop over at the Uganda Equator will offer you an opportunity to appreciate nature as you participate in an experiment to ascertain the intersection of the sphere’s surface. Proceed to Mbarara town for your lunch – the local dishes can suffice. Traverse the crater lakes region, notably Lake Rutoto, shaped like the map of Africa; the tea plantations notwithstanding and finally the rift valley escarpment overlooking the Rwenzori mountains and the lakes George and Edward with the Kazinga Channel, are but a big spectacle! Overnight stay and dinner at Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 2: game viewing and launch cruise
After an early morning cup of tea, begin your game drive towards the Kasenyi track. The northern sector of the park (Kasenyi) has the highest concentration of wildlife including Uganda kobs, waterbucks, topis, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, lions and a variety of savanna related birds. Later return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for an afternoon launch cruise.
The afternoon launch cruise is a big highlight as you seize an opportunity to interface with most mammals in the park including four of the big five – elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards; others include hippos, waterbucks, warthogs, etc; and birds in this park over 619 species ranking Queen Elizabeth national park the second highest of any park in Africa – the 6th highest of any park in the world.
The Kazinga Channel is the birders’ haven! A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater concentrate along the banks of Lake Edward. Overnight stay and dinner at Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 3: Viewing tree climbing lions in Ishasha
This morning take your breakfast and transfer to Ishasha Game Reserve in search for tree climbing lions. They begin climbing the trees at sunrise simply to rest after a night long hunt for the antelopes.
A game drive in the Ishasha grassland is another excellent game viewing experience as you encounter big herds of Uganda kobs, defassa waterbucks, or oribis, topis, etc. Retire to Savannah Resort Hotel for lunch before transferring to Kibale Forest National Park. Overnight stay at Kyaninga Lodge / Primates Lodge / Mountains of the Moon / Chimpanzee Guest House
Day 4: chimpanzee tracking in Kibale
After your morning breakfast, our tour guide will lead you to Kanyanchu park headquarters for briefing from the senior park ranger. At 8:00 am you will join the rest of other trackers and transfer to the starting point which is 2 Km away from the park headquarters. Most often chimpanzee tracking goes for 3 to 4 hours.
While in the forest you may interface with primates including the red tailed monkey, L’Hoest monkey, baboons, white and black Colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red Colobus, blue monkeys and pottos. Other animals include forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs and a striking tree species. Later you may enjoy your lunch at Chimps Nest Lodge before embarking on a guided nature walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. Expect to see the Great Blue Turaco and Papyrus Gonolek which can easily be sighted among the other many bird species. There is also an array of butterfly species. In the evening return to your previous lodge for relaxation and dinner.
Day 5:Return to Kampala / Entebbe and departure
After enjoying breakfast, transfer back to Kampala, with an en route lunch. If possible, you may take a short visit to see the “supernatural tree – the Nakayima” where you will be introduced to some of the hilarious traditional beliefs of the Baganda people. Arrive in Kampala in the evening. If this day coincides with the Ndere Cultural troupe, this would be an exciting moment to enjoy.
- Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
- Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
- All accommodations while on tour
- Meal as indicated in the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees
- 1 Chimpanzee Tracking permit
- All Activity Fees included in the tour itinerary
- Pre-tour briefing and itinerary document, maps and postcards
- International flight ( can be arranged if required )
- Visa and personal insurance
- Drinks, tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
- Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package.