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5 Days Tour Queen Elizabeth & Semuliki

This 5 Days Uganda Tour takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Semliki National Park. The trip starts with a tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s most popular tourist destination, home to classic big game including hippos, buffalo and elephants, tree climbing lions, antelopes as well as different primates including chimpanzees. The trip later takes you to Semuliki National Park, home to numerous Central African wildlife species. While in Semuliki National Park, visit the Sempaya hotsprings, enjoy night game drives or visit a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri.

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Leave Kampala for Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 2: Game Viewing and Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura Gorge. Transfer to Semuliki National Park.

Day 4: Take a Nature Walk to the Sempaya Hotsprings

Day 5: Return to Kampala

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
Set off from Kampala and head to Queen Elizabeth national park; located on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese using the Masaka-Mbarara road.   Stop over at Mpambire drum makers and the equator for photographs.  Go on to Queen Elizabeth; check in at Mweya Safari lodge/Mweya Hostel/Simba Safari Lodge. After checking in take some time off to relax, you can either do an evening game drive in the Mweya Peninsular. You will spot buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes and elephants or you can visit the Lake Katwe town with its attractive display of crater lakes. Check out salt mining. Return back to Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury) / Simba Safari Lodge (budget). (HB)

Day 2: Game Viewing and Launch Cruise
Wake up early, take breakfast then start with a game view to Kasenyi plains. You are likely to see black and white colobus monkey, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes. A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward. Return to lodge for lunch; then in afternoon go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along Lake George-Lake Edward, come eye-eye with gaping hippos, crocodiles, leopards though infrequent. Ornithologists should look out for over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus Gonolek, pink backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow billed stork, shoebill stock. Don’t forget your camera. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge/ Institute of Ecology/Simba Safari Lodge. (FB)

Day 3: Transfer to Kampala
After taking breakfast proceed with chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge at exactly 8:00am. Did you know that chimps are our closest relatives? You can easily spot the similarities we share with chimps. Check out more primates mainly Black and white Colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkey among others. In the afternoon transfer to Semliki National Park which is just 4 hours drive. This Park is found at the western border of Uganda and Congo Republic next to Lake Albert and covers the eastern part of the Ituri forest joining Uganda and Congo River separated by the Semliki River. Semliki is an ornithologist’s haven having about 400 bird species mostly forest birds. Stay overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge (luxury)/ Rwenzori View Guesthouse (budget) (HB)

Day 4: “Sempaya Hotsprings”
Begin with the most eye-catching item in Semliki, the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs have a geyser shooting up from an 8m-wide hole at a hot temperature.  It’s the largest of its kind in the country. Along the same trail, you can recognize quite a number of bird species like blue –breasted kingfisher and Frasier’s ant-thrush and primates like the grey-checked mangabey and red-tailed monkey. Continue to Mungilo waterfall and see more attractive birds specially if you are a birder. Late afternoon go for a boat trip on Lake Albert, an exceptional lake in its own right. Check out the water animals and return to Semliki Safari Lodge (luxury)/ Rwenzori View Guesthouse (budget).

Day 5: Return to Kampala
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and head off to Kampala not forgetting to stopover in Fort Portal for lunch. This marks the end this trip.

End of the Tour

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included in this tour package;

  • Transportation in a 4X4WD safari vehicle
  • All activity fees
  • Park Ranger Fees
  • Relevant Government Taxes.
  • Full Board Accommodation and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Exclusions:

  • Airfares
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

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