Day 1: After breakfast, your guide from Cattel Vacations Uganda Ltd safaris and travel safaris will meet you at your hotel at 7.00am and set off on the southbound road, have a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once and thereafter proceed to Mbarara. Have lunch at Agip motel and then continue through the lush hills to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening. Have a game drive as you are entering the park and over night at either Mweya Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hippo Hill Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
It’s a little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few. The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, Turtles etc.
All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Birding is also wonderful. Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Fly Catcher, Bustards, craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Overnight at either Mweya Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hippo Hill Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 2: This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area. Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at either Mweya Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hippo Hill Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 3: Early in the morning after breakfast we drive to Kyambura Gorge for your chimp trekking where you head off for a guided trek through the densely covered and beautiful gorge in search of man's closest relative, the chimpanzee. The sounds of the chimps carry through the forest very clearly, so approaching and watching these creatures in their natural habitat is a fantastic wildlife viewing experience. This will take around three to fours hours. Then head for Kampala arriving in the evening and over night at your hotel (clients own cost).
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