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Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 25 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1200 US Dollar (USD)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated astride the equator in the south western Uganda. It’s the second largest national park in Uganda covering an area of 1978 square kilometers. The park has varied habitats that include grass savannah, dense bushes, forest, swamp and lakes. The park offers magnificent game viewing experiences, a memorable launch trip and spectacular bird watching opportunities.

The park has over 100 species of mammals among which lion, elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob, warthogs, hyena, and leopards are the main draw cards. There are over 606 bird species many of which to be seen along the the Kazinga channel to the Mweya peninsular. The kazinga channel joins Lake Edward to Lake George where a launch trip allows visitors a close up encounter with many wildlife species.

Northern Crater Area: This region of the park is dominated by huge volcanic craters, some containing salt lakes. These unique ecosystems attract buffalo, elephant and on occasions many thousands of flamingo a sight sight to behold.

Maramagambo Forest: This huge forest just out side queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the biggest forests in Uganda. It covers a total area of 280 square kilometers of both primary and the secondary forest, 5 species of primates that includes chimpanzees.
The Blue Crater Lake at the sight of the Jacana Lodge is an impressive sight.

Kyambura Gorge: The gorge is within the savannah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 16 kilometer long scar in the earth is home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and birds. The gorge is about 100m deep to where organised chimpanzee trekking can be conducted, bird watching, nature walks and sight seeing can be undertaken from the visitors centre.

The Ishasha Sector: This sector is the southern part of the park that is famous for it's population of tree climbing Lions often to be seen in large fig trees in the plains.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: After breakfast travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a brief stop at the equator with an opportunity to stand in both hemispheres at the same time. Drive to Mbarara the largest town in western Uganda where we shall stop for lunch. Proceed to Mweya Safari Lodge and have a brief relaxation thereafter go for an evening game drive (F/B).

Day 2: Morning game driving to visit the Kasenyi area of the reserve where lions are to be seen. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge for lunch and a short period of relaxation before embarking on the launch trip to explore the Kazinga Channel where hippos and water birds are numerous. On return from the launch trip time permitting a short game drive will be conducted to watch the sunset. Overnight: (FB).

Day 3: Depart for the Kyambura Gorge to track chimpanzees at first light. Leave for Mbarara for a late lunch before continuing to Kampala and arrive late in the afternoon.

- Accommodation: Up market, Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Hippo hill camp, Mid range, Katara Lodge,
King Fishers Safaris Resort.
- Budget: Mweya campsite.
- Activities: Game driving/viewing, bird watching, launch trip, nature walks, chimpanzee tracking.
- Access: A journey time of about 6 to 7 hours drive from Kampala via Mbarara to Mweya and 8 to 9 hours to Ishasha.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Entrance fees to the park
- Accommodation
- Fees at the equator
- Meals and transportation.

- Prices are subject to changes due to currency fluctuations.
- The cost is based on a double occupancy and a full board basis.
- Prices are indicative, not actual due to high fluctuations in fuel prices.
- A specific quote will be given at the time of booking.