The Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is Uganda's most-visited National Park. The national park is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri.
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. The park was later renamed Ruwenzori before it returned to its royal name. QENP is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed during the Uganda-Tanzania War. Many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees; it is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area.
The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
You will be picked up from Entebbe International Airport or bus station by our guide or representative and transferred to your hotel. If you arrive early, for example before 16 hours, you will have time to visit places like the Uganda Wildlife Education Center for wild life viewing in the sanctuary before you start your main tour.
Kampala - Queen Elizabeth national park
Immediately after breakfast, you will start on your journey to Queen Elizabeth national park which is situated in the southwest part of the country. You may stop at the equator where you will experience being in two hemispheres and the same time you may be interested to know your actual weight. You will drive through Mbarara town, Bunyaruguru escarpments which are overlooking the rift valley before you reach Queen Elizabeth National Park with the unfolding beautiful panoramic view of Lakes Edward and George and the game field plains. Dinner and overnight either at the following depending on your choice:-
Budget Accommodation : Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp or Mweya Hostel
Moderate Accommodation : Simba Safari Camp or Ihamba Safari Lodge and or Bush Lodge
Luxury Accommodation : Kyambura Game Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge
Chimpanzee tracking- launch cruise
Immediately after your breakfast, you will go to Kyambura gorge to track chimpanzees. You will get a ranger who will guide you through the jungle which might take you 1-3 hours before you see the chimpanzee. You will not only meet the chimpanzees during the tracking but also other primates like the different types of monkey, birds and so many types of tree species. You will return to the lodge for lunch and after lunch, you will go for the launch cruise on the Kazinga channel, where you will get the chance to see a huge population of Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffaloes, Elephants and many brightly coloured birds and water antelopes. Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Game drive- Kampala
After an early morning breakfast, your guide will take you for a morning game drive in the Northern Crater Area where there is heavy grassland and dark lakes set into deep volcanic craters. You will see the baboon point where the landscape drops dramatically to form an escarpment. You will see lots of elephants, Uganda kobs, lions, and among other animals. After the game drive, you will have your lunch and start on your journey back to Kampala. If you want to, you can stop at Mpambire drum world and buy yourself a souvenir of locally made drum. You will then be dropped at your hotel or the airport for your flight.
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