Spanning the equator is the vast Queen Elizabeth National Park which boasts a remarkable crater lake scenery, open grasslands, papyrus swamps and tropical forests, huge herds of Elephant and Buffalo, Lions, Leopards, and a diverse array of birds.
The park contains Uganda’s best game populations (95 mammal species) as well as some of Uganda’s best bird watching, an incredible bird list of 610 species and an overwhelming record of 296 species in a single day, the highest in Africa! The boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which links Lakes George and Edward, is one of the most productive birding excursions on the planet.
Depending on time of arrival, some late afternoon birding might produce African Morning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed, Yellow-backed and Lesser-masked Weavers, Pin-tailed Whydah and Black-winged Pratincole.
We will spend 3 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth supports an impressive range of habitats; its five basic habitat types (forest, grassland, bushy grassland, acacia woodland and lakeshore/swamp vegetation types) further embrace at least 57 microhabitats, which is reflected in the park’s diversity of birds and mammals. Safari Highlights
Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala
Day One: Arrival for the tour – Uganda.
Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. (Residents will travel on this day and spend a night in one of the Lodges in the Park). Choice of accommodation here includes: Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge and Mweya Hostel for the duration of the 3 nights.
Day Two: Bird watching safari to Ishasha and Kyambura Gorge.
On this day, we have a whole day game and bird watching drive to the Ishasha sector and Kyambura Gorge. You have chances of seeing the Harlequin and Blue Quails, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, White winged Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Black Bee-eater, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck’s Courser. Mammals found here include African Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Lion, Ugandan Kobs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs, to mention but a few.
Day Three: Bird watching safari to Kasenyi Trail and Maramagambo forest.
This day we spend the morning on a game drive to the Kasenyi trail and Shoebill wetland. We shall carry packed lunch. Later in the afternoon, we drive to Maramagambo Forest. Specialties here include the Yellow-bellied and Jameson’s Wattle-eyes, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed and Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Brown and Grey-chested Illadopsis, Shinning Blue Kingfisher, Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Narina Trogon, Least Honey guide, Grey Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, and the African Fin foot. The trail through the forest leads past a bat cave, which is rather impressive, and if we are lucky we may come across a Python that lives in the cave and feasts on the bats.
Day Four: Bird watching safari to Kazinga channel, Uganda.
After breakfast, we shall take a boat trip bird watching along the supernatural Kazinga Channel till late morning. Kazinga Channel links Lakes George and Edward, and is one of the most productive birding excursions on the planet. During the launch cruise we expect to meet congregations of African Skimmers, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Collard Planticoles, Yellow-billed Ox-pecker and many others. Lunch at the Lodge; and afternoon transfer to Kampala