3 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari Trip

elephants-queen-elizabeth-national-parkNamed after her majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England, the park is known for one of Uganda’s best scenery! It lies in the fringes of the Albertine Rift Valley in western Uganda where the landscape is dominated by sprawling grassy hills and beautiful crater lakes. From the eastern areas of the park one may catch distant views of the Virungas in the Congo and the Rwenzori Mountain Ranges.

There is a huge variety of wildlife that inhabits the diverse habitats across the 1,978 square kilometers of the park. At a glance, the park supports 90 species of mammals and over 500 bird species. The Mweya – Kasenyi plains have the largest volume of animals in the park, namely Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, Hyenas, and Antelopes among others. The Kazinga Channel that connects lakes Edward and George is literally a bird magnet, hosting hundreds of species of water birds. The channel also hosts plenty of animals. The remote southern region of the park called Ishasha is popular for the famous Tree-climbing Lions and many large animals.

Safari specifications

– Group size: minimum 1 (one) traveler

– Lodges selected for charm, surrounding wildlife and views, level of comfort, high standard of hospitality and nearness to the Kasenyi plain for game drives and Kazinga Channel for boat trip

– Professional driver/safari guide and a 4by4 safari van fitted with a pop-up roof for game viewing

– Safari on full-board accommodation basis

Trip Highlights

  • Uganda Equator
  • Game Drive in the Mweya – Kasenyi plains
  • Boat Ride on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drive in the Ishasha plains


Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have early breakfast and start the trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park by 7.00am, driving westwards on the Masaka – Mbarara highway. You will make a brief stopover at the Uganda Equator monument in Masaka for some picture moments.  After close to 4 hours, you will get to Mbarara where you shall make stop for a lunch break. Thereafter proceed, driving past big farms of bananas plantations, tea farms, cattle ranches, and forests. The landscape gradually changes to bigger hills as you approach the park. Arrive in the late evening, check in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Journey time: 6 – 7 hours

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner


Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Moderate: Kingfisher Lodge

Budget: The Bush Lodge

Day 2: Game Drive, Boat Trip on Kazinga Channel

Be up for by 6.00am, have a cup of hot tea/coffee with snack and set off for the morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will explore the game trails in the Kasenyi plains where you are exposed to a variety of animals, such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Hyenas, Leopards and Antelopes. Drive through the crater lakes and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and the stunning sunrise over the African wilderness. After close to 3 hours, return to the lodge for breakfast and relax.

In the afternoon after you’ve had lunch, you set out for a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel to Lakes Edward and George. This boat ride offers up-close views of wildlife on the channel. Hippos, Crocodiles, and Monitor Lizards are a common sight. Other game such as Elephants, Buffaloes, and antelopes frequent the shores to drink and cool off and also feed on the fresh vegetation nearby. The bird lovers are in for a treat as the channel is congregation point for hundreds of hundreds of bird species more so during the migration season Nov to March. The boat trip is about 2 hours long, return and transfer back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day3: Game Drive in Ishasha for Tree Lions, Return to Kampala

Have early breakfast, check out of the lodge and transfer to the southern section of Ishasha situated near the DR Congo border, for a game drive. This area is known for the famous Tree-climbing Lions which you may have a chance to spot them in the tree figs scanning the grasslands for prey. Other animals include Topis, Elephants and Buffaloes.  Spend about two hours, after which you leave for Kampala where you will arrive in the evening. You shall have lunch in Mbarara.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tour includes

  • Private safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Full board accommodation for 2 nights
  • All meals
  • Bottled water
  • Park fees
  • All activities included on the itinerary

Tour excludes

  • Visa fees
  • Air fairs
  • Luxury drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenditures such as laundry, telephone, shopping, etc

What to bring

  • Mostly light clothes as temperatures are high and some heavy for the chilly nights
  • Insect repellent
  • A hat/cap plus shades to shield from the sunshine
  • Enough drinking water is provided in the car
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