QUEEN ELIZABETH ROYALE
History bubbles beneath the surface of the picturesque crater lakes at Queen Elizabeth Royale National Park, rising occasionally in the scent of sulfur. These now tranquil lakes were once forged in the fire and brimstone of volcanic explosions. The cooled crater lakes are just one of the astounding features within this diverse ecosystem. Its sprawling savannah, humid forests, and fertile wetland, set against a backdrop of the ethereal Rwenzori Mountains, make it an enticing abode for more than 90 species of mammals and over 600 species of birds.
Day 1: The Most Popular National Park
We embark on our expedition, driving west to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most visited national park in Uganda.
Meal Plan: Half-Board
Day 2: Into the Wilderness
In the morning, we set out to the Valley of the Apes, the stunning Kyambura Gorge, which stretches one kilometre across and plunges 100 metres deep. The gorge, which is drained by River Kyambura, is an attractive habitat for primates and a rich diversity of birds. After a briefing, we plunge into the depths of the gorge, tracking habituated chimpanzees as they go about their day. With luck, we will also spot the black & white Colobus Monkeys, Red-Tailed Monkeys, and giant forest hogs.
After lunch, we set off on a cruise down the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George to Lake Edward. Warthogs, crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, and elephant lounge in the shallows and along the banks of this laid-back channel, surrounded by aquatic birds.
An evening game drive in Kasenyi leads us into the grazing grounds of Uganda Kobs where elephant, waterbucks, lions, and buffalo roam. At dusk, the sunset casts the savannah in a luminous, golden tinge; a truly ethereal sight, and perhaps, an invitation to return.
Meal Plan: Full-Board
Day 3:Early Morning Game Drive – Return to Kampala
After a quick breakfast, we head out on an early morning game drive; a chance to spot a few more animals that we might have missed. We return to the lodge after this quick adventure and set out for Kampala. A lunch stop will be made en-route, and another at the equator for some craft shopping.
Meal Plan: Half-Board
- Transfer to/from Entebbe International Airport
- Ground transport on a private 4WD luxury safari vehicle
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as included in the itinerary (twin/double room)
- Activities and meals as included in the itinerary
- Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
- Gorilla permit (USD $600 per permit)
- Activities included in the itinerary
- Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
- Detailed map of Uganda (1 map per person)
- A pair of Binoculars
- International flight
- Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
- Meals and drinks outside the itinerary
- Items and services of a personal nature
Terms and conditions
* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.
* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.
* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.
* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Age Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.
* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.
* The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.