Primate Holidays

5 Days safari

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The 5-day Queen Elizabeth National Park safari is an exciting journey starting and ending in Kampala. This adventure takes you to Uganda’s second largest park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you’ll encounter a rich variety of wildlife including elephants, tree-climbing lions, leopards, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, hippos, and crocodiles. Activities include exhilarating game drives and a scenic boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, providing ample opportunities for wildlife sightings. Additionally, visitors can spend an hour observing endangered chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, also known as the valley of apes.


 Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.

The 5-day Queen Elizabeth National Park tour begins with a pickup by your driver-guide from your location in Kampala, followed by a briefing about the trip. You’ll then embark on a journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda, with a lunch stop in Fort Portal along the way. As you continue your trip, you’ll enjoy scenic views of the Rwenzori Mountains, tea and banana farms, crater lakes, and other attractions. Upon arrival, you can opt for an evening game drive to spot elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, warthogs, and more. After the game drive, you’ll head to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 2: Morning game drive/ lion tracking experience and afternoon boat cruise.

On the second day of your 5-day trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you’ll start with an early breakfast before embarking on a morning game drive or lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains. This drive offers stunning sunrise views and the chance to spot the “big four” animals – lions, leopards, elephants, and buffaloes – along with other wildlife such as waterbucks, bushbucks, and Uganda kobs, as well as various bird species. Following the game drive, lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afterward, you’ll head to the landing spot near Mweya Safari Lodge for an exciting boat cruise along the 40 km long Kazinga Channel, connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. During the 2-hour cruise, you’ll witness large groups of hippos and Nile crocodiles in the water, elephants, buffaloes, and warthogs along the banks, as well as various water birds like the yellow-billed stork, cormorants, and African fish eagle. Additionally, you’ll observe fishermen preparing for night fishing and have ample opportunities for photography. Later in the evening, you’ll embark on another game drive to catch sight of any animals you may have missed earlier. Finally, you’ll return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and crater lakes tour.

On the third day of your 5-day trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you’ll embark on a chimpanzee trekking adventure in Kyambura Gorge, known as the Valley of Apes. After a briefing on trekking rules, you’ll set off with a park guide to search for habituated chimpanzees, which may take 30 minutes to 4 hours due to their movements. Along the way, you’ll encounter various primate species and colorful birdlife, as well as elephants and diverse plant species. Upon locating the chimpanzees, you’ll spend an hour observing their natural behaviors, such as eating, playing, and caring for their young, with opportunities for photography. Afterward, you’ll hike back to your starting point and return to the lodge for lunch.

Later in the day, you’ll join a Crater Lake tour, including visits to Katwe Crater Lake, where locals extract rock salt, and Nyamunuka Crater Lake, known as an animal hospital. Interactions with locals and exploration of the unique landscapes are highlights of this excursion. Finally, you’ll return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight stay.


Day 4: Game drive in Ishasha sector.

On the fourth day of your Uganda wildlife safari, following breakfast, you’ll join your driver guide for a full-day game drive in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This sector is renowned for its tree-climbing lions, which you’ll have the opportunity to observe during the drive. Lunch will be enjoyed amidst the wilderness, providing a scenic backdrop of the park’s landscape. Throughout the game drive, you may also encounter Uganda kobs, waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, and other wildlife species. After the excursion, you’ll return to camp for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 5: Departure to Kampala.

On the final day of your 5-day Queen Elizabeth National Park tour, after a leisurely breakfast and checking out of your lodge, you’ll meet your driver-guide for the return journey to Kampala. En route, you’ll stop for lunch at the Igongo Culture Centre to savor African organic cuisine before continuing to the Equator for a memorable experience and shopping for crafts and souvenirs. Arriving in Kampala in the early evening, your driver-guide will drop you off at your preferred location.