3-Days Lion Conservation Safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Conservation Safari – Overview
- Visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Tree planting with the Rwenzori communities
- Game drives seeing Hyenas, Elephants, Bush pigs, Lions, including the famous climbing lions.
- 2 hours thrilling cruise trip along the Kazinga channel
- Join researchers on a Lion Tracking project
Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated astride the equator in the south western Uganda. It is the second largest national park in Uganda covering an area of 1,978 square kilometres. The park has varied habitats that include grass savannah, dense bushes, forest, swamp and lakes. This landscape offers magnificent game viewing experiences, a memorable launch trip and spectacular bird watching opportunities.
The park has over 100 species of mammals among which lion, elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob, warthogs, hyena, and leopards are the main larger species. There are over 606 bird species many of which to be seen along the the Kazinga channel to the Mweya peninsular. The Kazinga channel joins Lake Edward to Lake George where a boat trip allows visitors a close up encounter with many wildlife species.
Northern Crater Area
This region of the park is dominated by huge volcanic craters, some containing salt lakes. These unique ecosystems attract buffalo, elephant and on occasions many thousands of flamingos; a sight to behold.
This huge forest just outside queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the biggest forests in Uganda. It covers a total area of 280 square kilometers of both primary and the secondary forest, and 5 species of primates that includes chimpanzees.
The Blue Crater Lake at the the Jacana Lodge is an impressive sight.
The gorge is within the savannah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 16-kilometer-long scar in the earth is home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and birds. The gorge is about 100m deep to where organised chimpanzee trekking can be conducted, bird watching, nature walks and sight-seeing can be undertaken from the visitors centre.
The Ishasha Sector
This sector is the southern part of the park that is famous for its population of tree climbing Lions often to be seen in large fig trees in the plains.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide who will then transfer you to Lake Height Hotel or Lake Victoria or Palm Beach Hotel, which are a stone throw from Entebbe international airport, for relaxation and your overnight stay.
Day 1: Kampala-Queen Elizabeth National Park
After our morning breakfast, we shall embark on an exciting drive to Queen Elizabeth National park situated in the shadows of Mt. Rwenzori with several stops along the way for lunch in Fort Portal, relaxation, equator and landscape viewing. We shall join communities in the Rwenzori community to participate in tree planting activities to promote conservation before we check in to Jacana Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Wildlife Tour – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After our morning breakfast, we shall begin our day with a game drive in the morning where we are likely to see early risers such as Bush bucks, Hyenas, Elephants, Bush pigs, Lions, including the famous climbing lions, Buffaloes and Jackals. After the drive, we shall return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, we shall have 2 hours thrilling launch trip along the Kazinga channel where we shall see hundreds of hippos and buffalos, while elephants linger on the shoreline and spot over 60 bird species during the trip. We shall return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Jacana Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Queen National Park – Entebbe International airport
On this day, we shall wake up early in the morning for our breakfast, then join researchers in getting close with wild African big cats where you will join researchers on a Lion Tracking project in Queen Elizabeth National Park! This is not just an activity created for visitors, it is scientific research that is recorded and gives the researchers a better understanding of the habits of the lions found in Queen Elizabeth Park. We shall return for lunch then embark on an exciting road trip to Kampala and Entebbe international airport with several stopovers for landscape and equator viewing. We shall arrive at Entebbe international airport in the evening to catch up with your flight back home.
- Tree planting fees
- All park entrance fees
- All Game drives fees and climbing lions tracking fees
- All park entrance fees
- Boat cruise fees
- Park Ranger Fees
- All relevant Government Taxes
- Full Board Accommodation and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- Full time English-speaking Driver/Guide
- Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Airport transfer.
- Visa fees
- Personal Insurance
- Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.
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What to bring?
- Wear stout shoes or walking boots suitable for steep muddy slopes.
- Gardening gloves are excellent in the forest during tree planting activities.
- Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather can be unpredictable) and insect repellent.
- Porters are available to hire when need arise.
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Jacana Lodge – Upmarket
Ishasha Wilderness Camp – Upmarket
Katara Lodge – Upmarket
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Marafiki lodge – Mid range
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