DAY 1: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Arrive at one of the many lodges or campsites in or near Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon, check in and relax before leaving for an evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains.
Choose between chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge, or a walk in Maramagambo Forest, with birds, antelope and monkeys. In the afternoon visit the Kikorongo Cultural Center (3) to meet the women of the community and learn how to make traditional baskets and paper bead necklaces. Enjoy cultural dances and drama performed by the group. Take an evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1) before returning to your accommodation.
See a different face of the park with a research team at Mweya Safari Lodge. Venture off road to track lions or monitor mongoose behavior and contribute to valuable research project. After a leisurely lunch on the Mweya Peninsula, take a two hour boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. To top off a wildlife packed day, there is an optional sunset Crater Lake Drive (7) to the Baboon Cliffs (8) for an evening drink as the sun sets over the park’s rolling hills.
Choose between a nature walk on the Mweya Peninsula or a guided walk around Lake Kikorongo to see the bird species that inhabit this lake and the surrounding forest. In the afternoon visit Katwe Salt Lake to learn about traditional salt mining, followed by a short walk to Lake Munyenyange to spot lesser flamingos (August-November) and other bird life. End the day with an evening game drive on the Channel track and looping trails.
Take an Agro-Tour Walk (12) through community farmland to learn about farming methods, medicinal plants and bee keeping, then drive to the Ishasha Sector for a picnic lunch on the plains. Explore the Edward Flats and spot the region’s famous tree climbing lions. You can also take a nature walk with an UWA guide along the Ishasha River.
Take a final game drive through the Ishasha plains before heading out of the park on your way home or to Bwindi for more adventures.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.