Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination, offering breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The park is home to more than 600 bird and 95 mammal species, including lion, elephant, hippo, leopard, buffalo, hyena, warthog and various antelope. This all new Red Chilli Tour is perfect for those with limited time or budget, without compromising on quality game & primate viewing in stunning surroundings.
6:30 Please be at the Red Chilli reception by 6.30am at the latest. Depart at 6.45am in a customised pop-top safari minibus with driver/guide (max 8 passengers per trip).
8.45 Take advantage of a photo opportunity at the Equator. Short snack/coffee & toilet break.
13.45 Arrive at Kalinzu Forest Reserve where you may eat your packed lunch if you have not enjoyed it en route! (Please bring your own packed lunch or order from Red Chilli when booking your trip.) Depart for up to 4 hours chimpanzee trekking with a tracker and guide. The Forest Reserve is home to 6 groups of chimps, comprising over 300 individuals and tracking currently enjoys more than 80% success rate. Please bring suitable closed walking boots and long trousers!
18:00 Arrive at Bush Lodge for the night. Accommodation provided consists of safari tents with twin/double beds, including bedding and shared bathroom facilities. Upgrades to ensuite bandas are available on request (please enquire for pricing/availability). Enjoy dinner and drinks around the camp fire.
6:30 Early morning full breakfast at Bush Lodge.
7:00 Depart for Kasenyi Sector of Queen Elizabeth for an early morning game drive. The Kasenyi savannah offers a classic safari experience, with a good opportunity to spot lions, which are drawn by the huge herds of Uganda Kob. There is also the chance to view elephant, warthog, waterbuck and possibly even the elusive leopard!
12.00 Stop at the Queen’s Pavillion Visitor Information Centre for a packed lunch whilst enjoying the panoramic view of the park and surrounding area.
13:00 Take the 27km long Crater Explosion drive, evidence of the Albertine rift’s volcanic past. The drive affords stunning views of the enormous craters, the Rift Valley Escarpment and the Kazinga Channel, set against the stunning backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains.
15:00 Finish the Crater drive at the Kazinga Channel, where you will join the 2 hour launch cruise. From the boat you may see buffalo, elephants, monitor lizards and vast numbers of different bird species as well as numerous hippos and crocodiles in the water.
18.00 Arrive back at Bush Lodge for a second night.
6:30 Early morning breakfast at Bush Lodge.
7:00 Depart for Katwe for a tour of the working salt lake mine. When in season also view the spectacular flocks of flamingoes at the nearby by bird sanctuary lake (Typically viewed from October-March).
9:00 Return to Kampala via Fort Portal, where you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant (to be arranged with your guide).
18.00 Arrival back at Red Chilli in Kampala, depending on traffic and weather conditions
PLEASE NOTE: Itineraries for Day 1 and Day 3 maybe reversed, depending on chimp permit availability.
The trip is inclusive of all park entrance fees and activities, 2 nights accommodation in shared safari tents with communal bathroom facilities (upgrades may be available), all transport to and from Kampala. Meals, drinks, tips and any personal items are excluded.Specially designed ‘exclusive’ trips can be organised according to customer requirements. If you would like further information or would like to make a reservation, please complete an online inquiry form.