Queen Elizabeth National Park with Chimps,
3 day Safari Tour, Uganda

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3 Days
Kampala
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Min Age : 10+

Queen Elizabeth National Park with Chimps, 3 day Safari Tour, Uganda

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 popular Red Chilli tour is perfect for those with limited time or budget, without compromising on quality game and primate viewing in stunning surroundings.

Tour Details

Due to the limited number of people wishing to travel at the moment, we have reduced our safari dates, so please contact us directly for the up-to-date schedule.

The minimum number of people required for a safari to operate has been reduced to 4 people for the time being, and 6 people from the beginning of July.  In line with the Uganda Government guidelines on managing the spread of Covid-19, our trips will be carrying a maximum of 6 passengers per vehicle.  If you have an alternative schedule date you would like to request, please send us an email at reservations@redchillihideaway.com

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 popular Red Chilli tour is perfect for those with limited time or budget, without compromising on quality game and primate viewing in stunning surroundings.

 

Departure & Return Location

Red Chilli Hideaway, Butabika Kampala

Departure Time

06:30 am

Price Includes

  • Shared accommodation in furnished safari tents with bedding at Bush Lodge (upgrades available)
  • All activity and park fees
  • Driver/guide

Price Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Any private expenses

WHAT WE SUGGEST YOU BRING:

A photocopy of your passport, including the visa page; torch; malaria prophylaxis; insect repellent; sun block; binoculars & camera equipment; sturdy walking shoes and long trousers for chimp tracking; plenty of drinking water/snacks; light coloured clothing (there are tsetse flies in the park, which are attracted to blue or dark-colours); any other personal affects.

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Kampala, chimpanzee tracking at Kalinzu Forest

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 vehicle).

8.45 Take advantage of the opportunity to have your photo taken at the Equator! A short snack/coffee/bathroom 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 en suite bandas are available on request (please enquire for pricing/availability). Enjoy dinner and drinks around the camp fire.

Day 2Full Day exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park

6:30 Early morning breakfast at Bush Lodge.

7:00 Depart for the Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive. The Kasenyi savannah offers a classic safari experience, with a good chance of spotting lions, which are drawn by the huge herds of Uganda Kob. You will also have the opportunity to spot elephant, warthog, waterbuck and possibly even the elusive leopard.

12.00 Take a break 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 Set off on 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.

Day 3Salt-Lake Tour, return to Kampala

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 you may also view the spectacular flocks of flamingos 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 Arrive back at Red Chilli, Kampala, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: Itineraries for Day 1 and Day 3 maybe reversed, depending on chimp permit availability.

Map

Please see the rough route of this safari on the map below. If you click on the “view large map” icon on the top right hand side of the map, you can select a day by day route. (Please note only road transportation is shown on the map)

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