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

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.

 

Price

$365 per person – Subject to a minimum of 6 people per vehicle

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 with a comfort/lunch break, as 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.

Terms and Conditions
  • Trip cost excludes all food/drinks/other personal items. Please enquire for bed and breakfast/ full board rates at Bush Lodge.
  • Cost includes park entry fees, game drive ranger fees (when available), boat cruise, guided walk fees, transport/fuel, shared accommodation in furnished safari tents with bedding.
  • Upgrades to banda accommodation can be made for an extra charge - please enquire for availability.
  • Staff tips are never expected but always appreciated.
  • A 50% deposit or payment in full is required in order to secure your reservation. Please see our payment terms and conditions for further information.
  • We endeavour to book out all trips to a max of 8 pax. In the event that a trip has less than 6 people booked, we reserve the right to cancel, or reschedule the trip. In the event of cancellation, deposits will be refunded in full.
  • Pick-ups en route may be considered if FULL PAYMENT is made in advance – please enquire before booking.
  • The price includes a free night’s camping/dormitory bed at Red Chilli Kampala the night before departure (subject to availability, non transferable and non-refundable). Please reserve in advance if required.
  • Discounts are available for East African residents and Ugandan Nationals, subject to a valid UWA recognised ID. Please inform us when booking if you are seeking to claim a discount.
  • Baggage is limited to 1 medium backpack per person. Excess baggage can be stored at Red Chilli Kampala free of charge.
  • If you are arriving at Red Chilli Kampala on the morning of departure please report to the reception by 7.15am. We cannot wait for latecomers and will not refund deposits should this occur.
  • Children below the age of 10 are not permitted on scheduled trips but please enquire about our exclusive trips.
  • Take all sensible precautions against malaria.
  • Do not approach any wild animals you may see around the camp/park, & do not startle them with flash photography.
  • Drink plenty of water at all times & protect yourself from the sun – Queen Elizabeth is considerably hotter than Kampala.
  • Take care of your valuables at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss.
  • We can supply packed lunches on request from Red Chilli Kampala for Day 1. However last orders are taken at 21.00 the night before the trip departs. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please email or call ahead with your order.
  • Please leave yourself plenty of time between the scheduled return of the trip and any ongoing travel connections. We cannot accept responsibility for any missed connections due to late return
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