This safari tour will lead us first to Kibale national park then to Queen Elizabeth which are accessed through the same route. Kibale national park is a home of primates- chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons and other mammals like elephants alongside the various species of plants of Kibale forest and Queen Elizabeth gives opportunity to cruise on the water of Kazinga channel that joins two lakes Edward and George. A game drive in Queen Elizabeth also creates chances of sighting lions, leopards, hyenas, savannah elephants and many bird species.
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National park
The journey starts after having your breakfast and briefing from your driver guide. It takes about 5hours to reach the park via Mubende and Fort Portal. After diving for about 4 or 4.5 hours, you’ll have a stopover in Fort Portal town for lunch thereafter proceed for about 40 minutes to Kibale national park main entrance at Kanyanchu. You’ll check in at your lodge and relax as you prepare for the following day’s chimpanzee tracking.
Lodges at Kibale: Primate Lodge for luxury, Kibale forest camp for midrange and Lake Nkuruba nature Reserve and Community Campsite for budget accommodation.
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Have your early breakfast and get ready to trek into the forest for chimpanzees. You’ll be briefed and given a ranger guide to lead you through the forest to the points where chimpanzees are expected to be. You may spot other animals like L’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, mangabeys, baboons, elephants, birds among others. Tracking will end at mid-day and you’ll exit the park to Fort Portal town for lunch before proceeding to Queen Elizabeth national park. As you leave Fort Portal town, you’ll have a great view of Tooro Kingdom palace which is located on a hill and is known to have had the youngest king to taking over the throne in the whole world. The views on the right from Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth will be of the ranges of Mt. Rwenzori. You’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth in about two hours and go for a boat ride at 4:00pm. After the boat cruise at 7pm, you’ll check in at your lodge, have dinner and rest.
Lodges at Queen Elizabeth national park: Mweya safari lodge for luxury and UWA accommodation facilities for midrange and budget.
Day 3: Morning game drive and travelling back to Kampala
You’ll have breakfast and check out of your lodge, drive via Nyamununka Crater Lake to Kasenyi for a game drive with expectations of sighting lions, leopards, herds of elephants, Uganda kobs, various birds and another crater lake Bunyampaka. Drive out of the park and start the return journey to Kampala via Mbarara where you’ll stop for lunch and proceed through Masaka to Entebbe or your hotel.