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Suggested Itineraries

Queen’s Tour

Queens-Tour5 Night/6 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

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 (1).

DAY 2:

Choose between chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge (2a), or a walk in Maramagambo Forest (2b), 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.

DAY 3:

See a different face of the park with a research team at Mweya (4). Venture off road to track lions or monitor mongoose behavior and contribute to valuable research project. After a leisurely lunch on the Mweya Peninsula (4), take a two hour boat ride along the Kazinga Channel (6). 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.

DAY 4:

Choose between a nature walk on the Mweya Peninsula (4) or a guided walk around Lake Kikorongo (9) to see the bird species that inhabit this lake and the surrounding forest. In the afternoon visit Katwe Salt Lake (10) to learn about traditional salt mining, followed by a short walk to Lake Munyenyange to spot lesser flamingos (August-November) and other bird life.
Be sure to stop at Katwe Tourism Information Center (KATIC) to pick up your guide. End the day with an evening game drive on the Channel track and looping trails (11).

DAY 5:

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 (13) for a picnic lunch on the plains. Explore the Edward Flats (14) and spot the region’s famous tree climbing lions. You can also take a nature walk with an UWA guide along the Ishasha River.

DAY 6:

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.

Game Galore

Queens-Tour2 Night/3 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive at one of the many lodges or camp sites in or around Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon, check in and relax before leaving for a 2-3 hour evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1). Return to your lodge or camp for the night.

DAY 2:

Rise early and take a packed breakfast with you on your morning game drive along the Katunguru Channel Tracks and looping trails (1-2 hours) (2); pass through Kabatoro Gate to ‘Crater Lake Drive’ (3), Stop at the Baboon Cliffs lookout (4) for breakfast and to admire the views.
End your morning drive at Queen’s Pavilion (5) for a cup of coffee or tea and look back on the rolling hills you have just traversed and the steep slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Enjoy a picnic lunch here, return to your camp or lodge or choose a restaurant near Kikorongo (6) or on the Mweya Peninsula (7) where you can relax and enjoy the wild scenery. After lunch head to the Visitor Information Center on Mweya Peninsula (7) to purchase your tickets for a 3pm boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (8).
After returning from the boat cruise at around 5pm, take a leisurely game drive along the channel track (2) and looping trails, before returning to your lodge or camp for dinner.

DAY 3:

This is your last chance to see game before heading on your way! Have an early breakfast and head to Kasenyi Plains (1) for a morning game drive.
If you are not rushing off to your next destination, visit Katwe Salt Lake and village (9) to learn about traditional salt mining in Lake Katwe that has persisted since the 16th Century. From here there is also the option of taking a short walk to the neighboring Lake Munyenyange where you might glimpse lesser flamingos (August-November) and other bird life. Be sure to stop at Katwe Tourism Information Center (KATIC) to pick up your guide.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.

Park & People

Queens-Tour3 Night/4 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive at one of the many lodges or camp sites in or near Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon, check in and relax before leaving for a 2-3 hour evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1).

DAY 2:

Meet your guide in the morning for the Agro-Tour Walk (2). This tour takes you through community farmland where you will learn about farming, local medicinal plants and bee keeping - which provides them with honey while keeping the elephants away from their crops.
After your agrarian experience drive the short distance to The Cave (3) for lunch. Try the famous mamba fish and check out the cave that holds cultural significance to the local community as well as the restaurant’s organic garden.
After lunch, head to the Mweya Peninsula Visitor Information Center (4) to purchase tickets for the late afternoon Kazinga Channel boat ride (5), to see the wildlife lining the banks as dusk falls.

DAY 3:

Early morning game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1) followed by a visit to Katwe Salt Lake (6) to learn about traditional salt mining that has taken place here since the 16th Century. You can also take a short walk to the neighboring Lake Munyenyange where you might glimpse lesser flamingos (August-November) and other bird life. Be sure to stop at Katwe Tourism Information Center (KATIC) to pick up your guide.
Have a picnic lunch at the KATIC banda or find food in Katwe (6), Mweya (4) or Kikorongo (8). After lunch, visit the Kikorongo Cultural Center (8) to meet the women of the community and learn how to weave traditional baskets and make recycled paper bead necklaces.
Return to your lodge or camp to relax - read a book, lounge by the pool or brush up your wildlife knowledge with the Snapshot Safari board game. Once you are rested, you can set off for an evening game drive.

DAY 4:

Enjoy a final game drive along the spectacular Crater Lake Drive (9) before heading home with your memories and pictures.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.

Duke’s Tour

Queens-Tour4 Night/5 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive at one of the many lodges or camp sites 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 (1).

DAY 2:

Start your day by heading to Crater Lake Drive (2), with a stop at the Baboon Cliffs lookout point (3) for breakfast. End your drive at the Queen’s Pavilion (4) for a tea or coffee enjoy views of the rolling hills against the Rwenzori Mountains. Continue to the Kikorongo Cultural Center (5) for a traditional craft workshop.
After lunch choose between chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge (6a), or a walk in the Maramagambo Forest (6b), where you can find a variety of birds, forest antelope, monkeys and the ‘cormorant house’ - a large tree in the forest that has been turned white by the birds that roost in it at night.

DAY 3:

Visit the fascinating Katwe Salt Lake (7) to learn about traditional salt mining. Take a short walk to the neighboring Lake Munyenyange where you might glimpse lesser flamingos (August-November) and other bird life. Be sure to stop at Katwe Tourism Information Center (KATIC) to pick up your guide.
After lunch, enjoy the relaxing Kazinga Channel boat ride (8) followed by an evening game drive on your way home for sundowners at your lodge or camp.

DAY 4:

Take the Agro-Tour Walk (9) through community farm land and learn about farming techniques, medicinal plants and bee keeping that provides honey while also keeping the elephants away from crops.
Then drive to the south of the park for a leisurely picnic lunch on the Ishasha plains (10). In the afternoon and evening explore the Edward Flats (11) and the plains to find the region’s famous tree climbing lions as well as abundant kob, topi, buffalo and elephant. In the afternoon you could also take a nature walk with an UWA guide along the Ishasha river to see hippo, crocodiles and many birds.

DAY 5:

Take a morning game drive through the Ishasha plains (10) for a final glimpse of the wildlife before heading on to Bwindi or elsewhere.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.

Royal Tour

Queens-Tour6 Night/7 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

At Ruboni Community, beside Rwenzori Mountains National Park (1), enjoy the delights of storytellers telling tales of the Royal Kingdom and local folklore.

DAY 2:

Explore the mountains in a variety of ways, including a community walk, a nature walk or a four-hour hike, depending on your interests and fitness levels.

DAY 3:

After breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at Kikorongo Cultural Center (2) for a craft workshop and cultural performance. Have lunch in Kikorongo or have a picnic at the Queen’s Pavilion. At 2pm arrive at Kyambura Gorge (3) for Chimp Tracking. Explore the gorge’s ‘underground forest’ before returning to your lodge.

DAY 4:

See a different face of the park! Meet the park’s research team at Mweya (4) for a morning of tracking and monitoring either lions or mongooses and contribute to a valuable research project. After lunch on the Mweya Peninsula (4), enjoy a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel (5). To top off a wildlife packed day, take a sunset Crater Lake Drive (6) with an optional stop at the Baboon Cliffs (7) for sundowners.

DAY 5:

You’re on holiday – relax! If you do wish to venture out, take a nature walk on the Mweya Peninsula (4); or a guided bird walk around Lake Kikorongo (8). In the afternoon visit the Katwe Salt Lake (9) to learn about traditional salt mining, and view birds on the nearby Lake Munyenyange. Be sure to stop at KATIC to pick up your guide.
End the day with an evening game drive on the Channel track (10).

DAY 6:

Meet your guide for an Agro-Tour Walk through community farmland (11). Learn about farming practices, medicinal plants and bee keeping.
Drive to the south of the park for a picnic lunch on the Ishasha plains (12). Explore the Edward flats (13) and search for Ishasha’s famous tree climbing lions. You can also take a nature walk with an UWA guide.

DAY 7:

Take a morning game drive through the plains for a final visit with the wildlife before heading out of the park to Bwindi or elsewhere.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.

4-Day Birding Tour

Queens-Tour3 Night/4 Day Itinerary - see map on following page

DAY 1:

After breakfast, bird your way towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the equator on the road to Masaka with a lunch stop in Mbarara. Game drive en-route to your accommodation. Look out for species such as the Snake Eagle, Barbet, Cinnamon Chested Bee-eater, Kingfisher, Lesser Striped Swallow, Zitting Cisiticola, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Starling and Widowbird, among others.

DAY 2:

Have a cup of tea or coffee and a muffin at 6:15am before setting off for an early game drive or birding experience on the Kasenyi Plains (1) with a packed breakfast. Return to your lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy the relaxing two-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel (2), and spot a variety of wildlife including hundreds of hippos, crocodile and birds. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, African White-backed Vulture, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Common Button Quail, African Crake, African Jacana, Black-bellied Bustard, Black-winged Stilt, Water Thick-knee, Temminck’s Courser, Spur-winged Lapwing, African Wattled Lapwing, Senegal Lapwing, Kittlitz’s Plover, Black Coucal, Pied Kingfisher, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Rufous-naped Lark, Flappet Lark, Grassland Pipit, Plain-backed Pipit, Yellow-throated Longclaw, White-browed Robin-chat, Sooty Chat, Zitting Cisticola, Croacking Cisticola, Babblers, Copper Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Grey-backed Fiscal, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings, Weavers, Widowbirds, Bishops, Finches and Waxbills among others.

DAY 3:

Have a cup of tea or coffee and a muffin at 6:15am and take your packed breakfast with you to watch birds in Maramagambo Forest (3).
After a late lunch back at your lodge, proceed to the Katwe area (4), looking out for birds like little Grebe; African Finfoot; Greater and Lesser Flamingos; Augur Buzzard; Crested Guineafowl; Pied Avocet; Black-winged Stilt; Diederick Cuckoo; Yellowbill; Narina Trogon; Shining-blue Kingfisher; Black Bee-eater; Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill; Yellow-rumped, and Speckled Tinkerbirds; Grey-throated and Yellow-Spotted Barbets; Brown-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-naped, Flappet and Red-capped Larks; Grassland and Plain-backed Pipits; Western Nicator, Yellow-whiskered, Little and Slender-billed Greenbuls; Snowy-headed and Red-capped Robin-chats; Brown-backed Scrub-robin; Grey-capped Warbler; Grey and Buff-throated Apalis; Brown-thoated Wattle-eye; African Paradise Flycatcher; Olive-bellied, Green, Olive, Variable and Collared Sunbirds; Starlings; Weavers; Widowbirds; Bishops; Finches; and Waxbills among others.

DAY 4:

After breakfast, pack your luggage and proceed back to Kampala or Entebbe, birding en-route and arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like the Nubian Woodpecker, Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Striped Kingfisher, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Fork tailed Drongo, Cisiticolas, Weavers, Widowbirds, Finches and Waxbills among others.

6-Day Birding Tour

Queens-Tour5 Night/6 Day Itinerary

DAYS 1-3:

Same as days 1-3 of 4-day itinerary on previous page.

DAY 4:

After breakfast, bird your way to Ishasha sector (5) with your packed lunch. Look out for species like the Black-headed Heron, African White-backed Vulture, African Harrier-hawk, African Crowned eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black bee eater, Blue–breasted Kingfisher, White-headed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Tinkerbirds, Nubian Woodpecker, Apalises, Greater Honeyguide, White-browed Robin-chat, Sooty Chat, African Moustached Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, CroackingCisticola, Babblers, Copper Sunbird, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Fork-tailed Drongo, Starlings, Widowbirds, Finches, Waxbills and many more. Spend the night at a lodge or campsite in Ishasha.

DAY 5:

After breakfast, head south to view birds at the Edward Flats (6) coming back to your lodge in time for lunch.
Proceed to Ntungwe (7) and nearby tracks, coming back in time for a shower and dinner. Look out for birds like the Cattle egret, Hamerkop, Storks, Shoebill, Ibises, Raptors, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, Senegal Lapwing, African Wattled Lapwing, Brown Parrot, Diederick Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Blue-naped Mousebird, Striped Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Broad-billed Roller, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Pipits, Sooty Chat, Cisticolas, Northern Black Flycatcher, Babblers, Sunbirds, Shrikes, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Fork-tailed Drongo, Starlings, Weavers, Widowbirds, Finches and Waxbills among others.
Look out for mammals like Uganda kobs, bushbucks, defassa waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs… and if lucky a tree climbing lion or a leopard!

DAY 6:

After breakfast, pack your luggage and proceed back to Kampala or Entebbe, birding en-route and arriving in the late afternoon.
Look out for birds like the Nubian Woodpecker, Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Striped Kingfisher, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Fork-tailed Drongo, Cisiticolas, Weavers, Widowbirds, Finches and Waxbills among others.

Wilderness Adventure

Queens-Tour4 Night/5 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive at one of the many lodges or campsites in or near Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon, check in and relax before an evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1).

DAY 2:

Wake early to experience a different face of the park. Meet with the park’s lion research team at Mweya and venture off road to track and monitor lions (2).
Have a leisurely lunch on the Mweya Peninsula (2), Katwe (3a), Kikorongo (3b) or one of the lodges near the Maramagambo Forest (3c). After lunch take a long walk in the Maramagambo Forest (3c), where you can find a variety of birds, forest antelope, monkeys, a bat cave and the ‘cormorant house’ a large tree in the forest that has been turned white by the birds that roost there at night.

DAY 3:

Spend the morning tracking chimps in Kyambura Gorge (4). Explore this ‘underground forest’ before a picnic lunch overlooking the gorge, or at one of the nearby lodges.
In the afternoon take the Agro-Tour Walk through community farmland (5) and learn about farming techniques, medicinal plants and bee keeping. To top off an action-packed day, there is the option of taking the Crater Lake Drive (6) to the Baboon Cliffs (7) for sundowners.

DAY 4:

Drive to the south of the park to explore the Edward Flats (8) and the Ishasha Plains (9) to find the region’s famous tree climbing lions as well as abundant kob, topi, buffalo and elephant. Take a picnic lunch either under the shade of a fig tree or in one of the UWA bandas.
In the afternoon take a nature walk with an UWA guide along the river (10) to see hippo, crocodiles, and many birds. The river forms the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Find a remote location for your bush-camp and enjoy an evening game drive before returning to your camp for a night in the wilderness.

DAY 5:

Pack up camp and take a morning game drive through the Ishasha plains (9) for a final visit with the lions and other wildlife before heading out of the park and onto Bwindi or elsewhere.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.

Family Adventure

Queens-Tour4 Night/5 Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

If arriving by early afternoon, visit “The Cave” (1), south of Kichwamba. Kids can explore the community campsite and cultural museum, learn about the Bakiga and Banyankole tribes and discover the cave. Those arriving later can check in to their accommodation and play the Queen Elizabeth Snapshot Safari Game.

DAY 2:

Rise early (taking a packed breakfast) for a morning game drive in Kasenyi Plains (2).
Eat breakfast at Lake Bwenyanpaka (3) overlooking the salt pans and Lake George before heading over to Kikorongo (4) to visit the local women’s group. They offer several child-friendly workshops. During the African Craft Workshop, children learn how to roll paper beads and make toy cars from recycled materials, and older participants can learn how to weave baskets. The Percussion Workshop teaches kids (or kids at heart!) how to play traditional Bakonzo instruments.
After lunch, you can choose a different workshop, an hour-long cultural performance or relax back at your accommodation. In the evening, have a drink at the Queen’s Pavilion (5) before setting off for an evening safari through the explosion craters (6).

DAY 3:

Begin the day with a game drive along the Katunguru Channel Tracks (7) and looping trails, and continue through Crater Lake Drive (6) to the baboon lookout (7) where you can eat a packed breakfast and admire the views.
Continue on to Katwe (8) to take part in their Salt Lake Tour for kids. Learn about the only existing traditional salt mine in all of Africa, as well as the native birds and vegetation.
After lunch in your place of choice, relax in the pool at your accommodation or at a lodge in Mweya (9). Once you have cooled off, join the 5pm boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (10).
During dinner, challenge your kids to another round of the Queen Elizabeth Snapshot Safari Game

DAY 4:

Drive to the Maramagambo Forest (11) for a pleasant nature walk. You will see the Bat Cave, inhabited by bats and pythons, and the Great White Cormorant Tree. Return home or continue onto your next destination.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.

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