5-Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari with Best Lodges

Posted by on September 18, 2019

5-Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari including Chimpanzees-Wildlife-Tree-Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth Park

A 5 Day Queen Elizabeth Park Upmarket Safari enjoying Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda


 This Private 5-Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari combines vast Savannah Plains, Forests, Lakes, the Explosion Craters, and Crater Lakes. There is the Western Rift Valley, the fantastic Kyambura Gorge, the Kazinga Channel with its birds and wildlife, and Maramagambo Forest. All in the shadows of the tallest Mountain Range in Africa –the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

Queen Elizabeth Park is the best place in East Africa for seeing Tree-Climbing Lions. The Park has a thriving Elephant population with over 3,000 of them. It is here where you can participate in the Lion-Tracking Research, a joint venture of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Carnivore Project.  

Discover an underground forest in what BBC called the Lost Valley, the Kyambura Gorge, which is like a vast gash in the Savannah. Take a Boat Safari on the famous Kazinga Channel with its Hippos and wildlife, reptiles and an abundance of birds. Take the scenic Katwe Explosion Crater

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best Savannah Parks when it comes to Wildlife. You can add to that the spectacular scenery shaped by the Western Rift Valley with the Rwenzori Mountains in Distance. 

 This 5-Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari can be a Fly-in Safari.  You fly from Entebbe into Kihihi in the Ishasha region of the park and at the end of the 5th day fly back to Entebbe from Kasese in the northern area of the park. 


5-Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari Highlights:

  • Stay in two exclusive Luxury Lodges – Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp(you can change lodges)
  • Tree-Climbing Lion Game Drive
  • Optional – Lion Tracking Research Experience with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Carnivore Project.
  • The Scenic Explosion Crater Driver with optional Lake Katwe Saltworks visit. 
  • Kazinga Channel Boat Safari
  • Secure Wildlife Game Drives
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in either the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest which is the second-best Chimpanzee Trekking Location.
  • Land-Cruiser with pop-up roof
  • Experienced, Safety-Security Minded Driver.

5-Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari in Detail:


Day-1 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Your 5 Day Queen Elizabeth Park Luxury Safari begins. Depart your Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe at 6:30 am and head west toward Queen Elizabeth Park.

It is a six-hour drive to the Park. It is a most scenic drive through the Ugandan countryside with its idyllic African villages, farms, cattle pastures. You can see the Ankole Cows with enormous horns you have ever seen on a cow.

Arrive at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, one of the best lodges in Queen Elizabeth Park overlooking the vast Kyambura Gorge, a giant slash in the Savannah. It has been called by BBC – “the lost Gorge’ with its underground forest.   The Lodge provides what you need, a place of refreshment after a long drive.

In the late afternoon, we drive to the highest area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here is the Katwe Explosion Crater drive with some of the most stunning scenery in all of Uganda. This is a 27-kilometer drive. You will see the various explosion craters along the way. We will drive slowly and stop where you want to take some pictures, and there are lots of opportunities for photos along the scenic Journey.

Not only is your competent driver-guide there to point out various things but a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger is along for the drive. Both will give you the background and insights about the craters. There are twelve crater lakes. Some contain a lot of salt which is evident by the whiteness at the edge of the lake. Others are pristine crater lakes while other craters are covered by savannah grass or forest.

You can also look down the Western Rift Escarpment and see the vast savannah below along with Lake George and Lake Edward, the Rwenzori Mountains and the Blue Mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The late afternoon will be best to take this drive since you can make better pictures as the equatorial sunlight begins to diminish.

There is not the abundance of wildlife found as below on the savanna, most often you will see various herds of elephants and buffaloes here on the drive, not too often do predators come into this area of the park and neither do many visitors to the park take this most scenic and panoramic drive.

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Kyambura Lodge 


 Kyambura Gorge Lodge:

Kyambura Game Lodge took an old coffee plantation and gave it new life in the form of a luxury Lodge bringing another level of service to the area by restoring a Karen Blixen style coffee plantation to new life using some of the remnants as decor in the lodge in most unique ways.

The Cottages have their style and design, something that is simply  Volcanoes Lodge Style in Uganda and Rwanda.

View-wise you overlook the Kyambura Gorge, that gash in the Savannah with its underground forest, its River of the Blind and the Chimpanzees that are at home here.

The lodge has a beautiful salt-water swimming pool where you can take a break from the Equatorial Sun – have a great view and a refreshing drink.  The lodge is also near some villages that you can visit while staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

As an added plus you can visit some of the projects in the Community supported by the lodge.


Day 2 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Choose breakfast or an early game which can begin at 6:30 am as dawn breaks over the Savannah at Queen  Elizabeth Park and the equatorial sun rises over the horizon bathing the candelabra euphoria trees in the early morning glow – it is a great time for good picture-taking of the predators who are returning from the night’s hunt, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes such as the majestic Uganda Kobs, Bush Pigs, Warthogs, savannah birds and you have both the driver guide and the Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger to point out the various wildlife to you that you might otherwise miss.

A game drive is about three hours in length giving you plenty time to relax, to put down your safari impressions in your daily Safari Journal, even upload your blog impressions and staying in one of the Tents at Mweya Lodge gives you that added privacy and privacy in the African Bush.

Option: Instead of the morning Game Drive fo on a Lion Tracking Research with staff from the Uganda Carnivore Project started by Dr. Siefert who in Uganda is an institution in himself and knows Carnivores as few do.  This is done in a Tracking Vehicle and must be booked in Advance by us. 

Afternoon boat ride on Kazinga Channel leaving the Mweya and heading for Lake Edward and along with the safari, you will see hundreds of hippos – the highest concentration of hippos in Africa.

There are about 1500 hippos found along the channel with almost 5000 in the park. There are hundreds of various kinds of birds that you will see here. On the shore, there are elephant herds that can number over 50 in the dry season. Buffaloes, Antelopes, Monitor Lizards, Crocodiles can all be seen here during your slow-moving boat ride along the channel. Crocodiles had been absent from the channel for a thousand years but once villages, paths were established along the Semliki River into which Lake Edward flows they returned in the 1950s to the park and have thrived here.  The boat safari is one of the highlights of your 5 Day Safari at Queen Elizabeth Park.

hA private Boat Ride can be arranged for you where you have the undivided attention of the guide steering the boat, allowing you to take the best pictures and a longer boat ride.

Meal Plan: BreakfastLunch – Dinner

Lodging: Kyambura Gorge Lodge


Day 3 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

 Breakfast and we head off for Kyambura Gorge – the Valley of the Apes or the Lost Valley as BBC once called it. It is like a giant gash in the middle of the savannah and drops down into a valley – an impressive sight to behold.

At the bottom of this Gorge, you will find the chimpanzees, along with other primates, birds and other mammals. This is also a guided chimpanzee trek. It would be best to wear light hiking shoes, have a backpack with bottled water, a wide-brimmed hat is good, jeans, long-sleeved shirt to not incur cuts by vines and or branches.

The Chimpanzee Trek is about three hours plus in length – they have to be tracked since the move daily and build new nests each day. They are habituated and therefore used to human beings being near them.

Kalinzu Forest Chimpanzee Trekking Option:  For better Chimpanzee Trekking you can choose to trek them in nearby Kalinzu Forest. The is the second-Best Option for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda.

Late afternoon Game drive with Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger – each game drive is different and done in a different game track of the park in the Mweya area of the park

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodging: Kyambura Gorge Lodge


Day 4 – Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we leave Mweya Safari Lodge and head south to the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth NationalPark called Ishasha, home of the Tree Climbing Lion and the premier camp in the area – Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp – experience the African Wilderness in Uganda.

Get settled in your Tented Camp and get ready to enjoy the hunt for the Tree Climbing Lions who sleep the day away in the Fig Trees of Ishasha.

Lunch at Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp along the Ntungwe River enjoying a great meal and seeing wildlife while you eat.

After lunch, we go on our search of the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha spend most of the day in the fig trees sleeping the day away. Ishasha is the best place in Africa to see tree-climbing lions. There are about 50 lions found in the area, and it is not known whether the tree-climbing of the lions is a cultural habit or whether it is to avoid insects by the lions.

It is, however, a most unusual experience to see the lions in the trees, and they are not the only animals that you will see. Often you will see Leopards, usually alone in some trees with their latest kill beside them. There are about 1,500 elephants present in the area, and you typically see large numbers. There are Topi and Uganda Kob Antelopes in high numbers, and along the lake, in the swampy area, you can spot the elusive shoebill stork, the most sought after bird in Africa.

This game drive means some fantastic photo opportunities for you – and you will wonder why Ishasha is the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Dinner at Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodging: Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp


 Ishasha Wilderness Camp:

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an experience in the African Wild in the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda – the Ishasha region of the park

Simply a place in the African Bush along the Ntungwe River- up-market luxury staying in en-suite Tented Cottages

Have lunch with elephants and hippos, listen to the sounds of the African night.

There are splendid food and care offered in an upmarket style that with the new tents is merely excellent and you are near the best place in all of East-Africa for Tree Climbing Lions, and yet most tourists bypass this fantastic part of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is just that – an experience in the African Wilderness


Day 5 – Return to Kampala:

Breakfast at Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp and a Morning Game Drive to see the Tree Climbing Lions and other wildlife along our game drive with a Uganda Wildlife Ranger onboard the vehicle. Once we enjoy the tree-climbing lions and other wildlife found at Ishasha. It is a most amazing wilderness area not to be missed.

We head back to Kampala – Lunch along the way and a stop at the Equator

Reach Kampala during the early evening hours.

Flying Option:  You can choose to fly back to the Entebbe area.  There are now two Domestic Safari Air Carriers offering flights.  This we can arrange for you.

There are morning and afternoon flights available for you, making it easy to connect with your outbound flight in Entebbe.

The safari can be adjusted to fit into your international Flight plans, and you can see the Equator from above instead


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