Safari Brief

This safari takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you get to explore the picturesque park from an Eagle’s view in a hot air balloon. You also get to explore the park on land in two game drives during your stay.

Later, you visit the Kyambura Gorge for a chimpanzee trek in the beautiful ‘hanging forest’ as well as the Katwe Crater Lake where people have mined for salt since the days of slave trade on the East African coast.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Victoria, where a representative or driver/guide from Uzuri Uganda Safaris will welcome you to the Pearl of Africa and transfer you Cassia Lodge for overnight stay.

Meal Plan: No meals inclusive

Day 2: Drive to Queen Elizabeth N.P

You are up at 6.00 am. Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and be ready to commence your transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park at 6.30 am. The 7-hour drive takes you through Uganda’s leafy central plains – driving through tea plantations in or near Fort Portal town, before heading down into the rift valley, with the Rwenzori Mountain ranges in the distance on your right and the rift valley on the left. On arrival, you will check-in at Mweya Safari Lodge and enjoy a late lunch. After lunch, you can relax at the lodge and later go on an evening game drive. Your game drive will take you to the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Kasenyi track in search for lions, hyenas, buffaloes, leopard, water buck, bush bucks, Uganda Kob plus many bird species including ibis, fish eagles and vultures etc. Later you will head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Balloon Flight & Boat safari along Kazinga channel

You are up at 6.00 am and are delivered at the balloon launch spot. Once on the balloon, you lift off at dawn for safari that lasts 2 hours. Admire herds of buffalo, elephants seen from above. View beautiful crater lakes that were formed by volcanic explosions. You rise as the sun rises and float in whatever direction the wind takes you. Fly high above the trees and hills to enjoy the best of Queen Elizabeth National Park with many great photo opportunities of scenery and wildlife below. You enjoy breakfast in the bush right after the balloon safari. After lunch, you will embark on a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel – a natural channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. On the cruise, view great numbers of wildlife including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and large numbers of birds like eagles, kingfishers, eaglets converging at the channel waters to enjoy a sip of the natural waters. You will then be driven back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chimp trekking & visit Katwe crater lake

After breakfast you will head to Kyambura Wildlife Reserve. Driving through a grassland area, all of a sudden you come across an amazing gorge covered with a tropical rainforest. You will hike into the gorge of the Kyambura River in search of chimpanzees that live in the so-called hanging forest. After your chimpanzee trek, return to the lodge and enjoy lunch later. Later in the evening, head to the Katwe crater lake to meet the Ugandans who mine for salt in the lake. This lake, which is situated just north of the impressive Mweya peninsula, is far too salty to support any wildlife. However, since the 16th Century, it has ensured the survival of the Katwe residents, who spend their days under the equatorial sun, harvesting salt from its milky waters. Enjoy the spectacular drive to Katwe as you look out for wildlife including buffalos and elephants. Look out for Lake Kitagata – fed by salty hot-springs with no wildlife around but the spectacular views. Once you arrive at the salt lake, marvel at the network of paths and huts that have been built across the lake to support hundreds of workers. The salt is sold to traders from across Uganda, and as far as Congo and Rwanda. This tour gives visitors a unique insight into the fascinating yet tough process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour of the lake you will see community members at work, cross the mud walkways. After your tour of Katwe, return to the lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:  Drive to Entebbe & Departure

After breakfast, travelling via Mbarara this time, you will have a chance to view the beautiful vegetation down below at the rift valley escarpment. Nearer Kampala, you will stop-over at the Equator Crossing, where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves passes. Here you do fun photo shoots, and purchase your souvenir from your Ugandan safari. You will then be dropped off at Entebbe International airport in time for you to check-in for your departure flight home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Should you be spending an extra night in Kampala, please let us know and we will book a hotel for your extra days.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation in standard rooms as described above (or similar) according to the option chosen
  • Transport and game-drives in air-conditioned 7-seater safari minivan or 4×4 land cruiser (depending on the chosen option) with pop-up roofs for game viewing
  • Game-drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above
  • Activities (if any) as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Relevant park entrance fees
  • Bottled water whilst on safari (One-litre per person per day)

Not included:

  • Personal expenses such travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for Porterage / waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining passport and visas
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International or domestic airfare unless specified above
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