Are you a wildlife fanatic and adventurer? Here is a 2-day safari in Uganda that will definitely leave you with the ultimate Uganda safari memories as it puts in you in a prime position to encounter most of the African safari wild mammals, birds and reptiles. This 2-day Uganda wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park puts you in a prime position to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park also famously dubbed as “The Medley Of Wonders”. Located along the western Uganda safari circuit, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is a sprawling savannah plains park that is filled with an incredible amount of wildlife bio diversity to feast your eyes on as you get the best of this wildlife safari Uganda with numerous attractions ranging from 95 mammal species, which includes the rare tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hippos, a wide range of antelope family, a variety of monkey species and chimpanzees, 600 bird species and many reptiles like the Nile crocodiles, snakes and lizards and a number of volcanic features like volcanic cones and crater lakes like lake Katwe and Kikorongo.
Specials to look out for on this Africa safari tour.
The epitome of this wildlife safari in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda will be a drive in the Kasenyi park sector that gives you an edge with potential of sighting the king of the African jungle the lion which might be spotted relaxing mindlessly in the tree branches found in this sector and not definitely missing an opportunity to see the largest living mammals the African bush elephants in their herds traversing the these savanna plains. A safari Uganda boat cruise on the famous Kazinga channel will really leave you breathless as you are given a rare opportunity to sight some of the powerful dwellers of the Kazinga waters such as the famous Nile crocodiles as well as the unmistakable hippos in large numbers.
Safari highlights of the 2-days Uganda wildlife safari & a boat cruise
This 2-days short Uganda safari commences with a road trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park that leads you to a remarkable 7-hour journey that is fully loaded with awesome roadside stopovers and sightings that will keep your eyes firmly glued on for the entire journey. In the evening, enjoy a relaxed and captivating boat ride over the Kazinga channel that will leave you breathless on this 2 days Uganda tour. The second day breaks to an epic Uganda wildlife safari encounter of Queen Elizabeth National Park finest mammals as you do a morning game drive over the Kasenyi plains after which enjoy a transfer back to Kampala via Kasese- Fortportal – Mityana road.
Detailed itinerary of the 2-days Uganda wildlife safari & a boat cruise
Day 1 of the 2-days Uganda wildlife safari & a boat cruise
Day 1 of the 2-days Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife with boat cruise experience avails you with amazing opportunity to an incredible tour in Uganda to the savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and be amazed by the numerous wild attractions that call this place home. This 2-day wildlife tour in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning pick up from either your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe then embark on a Uganda tour road trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda via the Kampala- Masaka- Bushenyi- Kasese road.
Exciting road side stopovers.
This road trip puts on a 6-7-hour drive from Kampala but the length of the journey shouldn’t intimidate you from experiencing this magical short Uganda tour journey to Queen Elizabeth National park as it is filled with a multitude of experiences that will effortlessly make this time quickly lapse without you even noticing as you are too busy enjoying the different experiences along the way. You will have a stopover in Kayabwe for the equator experience. Being a country located in the center of the planet, Uganda is of the few countries on the planet that enjoys a unique opportunity of straddling both northern and southern halves of the world. While at Kayabwe, you will have a rare opportunity of experiencing life in both the northern and southern hemispheres of the world at the same time and place! You will be taken through the amazing equator experiment where you will discover the ever-prevalent shift in the direction of water and wind movement in the 2 hemispheres of the world. You can immortalize this experience on your Uganda safari tour by taking a few photos to help you reminisce of your visit to the equator crossing.
The sumptuous Ugandan buffet luncheon treat
Proceed with your ultimate Africa safari tour odyssey journey and make another stopover in Mbarara for hearty African lunch in Igongo Cultural Center where you will be treated to African buffet of purely Ugandan local cuisine delicacies that have been skillfully crafted to leave your taste buds mesmerized. If you aren’t afraid of taking a food adventure then ask for a local stew called “eshabwe” which is a delicacy in this part of Uganda. I promise you, its “finger licking good!” After this break, you will continue with your wildlife safari Uganda road adventure and this will usher into the green blanket table like hills of Bushenyi that are covered by tea estates. As you approach Queen Elizabeth National Park, look out of your window seat and see the dramatic plunge of the rift valley edge that will usher you into the outer peripherals of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Epic boat cruise
This epic journey of a short Uganda wildlife safaris only gets better as you now in for an ultimate Uganda tours experience as you head to the Mweya jetty to take part memorable activity which is an evening boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. On boarding the cruise boat, please take an upper deck seat on the side of the boat if you aren’t afraid of heights so as to have an impressive view of the majestic waters of the Kazinga channel that are filled with the thousands of hippos and Nile crocodiles which are all looking for their next meal but this shouldn’t get your blood boiling as you are safely protected by a network of metal rails that have been put on around the entire boat. In case you don’t do well with heights then take a lower deck seat on the side of the boat and you will still have unmatched views of all the action transpiring in the waters of the Kazinga. Still on this cruise, don’t forget to look out for numerous water bird species such as the king fishers that roam over the skies of the Kazinga channel diving into the waters of this channel to make out their evening snack. You will transfer back to the lodge where you spend your night at.
Wake up to the melodious twittering of some of the 600 bird species that call Queen Elizabeth National Park their home as they sing to the new day break in here with loud interluded of other sound calls made by a variety of animals that reside in queen Elizabeth national park on second day of this 2 days short Uganda safari tour. Set off to an early morning game drive over the Kasenyi plains and get a thrilling encounter of some of Africa’s finest mammals such as cape buffaloes, elephants as they freely the vast plains of this beautiful eco system. As you enjoy this drive, look out for a sighting of the king of the jungle the lion with a pride patrolling their domain within the savanna grasslands of Queen Elizabeth national park. other predators to look out are leopards and spotted hyenas. After this truly rewarding game drive retreat back to lodge for a satisfying breakfast then strap yourself in for another road adventure back to Kampala via Kasese- Fort portal- Mityana road with a lunch stopover in Fort portal.
Lodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park comes with a wide range of lodging options that will definitely meet your budget size. A traveler on an up market budget size can take comfort in lodging in some of queen Elizabeth national park’s finest lodging facilities that have premium luxury services such as luxury safari tents and cottages with ensuite facilities, swimming pools, camp fires, well stocked bars, private patios, free wi-fii, exotic menu/ dishes and a well-trained and highly professional group of staff.
Some of the luxury lodging facilities include;
Mweya Safari Lodge: Situated on the raised edge of Mweya pensisular, Mweya safari lodge offers the best view of this great wilderness and Kazinga channel to its in house guests from the comfort of their bedrooms that have been carefully designed with natural wood furniture and fittings to reflect the natural wilderness, the guest rooms have en suite bathrooms with hot running water to give maximum comfort while you stay here. With a carrying capacity of over 50 guests everyone is indeed welcome to come and have an unmatched view of the spectacular queen Elizabeth wilderness. For those that are looking for the ultimate luxury experience, Mweya safari lodge will never disappoint with its Presidential cottage, Queens cottage, 2 family cottages and 2 luxury tents that were masterfully crafted with only one goal in mind which is to meet your desired ultimate luxury treatment.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp: Ishasha wilderness camp is located on the Intugwe river in the southern sector of queen Elizabeth. The lodge is elegant and spacious 10 canvas come with en suite bathrooms that have hot water for you to unwind after a long day’s end, these also come with a private veranda for to sit on and marvel at nature’s creation. At the back drop of this camp is the Intugwe river and this gives a one of kind view of various animals like elephants, buffaloes and monkeys which come here to drink.
Elephant Plains Safari Lodge: This is still a brand-new lodge that has been added on the list of top-notch safari lodges in Queen Elizabeth national park. Situated on the edge of the equator, it’s the only place in this park where you sleep just almost at the center half line of the world, its perched on a hill that overlooks the incredibly beautiful Kikorongo crater lake and this gives you a one of kind view of wild game as they try to come to this lake and have a drink. The lodge offers 6 undeniably spacious cottages that have been designed with utmost care with the pristine natural wood furniture and fittings aimed at giving an ultimate taste of the true wilderness experience, these rooms also come with en suite bathrooms with a big bathtub aimed at allowing to unwind after a long day’s tour of this beautiful gift of nature. The lodge also has 2 family cottages with plenty of space and amenities to house 5 people per cottage.
Parkview safari lodge Kyambura: Located in kyambura which lies a 10-minute drive away from Katunguru main park gate, Park view safari lodge offers you more than just luxury but rather an intriguing experience of the true African wilderness. The cottages have verandas to ensure that each guest has a spectacular view of this nature’s wonder creation and Bunyaruguru hills on the horizon. The cottages are undeniably spacious and come with ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Other amenities and services include a restaurant whose major goal is to take you on a culinary journey of the tasty Ugandan cuisines and also to give you a taste of international cuisines with a Ugandan twist on them, a swimming pool for you to cool off the soaring savanna heat, free wi-fii internet, well stocked bar and a fire place. The price begins from 215$ and above
You can also save some money on your safari budget by staying in a mid-range facility that offer great value for money and many facilities like those in luxury facilities. Mid-range accommodations options include
Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge: Located in Kahendero on the shore line of lake George, ihamba lakeside safari lodge is a true reflection of best wilderness comfort. The lodge offers very spacious and comfortable rooms with ensuite bathrooms and a private balcony that will give you the best view of the Rwenzori mountain on the horizon and lake George. The swimming pool also comes in handy as you unwind from the activities of the day. The lodge’s restaurant is equipped with the best chefs with a single aim of preparing your meals to have the fresh and tasty touch of the Ugandan cuisines as well as the international dishes. Other services include free wi-fii internet connection, fire place, laundry services and a well-stocked bar.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge: Built on a hill overlooking kyambura gorge just like its name suggests, kyambura gorge lodge is in a class of its own when it comes to luxury treatment. The bandas here are designed to reflect the backdrop of the tranquility of nature’s gift. The lodge offers bandas that are incredibly beautiful with designs from recycled materials to save the eco system in the park, they have en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. In the lodge’s serene garden is an eco- friendly swimming pool that gives magnificent view of the wilderness around you and you take a deep in it to re- energize from a thrilling tour.
Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba: King fisher Kichwamba lodge is located 250 meters away from park. This lodge is carefully built to mimic the setting of a true African village and has capacity to house about 36 guests in their various spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms and a private terrace which are all aimed at giving you a luxurious but quite affordable experience in this great plains. The lodge also offers a swimming pool for to relax in after the climax of your day’s activities.
Ishasha Jungle Lodge: Ishasha jungle lodge is located along the famous Intugwe river 2km away from the Katokye park gate. This lodge lies in the jungles of the southern sector of the park which is famous for its tenacious tree climbing lions. The lodge offers spacious guestrooms that have ensuite bathrooms and private balconies to give an extended view of the park.
Jacana Safari Lodge: Located on the shores of lake Nyamusigire the biggest crater lake in queen Elizabeth, jacana safari lodge comes as a result of great mastery of use of natural wood, rock outcrops and to have this gorgeous lodge seating high above the waters of lake nyamusigire. The lodge comes with 10 chalets and a family cottage and tree chalet and all these come with undeniably spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms that have hot water running to give you the much needed comfort while you enjoy this magnificent wilderness. the onsite restaurant prepares great tasting Ugandan dishes and international dishes to compliment your stay here. Other lodges in this category include; Katara lodge, Marafiki lodge
For budget tourists, Uganda safari accommodation options include;
Simba Safari Camp. Simba safari camp is perched on a hill top with an amazing view of the Kikorongo crater lake. The safari camp has the capacity of hosting over 70 guests in the various guestrooms available and its camping grounds. The safari camp offers guest rooms that have ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water to give you an amazing and reinvigorating shower in the wild you can ever have. The guest rooms have private verandas to give you extra space to wonder at nature’s creation.
The Observatory. Just like its name suggests, the Observatory is an observation point for Queen Elizabeth park as its erected on top of the rift valley escarpment to give you over 180o with the best scenic view of the vast plains of the park including the ever tranquil lakes of Edward, George, and Nyamusingire and on a clear day the Rwenzori mountain can be observed at the horizon. This lodge has a hosting capacity of 6 guests in their spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms and a veranda to give you an extra point for extended observation. The guests here have an option to do self-catering or have their meals prepared for them at an extra cost. Amenities available here include a kitchen equipped with a gas stove, fridge, and micro wave all running on the collected solar energy by the solar panels. The facility has a swimming pool for you dive in to escape the heat in this savanna plains.
Kyambura tented camp, Mweya hostels and cottages, Ishasha bandas: All these are accommodation facilities that were partly set up with grants or concessions from Uganda Wildlife Authority to provide budget accommodation to low budget size travelers or guests to this park. UWA operates 255 beds in Queen Elizabeth National Park, of the 255 beds, 65 are in cottages, 30 beds are in guest houses and hostel blocks, 48 in a student center, and the remaining 28 on a self-catering basis guest house. In most of these facilities accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis and self –catering is carried out here but there is always an option of having your meals prepared for you by chefs present at an extra cost. The rooms in many of these facilities are on single and double occupancy basis in bandas or cottages and dormitories for large groups of people like school students. some of the bandas and cottages are self-contained while others have shared bathrooms and toilets. The prices in these facilities can start from as low as 30000ugx-300000ugx in Jumbo bandas and 250000ugx in Pelican and cormorant bandas for foreign nonresidents and only 5000ugx for students with a valid school identity card or in a school uniform.
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