Embark on a 3hour Safari route that traces the Western Rift Valley in the heart of Africa to the South West of Uganda through many hills, surrounded by small villages, picturesque green tea plantations, and beautiful landscapes. This part of Uganda is characterized by the presence of numerous crater lakes of volcanic origin fairy–like surroundings and the charming Green Tea plantations.
You arrive at Bush Lodge- your home for the next two nights. From here, you’ll enjoy delicious meals overlooking the Kazinga Channel, which teems with life, from monkeys to birds to hippos honking in the water.
You rise at dawn to sip on a freshly brewed hot drink and watch trails of mist lift off the channel below you. Enjoy a quick breakfast in the dining room before heading out into the park with your guide. This region is endowed with a wonderful diversity of habitats that in turn support a plethora of bird and animal species. Grassy plains are dotted with kob, an antelope species found only in central Africa that are an important prey species for the Lions. The Lions themselves are known for their black manes and habit of climbing trees! Acacia woodlands and forested areas lead to a series of volcanic lakes that are a vital habitat for a number of bird species, including flamingos. The Maragambo Forest sits in a huge area of the Rift Valley floor, and this moist semi-deciduous medium-altitude forest is home to a great number of species, including chimpanzees.
Buffalo roam the grasslands and plains, and these huge bovids are particularly fond of wallowing in mud found in marshy areas. This can give them a comical appearance as they emerge caked in a thick layer of mud, but as your guide will tell you, they are far from comical when faced with danger!
In the mid-afternoon, you climb aboard a boat that will take you up the channel. Linking the two lakes, this waterway is home to a great variety of life, including one of the densest hippo populations in Africa. The cruise along the channel reveals a host of birds, hippos, and crocodiles, and all along your guide will keep you informed to the various fauna, flora, landmarks, and features you are observing.
Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari:
Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth N.P in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…
You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the suns rise and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning take you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.
After a smooth landing, you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of sparkling juice before returning to your lodge to continue your safari. Costing: $380 us dollar p.p.
Optional activity: Lion Tracking:
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance. Costing: $150 USD p.p.