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3 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari with Lion tracking offers the visitor those memorable and unique experiences. Popularly known as the ‘Home of the Kazinga Channel and tree climbing lions’ or the ‘’Medley of wonders’’, Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly unrivaled with so much to offer to its visitors. Lion tracking is one of the many ways to explore this wild splendor hosting diverse wildlife species including 95 mammal species and about 61 recorded bird species. Predators such as the lions and leopards are the most sought after species but generally the most difficult to find. Tracking them through the lion tracking experience shall guarantee sightings and close up ones. Animals are fitted with radio collars making it easy to monitor their movements. Besides lion tracking, we shall have a game drive and a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel to see many other animals and birds.
Detailed tour program for the 3 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari with Lion tracking
Day 1 – Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Prepare to leave the hotel early after breakfast for a 6 hours drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Mile upon mile of awesome scenery makes the journey so calming! These 6 hours shall be punctuated by some stops including at the Equator crossing point, Igongo hotel in Mbarara for lunch. Also this Kampala-western highway passes along the edge of Lake Mburo National Park which is a potential stop over for viewing some Zebras and Kobs. As you leave Mbarara heading to the final destination and at a certain elevated point, you shall be able to admire the panoramic beauty of the park dotted with trees, crater lakes and lakes George and Edward. Check into your preferred lodging facility. A game drive can be done on this day in the evening or in the morning of the last (third) day.
Day 2 – Lion tracking and PM Kazinga Channel Launch trip
Get a cup of coffee with a snack to warm you up before setting out to find the research team with whom you shall drive to locate a pride of lions. Unlike the usual game drives, Lion trekking starts off earlier and the only activity that attracts no penalty for driving off the established safari jeep tracks. Spending time observing them, the research team shall be collecting data to further the conservation program in the park while you will be getting a unique and intimate insight into the lives of these charismatic cats. You will be educated not only about the lions but other park’s predators like the leopards, hyenas and their interaction with the people and the surrounding villages. Return to the lodge for a full breakfast.
Take a boat launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel for an opportunity to get close to pods of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and various bird species. Except the hippos and crocodiles known to be water animals, views of the giant elephants and buffaloes trolling up and down the water channel is breathtaking. As if the animal views are not captivating enough, the knowledgeable guides make it more interesting as they help to identify the animals and bird species seen from the boat. Make a game viewing drive back to your lodge after the exciting boat cruise on the calm Kazinga Channel.
Day 3 – Return Journey to Kampala
Check out of the lodge after breakfast and make a short morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains for chances on other animals hosted by the park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for many wildlife species including about 95mammal species and more than 600 recorded bird species marauding the incredibly scenic area with volcanic features and golden savannah grasslands. Check out of the park and drive back to Kampala through the northern route via Kasese and Fort portal.