5 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife & Lake Bunyonyi tour

5 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife & Lake Bunyonyi tour features visiting Uganda’s second-largest national park – Queen Elizabeth national park which is located in the western part of Uganda in Rubirizi district near Kasese district. Queen Elizabeth national park has massive biodiversity with a landscape including bushland, savannah, wetland and lush vegetation. The park covers an area of 1,978 square kilometers and was first founded in 1952 as Kazinga national park however later after the visit of Queen Elizabeth 11; it was renamed Queen Elizabeth national park. The park inhabits about 95 mammal species including the big 4 game (Lions, Leopards, buffaloes, and Elephants), other animals including; hyenas, hippos, waterbucks, Oribi to mention a few and over 600 bird species. Queen Elizabeth national park is surrounded by 2 lakes including Lake Albert and Lake Edward which support water activities like boat cruises, and fishing activities. Lake Bunyonyi is deepest lake in East Africa with 44 -900 meters deep and with about 29 islands. When you think of a place to relax and chill before going back home, Lake Bunyonyi is the best place because of its cool weather and freshness of the breeze.

5 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife & Lake Bunyonyi tour

Highlights of the safari

  • Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Day 2: Morning game drive and boat cruise
  • Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 
  • Day 4: Explore Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 5: Drive back to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Depending on your location in Kampala, meet your safari guide and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. It’s about 6 to 7 hours’ driving from Kampala city to Queen Elizabeth national park with en-route lunch in Mbarara town. Proceed to the park late afternoon and drive to some of the exploration crater lakes around the park. The crater lakes are very interesting to view providing exciting pictures. Proceed to check-in at your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation and meals;

  • Pumba Safari Cottages for budget option
  • Parkview Safari lodge for mid-range option
  • Kyambura Gorge lodge for luxury option

Day 2: Lion tracking/morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise.

You will wake up early, have breakfast and drive for an early morning game drive but first you will go for a lion tracking experience where you will get to see the lions then do a game drive in the Kisenyi region for more animals like antelopes, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and waterbucks just to mention a few.

You will return to the lodge for lunch then later afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel where you will get an opportunity to see a number of bird species, elephants and buffalos, hippos and crocodiles at the lake shores. Return and relax at lodge as above

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast early in the morning, check-out of the lodge, drive heading to Lake Bunyonyi via Ishaka town. It’s a 6-7 hours drive to reach Kabale district with en-route lunch. Proceed to check-in your hotel for dinner and overnight at;

Accommodation and Dinner;

  • Bunyonyi BirdNest Lodge for Luxury option
  • Arcadia Bunyonyi Cottages for mid-range
  • Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort for Budget option

Day 4: Explore Lake Bunyonyi 

After having breakfast, connect to explore the lake on a boat trip and visit some of the interesting islands. Bunyonyi comprises of 29 islands especially the punishment island and the lake is the best place of relaxation. Later afternoon, explore the zip-lining experience at Lake Bunyonyi. Relax at the lake shore with great views of the hills. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Kampala as your last destination for this safari. It’s a 8-9 hours’ drive from Kabale to Kampala. Your safari guide will drop you at allocation you advise or better still be dropped at Entebbe international airport of you have a flight. End of Safari

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