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Queen Elizabeth National Park with Chimps, 3 Day Exclusive Safari Tour, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The best value safari in East Africa!

Activity Description

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination, offering breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The park is home to more than 600 bird and 95 mammal species, including lion, elephant, hippo, leopard, buffalo, hyena, warthog and various antelope. This popular Red Chilli tour is perfect for those with limited time or budget, without compromising on quality game and primate viewing in stunning surroundings.

Day 1 Depart Kampala, chimpanzee tracking at Kalinzu Forest
6:30 Please be at the Red Chilli reception by 6.30am at the latest. Depart at 6.45am in a customised pop-top safari minibus with driver/guide (max 8 passengers per vehicle).

8.45 Take advantage of the opportunity to have your photo taken at the Equator! A short snack/coffee/bathroom break.

13.45 Arrive at Kalinzu Forest Reserve where you may eat your packed lunch if you have not enjoyed it en route! (Please bring your own packed lunch or order from Red Chilli when booking your trip.) Depart for up to 4 hours chimpanzee trekking with a tracker and guide. The Forest Reserve is home to 6 groups of chimps, comprising over 300 individuals and tracking currently enjoys more than 80% success rate. Please bring suitable closed walking boots and long trousers.

18:00 Arrive at Bush Lodge for the night. Accommodation provided consists of safari tents with twin/double beds, including bedding and shared bathroom facilities. Upgrades to en suite bandas are available on request (please enquire for pricing/availability). Enjoy dinner and drinks around the camp fire.

Day 2 Full Day exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park
6:30 Early morning breakfast at Bush Lodge.

7:00 Depart for the Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive. The Kasenyi savannah offers a classic safari experience, with a good chance of spotting lions, which are drawn by the huge herds of Uganda Kob. You will also have the opportunity to spot elephant, warthog, waterbuck and possibly even the elusive leopard.

12.00 Take a break at the Queen’s Pavillion Visitor Information Centre for a packed lunch whilst enjoying the panoramic view of the park and surrounding area.

13:00 Set off on the 27km long Crater Explosion Drive, evidence of the Albertine rift’s volcanic past. The drive affords stunning views of the enormous craters, the Rift Valley Escarpment and the Kazinga Channel, set against the stunning backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains.

15:00 Finish the Crater drive at the Kazinga Channel, where you will join the 2 hour launch cruise. From the boat you may see buffalo, elephants, monitor lizards and vast numbers of different bird species as well as numerous hippos and crocodiles in the water.

18.00 Arrive back at Bush Lodge for a second night.

Day 3Salt-Lake Tour, return to Kampala
6:30 Early morning breakfast at Bush Lodge.

7:00 Depart for Katwe, for a tour of the working salt-lake mine. When in season you may also view the spectacular flocks of flamingos at the nearby by bird sanctuary lake (typically viewed from October-March).

9:00 Return to Kampala with a comfort/lunch break, as arranged with your guide.

18.00 Arrive back at Red Chilli, Kampala, depending on traffic and weather conditions.


Duration59 hours 30 minutes
WhenAll Year Round. Subject to availability
WhereRed Chilli Hideaway, Butabika, Kampala
WeatherWeather dependent
What to WearSturdy walking shoes and long trousers for hiking; light coloured clothing (NB There are tsetse flies in some of the park, which are attracted to blue or dark colours)
Things to BringA photocopy of your passport, including the visa page; torch; malaria prophylaxis; insect repellent; sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, water bottle, binoculars; camera equipment, walking shows, rain coat, chargers/power bank, plenty of drinking water/snacks; any other personal affects.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly Paying guests allowed.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Shared accommodation in furnished safari tents with bedding at Bush Lodge (upgrades available)
Game drive ranger fees (when available)
Chimp tracking fees
Transport / Fuel
Boat Cruise


Food and Drinks
Any Private Expenses


The price for this private trip is dependent on the number of people in your group. For fixed prices, please take a look at our shared scheduled safaris.
All of our private trips have the option of adding on other activities. If you would like to discuss adding any additional activities to your trip, please contact us for a personal quote.

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