The 3 days Queen Elizabeth national park safari is perfect for wildlife, birding and nature lovers, you will view variety of wildlife, reptiles, and also encounter with birds and hippos in the afternoon at the Kazinga channel a thrilling boat ride. It is an ideal trip for those looking to combine adventure and comfort in a short period of time.
3 Days Queen Elizabeth Tour Overview
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning after breakfast, your safari will start with a tour guide picking you from your hotel or from an early morning flight at Kigali international airport. Drive to the north – western part of Rwanda. You will have a stopover at various viewing points to take pictures of endless tea plantations, settlement patterns, and the Virunga ranges in the background.
Proceed to the boarder point at Katuna near Kabale town. Take a route heading to Queen Elizabeth national park, passing through Ishasha sector, a famous place for tracking the rare climbing lions. You will do a short game drive here, to discover one of the world’s remaining climbing lions, only found in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park and Lake Manyara national park in Tanzania.
During Ishasha game drive, you won’t only spot climbing lions, but also a myriad of other mammals, like elephants, warthogs, buffaloes, antelopes, Uganda Kobs, Topis, and many other species of birds. Proceed to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Morning game drive/Afternoon Boat cruise at Kazinga channel
After early breakfast, you will head out for a game viewing drive around the most populated regions of Queen Elizabeth Park for an excellent opportunity to see a spectrum of animals and considering it’s an early morning drive you may have the chance to see elusive predators and other nocturnal returning to their hide outs.
The Kasenyi area rewards visitors with views of animals such as spotted hyenas, elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, Waterbucks and hippos. Also the sparkling views of resident crater lakes surrounding this area are a wonder to behold. After the game drive, be driven back to your lodge or to Mweya restaurant and have a picnic lunch and refreshments then proceed to Mweya jetty.
The Mweya boat ride sets off at 2:00pm and returns at 4:00pm; it sails along the Kazinga channel, a river that joins L. George with L. Edward. The cruise takes utmost 2 hours and presents to the occupants fantastic views of game, such as buffalos, antelopes, and several notable species of birds. After this sensational boat cruise, return to the lodge for dinner, and overnight stay.
Day 3: Return to Kigali city
Have a leisurely breakfast and set off back to Kigali, to mark the end of this melodramatic 3 days wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth national park. Exit through Kabatoro gate and make a stopover at the equator for photos, participate in the water experiment if there’s time and get to know changes that occur to objects while at the equator, proceed to the south driving past Kigezi highlands and eventually to Kabale town. Have lunch here, visit a cultural museum, purchase some African – made souvenirs and continue to the boarder point for checking in. Continue to Kigali arriving in the evening for an overnight stay or catch up with your onward flight.