East Africa Safaris Tours Packages 2022/23

5 Days Best Uganda Tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Semuliki National Parks

This 5 Days Best Uganda Tour takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Semliki National Park. The 5 Days Best Uganda Tour starts with a tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Uganda’s most popular tourist destination, home to classic big game including hippos, buffalo and elephants, tree-climbing lions, antelopes as well as different primates including chimpanzees.

The 5 Days Best Uganda Tour later takes you to Semuliki National Park, home to numerous Central African wildlife species.

While in Semuliki National Park, visit the Sempaya hot springs, enjoy night game drives or visit a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri.

Detailed 5 Days Best Uganda Tour

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Set off from Kampala and head to Queen Elizabeth national park; located on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese using the Masaka-Mbarara road.

Stop over at Mpambire drum makers and the equator for photographs.  Go on to Queen Elizabeth; check in at Mweya Safari lodge/Mweya Hostel/Simba Safari Lodge.

After checking in take some time off to relax, you can either do an evening game drive in the Mweya Peninsular.

You will spot buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes and elephants or you can visit the Lake Katwe town with its attractive display of crater lakes. Check out salt mining. Return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Kingfisher lodge
  • Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Wake up early, take breakfast then start with a game view to Kasenyi plains. You are likely to see black and white colobus monkey, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes.

A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward.

Return to lodge for lunch; then in afternoon go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along Lake George-Lake Edward, come eye-eye with gaping hippos, crocodiles, leopards though infrequent.

Ornithologists should look out for over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus Gonolek, pink backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow billed stork, shoebill stock. Don’t forget your camera.

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Kingfisher lodge
  • Meal Plan: full board
Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking At Kyambura Gorge and Transfer To Semiliki

After taking breakfast proceed with chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge at exactly 8:00am. Did you know that chimps are our closest relatives?

You can easily spot the similarities we share with chimps. Check out more primates mainly Black and white Colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkey among others.

In the afternoon transfer to Semliki National Park which is just 4 hours drive. This Park is found at the western border of Uganda and Congo Republic next to Lake Albert and covers the eastern part of the Ituri forest joining Uganda and Congo River separated by the Semliki River. Semliki is an ornithologist’s haven having about 400 bird species mostly forest birds

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Nyati game lodge
  • Semuliki safari lodge
  • Hotel vanilla
  • Semiliki UWA Bandas
  • Meal plan: full board
Day 4: Sempaya Hot Springs

Begin with the most eye-catching item in Semliki, the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs have a geyser shooting up from an 8m-wide hole at a hot temperature.

It’s the largest of its kind in the country. Along the same trail, you can recognize quite a number of bird species like blue – breasted kingfisher and Frasier’s ant-thrush and primates like the grey-checked mangabey and red-tailed monkey.

Continue to Mungilo waterfall and see more attractive birds specially if you are a birder. Late afternoon go for a boat trip on Lake Albert, an exceptional lake in its own right. Check out the water animals and return to your lodge for dinner and accommodation

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Nyati game lodge
  • Semuliki safari lodge
  • Hotel vanilla
  • Semiliki UWA Bandas
  • Meal plan: full board
Day 5: Transfer Back To Kampala

Enjoy breakfast at leisure and head off to Kampala not forgetting to stopover in Fort Portal for lunch. This marks the end this trip.

Meal plan: breakfast lunch

Background Information of the 5 Days Best Uganda Tour

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park covers an area of about 1978 km2. Its position provides a magnificent view of the Rift Valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge.

It is well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. Formerly, a historian known as Douglas Willocks talked about the various features that lead to the formation of the Park in 1952

This area was strategically located with a stunning view of mount Rwenzori, the plains and the campsite jagged mass of mountains that are god for activities such as hiking.

On the other side of Lake Edward, there is a famous hill known as Mitumbe that looks out to Congo. Its beauty is signified with changing colors from blue to green, with gentle slopes, distant and this makes it become the center of darkness in Africa.

The eastern part of the park is characterized with peaceful green escarpments that is acquired from the western rift valley. The features are well covered with Savannah making it a beautiful place full of nature euphorbia trees

The park is so extensive further more adjacent to the other protected areas. For instance, Kigezi covering an area of about 256 km2 and Kyambura with about 152 km2 wildlife set aside.

The other area is Kalinzu Forest Reserve that adjoins to DRC with about 200 km2 along Virunga National Park. Rwenzori National Park is about a few Kilometers to the North of park

Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different species about 100 mammal species.

The grassland plains support a variety of wildlife safari animals which can be viewed from vehicle on the network tracks designated in the park.

About 20 predators are found in the park such as Lions, Leopards side stripped jackal and spotted hyena among others

Common antelope species include; the kob, bush buck, topi and water buck. Other animals which can be spotted at Mweya Peninsular are; Buffalos, elephants, warthogs and hippos.

There are also various primate species are available in the park including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons among others.

The Ishasha area is famously known for its tree climbing lions and it is also known to host the world’s highest concentration of hippos

Semuliki National Park

Semliki National Park is one of Uganda’s newest Parks having been gazetted in 1993 which host 194 sq. km of East Africa’s only lowland tropical rainforest.

The national park is located in the far west of Uganda Bwamba County within Bundibugyo district on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Spreading over a land area of 220 kilometers (85 sq. mi). Semuliki National Park has a high diversity of plant and animal species together with microhabitats being located at the junction of several climatic and ecological zones.

Most of the Park’s vegetation is majorly medium altitude moist evergreen to the semi-deciduous forest. For game viewing tours, the park has got over 60 mammal species and more than 400 bird species for bird watching safaris.

The park’s dominant mammal species include forest buffaloes, leopards, hippos, Mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel.

Primate safaris are also done to the presence of eight primate species including red-tailed monkey, Vervet monkey, blue and De Brazza’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, black and white colobus, and Chimpanzee together with over 300 butterfly species.

Semuliki valley national park is home to 400 bird species 216 of which including the lyre-tailed honey guide forest ground thrush and sassi’s olive greenbul are true forest birds.

There are also other 12 unique bird species, which are extremely limited in East Africa but can be seen by tourists spending a few days in the Park and these include Western bronze-napped pigeon, yellow-throated cuckoo, piping hornbill, red-sided broadbill, xavier’s greenbul, capuchin babbler, yellow longbill, blue-headed flycatcher, red-billed helmet-shrike, crested malimbe, pale fronted antpecker and chestnut-breasted negro-finch among others.


  • Leave Kampala for Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Game Viewing and Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura Gorge. Transfer to Semuliki National Park.
  • Take a Nature Walk to the Sempaya Hot springs
  • Return to Kampala

Activities of the Trip

  1. Game drive
  2. Chimpanzee trekking
  3. Boat cruise
  4. Visiting sempaya hot springs
  5. Nature walks
  6. Bird watching

Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari


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