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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda Flying Safari - 5 Days

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Brief Itinerary

Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park with a classic safari, exclusive lodges and bush camps. Experience the sunrise over the African savannah as you float in your hot air balloon, track the lost chimps of a sunken rainforest and seek tree-climbing lions in huge fig trees amongst the African bush on the Ishasha Plains.

Highlights

- Watch the sunrise with a hot air ballon safari and bush breakfast.
- Track the chimpanzees and the tree climbing lions.
- Explore the park with game drives and a water safari.
- Relax at the national park's premier lodge and bush camp.
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Welcome to the 'Pearl of Africa'

Welcome to Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’! On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will find your Savannah Wings representative waiting to greet you. They will then drive you to your accommodation for the night a short distance away. Here you’ll be able to relax and sleep before you begin your safari tomorrow.

Tonight's Accommodation - The Boma, Entebbe town.

Day 1 - Rolling Savannah Plains

After breakfast you’ll be driven 20km north to Kajjansi airstrip, to board your private aircraft. The scenic flight takes 1hr 30mins over the shores of Lake Victoria, banana plantations and African bush to the heart of Queen Elizabeth NP. Take a leisurely lunch overlooking the Kazinga Channel with the sound of hippo pods calling and herds of buffalo on the riverbanks. In the mid afternoon board a private boat for a safari along the Kazinga Channel to the edge of Lake Edward. This is a prime way to view a variety of wildlife such as crocodiles and hippo pods but also give an intimate view to observe elephants, waterbuck, Uganda kob and buffalo coming down to drink and cool off. On your return to dry land drive through the African bush to your retreat perched on the escarpment overlooking the savannah.

Tonight's Accommodation - Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Queen Elizabeth NP.

Day 2 - Hot Air Ballon Safari

Rise before the sun does to set off for a very special kind of safari. You’ll head into the savannah skies in a hot air balloon to float over the plains as the sun breaks over the horizon. Depending on the prevailing winds you’ll view the Kazinga Channel, Lakes Edward and George with the chance to spot herds of elephants and buffalos with the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. Flights can last anywhere from one to one and half hours until you land for a bush breakfast. Take a game drive back to the lodge, where you can while away the rest of the day with views over the gorge and savannah from the infinity pool or unwind with a massage. By late afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to drive back into the African bush for a dusk game drive or you can watch the sunset from the comfort of your lodge.

Tonight's Accommodation - Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Queen Elizabeth NP.

Day 3 - Chimps in a Sunken Rainforest

This morning explore Kyambura Gorge, a sunken rainforest. The gorge contains its own rainforest ecosystem in which you will be tracking the chimpanzees. After a briefing from your guides you’ll descend along the forest paths into the gorge to search for these illusive creatures. If you manage to track them down you can spend an hour with the chimps before to climb out of the gorge onto the savannah plains. After a leisurely lunch you’ll drive south through Maramagambo Forest to reach Ishasha Plains of Queen Elizabeth NP. Take a dusk game drive across the plains before ending the day at a secluded spot to enjoy some refreshments as you watch the sunset light up the savannah. Once the sun has set, return to your exclusive camp to spend the evening relaxing to the sounds of the African bush.

Tonight's Accommodation - Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth NP.

Day 4 - Tree Climbing Lions

Meet the rangers from the Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) who monitor the parks carnivores including lions, leopards and hyenas. With their help you will be able to get up close with the carnivores in seclusion, as they will be able to take you off the beaten track and into the grasslands. Then return to camp, where you can unwind with view across the Ntungwe River to the sounds of the hippos and if you’re lucky elephants coming down to the waters edge. In the afternoon venture back onto Ishasha Plains with your UCP guides to search for their most famous resident, the tree-climbing lions. Seeking them out in the huge fig trees amongst the bush on the Ishasha Plains as they lazy away in the shade away from the heat of the day. Before returning to your exclusive camp to spend a final evening relaxing to the sounds of the African bush.

Tonight's Accommodation - Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth NP.

Day 5 - Returning Home

Drive out into the African bush to search for hyenas living close to your camp before driving to a secluded spot to enjoying a bush breakfast with views across the grasslands. Then return to your exclusive camp and spend your last few hours relaxing by the river before driving through the savannah to the airstrip. Then make the return flight back to Kajjansi airstrip where your Savannah Wings representative will be waiting to take you to your accommodation. You’ll be provided with a day room to prepare you for your flight home this evening. Before dinner and your flight, drive down to the lakeshores for a boat cruise around the inlets and bays, with light refreshments served to you as you watch the sunset over Lake Victoria.

Day Room - The Boma, Entebbe town.

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The Boma

The Boma is Entebbe's original and most exclusive hotel, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, just a few minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940's home.

Your Room
Each of the rooms at The Boma are individually decorated in a mixture of African and European décor, and have been designed to reflect the original colonial architecture. Each room is complete with a four-poster bed with mosquito net, safe, satellite TV, en suite bathroom facilities and your own private veranda.

Facilities
• Wi-Fi throughout the guesthouse.
• Swimming pool.
• 24-hour reception services.
• Fully stocked bar.
• Safe in each room.

The official lodge website - The Boma

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

An eclectic contemporary lodge perched on an escarpment over looking savannah plains. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning and contemporary living space, balancing the history of the building with a series of distinct luxurious spaces for guests to relax.

Your Room
The beautiful bandas have each been nestled into the hillside with their eco-luxury comforts including four-poster beds, tasteful furnishings and en-suite bathrooms. Each room is completed with a secluded veranda with a seat swing with unbroken views of the savannah.

Facilities
• Wi-Fi in main lodge building.
• Infinity pool with views across the savannah.
• Fully stocked bar and restaurant.
• On site massage service.
• Day spa.
• Safe in each room.

The official lodge website - Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Situated on Ishasha plains by the Ntungwe river, is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. A central lounge and dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. A shaded area beside the river offers al fresco dining and an evening ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience.

Your Room
Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with large mosquito netted beds, own private en suite bathroom and dressing area, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet.

Facilities
• Wi-Fi in main lodge building.
• Fully stocked bar.
• Fireplace under the stars.
• Safe in each room.

The official lodge website - Ishasha Wilderness Camp

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