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Short Safari in Uganda

This safari is an express compact wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is ideally suited for those who only have few days but want to get an experience of African wildlife in the pearl of Africa, Uganda. In addition to your game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will also enjoy a boat trip to Kazinga Channel. If you are thinking Uganda, then you know its got to be Peak Cruise Safaris!

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 30 persons
  • Children policy: Children from 10 years old are allowed to join this safari.
  • Starting and ending point: Kampala
  • Park fees are included.

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  • 1 exciting game drive
  • Boat safari in Kazinga Channel
  • Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Spot lions, elephants, hippos, waterbucks, and more
  • Transport in a 4WD minibus with pop-up roof
  • 2 nights lodge accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers


2 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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During this safari, you will be staying in mid-range lodges such as Baboon safari Lodge.

The bookings with the lodges mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, Peak Cruise Safaris will do their utmost best to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course, they will only do this after consulting you).



Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today after an early breakfast, you will drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s largest national park which is located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

The park has prolific game, including, Ugandan kob, warthog, and waterbuck. There is also a huge number of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes open for lions or a leopard. Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park.

You will reach in the afternoon to relax at the lodge You will stay in a nice lodge, overlooking the Lake George.

  • Journey time: 8 hours
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Game drive and Kazinga Channel boat safari

Today after an early breakfast, you will go for the morning game drive to search for the early risers. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, leopards, Ugandan Kob, and many warthogs.

In the afternoon after lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Here, you will see a lot of hippos, more than you can possibly imagine, as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe.

You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari, you will have game drive en route to the lodge.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala or Chimpanzee tracking and then transfer to Kampala.

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kampala. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe International Airport (EBB), make sure your flight is at 10 p.m. or later. If you want Peak Cruise Safaris to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and / or Entebbe, please let them know.

  • Journey time: 9 hours to Kampala, 10 hours to Entebbe
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch


The standard offering for mid-range tours is a 4WD minibus with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional and courteous driver / guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.


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This safari will take place in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel in Uganda.


You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as described in the itinerary. Clients who have special requirements must specify such requests to Peak Cruise Safaris in the booking reservation form. Whilst the they will always endeavor to accommodate such requests, it does not guarantee that it will always be possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hot air balloon safari

Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants, and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush.

You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately one hour. Rise as the sun rises and floats in whatever direction the winds of the morning takes you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.

After a smooth landing you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of sparkling juice before returning to your lodge to continue your safari.

  • Cost: 380 USD per person

Lion tracking

For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior.

The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions!

The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.

  • Cost: 85 USD per person

Experiential tours

The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.

Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Cost: 85 USD per person

Kyambura Gorge

An optional activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park is to visit the Kyambura Gorge. A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and velvet monkeys. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is only 50%, the landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and is absolutely worth it!

  • Cost: 50 USD per person

What's included

  • 1 game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat safari in Kazinga Channel
  • Services of an English speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view
  • All fuel for the tour
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Park entrance fees

What's not included

  • International air fares and entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver / guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities,
  • souvenirs etc.)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Peak Cruise Safaris will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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