The 10 Best Multi-day Tours in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region

May 16, 2022 Janette Largent

Discover the best top things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda including 14 Day The Pearl of Africa Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari, Gorilla & Chimp Trekking in Uganda - 5 Days, 9 days Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Lions Safari, Three days escape to Queen Elizabeth National park, 6-Day Queen Elizabeth and Mburo Luxury Safari, Uganda Rwanda & Tanzania with "Kwita Izina" gorilla naming ceremony tour, 13-Day Premier Uganda Safari Retreat, 6 Days gorillas and chimps safari in Uganda, 18-Day Mountain Gorilla To The Mara Adventure Accommodated Tour from Nairobi, 5 days Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari.
Restaurants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

1. 14 Day The Pearl of Africa Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

Bamboo Ecotours
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The 14-day budget safari offered by Bamboo Ecotours takes you to the most stunning tourist attractions in southwestern Uganda. The major highlights are game drives, gorilla trekking and community experiences.

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Exclusions: Visas, flights, travel insurance and other costs of personal nature

Reviewed By Quest402245

We are fanatically independent travellers who refuse to go for all-in packages but prefer to vet hotels ourselves and arrange independent transport. This may not be right for everyone but that's the way we roll. We made up our own itinerary for a Kenyan/Ugandan trip but the reality of real journey distances, gorilla permits and other unknowns drove us to choose a company that would respect our wishes while offering on-the-ground advice. The Ugandan leg was Bamboo Eco Tours. My first contact with Edison and his calm knowledgeable Whattsups assured us that we had chosen the right company. At one point I accidentally transferred our entire hotel pre-payments to the Eco Tours account. No problem. Edison transferred the money himself out of his account and to the correct parties. Integrity, professionalism and honesty are the fundamentals of this company. After the Kenyan shutdown we were forced (thankfully in retrospect!!) to cancel our 2 weeks there and add it onto our Ugandan itinerary. No problem!! Edison was on it and we arranged for an extended 26 day epic trip. We stayed a leisurely 5 nights in the Kampala Serena and met up with Fred. From the get go he was polite, friendly and extremely concerned that we would get everything we dreamed off out of this holiday. My first bizarre request was to visit the old Entebbe terminal where the famous July 3/4, 1976 raid was carried out by Israel to free hostages. Hotel: Sorry...it is a UN area and is off limits to tourists. Fred: Let me see what I can do. I have a friend.... The long and the short of it is Fred made it happen. We got a tour of the bullet-riddled tower and environs. Without Fred and Ecotours...forget it!! What a thrill and we hadn't even left Kampala yet!! We had a wonderful city tour with Fred who saw quickly that some midday RnR at the Serena was in order. Bless him!!! Next day it was the road!!! First stop was Mahingo Lodge near Lake Mburo. Fred quietly let us settle in before materialising like Jeeves to ask when we wanted to start next day. That was typical of his understated but efficient manner. We viewed lots of game in Fred's 4 wheel drive aka "The Beast"!! There was no place it could not go and Fred is a fantastically safe driver. Main roads in Uganda are excellent but the side roads are brutal!! No problem for The Beast!! Then on to Kyumbura Gorge where we were the only guests for 3 days!! We even had our own butler!! But that's another review!! Next to Mt Mgahinga Lodge sitting under 2 volcanoes; part of a string of volcanoes stretching into DRC Congo. This was Fred's home town so he was invaluable in getting us to the Silver back and Golden Monkey trekking sites on time and relaxed. Words cannot describe the experience of the Silverback encounter. A family of 9 gorillas in even terrain moving around you. We were alone but for the rangers, porters and trackers...no other tourists!!! I actually wept after the experience. One of the greatest moments spent travelling....ever!! The walk up to the jumping off point was surprisingly tough. Fred told me of a US lady who wanted to give up even at this point. He said to me that HE wanted to cry for her vanished dreams so he convinced her to go on and she did! What a guy!! On the journey home a small poor child stood by our car. I felt obliged to give him some money. As we drove away Fred spoke to him in Ugandan. I asked him what he had said. "Go give it to your mother to spend on books and clothes not on candy!!" Later I found out Fred had gone away and found out the mother to check he had given the money to her. That tells you everything you need to know about this wonderful person!! Then we drove to Bwindi as we had actually gotten TWO gorilla permits in case the trackers couldn't locate the families!! Trust me they ALWAYS get their man...or primate!! That was a heck of a drive but Fred enriched it by conversing on the terrain, the vegetables, fruit and local villages. What a trip!! The man literally eats and drinks like a bird and runs on power like a Terminator!! Bwindi was totally different and a little bit more touristy although way down on pre-covid days. We again did the gorillas and the trek was even worse than the other two due to the dense forest and steep terrain. It also rained!! Viewing of the gorillas was again different and magical although we enjoyed the Mgahinga experience more. Sliding and slipping down the mountain in the rain was brutal but Fred was there to meet us in The Beast!! We drove back to Kampala stopping off at our favourite Mahingo Lodge again on the way. I also added Jinja and the site of the Speke identification of the source of the Nile. Fred was totally up for it!! This turned into an epic day with beautiful clouds piled up over Lake Victoria. Highly recommended. Finally back at the Serena it was time to say goodbye. We hugged and shed a tear and said goodbye to the guy who had shared one of the greatest trips of our lives. Go with Bamboo Eco Tours. They have the key to unlock the treasures within Uganda's preposterously beautiful land and magical people. You can thank me later!!!

2. Gorilla & Chimp Trekking in Uganda - 5 Days

Paradise Adventure Vacations - Day Trips
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The Gorilla Chimpanzee Tracking Safari & Wildlife Safari is an interesting package taking tourists to the remarkable Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking and cultural walks as well as the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing and the refreshing boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Located in the south-western side of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most popular gorilla trekking destinations sheltering more than half the World’s surviving population of mountain gorillas in more than 40 families, 20 of which are habituated for trekking. Bwindi Forest was gazetted into a National Park in 1991 and was later declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Queen Elizabeth National Park is found in the western part of Uganda at the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains and offers a medley of wonders including over 95 species of mammals as well as over 600 species of birds, Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, All Fees and Taxes, Bottled water

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Reviewed By 493reaganr

We had an amazing moment with Musa and the whole team from paradise adventure vacations seeing lions buffalos at murchson falls was a great experience and the falls was the greater part the tour I highly speak high of paradise adventure vacations for their timely and excellent time we had with them

3. 9 days Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Lions Safari

Kampala, Uganda Dark Hills Uganda
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See some of Uganda’s top wildlife spots on this safari: Queen Elizabeth National Park for chimpanzee tracking and to find the tree-climbing lions, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the amazing experience gorilla tracking and Lake Mburo National Park for great game viewing on a morning or evening game drive.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Accommodation x 8, English speaking guide/driver, All entrances , All Park entry fees, Airport pick up and drop off

Exclusions: Tips for the guides, Third party/health insurance/Travel insurance, Souvenirs, Visa Processing, Flight bookings, Air Ticket, Wildlife permits

Reviewed By allmuh

The Safari was my highlight for the year. The scenery is refreshing, people are amazing, the food at Murchison River Lodge was to die for. The Safari mates made the whole experience fun and memorable.

4. Three days escape to Queen Elizabeth National park

Outback Adventure Safaris
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Double equator experience , wonderful view of tea plantations, hot springs and volcanic crater lakes, experience a scenic game drive to view different wild life.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast

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Reviewed By SJDxb

We had a fantastic trip and wonderful experience of Uganda, nature and people. Eric was an absolutely trustworthy, reliable, well informed and always cheerful guide. We highly recommend him. Felt safe even on the craziest roads,all was well organized. Will definitely book him again for another Africa safari experience!

5. 6-Day Queen Elizabeth and Mburo Luxury Safari

Ngoni Safaris Uganda
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This Luxurious Safari Starts & Ends in Entebbe, Uganda begins with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park, known for sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and its idyllic lake shores with a variety of different species of mammals and birds. After Mburo, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most bio diversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopard, hippos, elephants, buffaloes not forgetting the beautiful launch cruise along Kazinga channel.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Private transportation, Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, Restroom on board

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Reviewed By jonathanpY685AN

We were able to customize an 11 day tour through western Uganda and Rwanda, and to say that it was spectacular is an understatement! From the moment we landed, we connected with our guides Sedrick and Ben, and in Rwanda, Godfry, and had a blast. We were able to see some of the most incredible species on this planet, getting up close and personal to chimpanzees and the legendary Gorillas of Bwindi. We were able to stay with local families and interact with the communities through which we traveled. Through all of this, our guides became our friends, talking to us about the culture and way of life of the people while playing cards and dancing. A wonderful experience from start to finish!

6. Uganda Rwanda & Tanzania with "Kwita Izina" gorilla naming ceremony tour

Entebbe, Uganda Wildtroopers
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Three Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park See the chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species in Kibale Forest National Park Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular bird Search for the tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park, an experience you will never forget! Visit the beautiful Entebbe Botanical Gardens and experience nature’s true calm

Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, All airport transfers, All government taxes, Chimpanzee tracking permit, Bottled drinking water, Gorilla tracking permit in Uganda, Entrance fees to all mentioned national parks, Uganda - Rwanda border crossing fee, 8 game drives, Kigali - Arusha economy class ticket, Kwita Izina ceremony

Exclusions: All optional activities, International flights, Meals and beverages not mentioned, Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication, Visas, Insurances

Reviewed By Hamwada

This was one a trip to remember. .took about 8 hours to western Uganda. .the early morning 2 hour trek was bit exhausting. .muddy. .all the bushes and tree cover . .abit of a drizzle but seeing the first batch of gorillas was exciting. .managed to see them swinģing about. .had an excellent tour guide thanks to wild troopers and an experience I would def try again

7. 13-Day Premier Uganda Safari Retreat

Safari Retreats Uganda
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This luxury safari will take you to some of Uganda's most spectacular highlights: safaris on the savannah, chimpanzees in tropical forest, hippo viewing from the boat and, of course, the rare mountain gorillas . Plus, in Lake Mburo N.P. you can take a bush walk or even a horseback safari. And after each day of intense activity and sightseeing, you will rest in some of the best lodges in the country!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 1 gorilla permit per person (value: US$700), All activities described in the itinerary, Chimp permit $200, Fueled Safari Landcruiser, Prices based on Twin rooms Sharing

Exclusions: All expenses of personal nature , A porter during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your backpack), International air fares and entry visa to Uganda, Personal (medical/travel) insurance, Government tax or park fees increase

Reviewed By shafkasujja

Had such an awesome time with my friends who were in the country for the summer holidays. We were well taken care of and had such a good time.

8. 6 Days gorillas and chimps safari in Uganda

Buyaga Safaris Ltd
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SUMMARY: Gorilla trekking, Chimps trekking, Game-drive and Boat-cruise Accommodation level: Mid range Accommodation National Parks included: Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Inclusions: Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Air-conditioned vehicle

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9. 18-Day Mountain Gorilla To The Mara Adventure Accommodated Tour from Nairobi

Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi, Kenya Acacia Africa

From gorillas and chimpanzee in Uganda to the 'big 5' in Kenya, this accommodated adventure tour takes in all the top experiences the famed Pearl of Africa, and Kenya have to offer. Join us and explore these exciting destinations.

Inclusions: Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Fully equipped safari vehicle, Camping and cooking equipment, All road tolls and vehicle taxes , All ground transportation , Meals as indicated , Services of two crew , The Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide* , Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*

Exclusions: Visas , Flights , Travel insurance , Departure taxes , Airport transfers , Optional activities , Drinks, tips, Items of a personal nature, Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (Mandatory/ USD 640.00pp)*, Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trek Permit (Mandatory/ USD 780.00 - USD 800.00pp)

Reviewed By bookeric

TLDR; this is a tremendous experience for the adventurous traveler; if you have an open mindset about meeting new people, enjoy hiking and the outdoors, and don't mind an occasionally rough ride, this is an incredible trip and well worth your time. Having never traveled outside the US, I wanted to go big on my first solo trip with the 62-day excursion from Pretoria to Nairobi. Since it was such an extensive trip, I was looking for the most value for my time, based on price, activities, and safety. I backpack often, so beyond basic comfort was not a priority for me, which turned out to be a good mindset to adopt since we camped nearly the entire trip, & rode in a truck with no AC (Namibia gets hot!). Tip - be ready to retrieve the rain fly for your tent during unexpected 3 AM rain showers! However, nearly all of the sites we stayed at had the option to upgrade from camping to comfortable indoor accommodations, which was a nice option to take advantage of occasionally. Once we reached our site for the night, we began our daily rotating duties, which included helping to cook, clean the truck, and do dishes, which I think added to the experience and helped bond our fellow tourists. Traveling solo, I felt safe at all times with our guides, drivers, and locations. My trip was split between two guides, Crispen, then Pete, and they were great company that looked out for us and kept us safe and informed about everything around us. Our guides were familiar with the paths and knew everyone at our destinations. Nothing surprised them. Our drivers were impressive as well, with Harmony and Francis keeping us safe on the often-tumultuous African roads. Navigating both urban and off-road environments in our trucks was no easy task, and Francis even proved his mechanic skills during the occasional break-down. The variety of locations we stayed at were simply incredible. From Cape Town to the deserts of Namibia, the Okavango Delta to Zanzibar Island, the mixture of urban and remote landscapes couldn't have been better. We saw every animal you can imagine. On a trip like this, an open mindset is key. Traveling for two months with strangers can go any number of ways, but due to this trip, I now have lifelong friends scattered across the globe that I can't wait to visit. This wasn't just a vacation, it was a lasting, eye-opening experience that I believe everyone should try if possible. I can't recommend this trip enough. I wish I could go back to January and do it all over again.

10. 5 days Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari

Kampala, Uganda Dark Hills Uganda

This Uganda safari offers the best experiences, including chimpanzee tracking, in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its magnificent crater lakes, vast savanna plains, lush vegetation and remarkable wildlife. The safari will bring you close to 100 species of mammals and around 600 types of birds which dwell in the park. Animal species include hippos, forest hogs and Uganda kobs which are all commonly seen on the magnificent Mweya Peninsula in its beautiful waterfront location within the shadows of Mountain Rwenzori. Isolated Ishasha Sector has resident tree-climbing lions, the Maramagambo forest is home to diverse species of monkeys plus birds, the crater lakes attract thousands of beautiful pink flamingos while in the Kyambura Gorges habituated chimpanzees live.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Chimpanzee tracking permit, Ugandan snack (Rolex), All entrances , English speaking guide/driver, 4 x Accommodation

Exclusions: Visa processing, Ticket for the flight, Personal health/third party/travel insurance, Tips for the guides, Souvenirs

Reviewed By allmuh

The Safari was my highlight for the year. The scenery is refreshing, people are amazing, the food at Murchison River Lodge was to die for. The Safari mates made the whole experience fun and memorable.

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