Explore the savannah of Kasenyi Plains on a wildlife drive, set to the stunning backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains or ‘Mountains of the Moon’ running along the skyline. These plains are home to a number of leks or breeding grounds for Uganda kobs, where they carry out their battles for mating rights. The vast herds of Uganda kobs grazing here keep the grass short, allowing easy viewing of species such as elephants, buffalo, warthogs, bushbuck and waterbuck amongst the euphorbia tree dotted-landscape. You may even spot a solitary hippo wallowing in one of the small pools! This is also one of the preferred hunting grounds for the prides of lions, attracted by the large game herds. With kills sometimes a focal point for days this is an ideal area to spot these impressive big cats! There is a large network of trails through this area of the park allowing you to explore in seclusion at your one pace and enjoy the stunning scenery of the park's expansive savannah plains.
Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs
Unwind at your savannah hotel perched on the Mweya Peninsula in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The pace of the time spent here is in your hands as you can take a dip in the swimming pool, sunbathe on the pool terrace or enjoy a cool drink at the bar. The lodge’s position offers a beautiful view from the veranda and pool over the Kazinga Channel, from where you can watch a moving panorama of wildlife such as elephants, hippos and buffalo relaxing on the opposite bank of the river, the perfect place to relax on your safari.
Embark on a water safari from the docks on the Mweya Peninsula to explore the Kazinga Channel. This channel connects Lakes Edward and George and flows through the heart of the park and is an excellent place to view a variety of savannah mammals and birds from. As you meander your way along the river banks you will have the chance to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs and waterbuck as they come down to the water's edge to cool off in the heat of the day. The channel is also a prime location to view crocodiles, hippo pods and a plethora of bird species that live here. After a couple of hours on the water you’ll reach a fishing village at the end of the channel where the river enters Lake Edward and you’ll then make your return to the docks on the Mweya Peninsula.
Estimated excursion time: 2 hrs 30 mins.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge, classic room.