A flying safari to Mweya and Kibale Forest National Park offers an exciting opportunity to explore the wildlife, scenic beauty and cultural diversity of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest. With a domestic flight, you can easily reach Mweya or Kasese Airport and start your safari. Depending on your itinerary, you can first visit Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking or head to Mweya, Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing, boat cruise on Kazinga channel, and community visits. No matter what you choose, this flying safari promises an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Uganda‘s natural wonders.
Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with our flying safari to the Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. You will witness spectacular wildlife sightings and enjoy game drives in the Northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, along with a thrilling boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. For primate lovers, you will have the opportunity to trek chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge during the morning or afternoon hours.
Afterwards, you will visit Kibale Forest National Park for another incredible chimpanzee trekking experience, as well as a walk through the scenic Bigodi wetlands and a community walk. Both parks are also ideal for bird watching, as they are among the top birding destinations in Uganda. Join us on this unforgettable adventure to discover the best of Mweya and Kibale Forest National Park.
Get up close and personal with our closest cousins on an exhilarating chimpanzee trekking adventure in Kibale Forest National Park. Accompanied by expert guides, researchers, and trackers, you’ll journey into the lush forest early in the morning to observe these highly social and amusing apes in their natural habitat. You’ll spend an hour within meters of the chimpanzees, gaining insight into their daily lives and activities as they take you on a thrilling tracking journey. With only about 5000 chimpanzees remaining in Uganda, this experience is both rare and precious. While tracking these highly mobile animals may be challenging, the viewing success rates are over 80%. So, be prepared for an unforgettable and potentially strenuous adventure that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for these endangered primates.
Embark on an unforgettable adventure and witness the rich wildlife in the Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the stunning landscapes with beautiful mountain ranges and crater lakes as your backdrop. One of the highlights of this safari is the chance to see the unique Euphorbia or “candelabra” tree that Uganda is known for.
Keep your eyes peeled as you venture into the savannah and wetlands where you’ll encounter large herds of buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, antelopes, waterbucks, and topis. With a bit of luck, you might also spot the elusive lions and leopards lurking in the bushes. Get ready for a thrilling ride and an up-close encounter with the fascinating wildlife of Mweya sector.
Cruising along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a must-do activity for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. On this leisurely boat ride, you’ll encounter various animals such as herds of elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and families of warthogs. Keep your eyes peeled for sizeable groups of hippos and crocodiles basking on the shore. The Kazinga Channel‘s shores are also home to numerous bird species, including many migratory ones, making their way south to warmer climates. Enjoy the stunning view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and get a glimpse of life in local fishing villages set along the banks. This boat cruise promises a fantastic experience that you shouldn’t miss.
If you are a birding enthusiast, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a must-visit destination in Uganda. With over 600 bird species, including rare and endemic species, the park offers a wealth of birdwatching opportunities. Some of the birds you can spot include the Gray-crowned Crane, which is Uganda’s national bird, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Giant Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, and the elusive Shoebill Stork. During a boat ride on Kazinga Channel or game drives in the park, you can also encounter water birds and savannah birds, such as Collared Pratincole, Black-headed Lapwing, and Secretary Bird. Contact us to tailor your birding safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
On your wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, take the opportunity to explore the local communities and their unique way of life. Visit Lake Katwe and witness firsthand how the local people are utilizing the park’s resources to support themselves. The Kasoga community experience project offers an immersive cultural experience where you can learn about the challenges and triumphs of living near the park while enjoying traditional dances and cultural encounters. It’s a chance to see how wildlife and humans can coexist harmoniously in this beautiful part of Uganda.
Chimpanzee tracking is an exhilarating activity that you don’t want to miss while in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kyambura Gorge is one of the perfect spots for chimpanzee tracking, and it’s situated within the park. You can book the permits and organize the trek through us, depending on your itinerary and preferred timing of the activity. If you want to participate in all the activities that the park has to offer, it’s recommended that you spend more time exploring the beauty of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Feel free to drop us an email, and we will provide you with all the details and tailor the trip according to your interests.
Embark on a journey through the enchanting Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, situated in Magombe Swamp. This sanctuary is home to an array of attractions, including primates and birds. Walking through the swamp, you’ll be amazed by the sight of red colobus monkeys, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and L’Hoest monkeys. You may also spot other mammals such as chimpanzees, Sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, otters, and bushbucks. Keep an eye out for bird species such as Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Owlet, Scaly-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis, Red-caped and Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Robin, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, White-naped and Afep Pigeon, and Rufous Flycatcher.
The wetland walk is just the beginning of your journey. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the local communities and immerse yourself in their culture. Learn about their local dances, way of life, and indulge in their delicious juices and foods. The community walk is a chance to see life through a different lens and experience the local way of living.
Looking for a hassle-free way to experience the wonder of Mweya and Kibale Forest National Park? Look no further than our flying safari booking service! Simply let us know your desired travel dates, and we’ll work with local flight operators to secure availability and book your flights to Mweya or Kasese Airport. For ultimate privacy and convenience, charter flights are also available, which can even land at small airfields to reduce travel time. We work with top local operators such as Flying Uganda and Aero Link Uganda, with one-way flights starting at USD 283 and round-trip fares at USD 472. When you arrive, our expert guides and vehicles will be waiting to whisk you away to your lodge and take you on unforgettable game drives and other activities.
Accessing Mweya and Kibale Forest National Park is a breeze when you take a flying safari! To get there quickly and easily, simply book a flight to either Kasese Airport or Mweya Airstrip, with flight times taking only around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Depending on your flight operator and routing options, you may need to fly into Kihihi Airport instead. From any of these airstrips, you’ll only need to drive a short distance to reach the parks.
The drive from Kasese Airstrip takes about 1-2 hours, while the drive from Mweya Airstrip is only 45 minutes (depending on your chosen lodge). If you fly into Kihihi Airport, be prepared for a longer drive of 3-4 hours. For the best experience, we recommend flying to Mweya Airstrip or Kasese Airport, as this will get you to the park much earlier than flying into Kihihi. All flights depart from either Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield, so be sure to check with your operator to confirm your departure location.
The equator runs through Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, which gives it a unique equatorial type of climate with two rainy seasons. It’s often recommended to plan a flying safari during the drier months, as it can be challenging to navigate through the parks during heavy rains. This is especially true for wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. The best time to plan a flying safari to Mweya and Kibale Forest National Park is during the months of December to February and June to October, which offer relatively dry weather for game drives and wildlife sightings. On the other hand, March to May and November can be challenging for safari activities due to the rainy season.
Planning a flying safari to Mweya and Kibale Forest National Park but not sure where to stay? We’ve got you covered! For maximum convenience, we recommend spending at least one night in either Entebbe or Kampala before and after your safari to ensure you don’t miss your flights due to unforeseen circumstances like lost luggage or missed connecting flights.
When it comes to lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park, there’s something for every budget. Budget options include Pumba Safari Lodge and Elephant Hab Lodge, with nightly rates ranging from 90 to 100 dollars per person. Mid-range options like Buffalo Safari Lodge and Bush Lodge start at 100 dollars per night, while luxury lodges like Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Mazike Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, and Mweya Safari Lodge start at 200 dollars per night and can go up to 400 dollars per night per person.
Likewise, Kibale Forest National Park has a range of lodging options to fit every budget. Budget lodges include Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Isunga Lodge, and Kibale Homestay, with nightly rates ranging from 90 to 100 dollars per person. Mid-range lodges such as Kibale Forest Camp and Primate Lodge start at 100 dollars per night, while luxury lodges like Ndali Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, and Kyaniga Lodge start at 200 dollars per night and can go up to 400 dollars per night per person.
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