Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in the Western reaches of UgandaQueen Elizabeth National Park is a  wildlife paradise. It is a sanctuary for over 90 mammal species and 600 bird species. It is made up of of 4 different types of terrain: bushy grassland, acacia woodland, swamp or lakeshore, and forest grassland. This ensures a rich and diverse array of flora as well.

The majestic landscape flows gracefully from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west. These lakes are connected by the Kazinga Channel, which meanders through a changing landscape of volcanic craters and wide-open plains. With a variety of animals thriving here, one can expect to see species such as buffalo, Ugandan kob, and giant forest hogs with relative ease.

Queen Elizabeth National Park also hosts two highly-acclaimed animal populations. The first is the tree-climbing lions, one of only 2 populations found worldwide. Located in the Ishasha sector of the park, these majestic predators can be seen lazing in trees during the hot African days. Since lions can be elusive and hard to spot, this offers a great opportunity to view these big cats. While it is not known why they have developed the ability to climb trees, a characteristic not share by most of their brethren, it is speculated that the heat drives them to climb up to the shady and cooler branches of the local flora.

The second animal specie that Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for is primates. Chimp trekking is a popular activity, sometimes done in conjunction with gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located close by.

The forest primates make their home in Kyambura Gorge and Maramgambo Forest within Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are several guided tours to choose from if you want to see these wonderful creatures. It is important to note that there are a limited number of chimp trekking permits issued by the Ugandan government, and it is therefore essential to choose a tour before visiting the primates, to make sure you are not disappointed.

There are some fantastic tours available, allowing you to not only see Queen Elizabeth National Park, but also the rest of Uganda. For those more interested in our feathered friends, there are several birding tours available. With over 600 species, there are many birds to see in Queen Elizabeth- even for the most seasoned birder! Some of these birding safaris even allow for the best of both worlds to be experienced: birds and big game.

With so much to see and experience, why not contact us- we will be more than happy to assist you in planning your perfect Ugandan holiday.

The Okavango Delta: A paradise surrounded by the parched Kalahari

One would be forgiven for being completely and utterly awed by the Okavango Delta. This  unique wetland spans between 6000 to 1500 square kilometres, depending on the season. Situated in the northern reaches of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a lush paradise made up of islands, woodlands, and floodplains, surrounded by the parched sands of the Kalahari Desert.

This natural masterpiece is the largest inland delta in Africa, and hosts hundreds of bird and animal species. This includes red lechwe and sitatunga. The area provides excellent safari opportunities, with not only a variety of wildlife to observe, but also several ways of going on safari. These include mokoro canoes, hot air balloons, and boat cruises- you are spoiled for choice. With Moremi Game Reserve situated on the eastern edge of the Okavango, even traditional game drives are on offer!

There are dozens of Okavango lodges to stay in, allowing for a unique experience when visiting different parts of the delta. These Okavango lodges strive to provide the best experience for their guests, making sure they enjoy this stunning World Heritage Site to the fullest.

Gunn’s Camp is one of the last few remaining luxury vintage safari camps, and maintains a fine balance between comfort and a true bushveld experience. Overlooking the legendary Chief’s Island, this Okavango lodge is set on raised platforms, giving it superb views over the delta plains. The dense wooded island on which it is situated gives Gunn’s a discrete and intimate atmosphere, perfect for honeymooners and couples.

Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession. This Okavango lodge takes full advantage of its majestic location. Xugana has an expansive deck, which allows guests to dine under the stars while overlooking the pristine waters of the delta. Xugana is a wonderful place to relax. The swimming pool and garden are perfect for cooling off after a long day on safari.

Camp Okavango is our next Okavango lodge on offer. It is an authentically African safari camp, situated on the remote Nxaragha Island.  This Okavango lodge is a hidden gem, offering individual safari tents raised on platforms. They all enjoy private open-air viewing decks.

There are a plethora of Okavango lodges to choose from, each offering something unique and wonderful, just like the Okavango Delta itself. Visit this luxurious location for yourself- contact us to book your stay at one of our Okavango lodges.

The Kgalagadi: Wilderness Camps

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located in South Africa‘s Northern Cape province. This park’s wide expanses  are perfect for those seeking solitude and rejuvenation while getting in touch with nature. The arid landscapes and interesting wildlife conjure up feelings of tranquility.

When visiting a place like this, the serene atmosphere can sometimes be spoiled when coming across other park-goers.With this in mind, a good accommodation option could be one of the many smaller Kgalagadi camps, aptly named wilderness camps. These Kgalagadi camps feature only four chalets, each sleeping 2 people, making for a more intimate experience. The camps also do not allow children under 12 to stay, ensuring a relaxing getaway for any parent!

Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp is set on one of the highest dunes in the Kalahari, and offers unspoiled views over the surroundings. This includes a watering hole, perfect for observing the local wildlife.  The atmosphere of remote vastness is further enhanced by the fact that this Kgalagadi camp is unfenced, ensuring that nothing obscures the view.

Bitterpan Wilderness Camp is set between the Nossob and Aurob Rivers. This camp overlooks a large pan, which is exclusive to the camp.  It is wonderfully isolated, and only accessible by 4×4 vehicles. If you and your friends are planning a 4×4 excursion, Bitterpan is the ideal destination.

Gharagab Wilderness Camp is another Kgalagadi camp that can only be accessed by 4×4. It is situated in the northern part of the park, surrounded by the breathtaking grass savannah veld landscape of the Kalahari.

Then, situated in the remote northern expanses of the Kgalagadi, you will find Grootkolk Wilderness Camp. This part of the park is known for sightings of the unique black-maned Kalahari lion. The camp is close to a waterhole, which brings wildlife within sight of the camp during both the day and night. Unlike Gharagab and Bitterpan, Grootkolk is accessible by two-wheel-drive vehicles.

Our last Kgalagadi camp is Urikaruus Wilderness Camp. This camp is known for its active watering hole. Plenty of animals, including springbok, wildebeest, lion, cheetah, and a plethora of birds  are attracted by the camelthorn trees that surround the camp.

The Kgalagadi is unique and has so much to  offer. It is a must-visit destination. Contact us today and explore the wide open spaces for yourself.

The Kgalagadi: Beautifully tranquil desert wilderness

The vast desert wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the perfect destination for those seeking a unique, solitary safari experience. With a landscape that stretches over both South Africa and Botswana, the Kgalagadi will not disappoint anyone who visits the breathtaking area.

Nestled between the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Mata Rivers, The Kgalagadi is made up of savannah habitat and red Kalahari sand dunes. This blend of terrains makes for a beautiful and interesting landscape.

Accommodation in the Kgalagadi is found primarily in the form of camping and self-catering facilities, with exclusive wilderness camps dotted throughout the park. There is also a luxury safari lodge available: !Xaus Lodge is owned and run by the local Khomani San and Mier communities. This stunning lodge features 24 beds and overlooks a large salt pan, from which you can observe the park’s diverse wildlife.

The three bush camps in the park offer a number of accommodation types that suit a variety of tastes and budgets. This includes family cottages, chalets, and camp sites. The camps of the Kgalagadi are: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, Mata-Mata Rest Camp, and Nossob Rest Camp.

Situated on the banks of the Nossob River, you find the Kgalagadi’s largest rest camp, Twee Rivieren. The area is home to a diverse range of animals, and different plant species colour the surroundings. This rest camp is ideal for first-time Kgalagadi bookings.

On the western boundary, right on the border with Namibia, you find Mata-Mata Rest Camp. This far west, the terrain changes to take on the characteristics of the Kalahari, giving the camp that same desert atmosphere of solitude and isolation.

The final rest camp is named after the dry riverbed on which it is located. Nossob Rest Camp is surrounded by tree savannah, and is famous for spectacular predator sightings.

In fact, the Kgalagadi itself is known for its predator populations, raptors in particular. Other species found here include African wild cat, silver (Cape) fox, African wild dog, and cheetah. Birding is also a popular attraction in the area.

Contact us if you are would like to book a unique safari holiday in the Kgalagadi. The Safari Index team is always ready to make your safari dreams come true.