Are you Planning amazing wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and you do not know how you can get there? Regardless of the fact that most Uganda’s national parks are endowed with natural wonders, visitors still find it very challenging to reach to them. Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in western Uganda and it is surrounded by districts like Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Kasese and others. It expands for over 1978 square kilometers which makes it Uganda’s second largest savanna grassland national park after Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest.
Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Park covers some areas of Lake George and Edward that are connected by the Kazinga channel. It is 5 to 7 hours’ drive away from Kampala and you can take the Kampala-Mbarara route and Bushenyi that takes you to the center of the park for about 22 kilometers away from Mweya Peninsula which is the tourism hub for Queen Elizabeth Park.
The other alternative is for you to take the Kampala-Fort Portal-Kasese route about 410 kilometers. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges, or have a stopover at Kibale Forest National Park the most popular primate paradise in East Africa.
By road, you will need a four wheel drive vehicle that can navigate through Uganda’s remotest routes. For those of you who may prefer taking flights, you can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield and then land in airstrips around Kasese, Ishasha or Mweya.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is exceptionally endowed with variety of savanna grassland species, forest species and aquatic life. It boasts of its big game like lions plus the tree climbing lions at Ishasha sector, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, antelope families, hippos, crocodiles and over 620 bird species both on land and aquatic species. With this diversity, this park is ideal for you to engage in game drives (day, afternoon and evening) along the Kasenyi and Ishasha tracks, launch cruise especially along the Kazinga channel, birding tours, nature walks, chimpanzee trekking, spotting mongoose, cultural encounters in one of its nearby local communities, hot air balloon safaris a mention but a few.
Accommodations in and around Queen Elizaneth National Park
While on your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can choose your suitable accommodation option (safari lodge or Campsite) from the options below;
- Mweya Safari Lodge
- Katara Lodge
- Mazike Lodge
- Enganzi lodge
- Twin Lake safari lodge
- Buffalo safari camp
- Ihamba safari lodge
- Park View Safari lodge
- Jacana safari lodge
- Kitandara Hippo Hill Camp
- Mweya Institute of ecology
- King Fisher Lodge
- Simba safari camp
- Bush Lodge
- Ishasha wilderness camp
- Ishasha River Lodge
- Savannah Resort hotel Ishasha
Things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
- Fantastic game viewing (4×4 car with Pop-up roof is highly recommended)
- Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
- Bird watching with over 600 species
- Chimpanzees and other primates tracking
- Forest walks
- Community tours
- Caves exploration
- Night game drives
From the discussions above, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the few most unique destinations with incredible natural wonders. You can access it both by road and air and your dreams in Africa while on Uganda safari and tour would have been achieved.