How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Things to do and see
How to get to Queen Elizabeth national park – is located 392/ 399 km west of Kampala. It is the most accessible by private or public transport, of all national parks in Uganda. The park is crossed by many public roads that create easy access by any means of transport including motorcycle or even bicycle. From Kampala, the park can be accessed through two routes, Kampala-Mubende-Fort portal road or Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara road. From Rwanda it can be accessed through Ntungamo-Kasese road and from Congo it can be accessed through Fort portal-Mpondwe road.
The Fort portal-kasese-Mbarara road provides opportunities to reach locations such as Kikorongo junction, Katunguru and Kyambura, the famous accommodation centers and starting points for the wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth national park and chimp tracking in Kyampura game reserve. Other roads that cross through the park and ease the transportation are; the road to Lake Katwe that passes by Mweya gate, the road to Mukungu fishing village on Lake George, the road to Kahendero fishing village on Lake George and the road that goes to Congo and the road that goes to Kanugu through Ishasha sector. all these roads are open to the public without paying park entrance fee.
given the many public roads, the park can be accessed by all means of road transport from Kampala or any other national park of Uganda. The common means of public transport available on these roads are; bus transport (59 seater), public shared taxi (14 seater) and private special hires that you can find in the neighboring district towns. Buses can be got from downtown Kampala and they will be able to stop you at any of the four stopovers of Kasese town, Kikorongo junction, Katunguru or Kyambura.
The location you will stay in the night before the safari, will determine which road and bus you take from Kampala or any other locations where your trip starts. For those staying the night before the safari in Kasese or Kikorongo area, should preferably have to take the bus that goes from Kampala through Mubende / fort portal road. They can also take public taxis that go through or from fort portal, Kasese, mbarara or bushenyi. Those staying in katunguru and Kyampura areas, should preferably have to use the bus that goes from Kampala through Mbarara Masaka road. They can also take public taxis that go through or from fort portal, Kasese, mbarara or bushenyi.
Those coming from other parks in the north of Queen Elizabeth, including Murchison falls, Semuliki Rwenzori or Kibale national parks, you connect to Queen Elizabeth through fort portal – Kasese road. Those coming from the national parks located in the south of Queen Elizabeth, such as Lake Mburo, Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla national park or even from Rwanda, you connect through the Mbarara – Katunguru road.
Please contact us if you have any further questions. We will be happy to provide any support if needed including where and how to find the n-taxis in the different areas, arranging private hires and pickup, etc.
Queen Elizabeth National Park uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in south west region of Uganda and is the Uganda’s most popular tourist destination which started in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and latterly on it was named Queen Elizabeth National Park after the visit of Queen Elizabeth the 11 to Uganda. It covers a distance of 420 kilometers squared by road and it takes 5-6 hours drive from Kampala the capital city of Uganda the Pearl of Africa.
The Park Uganda is home to 95 mammal species while the bird list is 612 species. It offers diverse ecosystems, home to big cuts like, Leopards, lions and Buffaloes, Elephants, Hippopotamus, warthogs, Primates like the Chimpanzee and different species of monkeys and antelopes and many more.
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the famous Park in the world for wild animals where tourist can be able to spot. Lions, leopards, Buffaloes, Elephants, different species of antelopes such as the Uganda kobs and more.
Chimpanzees trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the Park where Chimpanzee trekking is done. This lasts for two-three hours and it is being led by a ranger guide in the Kyambura Gorge to their main habitat.
Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel that fascinate species that inhabit the channel for drinking water, where tourist take hours along the channel and be able to spot hundreds of hippos, Buffaloes, while Elephants linger on the shoreline and many species of water birds. Kazinga channel has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole World.Read more about Kazinga boat safari
Nature walk and Birding
Queen Elizabeth National Park is also home for half of the bird species we have in the country and believed to be one of the best birding spots. take a chance to view some wild animals on foot on your nature walk as you look out for the birds.
It can be accessed from Kampala in 5-6 hours drive, , by road you can have a stopover at the equator to know where sun sets from, tea plantations which makes Uganda a green Country. Alternatively tourists can as well fly to the Park for only one hour from Entebbe.
The Park has beautiful hotels and lodges where tourist can stay such as Mweya safari lodge, Kyambura gorge lodge, Kazinga channel safari lodge, the Bush lodge, Buffalo safari resort, among others.
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be visited all year round more in the high season in months of January, March, June, August, September and December.