Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second-largest Uganda safari park and one of the best wildlife safari destinations in East Africa. This park expands 1978sq.kms of land and it is nestled in Western Uganda. A visit to this savanna national park has something to enjoy while on Uganda safari holiday. There are plenty of safari activities to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park and they include;
Boat/launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
If there is one most memorable recreational activity you shouldn’t miss on Uganda safari then it is a launch/boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is 2-3 hours’ recreational experience and it is conducted twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Kazinga Channel extends about 32kms, connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. While on a boat cruise, expect to see huge volumes of hippos, crocodiles, water birds plus other wildlife species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the premier Uganda safari parks offering amazing game drive/game viewing experiences. Tourists can engage in guided game drives through the park’s Kasenyi Plains which rewards with the astonishing sight of antelopes, buffaloes, warthogs, elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, birds, and a lot more, or explore the Ishasha sector in the southern side of the park, a renowned sector with the tree-climbing lions. While on the Uganda safari holiday in Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is possible for you to participate in day or night game drives.
Lion tracking experience
Lion tracking experience is one of the extra-ordinary Uganda safari experiences offered to visitors in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It lets you sight lions including the tree-climbing lions. This activity is carried out together with experienced researchers and special tracking devices will be used. It is done 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening/afternoon. While on a trek, expect to enjoy a good sight of not only lions but also other wildlife like antelopes, birds, and many more.
One of the interesting safari activities worthy of taking part in Uganda safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park is birding. Over 620 bird species exist in this beautiful park’s varied habitats making it an amazing birding destination. While on Uganda birding safari in this protected area, some of the birds to excite you include the shoebill stork, pelicans, Kingfishers, papyrus canary, Verreaux’s eagle owl, white-winged warblers, black rumped buttonquail African skimmer, long-tailed cormorants, Squacco heron, black bee-eaters, grey-headed kingfishers, nightjars, papyrus gonoleks and others. The most preferred time for birding tours in Queen Elizabeth National Park starts from March-May and September-November.
Hot air balloon experience
A hot air balloon tour is an exciting and unusual experience, currently conducted in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. It offers tourists on Uganda safari a chance to enjoy the good sight of savanna wildlife while in a hot air balloon rather than in a 4×4 Land Cruiser/Safari Van.
While on Uganda safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, there is a possibility of you participating in chimpanzee tracking. This is perfect for primate lovers and this thrilling primate adventure is best conducted at Kyambura Gorge, Eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park where a variety of primates including chimpanzees, blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus liver.
Guided nature walks
If you are interested in nature walks/hiking then a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park is worth your Uganda safari holiday and time. The park features diverse habitats tourists can explore while on a guided nature walk, each exposing visitors to the park’s huge volumes of wildlife, birds, colorful butterflies at a close range. Nature walks in this park are perfectly carried out in Maramagambo Forest, Mweya Peninsular, and other sites.
Where to stay on Uganda safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Luxury lodges: Mweya Safari Lodge/Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Hippo Safari Lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Mid-range: Enganzi Game Lodge/Marafiki Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge and budget options include Mweya Hostel/Kazinga Channel View Resort/Pumba Safari Cottages/Bush Lodge in the Tents.
Getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accessing Queen Elizabeth National Park is possible on-road or by air. By road, tourists on Uganda tour can access the park starting from Entebbe/Kampala via Masaka-Mbarara-Ishaka road about 6 hours’ drive and or from Kampala via Mityana-Mubende-Fort Portal city to Kasese in Western Uganda about 5 hours’ drive. By air, there exist flight services from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airfield to Mweya/Kasese or Kihihi airstrips.
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