Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the southern part of Uganda neighbouring other national parks that is Kibale Forest National and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it is ranked as the second-largest conservation area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National park, as well it is one of the best savannah national parks in Uganda for viewing wildlife and with this, you have chances of seeing all the Big 4 animals on your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Organizing a fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is for those interested in visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park by a domestic flight for wildlife viewing, boat cruise on Kazinga channel and community visits among other activities.
What to do and see on a fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Our Queen Elizabeth National park Safaris will take you to the Northern part of the Park popularly known as Mweya for wildlife viewing and game drives in Kasenyi plains as well as a boat cruise on Kazinga channel, on your game drives and boat cruise you will have a chance to see various wildlife including Large herds on Buffaloes, Elephants, Uganda Kobs, Antelopes, waterbucks, Topis, and depending on your luck that day you will as well see the lions and leopards. Those interested in primates, you have the opportunity to trek chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge which can be done either in the morning or afternoon hours.
Game Drives – Kansenyi Plains and Mweya Sector
In the Mweya and Kansenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, also rich with wildlife, visitors will find vast numbers of Uganda’s unique and strange Euphorbia or “candelabra” tree. The many nearby crater lakes and mountain ranges provide a beautiful backdrop for your journey as you view the wildlife.
Boat Cruise – Kazinga Channel
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may encounter herds of elephant, buffalos and antelopes, families of warthogs, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore. Kazinga’s shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as they make their way south to warmer climates. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks.
While on your Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari, you may choose to visit Lake Katwe and witness how the local communities are harnessing park resource to earn a living. It is also an indication why Queen Elizabeth National Park was voted as one of the Parks where wildlife co-exists with human beings. For those who want to visit the local communities, we have the Kasoga community experience project where the local community will share with you the hard experience of living near the park and how they have managed to co-exist peacefully with wildlife you will as well enjoy the cultural encounters and traditional dances.
Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Chimpanzee tracking is among the major activities done in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This can be done in Kyambura Gorge which is within the Park. The chimpanzee tracking is done in the morning and afternoon and we can book you the permits and organize this trek for you depending on the itinerary and timing of the activities. To participate in all the mentioned activities, you will need more time to spend in Queen Elizabeth National Park and have a great memorable experience. Send us an email and we shall share all details and tailor this for you as per your interest.
For those interested in Birding safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is among Uganda’s best birding spots with over 600 bird species which include; Albertine rift endemic birds, water birds, and savannah birds, most of the birds can be spotted on the boat ride on Kazinga Channel and during game drives in the park. Some of the Birds include Collared pratincole, Palm-nut vulture, Pel’s fishing-owl, Rare Swamp flycatcher, Grey-crowned crane(Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black-headed Lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard, Swamp Flycatcher, Giant Heron, African Jacana, Secretary Bird among others.
How to access Queen Elizabeth National Park on a fly-in safari
Flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park is the easiest means of transport to access the park which only takes you approximately 1hr 15minutes to get there. Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed by flying to Kasese Airport, Mweya Airstrip or Kihihi Airport; this will depend on the availability of the domestic flight operator and the routing available you plan to use. All the mentioned airstrips you will need to drive a short distance for you to access the park, with approximate time from the airstrips to Queen Elizabeth National Park being 1-2 hours from Kasese Airstrip, 45 minutes from Mweya Airstrip (this depends on the Lodge you are staying at) and then the long one is 3 hours drive from Kihihi Airport. Flights to Mweya Airstrip and Kasese Airport are highly recommended give you will get to the park earlier that when you fly to Kihihi. All flights start their journeys to Queen Elizabeth National Park from either Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield with this it will depend on the operator you have booked with to decide which place you will start your flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park from.
Organizing a fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park
We can organize and book for you a fly-in Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park. First, we will need you to share with us your planned dates of travel so that we share with the local flight operators to check for availability of the routings to Queen Elizabeth National park once we confirm availability we will tentatively book for you as we wait on you to confirm and make payment. There are is as well charter flights available which you can book any time you want to visit Queen Elizabeth National park, if you want privacy on your flight you can opt for this, then as well charter flights can even land in small Air Fields hence reducing on the drive time from the airfield to your Lodge. Among the major local operators with flights to Queen Elizabeth National, park include fly Uganda and Aero Link Uganda. Flight fares to Queen Elizabeth National Park range from the route you plan to take that is it is USD283 for a one-way flight and USD472 for a return flight. On arrival at the airport, one of our guides/vehicles will be waiting to transfer you to your Lodge and also take you for game drives and other activities there within.
Where to stay on a fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park
On your fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, we do recommend you at least spend a night in either Entebbe/Kampala before the start day and at the end of your safari, this will help you catch up with the flight depart and return times then as well avoid the risk of missing the flight in case of uncertainties like loss of your luggage, missed connecting flight to Entebbe among others.
Accommodations in Queen Elizabeth National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Pumba Safari Lodge, Elephant Hab Lodge among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Buffalo Safari Lodge, Bush Lodge, among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Mazike Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge and Mweya Safari Lodge among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
What is the best time for organizing a fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Uganda being crossed by the equator which also crosses Queen Elizabeth National Park has a modified equatorial type of climate with two rainy seasons and because of this people tend to associate drier seasons to be the best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National park. This is true because when it is raining, it becomes hard to drive through the park for wildlife viewing because of the heavy rains that make the trails too slippery. The best time for organizing a fly-in safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is from December to February and then June to October which is relatively dry than March to May and November.
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