For those interested in visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park by flying scheduled flights will help you get to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in South Western part of Uganda close to Rwenzori Mountain and Kibale Forest National Parks. To all tourists interested in visiting Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park is always a must-visit destination given the fact it is one of the best wildlife viewing spots in East Africa, at this park you will have a chance to see all the Big 4 animals among other savannah wild animals, it is as well a great place for birders given it hosts over 600 bird species, great for sightseeing and photography most especially the sprawling beautiful savannah grasslands and crater lakes, major activities to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park include game drives for wildlife viewing, boat cruise on Kazinga Channel which always a highlight of your safari in this park, community visits, birding, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge among others. For those who have more time, you can as well opt to visit Ishasha sector located on the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can do game drives to search for Tree climbing lions among other wildlife.
Encounter Africa Safaris organizes and can book for you all the above activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park once you send us an email/inquiry we will advise you accordingly. We as well do have various tour packages that you can select from and can as well be customized for you ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options and activities you want to do on your safari.
Daily scheduled flights to Queen Elizabeth National Park can be organized for one interested in visiting this park by air. AeroLink Uganda Limited and Fly Uganda are one of the domestic airlines offering scheduled flights to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Flights either depart from Entebbe International Airport or Kajansi Airfield; you will fly to Kasese Airstrip from where you will start the drive to your lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park which will take you approximately 30 minutes depending on which you lodge you will be staying at.
For you to be able to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park by flying you will need to fly to airstrips of Kasese/Mweya, Mbarara or Kihihi. This will depend on availability of the airline routing for your travel dates and time, for the best airstrip to fly to so that you get to Queen Elizabeth National Park early with a shorter drive is Kasese/Mweya Airstrip so this should be your major request when booking a scheduled flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park. When you arrive to the above mentioned airstrips you will need a transfer to your lodge at Queen Elizabeth National Park so it is always better you book this in advance so that you donot get stranded on arrival at the airstrip.
The flight from Entebbe to Kasese/Mweya Airstrip will take you approximately 1hour 15minutes then connect from here you will connect for check-in at the Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park with road transfer which will take you approximately 10-30 minutes depending which lodge you will be staying at for your time in the park, this means total time to get from Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park will be approximately 1hours 45minutes by flying. AeroLink airline operates 3 flight schedules daily to Kasese/Mweya Airstrip that is morning, mid-morning and afternoon flights. The morning flight departs Entebbe Airport at 7am and arrives at Kasese/Mweya Airstrip at 10:05am, then on the return it departs at 10:20am and arrives back in Entebbe at 11:25am. The mid-morning flight departs Entebbe Airport at 10:15am and arrives at Kasese/Mweya Airstrip at 12:05pm, then on the return it departs at 12:20pm and arrives back in Entebbe at 13:30pm, however kindly note that the mid-morning flight is a daily flight expect for the months of April, May and November. The afternoon flight departs Entebbe Airport at 12:00pm and arrives at Kasese/Mweya Airstrip at 14:15pm, then on the return it departs at 14:20pm and arrives back in Entebbe at 16:15pm. The above flights are daily as noted but timings may vary depending on aircraft routing, on all these schedules you will be able to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park, so let us know the best time that works for you and we will book for you accordingly.
The interesting activities to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park are explained below in details, For those who have more time you can as well opt to visit Ishasha sector located on the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can do game drives to search for Tree climbing lions among other wildlife. On your visit to this park you will be able to see all the Big 4 animals and the unique tree climbing lions if you as well visit Ishasha sector including other savannah wildlife.
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.
In Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is a great place to visit for wildlife viewing and seeing the unique Tree climbing lions.
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 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 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, Gray 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 Fly catcher, Giant Heron, African Jacana, Secretary Bird among others.
On your flying safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park we do recommend you atleast 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 departure 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 on your flight to Uganda 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.
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 visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is during the months of December to February and then June to October which are relatively dry than March to May and November, but still all year around you will be able to see the wildlife and do a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
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