A Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best ways to see the wildlife in the park including all the 4 of the Big 5 animals. The park has 2 main areas where game drives are done that is Kasenyi plains and Mweya plains. The Mweya plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park are rich with wildlife and 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 this side of the park. Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth National Park is mostly used for game drives for visitors to spot various animals.
About Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular national park in Uganda, one of the savannah Parks found in Kasese district in Western Uganda, it spreads to the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds. With both a riverine and savannah habitat, the park includes the southern Ishasha area with its tree climbing lions and Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda.
The game drives in Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP start very early in the morning at round 6:00am for chances of cats and other wild animals till evening, the game drives can be done at any time of the day. All our Vehicles while on these game drives have a pop-up roof that allows you to view clearly, even in a distance and also great Photograph. The driver guide will help you in Identifying the animals and birds as you drive through the trails speed great experience worth the money.
How are game drives in Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP worth the money?
What you pay as entrance fees for the Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is an investment in yourself given the fact this gives you an opportunity to see wildlife as you enjoy the beautiful African wilderness sceneries which is an amazing experience. The money paid also helps in the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitat in Queen Elizabeth National Park which makes the money spent on the game drives worth it.
Money spent on the game drives in Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP and park entrance fees to the park also helps to benefit the local communities that leave near and within Queen Elizabeth National Park this in turn encourages the local communities to conserve and protect the wildlife in the park since their importance is known by the local communities through the 20% money they receive every year off the park entrance fees paid by tourists who visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. This money goes to the local communities directly through payment of the local communities who are on the lead committees and indirectly through infrastructure and projects that help contribute to a better life of the local communities through construction of schools, hospitals and practicing agriculture, this thus also makes the money spent on the game drives in Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP worth it.
What is the cost of a Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be done on different schedules of the itinerary you booked. You can opt to do Morning, afternoon, evening and night game drive to fully explore the Park but this will require more days of stay. You will be required to Pay Park entrance fees of USD40 per person for Non-foreign residents to be allowed to do game drives in Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP. The night game drives cost USD40 per person per day for Foreigners and UGX 40,000 per person per day for the East Africans while the day game drives cost USD 30 for foreigners per person per day and UGX30000 shillings for East African Citizens per person per day. The charge is paid to Uganda wildlife Authority at the Park headquarters or at the head office.
Best time to do a Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The best time to do Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is during dry season from June to September and December to February every year. The park can as well be visited all year around and you will be able to see the wildlife and do a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, dry seasons offer great sighting of wildlife compared to wet seasons.
Where to stay in Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP
Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP has a variety of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your safari. The lodges range from Luxurious to Budget Lodges and are very comfortable and safe for stay. It is always advised to choose Lodges depending on the on your budget. For Luxurious Lodges include Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Katara Lodge, Elephant Plains Lodge, Mweya safari lodge, For budget/Mid-range lodges buffalo safari Lodge, Twin Lakes Lodge, Elephant Hab, Park View Lodge and many others.
How to get to Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth National Park
By flight: There are daily Flights to Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP and this is the easiest means of transport to access the park which only takes you approximately 1hr 15minutes to get there. You can take a flight from Entebbe international Airport or Kajjansi into Kasese Airstrip/Mweya Airstrip. The drive time from the Airstrips into the park is very short and a lot to see as you enters the Park.
By Road: You can as well have a road trip to Mweya side of Queen Elizabeth NP, it is approximately 5 hours’ drive from Entebbe/Kampala. The drive may seem long but it is very enjoyable as you can have some stops on the road with a lot to see. We only use 4×4 vehicles for transportation considering the state of our roads in the park, the vehicles are very comfortable and spacious with pop-up roof to enable your viewing and taking of photographs.
Why book your Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor made safaris to do Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 30 minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. It all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us here.