For travelers interested in Wildlife game viewing, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best National Parks in Uganda to do game drives, the question normally asked by many travelers Is Queen Elizabeth National Park safe for game drives. It is very safe and there are lots of animals to see in the Park. Game drives are major- thought activity while visiting a game national park in Uganda, It’s an ultimate experience to see animals in their natural environment in the wilderness in Queen Elizabeth National Park such as the buffaloes, Elephants, Lions (by Luck), Antelopes, Warthogs and many others can all be viewed during the game drive. Our professional guides who are very knowledgeable about the fauna and flora of Queen Elizabeth National Park will help in spotting the animals and giving relative information while on game drive.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the savannah Parks found in the 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 northern Mweya area, traversed by the equator and dominated by the scenery of crater lakes, is often occupied by large flocks of flamingos. This Park is such a beauty and has attracted many visitors throughout the years. The two sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park;
The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is very famously because of its population of the tree-climbing lions that are a very exceptional attraction, the Lions are normally seen lazily lying up within the branches of the huge fig trees staring down at the numerous Uganda Kobs that are graze in the open Ishasha plains and these are actually the main prey to these lions. Sometimes even leopards can be seen lying in the tress. Depending on Luck, you will be able to see them while on game drive
The Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth National is the mostly used for game drives for visitors to spot various animals. There is a lot to see in Queen Elizabeth National Park besides wildife, Namely; Lake Katwe salt mines, crater lakes, Kyambura gorge, Chimpanzees, Mangoose project, Maramagambo forest, the beautiful scenery and the view of the Mountain Rwenzori.
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives are typically enjoyed twice per day in the early morning and late afternoon in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Our 4×4s vehicles with pop-up roof and highly trained driver-guides take guests over the tracks in the plains of Kasenyi and Mweya to discover incredible new slices of nature, overlook the crater lakes, spot various animals while driving at a snail speed in the Park.
You will do game drives to see some of the best wildlife attractions in Queen Elizabeth National park, Some of the wildlife in this park include Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Warthogs, Hippos and many others. The morning and afternoon games drives through Kasenyi, Ishasha and the north Kazinga plains will offer you with the best of these sightings
Game driving activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park is under the management of the Uganda wildlife Authority. Your safety as a visitor is top priority, the armed rangers and tourism police are in place for your safety and security. Our driver guides are fully committed to responsible game driving and following park rules. Visitors and guides are obliged to respect the game drive rules set by UWA to protect visitors, the wildlife and the environment. Some examples are obeying the speed limits, no off- track driving, unless it’s in permitted areas to see big cats, no shouting, clapping or chasing of animals, No getting out of Cars as its risky in the wild among others.
What is the cost of game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Is Queen Elizabeth National Park safe for game drives. 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 Queen Elizabeth National Park. The guided game drive in Queen Elizabeth national Park costs USD30 per person on top of entrance fees, the charge is paid to Uganda wildlife Authority at the Park headquarters or at the head office. Safaris are planned very carefully to coincide with when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means early, late afternoon, or even night game drives are essential to see the animals at their most active.
Where to stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park 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 Ishasha Wilderness Camp Lodge for the Part of Ishasha sector, Then in Mweya sector, there is Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Katara Lodge, Elephant Plains Lodge, Mweya safari lodge, For budget/Mid-range lodges, you can stay at Ishasha Jungle safari Lodge, buffalo safari Lodge, Twin Lakes Lodge, Elephant Hab, Park View Lodge and Many others. You can choose where to stay depending on the Part of the Park you are visiting.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
There are daily flights 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. You can take a flight from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi to Kasese Airstrip/Kihihi Airstrip. The drive time from the Airstrips into the park is very short and a lot to see as you enter the Park.
You can as well have a road trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which 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 the pop-up roof to enable your viewing and taking of photographs.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safari trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Eco Adventure Safaris is a local tour operator based in Uganda with its head offices in Entebbe. Eco Adventure Safaris is run and owned by Ugandans. We specialize in life-changing experiences and sustainable tours and holidays to all East African countries. We are members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and are registered by UTB (Uganda Tourism Board). We have a good and long working relationship with UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) making it easy to book your gorilla permits and gorilla trekking safari. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly reviewed on trip advisor as well as Safari bookings. Please contact us here to plan your Safari trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park