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Are you planning a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park? Are you searching for which attractions to see and things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park? What activities to Consider to do for your planned trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park? Eco Adventure safaris is more than ready to organize an all-inclusive safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will give you options on accommodation choices, means of transport, and activities to do during your stay in 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 most used for game drives for visitors to spot various animals. There is a lot to see in Queen Elizabeth National Park besides wildlife, Namely; Lake Katwe salt mines, crater lakes, Kyambura gorge, Chimpanzees, Mangoose project, Maramagambo forest, the beautiful scenery and the view of the Mountain Rwenzori.
Top Attractions to see and Things to do in Elizabeth National Park?
Game drives /wildlife viewing
It is everyone’s dream to see wildlife on a safari to Africa. You will do game drives to see some of the best wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National park, Some of the wildlife in this park include Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Warthogs, Hippos and many others. You can do morning and afternoon game drives in game tracks through Kasenyi, Ishasha and the north Kazinga plains will offer you with the best of these sightings. Our experienced guide will help in spotting the animals while driving on a snail speed. You are only required to pay for Park entrance fees to get into the Park and then proceed to drive in the designated tracks to spot wildlife. Queen Elizabeth National Park is endowed and has very beautiful clear views of the surrounding in the wilderness.
Boat cruise experience on Kazinga Channel
Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel is also another activity to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park on your safari. The cruise happens on Kazinga channel between Lake George and Lake Edward, you may encounter herds of elephants, 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. The boat cruise costs USD30 per person for a normal public Launch cruise, But you can as well book a private boat for a romantic cruise for only two of you.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Chimpanzee tracking is also a must-do on your safari to 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. The Chimpanzee permit for Kyambura costs USD50 per person per trek which is way cheaper compared to other chimpanzee trekking destinations in Uganda.
Cultural and Community Encounters
A cultural visit to African communities is such a memorable experience to do on your safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you may choose to visit Lake Katwe Mines and witness how the local communities are harnessing park resources 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. There are also craft villages where you can buy souvenirs as you support the locals
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park has best birding destinations including Maramagambo forest, Kyambura forest, Mweya peninsular, Kasenyi plains and long the Kazinga channel spotted during the boat cruise in the channel. The park harbors over 600 bird species some of which are endemics and others are migratory birds, some of the birds include African Jacana, African green pigeon, Black-headed batis, Long- tailed Cormorant, yellow warbler, Black bee-eater, African Emerald Cuckoo, Purple headed starling, Speckled tinker bird, Yellow- backed weaver, Pied kingfisher, Wattled plover, open billed stork among others. For travelers interested in Birds, birding experience is another activity to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Nature walks and Forest Walks
The guided forest and nature walks can also be done in Queen Elizabeth National Park when on your safari, during the nature walk, you will be guided by the ranger guide for the purpose of safety reasons. The nature walks in Queen Elizabeth national park are done in the Mweya peninsular where you have a great birding and views across Kazinga channel and Lake Edward and some animal species like the Elephants, Mongoose, antelopes, giant forest hogs, and bush pigs, among others. with the help of the ranger guide, you have an opportunity to walk along Ishasha River where you have an opportunity to get close to the Hippos, Maramagambo forest, Kyambura forest and Kalinzu are another famous site where you will be able to spot different bird species, primates, bat cave and some animals like antelopes, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, elephants among others.
Lion tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Most travelers during their safari in Africa love to see lions in their natural environment. Lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park gives you this chance, it involves following an individual or group of lions in order to learn more about their behavior, feeding habits and social/group dynamics. To take part in the Lion tracking experience, one needs to book in advance. The experience cost $60 per person for international tourists and 100,000 Uganda shillings for citizens of East Africa. Payment can be made directly at the Mweya Information Centre. The park authorities give $10 of each booking to the Uganda carnivores program. You can opt to do early morning, afternoon and night sessions of lion tracking. Each session takes between two to three hours.
During Lion tracking, sometimes you can drive off the tracks to have a close encounter with the lions. You will be guided by park guide or researcher until you find the lions as they track their location.
Where to stay on your safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
On your safari, you will need to have your quality time at a very good hotel/lodge. 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, 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. The Budget Lodges Range from USD80-700Per person per night on Full board meal plan. Some lodges offer discounts for staying for more than 2 nights. You will receive a very good and special treatment
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 into Kasese Airstrip/Kihihi Airstrip. The drive time from the Airstrips into the park is very short and flight fees are not expensive.
You can as well have a road trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, 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 for your safari experience.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Eco Adventure safaris offer amazing safari trip experiences to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the rest of Uganda and the East African region as a whole. Contact us for our discounted packages and also tailor-made safaris. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have over time assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well-experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us.