Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the most visited Uganda national parks reachable by a car more enjoyable on self drive safari. Queen Elizabeth national park is located in the south western part of Uganda. The park can be reached most especially from Kampala via Mbarara town and Bushenyi leads to the center of the park, passing just 22 km from Mweya peninsular, the main tourism hub. Approaching the park from the south via Mbarara covers a distance of approximately 420km while the north through Fort portal covers a total of 410km, so you can choose which route to take according to your interest driving at your own pace to the park. Once you use the southern route, you can stop at the equator crossing at Kayabwe for an informative talks, snack taking and photography. If you have more days on your safari, before arriving at the queen Elizabeth national park a home to a wide biodiversity of animal species, you can first enjoy short detours to Lake Mburo national park, Rwenzori Mountains and kibale forest national park renowned for chimpanzee tracking, all these parks have a lot to offer to visitors. You can also access the park from the south from Bwindi impenetrable national park a home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
Queen Elizabeth national park have diverse ecosystem, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forest sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game such as elephant, lion, buffaloes, leopard and many small mammals such Uganda kobs, giant forest hogs, water bucks bush pigs, worth hogs, water bucks, just to mention but a few all these animals can be seen during a game drive. You can hire a ranger guide to escort you through this activity they charge about $20. They help to direct you the routes to take, give you relative information on any specie you can across during the game drive activity.
The park is also a home to ten primate species including chimpanzee the closest relative of man sharing almost 98$ of human genes, chimp tracking activity is done in the Kyabura gorge, permits to see the chimps costs $50 per person per tracking, in the process of tracking chimps, expect to see others primates such as the black and colobus monkey, baboons, grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys among many others. And over 600 species of birds are residents to the park. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved drastically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel , the Kazinga channel offers breathtaking activity launch cruise which offers an opportunity to see more species of wildlife that live and feed on the lake including schools of hippos and crocodiles just meters from the boat while, buffaloes, and elephants can be seen along the shoreline, plus various species of bird such as kingfisher, fish eagle, if lucky you can spot the shoebill.
The endless Ishasha plains whose fig trees hide lions don’t miss searching these rare tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the park. Once at the park, you can visit the fascinating cultural communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more.
Various accommodations of all types are available at the park catering for all categories of people ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury; the choice is yours to choose where to sleep. Most of the rooms are self-contained with comfortable beds. some of the accommodations in Queen Elizabeth national park include (Luxury): Mweya safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Jacana safari lodge, (Mid-range): Kyambura game Lodge, Ihamba safari Lodge samba safari Lodge, (Budget): Engazi lodge, Hippo Hill Lodge, Simba safari camp among many others. Chefs are already available at any time and they prepare both international and local dishes depending on your taste. Bars are well-stocked with a number of drinks and they are open at any time. So just book a self-drive safari to this popular tourist destination.