The best way of getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park is either by road or by air. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located suitably in western Uganda about 5 to 6 hours’ drive from Kampala. Road trips to Queen Elizabeth National Park start either from Kampala or Entebbe International Airport a major entry point into Uganda.
By road, visitors can get to Queen Elizabeth National Park starting from Kampala/Entebbe through Masaka-Mbarara-Bushenyi route in the south about 420 kilometers’ drive or take 410 kilometer route from Kampala through Mubende-Fort Portal to Kasese route from the north From Bushenyi, Mweya Peninsula is 22 kilometers’ drive.
Depending on the route, visitors on Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park can also incorporate visits to Kibale Forest National Park and Semuliki National Park or Lake Mburo National Park and also relax, take as many photos at Equator. Or drive up to southwestern Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga National Park to track mountain gorilla via Ishasha sector which gets you the best sights at tree climbing.
Getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park by road requires a good 4 wheel drive safari vehicle to help you navigate through the remote routes to western Uganda. To be on a safer side, get in touch with our reservationist and we shall find you that dream car for you to embark on a road to Queen Elizabeth National Park for your holiday. The main camp of Queen Elizabeth National Park and its head offices are located in Mweya.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in Southwest Uganda, near Kasese.
The park lies 5-6 hours from Kampala on a surfaced road via Mbarara, and can be reached on a dirt road from Bwindi. Accessible by public transport.
The park is easily accessible. The tarmac Mbarara – Kasese Fort Portal highway runs through its centre, passing just 22km from the main tourism hub at Mweya. From Kampala, the park can be approached from the south via Mbarara (420km) or the north passing through Fort Portal (410km). These routes can be combined to create an attractive circuit with short detours to visit Lake Mburo, Semuliki and Kibale national parks. The park can also be reached from the south from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
NB: Petrol stations are located in Kasese and Kyambura, as well as Mweya Peninsula.
There are many buses travelling direct up to Katunguru at pocket friendly price starting from Kampala and they include among others Link, Poko and Kalita which take Mbarara route and Fort Portal. But this comes with crowds unlike if you used a safari vehicle which is also flexible especially for stopover at specific exceptional tourist sites en-route.
Taking a flight is another best way of getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You can take a flight using aerolink starting from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield then land in at any of the 3 airstrips found in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park especially Ishasha, Mweya or Kasese airstrip.
The main gates to Queen Elizabeth National Park include Kabatoro which is the main gate and to access, you need to present a valid identification. Other park gates include Katunguru, Katokye gate.
Charter flights can be arranged to a choice of airstrips at Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha
Mweya Airport is a small airport located on Mweya Penisula and it serves Queen Elizabeth National Park in the North.
Ishasha Airport is located in the town of Ishasha, Rukungiri District. It serves the South of Queen Elizabeth National Park for those traveling to the Ishasha District for tree-climbing lion experiences and more.
To inquire about air charters contact:
Uganda Air Cargo Corporation
Tel: 0414 500021
In summary, Queen Elizabeth National Park is reachable either by road or air.