On this page I will tell you how to get to and around Queen Elizabeth National Park; accommodation facilities, camping, best times to visit and more ... Just about all you need to know about this place.
Packed your bags already? See my check list here ... If you fancy camping - It's the best way to perhaps save a few £$$s - Read more on camping in Uganda here ... Together with a group of friends, you could also look at hiring a car and / or self-drive - why not! Read more about driving in Uganda here.
Photo by; Sarahemcc
The two things you mustn't forget are; your camera - to take back all those 'kodak moments' with you, and the binoculars!
There are 2 ways to get here ... and I am afraid if you are the kind that can't fly, then you will be left with one option - By Road.
Those who have more time can have other ideas: You could see lots more ...
If you are doing a 'mary go round' - visiting the other National Parks in Uganda as you see parts of rural Uganda, it's quite easy to get here; Here is the plan; See the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park first and then come down to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. That will take you about 2 - 3 hours drive on a dirt road.
If you happen to be further south-west in Kabale town, you could decide to visit Lake Bunyonyi first (lovely place!) ... before doing a 2 hours drive to Bwindi Impenetrable.
Of course if your starting point is Kampala, then you will have to endure the 5 - 6 hours drive through Masaka and Mbarara town. The beauty is; if you've got more time, you could take a few days to visit Lake Mburo National Park and Kibale National Park which are along the way ...
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... And By Air; The down side is that you get to miss out on those wonderful images of rural Uganda that you could see if you go by road ... but if you decide to fly anyway;
Flights can be arranged from Kajjansi airfield near Kampala or from Entebbe Airport to the airstrips in Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha - these are within distance to the trailheads of the park.
Queen Elizabeth NP can be visited all year round ... but so that you know;
Close-to-dry Crater Lake - Photo by; Sarahemcc
It does get hot here - you are looking at temperatures of about 18°C to 28/32°C. The humidity will wear you down - therefore have plenty of water with you. The evenings get cooler - have some warm clothes because these could feel cold once you get used to the Ugandan weather.
... And as for the seasons; this place has no proper dry and wet seasons. Potentially you will have showers all year round - perhaps more frequently in the months of March to May and August to November/December.
A small fee will be charged for most of the activities and sites within the park which is different from the entrance to the park and surely as expected, the fee is subject to change.
Mweya Safari Lodge - Photo by; Sarahemcc
On the facilities - you have quite a selection of accommodation to choose from; from the top end to the budget hostels and camp sites run by the local community and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
If your pockets are deep enough and you fancy some pampering and comfort, then you are looking at about $190 and above (per person, per night). Places like the Mweya Safari lodge and Jacana Safari Lodge will take good care of you.
For the budget accommodation and anything mid range, you are looking at about $35 to $180.
A long list of activities awaits you. I hope you have enough time to run through them .
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