This riveting Uganda Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda starts at Uganda’s International Airport in Entebbe. Entebbe is one of the major developed towns in central Uganda. With a population of over 1.5million people, It is located on the Lake Victoria peninsular approximately 45 kilometres South West of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.
Upon arrival, you will proceed to take Entebbe-Kampala and within 7 minutes you will enjoy the soothing cold air breeze from Lake Victoria that you will sight on your right. Lake Victoria is Africa’s second largest freshwater after Lake Superior with a surface area of about 59,947 square kilometres.
Proceeding on with the Uganda Tour or Uganda wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth Park taking Kampala road enjoying views of the residence of the Head of the state; HE: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Slow down to view the state house however taking photos within this proximity is prohibited.
Continue taking Entebbe-Kampala to express High way, the newly constructed road that was set up to reduce on the too much congestion of cars causing Traffic Jam. In about 30 minutes’ drive, you will connect to Busega on the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara road, a road that leads you to your Uganda wildlife tour destination; Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is the second largest National Park in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park. It is one of Uganda’s oldest National parks that were first gazetted as parks. It was gazetted in 1952 as Kazinga National park and later renamed as Queen Elizabeth National park in 1954 to commemorate the visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. You will travel a distance of about 387.3 kilometres from Kampala.
Your wildlife safari Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National park will take you through the countryside of part of the central and western part of Uganda, passing by the different roadside markets and the vendors selling fruits such as mangoes, jack fruits, watermelons, yellow bananas and vegetables.
You will go through Mpanga a Natural forest covering a length of about 7.7 kilometres observing several unique tree species, bird species, a few primates and after connect to Mpambire, a small town famous for making and selling of the local drums. These drums are used as a musical instrument by many tribes in Uganda. Take a few photos of the different types of drums and continue with your journey.
Pass through Kayabwe town best known for the equator, a line which divides the earth into two halves; the Northern and southern hemisphere. Make a short Uganda safari stop, enjoy taking some photos, experience the feeling of standing at the lines of zero degrees, have a polar water experiment, buy some souvenirs.
After all, proceed to Masaka town, pass through to Mbarara city which is the largest and the most developed in Ankole region. Recommence on with the Uganda wildlife Trip taking the Boma road and then Ntare road on the roundabout and then connect to Mbarara- Kasese road while enjoying the beautiful landscape of the western region as well having exciting views of the Ankole Long-horned cattle grazing on the different cattle farms and others crossing the road. Continue to Bushenyi; another small developed town within the region. In about 11 minutes connect to Ishaka, the largest town within the district, take Ntungamo-Katunguru road passing through to Kichwamba and finally connect to Katunguru, a small town in the Northern section of Queen Elizabeth National park.
This Uganda wildlife Safari National park is divided by Lake Edward and Lake Gorge which is separated by the 45km Kazinga channel thereby dividing the park into Northern and southern sections which are only linked by an artificial bridge across the channel in the Katunguru area. On the arrival in the park, you will enter the National park using the Katunguru gate either alternatively use Kabatooro gate for an African massage of about 8kilometers from the main gate to Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National park. The National park has different types of vegetation which include the acacia woodland, forest grassland, swamp vegetation and bushy grassland that make the place a comfortable home for the wild game that make it suitable for a Uganda wildlife tour.
Uganda safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The Uganda Safari Game drive activity conducted within the National park are done here you can either Early in the morning; Morning game drive or in the afternoon game drive; Afternoon game drive. These game drives are carried out in the Northern part of the park in Kasenyi plains and done through different game tracks including the New mating track which is a new common mating ground. While here, you may sight hundreds of Uganda kobs including those mating, waterbucks and lions ready to hunt the mating kobs.
The Kaguta track connects to the shores of George, and while, you will be able to spot species such as elephants, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, bushbucks as well as some bird species such as Kori bastard, egrets, hammerkop among others.
When you take a drive along the Janet track; it is commonly known for harbouring leopards, buffaloes and warthogs. Driving through this track enables you to view different bird species such as the black-rumped buttonquail, Chapin’s flycatcher, Martial eagle, papyrus canary, African skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle and pink-backed pelicans among the many.
Ishasha sector game drive situated in the southern part of the park, you will be able to spot the tree climbing lions in the fig trees in different tracks such as the campsite track. Besides lions, you are also rewarded with sightings of the different antelope species such as topis, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks and hippos in the Ishasha river.
Alternatively, you can carry out a Night game drive which is only carried out at Mweya through the channel track. Enjoy game viewing of nocturnal species including predators such as the Kings of the Jungle hunting their prey as well as also leopards eating their kill up in the tree branches.
Boat safaris in Uganda
The Mweya launch cruise: This Uganda safari tour activity involves sailing along the 45-kilometre Kazinga channel; a river that joins Lake Albert to Lake George. During this cruise, you will be able to view the different bird species such as the pelicans, egrets, papyrus canary along the river banks, aquatic life such the crocodiles, hippos wallowing in water, as well as other wild game like elephants and buffaloes linger on the shores of the channel.
Chimpanzee trekking safaris is a Uganda safari activity carried out in Kyambura gorge. Kyambura is a steep gorge that resulted from turbulent waters of thundering Kyambura river. This is the only spot where you will discover the different chimpanzee families in their natural habitat. Expect to encounter other primates such as black and white colobus, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys during your chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda.