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Accessing Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accessing Queen Elizabeth National Park

Getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in the western part of Uganda, in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, Ibanda and Rukungiri. It lies on the floor of the Albertine rift valley on an area that is dotted with numerous craters. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also crossed by the equator, one of the reasons why temperatures are high in the park. Kasese is indicated as the geographical location of Queen Elizabeth national park because it is where the main gate to the park is found. It also shares the biggest portion of the park and has the park’s major tourist sites including Mweya, Kasenyi and Katunguru where the parks headquarters used to be before they were relocated to Rubirizi district.

How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park form Kampala.

The park can be accessed by road or air.

There are two routes leading to Queen Elizabeth National Park from Kampala the capital of Uganda where most tourists start their trips; Kampala-Mubende-Fort Portal-Kasese highway and Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway. From both sides, the journey from Kampala to the park takes about 7 hours. Kampala via Fort Portal takes you through the sparsely populated lands of Mityana and Mubende, the tea plantations and stunning landscapes of Fort Portal while choosing to use the alternative route via Masaka takes travelers along the Equator, through lots of flourishing banana plantations in the Ankole land and then lovely craters just before finally arriving at the lodge.

By air, charter flights are conducted daily form Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield direct to Mweya airstrip in the center of the park and Kihihi in the south of the park. You can as well fly to Kasese airfield and connect to the park by road. Transferring from the airfield to the park takes about one hour. Travelling by air to queen Elizabeth National Park is not only quicker but also offers an opportunity to have the beautiful aerial view of the park and the surrounding.

Although one can access Queen Elizabeth National Park on a self drive safari in Uganda, when you rent a driver in Uganda is a more added advantage for visitors with hustle free navigation and trusted information from the qualified drivers in Uganda.

For the best safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, send us an email at or reach our reservations team at 0700135510. We shall be more than delighted to organize for you a memorable safari.

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