Game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park is the best activity that you will engage in when you travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park. While you’re at Game drive safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park you will get a chance to see 4 of the big five i.e. Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Leopards together with other wildlife species.
Queen Elizabeth national park lies in the western region of Uganda surrounded by the districts of Kasese, Kamwege, Rubirizi, and Kabalore. The park measures 1,978 square kilometers of its low land that was established in 1952. It the second largest park in Uganda. It is about 400 kilometers by road in the Southwest of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The park is a home of unique apes commonly known as chimpanzees and other primates like Red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, white and black monkeys and many more.
It is also has a number of African big cats such as leopards and lions. There are also many other species like swamp antelopes e.g. topis, Uganda kobs, reedbucks, waterbucks, bushbucks, water animals like hippopotamus, crocodiles and over 500 species of birds like water thick-knee, peid kingfisher, African fish eagles, squacco heron, pelicans, wattled plovers, yellow blacked weaver and many others species. The park hosts unfamiliar species like the tree climbing lion which can be seen on the morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park can be conducted in two conservational areas of Kasenyi plains and ishasha grasslands. Both are located within the park giving you beautiful views of various species in the sky.
The game drive is best done in the morning hours when mammals are just coming out of their hiding places looking for food and also in the late evening hours from around 3 pm to 6 pm. Some are done at night and these night game drives start at 6 pm to 9 pm.
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park is conducted and led by an experienced guide in a safari vehicle. This guide carries around a caller radio for easy locations of wildlife movements on the ground. You will have more than mammals to watch like for example bird species, a few reptiles among others.
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park can also be carried out in the Southern Ishasha sector which is located in wetland areas. This sector offers a marvelous game viewing experience under the vast Albertine rift valley edges. While you’re in this sector, expect to see animals licking for saltwater at Lake Katwe including buffaloes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, tops, lions, waterbucks, duikers, and mongoose. You can get an opportunity to adventure primates like the chimpanzees along the edge of the maramagambo forest. Other primates include the Red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, bird water species like African fish eagle, pied kingfisher, open billed stork and many more.
Apart from doing a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can as well participate in very many other activities including chimpanzee trekking that can be done along Kyambura Gorge and this activity can take half a day. You are given some time to observe the chimpanzess. You can also have a nature walk in Maramagambo forest. Other activities are Bird watching, hiking, a boat cruise along Lake Katwe.
Things to carry on your game drive safaris include Sunscreen glasses, Mineral water, a hat, insect repellents, some snacks, cameras and many more.
While you’re on game drive in Queen Elizabeth Park, you can sleep in comfortable hotels/accommodation facilities ranging between midrange, budget and luxury and these include Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, baboon safari Resort, Western meridian hotel, Queen Elizabeth park view Tourist lodge, Hippo Hill lodge, Rukungiri inn, elephant hub lodge, and many nicer hotels.
The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth national park is all year round most especially in dry seasons from the months of January, February, March, May, August, September, and December. Carrying out your game drive at Queen Elizabeth national park famously known as the home of the African big cats. Visiting this amazing game reserve will give you enough unforgettable experiences about the African mammals and you will never stop thinking about the tour you encountered at Queen Elizabeth national park.
Queen Elizabeth national park can easily be accessed from Kampala the capital city of Uganda which will be you starting point. You will reach there within 5 to 6 hour by road or else you do flight arrangements by your tour operator can be arranged to reduce on your driving hours from Kajjansi airstrip to Queen Elizabeth national park within 2hours.