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Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Address: Kasese, Uganda
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+256 772 872083
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Tourist vehicle for hire in the National Park for Day and Night game drive,...

Tourist vehicle for hire in the National Park for Day and Night game drive, Cretar lake drive, take you for Chimpanzee tracking, take you for the forest wolk in Maramagambo, take you for the tree climbing lion in Ishasha, take you for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi.

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QENP - All around good experience

We spent several days in QENP. We were extremely lucky as this was in October...supposedly rainy season. We certainly were fortunate and had a great guide Benjamin Sunday, who... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

We spent several days in QENP. We were extremely lucky as this was in October...supposedly rainy season. We certainly were fortunate and had a great guide Benjamin Sunday, who also works with some local initiatives but can be found through UWA, the Uganda Wildlife Authority. He got us to lions on the savannah area, and the tree climbing lions the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

We spent two days doing game drives in QENP and really marveled at the amount of game. We have seen more variety in Southern Africa(SA,Namibia and Botswana) but the sheer numbers in QENP) were impressive. In the first ten minute we were there we say 11 lions. A half hour later we saw about 30 elephants. We did not see... More 

1 Thank Julie Matlof K
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

This is a stunning and massive park with the Renzori Mountains as a backdrop. This park has everything - rainforest, savannah, wetlands, etc... we saw a bunch of lions, unfortunately at a far distance and none in trees, but still worth a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

a very large park with good variety of wildlife, including tree climbing lions. Great explorations by safari vehicle and further adventures by boat allows u to see crocs, hippos and lots of birdlife

Thank OntarioCanuck1
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Went with a private tour guide (Yampa--he's amazing) to take in the channel wildlife boat ride (awesome), an evening game drive (didn't see much) and a morning game drive (awesome). Stayed at the national park cabins (not the lodge), which were clean and comfortable (but no AC). Saw lots of animals big & small on the boat ride, and saw... More 

1 Thank JefferyPB
Kampala, Uganda
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

It's a nice place. I loved the boat drive. Lots of animals, however they don't have zebras. The hippos are a great sight. They have lots of buffaloes. The elephants made my day. Saw some young crocidiles. For bird lovers, lots of local and exotic birds. For a better view of the birds, its better to take the top deck... More 

1 Thank Joshua Denzel M
Shelly Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

We entered the park and saw many animals fleetingly or in the distance. This was very impressive but didn't really prepare us for what was to come. We boarded a boat for a late afternoon viewing. The Kazinga Channel cruise took up so close to elephants and hippos that could almost introduce ourselves. the elephants put on a great display... More 

2 Thank holidays2407
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

We spent 3 days here and it was great, we saw a lot of animals, including lions. We know Uganda doesn't have a big animal population like Kenya or Tanzania, which adds to the excitement when we finally see something. Don't miss the boat trip!

2 Thank Gonowtravel
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

I grew up on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. So, I've dreamt of visiting an African wildlife park to see with my own eyes these beasts in their natural habitat. I was not disappointed. Engaging a good guide is the key since they need to be experts in locating where the animals are. Any guide licensed by the state should... More 

1 Thank Duchifat91
Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

This park is very nice. We saw hundreds of elephants, hippopotamus, crocodile. a leopard (yes, the first they have seen in 6 months), ..... (too many animals). Going with the jeep or doing the cruise, everything is nice. After, we went south to Ishasha to see the climbing lions and it was amazing! They are very cute. We spent a... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland

Hi Everybody,

I am planning to visit Queen Elizabeth NP during the second half of May with a friend. We are thinking of driving down from Kasese to Ishaka on day 1, sleep the night there and get back to Mwenya on day 2 for the afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga channel following then to Kasese in the evening

I have gone through all the reviews and have a few questions:

A – would self-driving be an option? What is the condition of the roads inside the park? How about petrol stations? I have gone on many safaris in Tanzania a bit all over the Country, but I always hired a driver. I would never risk self-driving in Tanzania due to the remoteness of the parks and the scarcity of refueling options. What is the situation like in Queen Elizabeth? Would a 4WD be a must? Does anyone have any idea of what are the current average rates for car hire?

B – I went through UWA entrance fee brochure and I am not quite clear how the vehicle entry fees are calculated. They give different amounts for FOREIGN vs EA. I suppose this refers to the registration number plate and not the nationality of the driver and/or passengers. Is that correct?

C – I could not find the Park Rules on the web. What are the gates/UWA office opening times and are there any limitations on driving hours inside the park?

D – regarding accommodation INSIDE the park, the UWA website lists a few accomodation possibilities. Is this list exhaustive or are there other options? If there are, would last minute arrangements be an option given that May is not exactly peak season and we are well used to local basic accommodation?

E – regarding accommodation OUTSIDE the park, what is the offer along/close to the Ishaka sector of the park? Is it worth driving outside the park for the night or not?

F – Hiring of rangers/guides for specific activities: I was thinking of hiring a ranger for a morning drive in the Ishaka sector. Can this be arranged on the spot or do I need to reserve ahead? If better to reserve, what is the procedure? Again on the line of understanding the charges, UWA brochure distinguishes between Foreign Non Resident, Foreign Resident or EAC, which seems to point to the nationality of the occupants. But then they remark that “Guides for private day game drives are charged per vehicle”. I am rather lost…

Thank you very much for the info

over a year ago

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