Where is Queen Elizabeth National Park Found in Uganda? Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda about 410 kilometers from Uganda’s capital Kampala. Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed through the Kampala Fortportal-Kasese road or Kampala-Masaka Mbarara Kasese road. It is the second biggest National Park in Uganda and it is spread to several districts of Kasese, Rubirizi, Rukungiri, Kamwenge, and Mitoma. The park is home to several species of wildlife and it features more than 95 mammal species and more than 612 species of birds. Additionally, the park feature’s reptiles, primates, and several insects such as butterflies among others. The variety of wildlife is attributed to various habitats that the park possesses that favor high-level ecosystems in the park.
While seeing on the map of Uganda, you will notice that Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is the biggest part is found in the Kasese district and the district is found in western Uganda about 410 kilometers from Kampala. The queen Elizabeth Main gate is at Katungulu and this still is found in the Kasese district and the nearest town is the Kasese town which is now known as the municipality and it was once known for the business of copper mined especially around the Kilemebe copper mines. Kasese town is at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The Kasese district covers seventeen percent of the Queen Elizabeth National Parkland most of the Kasese district park is dominated by the Lake George, Kazinga channel, Lake Katwe, river Mubuku, and several others.
Most queen Elizabeth National park in the Kasese district features a lot of established tracks that are used by the visitors during the game drive safaris. These game drives are conducted in several sections of the Queen Elizabeth National Park in order for the visitors to spot various animals that make their safari experience so much successful. Even most of the lodges and hotels that are linked to Queen Elizabeth National Park are found in the Kasese district to take an example here is the Mweya safari lodge that is found in Kasese, the Mweya UWA hostels all these are found with the Kasese district and this clearly indicated that Kasese forms a big percentage of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Another district that is significant to Queen Elizabeth National Park is called the Kabalore district where the port portal city is found. Fort portal city is acting as the enroute stop for the all the visitors traveling to queen Elizabeth National Park and the city is the cleanest and it has also tourism attractions to the extent that it was named Fortportal the tourism city. The city got its name from Sir Gerald Herbert Portal who was the British counsel of Zanzibar and his monument is erected in the Fortportal city and it serves as a tourist attraction of its own.
From the fort portal city to Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is less than one hour and this is the reason why several visitors who are going to Kasese make a stopover when they reach the Fort portal town because they feel that they have reached home.
Fort portal tourism city has got a strong cultural tradition and the hospitable people called the batooro. Other social attractions after admittance include the Karambi burial chambers for the Babito royals, the Tooro Kingdom palace, where the Tooro king “Lord Oyo Nyimba Kamba Iguru” was nurtured, and where the sovereign mother resides, where you can meet and mingle with the African royals. The Lord’s Little Girl (Nyina Mwiru) old stories come to life when you visit the Amabere caves, which you should not miss.
While in the fort portal tourism city, there are other services that you will enjoy and these include the services such as baking services such as the Stanbic bank, the Kenyan commercial banks. The city serves as a good stopover for the visitors to enjoy their meals, in the best restaurants before they proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed from Kampala through either Mbarara or Fort portal town. The Mbarara route is a little bit longer and you will spend about six hours accessing the park. Kampala Mubende Fortportal route is shorter and both routes offer the visitors with interesting scenes that you shouldn’t miss out on when going to queen Elizabeth National Park for your safari.