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Uganda's first hot air ballooning experience. Come fly with us over Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Lions in Queen Elizabeth NPQueen Elizabeth National Park is a 764 mi² (1,978 km²) protected area in western Uganda. It is the countries most popular national park. Queen Elizabeth NP is incredibly diverse and is home to over 95 animal species, more than any other park in Uganda. The park is also a popular destination for birders, with a species list of 612 birds, which is the largest of any protected area in East Africa. The park lies on the floor of Africa's Western Rift Valley and stretches from the base of the towering Rwenzori Mountains in the north, to the Ishasha River in the south and is bordered on the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Queen Elizabeth National Park straddles the equator line. The park was founded in 1952 as the Kazinga National Park and was renamed in 1954 after a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The park is incredibly scenic and boasts numerous volcanic craters. Queen Elizabeth NP is truly special and has a lot to offer visitors.

 

Kasenyi

 

Kasenyi lies east of the Kasese highway and is the most popular area to search for big cats in the early morning and late afternoon. Kasenyi is open savannah grassland and is the stereotypical African landscape. Large herds of Ugandan Kob graze in Kasenyi and attract predators that feed on them including lion and leopard.

 

Kasenyi is where our balloon flights take place. Lift off just before sunrise and drift over the Euphorbia trees and thickets in search of lion, leopard, elephant, kob and other antelope while having panoramic views of Lake George and the Rwenzori Mountains. This is a whole new approach to early mornings on safari.

 

Getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Queen Elizabeth can be reached by either road or air.


By road, there are two ways to reach Queen Elizabeth NP from Kampala. You can expect the journey to take 5 to 6 hours regardless of which route you choose and both options are via a tarmac highway. The northern route and often considered the more scenic one via Fort Portal and Kasese is 410 km. The more southern route through Mbarara is 420 km long and passes along the edge of Lake Mburo NP which is a potential stopover en route to Queen Elizabeth NP.

By air, flights can be chartered to any of the three airstrips in the area, Kasese, Mweya or Ishasha.