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Organizing domestic flying safaris to the Mweya and Ishasha sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Organizing domestic flying safaris to the Mweya and Ishasha sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Organizing domestic flying safaris to the Mweya and Ishasha sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park

A flying safari to the Mweya and Ishasha sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the fastest ways to reach the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. Mweya and Ishasha are part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is the most visited wildlife national park in the country and the second biggest in the world. The park was gazetted in 1952 and protects over 95 mammals, 600 bird species, and chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge.

Mweya is famous for being one of the places where most park animals can be spotted, and at the same time, it’s the starting point for boat cruises in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha sector is the place to see tree climbing lions while in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and this is achieved by taking a game drive through the sector. The tree climbing lions in Ishasha can only be seen here or a few can be seen in Lake Manyara national park of Tanzania.

Africa adventure vacations can book flights to Mweya or Queen Elizabeth National Park on your behalf, and we always advise travelers to book early so that they can be certain of their seats. Different airline companies do have flights to western Uganda, but we do use AeroLink Uganda and Fly Uganda at the moment. On your flying safari to Queen, you can do so many activities.

Activities to engage in on a flying safari Mweya and Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game viewing in the Ishasha, Kasenyi, and Mweya sectors

The game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park are mostly done in the Mweya and Kasenyi plains because that’s where the largest population of wild animals live in the park. The game drives are as well done in the Ishasha sector of the park and these allow you to watch the tree climbing lions on the big fig trees found nowhere else in the world. The game drives are done in the early morning hours and evening hours with opportunities to see different park animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, buffaloes, warthogs, topis, banded mongoose, hyenas, Uganda kobs, and waterbucks, among others.

Tourists can also do night game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park in Mweya peninsular where they will allow you to see leopards, genet, bush babies, lions, white-tailed mongoose, civet, serval cats, and bush pigs among others. For the night game drives, you should hire a UWA ranger guide.

A boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

The boat cruise on the Kazinga channel is one of the most enjoyable activities that one shouldn’t miss out on while on a flying safari to Queen Elizabeth national park. The boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park gives travelers spectacular views of the Mweya peninsula and some of the park’s animals like elephants, antelopes, and buffaloes on the water sources drinking water in the dry season. The boat cruise exposes you to different water animals like crocodiles, hippos, and water birds such as martial eagles, malachite kingfishers, yellow-billed storks, papyrus gonolek, plovers, black crake, black bee-eater, pink-backed pelicans, and white-bullied cormorants, among others.

Visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the bird species.

Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the best birding spots in Uganda, with the total number of birds so far recorded is 600. With the help of a well-trained birder guide in the park, you will be able to spot different bird species and some of them include Martial Eagle, African Broadbill, African skimmer, Black-rumped Buttonquail, barbets, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pin-tailed whydah, Africa emerald cuckoo, African Skimmer, croaking cisticola, Pink-backed Pelican, White-tailed Lark, Black Bee-eater, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, brown illadopsis, White-winged Warbler, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Papyrus Gonolek, yellow-throated cuckoo, papyrus gonolek, marsh tchagra, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, pied kingfisher, Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit, and lesser swamp warbler among others.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge

Chimpanzee trekking is one of the top activities travelers on a flying safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park should be part of. The chimpanzee trekking activity can be done in the Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and all you need to spend an hour with chimpanzees is the chimpanzee trekking permit. The trekking of chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge is done in the morning and the evening hours and it all starts with a briefing at the park officers where rangers tell the trekkers about the dos and don’ts of the trekking activity. When the trekkers first meet the chimps, they are given one hour to spend with them to acclimate them to human presence.

How to get to Mweya and Ishasha sectors using chartered flights

In just a few hours, a traveler can get to Queen Elizabeth national park and land in either Ishasha or Mweya airstrip. The flights to Queen Elizabeth National Park need to be booked in advance with a trusted tour operator so that you can be assured of a flight. The flights to Mweya and Ishasha start from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Mweya airstrip or Ishasha river camp airport. You can also use flights to Kasese airstrip, where driver guides will be ready to pick you up and drive you to the park or the lodge.

Different airline companies have flights to different parts of the country, including the Mweya airstrip. The common ones are AeroLink Uganda and Fly Uganda, and these have operators 3 times a day; in the morning, mid-morning, and evening hours.

How to organize flying safari to the Mweya and Ishasha sectors in Queen Elizabeth national park

Africa adventure vacations organize flying safaris to Mweya and Ishasha. All we require from you at first are the dates that you would want to fly to the park so that we share with the local flight operators the availability of seats to Mweya and Ishasha. Once we have confirmed with the flight tour operators, we shall ask you for payment and we shall go-ahead to secure you a seat. When you arrive in the country, we shall drive you to Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport for your flight to Mweya or Ishasha, and on arrival at any of the airstrips, our ranger driver guides will be ready to pick you up and drive you to the park or the lodge.

Accommodation facilities to use on a flying safari to Mweya and Ishasha?

On your flying safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, travelers have different options for where they can have a comfortable stay while on safari. These accommodation facilities range from luxury to mid-range to budget options and where to sleep depending on your budget. Some of the accommodation facilities you can use on a flying safari include Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Pumba Safari Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Enjojo Lodge, Topi Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Elephant Hub Lodge, Kazinga Channel Lodge, Park View Safari Lodge, Bush Lodge, River Ishasha lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge, Make Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, and Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp.

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa Adventure Vacations is a tour company based in Uganda, licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa, such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours, among others. Booking domestic flying safaris to the Mweya and Ishasha sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park can be done at any time of the year.