After the Rwenzori trekking experience or the Rwenzori foothills exploration, you definitely need to relax as you take the wildlife safari in the neighboring Queen Elizabeth national park. If it is true that you’re planning on traveling this direction, this information will be very useful for you.
The route to Queen Elizabeth national park from Rwenzori is past Kasese town. Kasese town is located bellow the Rwenzori mountains on Fort portal-Mpondwe road. To transfer from Rwenzori to Queen Elizabeth national park, you have three optional modes of transport to choose from at different stages of the journey. these include public shared taxi/ bus, special hire, private self-drive or bodaboda. A bodaboda is a local name meaning a motorcycle customized as a taxi for public use. The mode of transport may be dictated by the entrance gate of Rwenzori mountains national park you trekked through and or you will be travelling from. The four gates include; Kilembe southern gate, Ibanda central circuit gate, Kichwamba-Bukurungu gate or Kinyampanika northern gate. Travelling from any of the three gates connects to Fort portal-Kasese road or to Kasese town. The following are the distances involved from each gate.
Kilembe southern gate: connects to kasese town. It is located 11km from Kasese town, the road is mainly tarmac
Ibanda central circuit gate: Connects to Fort portal-Kasese road. It is located 17km to fort portal – Kasese road or 26km to Kasese town. The 17km from Kasese fortportal road to the gate are marrum while the rest is tarmac
Kichwamba gate: Connects to Fort portal-Kasese road. It is located 10km to fort portal Kasese road or 45km to Kasese town. The 10km to fort port Kasese road are marrum while the rest is tarmac
Kinyampanika northern gate: Connects to Fort portal-Kasese road. It is located 13km to Fort Portal-Kasese road or 73km to Kasese town. The 13km to Kasese fort portal road are marrum while the rest is tarmac
All connections to fort portal-Kasese road don’t have public shared transport; taxis or buses. You will therefore have to use either a private hired car or bodaboda to connect to fort portal-Kasese road / Kasese town to be able to get shared public taxis or bus that goes towards Queen Elizabeth national park. For extra comfort and proper time management, you can arrange your transfer from the gate to bring you up to Queen Elizabethan national park. If your transfer from the gate will only bring you to Fort-portal Kasese road or to Kasese town, you will then have to take a shared taxi, to take you up to your chosen destination in Queen Elizabeth national park. In everything you do to arrange your travel, always remember to ask your service provider, as one reliable source to guide you on how to get the transport means of your choice. Someone will be willing to go through the process for you or even call the driver to pick you up.
The choice of taxi/ stage to take the transport from will depend on the gate you come from and the lodge /location of Queen Elizabeth national park you’re destined to. If your lodge is anywhere up to Kikorongo junction, you can travel by a taxi going from Kasese taxi park to Bwera or Kisinga and it will drop you to the named lodge. If you’re destined for any point beyond Kikorongo junction on Mbarara road or to Lake Katwe, then you will take the taxi going to Mbarara or Lake Katwe. Queen Elizabeth national park is wide. Be sure you have boarded the right car from Kasese town by telling the conductor, which hotel or stage you want to stop at before you board.
If you haven’t chosen a hotel to stay in during your visit, you can try the elephant home. It is located 22km from Kasese on Kasese Mbarara road, next to Queen Elizabeth national park. It is 1km before Kikorongo junction that goes to Mpondwe Congo border. From Kasese town you will take a taxi or bus and they will drop you in front of the lodge after a 15-20 minutes’ drive. For those travelling by bus from Kampala or fort portal, you can as well tell the bus to drop you at Kikorongo for the same price, instead of stopping in Kasese where you will then be required to take another transport means. Please view our location on the following Google maps link.
Do you need help on arranging your transport? We are just a call away, in case you want someone to handle the travel for you. Tell us the dates and your travel plans then leave us to do the rest as you focus on enjoying your holiday. Fortunately, no consultation fees will be charged to you!