Timing for Queen Elizabeth national park, activities.


Park entrance time: Queen Elizabeth national park gate opens for visitor entrance at 7:00am and closes at 7:00pm. Before or after this time bracket, there is no visitor entrance allowed. This is very important especially if you have booked your accommodation for the arrival night inside the park

Boat cruise on Kazinga channel: The scheduled boat cruise on Kazinga channel is twice a day. 11:00 (just after the morning game drive) and 3:00pm. Any other private boat cruise can be done at a different time on special arrangement with the park. It is better to be there 30 minutes before the starting time.

Game drives: The game drives are conducted in the morning starting 7:00am and in the evening before 7:00pm. At will guests can still do game drives across the day as long as they have paid their entrance fees? Any game drive outside this bracket is a night game drive and has to be authorized and paid separately. Different categories of game drive ranging from, just driving around the park to enjoy the natural heritage while looking for animals including tree climbing lions in Ishasha.

Bird watching: Better in the morning and evening. It may also depend on the species and the vegetation cover. Since this activity is self-timed, it is better to go for it full day as long as you have paid all the required fees such as park entrance fees, guide fees and others.

Chimp tracking in Kyambura: this activity starts at 8:00am at fig tree camp. It is better to be there 30 minutes before the starting time.


Summary of activity timing

Activity Scheduled/ best time  Also possible
Park entrance 7:00am – 7:00pm Through the day
Boat cruise on Kazinga channel 11:00am and 3:00pm
Game drives 7:00am and 5:00pm Through the day
Bird watching 7:00am and 5:30pm Through the day
Chimp tracking in Kyambura 8:00am In the evening



  • Please contact us to know the day by day cases that may lead to change of schedule.
  • The boat and chimps require booking in advance as they take a limited number of people.
  • If you dint move with one, you can find a bird guidebook at the Elephant home. Please book in advance
  • The community boat cruise can go any time based on availability and prior booking.