Queen Elizabeth National Park located in south west of Uganda in Kasese district with approximately 400 kilometers from Kampala of about 6 hours drive.Queen Elizabeth National Park Park is a Uganda’s most famous National Park and traveller’s destination and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uganda mainly because it is home to a variety of animal and bird species including the fascinating tree climbing lions of Ishasha. Queen Elizabeth National Parksites on 1,978 km² with an extends from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes.
Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park hasmore than 95 species of mammals making it the Uganda’s Wildlife while it is among the most diverse parks in Africa for mammals. The mammals list include Uganda Kobs, Waterbuck, Warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Giant Forest Hogs and a great variety of antelopes. With luck, Topis can be observed in the Ishasha sector. The area around Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, with dark manes, that like to rest in large fig trees. With 10 species of primates, which includes Chimpanzees, the park has a considerable primate diversity, but not quite as much as Kibale National Park which sports 13 primate species. The Maramagambo Forest wildlife, which is part of Queen Elizabeth National Park includes seven different primate species: Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and Vervet Monkeys, as well as 2 nocturnal species: Pottos and Bushbabies.
Bird-life in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park host of about 619 bird species making the second highest Park in Africa and the 6th highest Park in the world, this remarkable number is enabled by the park’s diverse habitats. Shoe Bill, Martial Eagle, Eagle Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Lesser & Greater Flamingoes, White tailed lark, Verraux’s Eagle Owl. There are more than 95 mammalian plus numerous species of butterflies. A numbers of migrants hit the highest point in February and March and are nothing short of incredible with hundreds of thousands of White-winged Terns hovering over the water, millions of common sand Martins and Yellow -wagtails roosting in reed-beds and lesser numbers of palaeartic waders like the Ringed Plover
What to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drive along Kasenyi plains which located in north east of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a open grasslands strategically on the western shores of the adjacent stunning Lake George provide primary game viewing area, just near to the area where the Kazinga Channel confluences with this lake. Game viewing in Kasenyi plain offer you an opportunity of seeing cats feed on the large numbers of Uganda Kobs and antelopes as some lions have learned to hunt buffalo & also climb trees.
Game drive along Ishasha sector
The Ishasha area is situated close to the hide most south-western edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the most all around enjoyed stop as well as the most made a trip to National Park inside Uganda. The scene in this sector of the sublime park is extensively not the same as that found in different parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha Sector IS globally famous for tree-climbing lions which are really one of a kind to this very place and it also offers you a classic game viewing experience under vast rift valley skies and expect to see buffaloes, hippos, elephant, Topis, Impala, Kobs and so on
Night Game Drive
Night Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park expose you to witness Africa’s night. The night wakes up with the sound of hyena calling to formation. Lions stretch with a yawn relaxing muscles for the night’s hunt. The elusive leopard may be seen on patrol for that early evening hunt. Other nocturnal animals hop& dash around the savannah.
Bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park host of about 619 bird species making the second highest Park in Africa and the 6th highest Park in the world. Launch cruise on Kazinga channel exposes bird species like the Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squaco Heron, African open-billed Strok, White-faced Whistling and Knob-billed Ducks, African Fish Eagle, Black Crake, African Jacana, Water Thick-knee, Spur-winged and African Wattled Plovers, Malachite and Pied kingfishers, Swamp flycatchers and Yellow backed Weavers are all common and conspicuous. Kyambura George and Katwe soda lakes also offers you unique birding experience on Uganda safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Mweya Peninsula
Mweya Peninsula is situated on the northern bank of the stunning Kazinga Channel where it merges with Lake Edward, the Mweya Peninsula region joins the channel track distance down to the main gate of Katunguru from where it transversely moves to the Kabatoro door; with a very thick ground cover and vegetation that is ruled by the Candelabra Thorn. Mweya Peninsula occupies an elevated plateau over looking the Kazinga channel and Lake Edward , the Channel track and the main street in the park are both obvious features where unique tracks for game drives come together.
Boat cruise along Kazinga channel
Kazinga channel is located in the Queen Elizabeth National Park of about 40-meter length and it joins lakeEdward in western and lake George eastern side. Kazinga channel is one of most prime attractions activity which last 2 hours while floating on water of Queen Elizabeth National Park that many tourists are pulled to go and see while on Uganda safari. The Kazinga channel hosts numerous flora and fauna which can enjoy while on boat cruise. The shores of this channel attracts a great number of wild animals like the hippos, elephants, crocodiles, antelopes and others which makes the channel a superb place that draws many visitors on a wildlife safari in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. This bewildering channel gives you the best survey opportunities and remarkable natural life that is all under the park.The Kazinga also comprises of different segments like the Northern Kazinga and the Kasenyi fields. Launch trip on the Kazinga channel provides the most relaxing way to view game in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Kyambura Gorge is famous for its primate populace and the main place with habituated chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park.The Kyambura Gorge encounter is more than finding chimpanzees in their common environment: they shows guests about the environments of Kyambura Gorge’s climatic “underground” rain timber-land, including vegetation sorts; winged animal distinguishing proof and conduct; and chimp and monkey nature.In spite of the fact that chimp sightings are not ensured, guests stand a really decent possibility of hearing and seeing our inaccessible cousins as they are habituated. Visits last in the vicinity of one and three hours.
Visit Maramagambo Forest
The Maramagambo Forest located in the Queen Elizabeth National Parkmoves from the edge of Kichumbayobo all through to the Lake Edward.The forest is the perfect reason for climbing the mountains and having nature walks which last about half an hour to as long as the biggest part of the day. The half day treks offer you a chance to find the portions of crater lakes. There are trees that project shaded trails through the sublime verdant woods offer extraordinary ordeals contrasted with the experience go while in open savanna. The timber-land has seven diverse primate species which you may spot amid your guided nature stroll among which are Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and additionally the Vervet Monkeys. Owing to its location, Maragambo has a high variety of butterflies. The bat and the hunters cave are the other enjoyable experiences that the forest has and not forgetting the many bird species.
Bush Breakfast in wild state is memorable rewarding experience that comes after an early morning game drive or hot air balloon safari, we take you to an exclusive vista or water hole to soak in &reminiscent morning activities just experienced, while enjoying a freshly cooked breakfast in wild environment
Nature walk experience brings you closer to nature environment like the early explorers ventured into wild Africa, you will start your nature walk at your tent. As you disappear into the thickets you will begin to experience what the early explorers of Africa did, while listening to bird-calls, crickets & flickers of fireflies in old Africa, on foot. Maramagambo forest is an ideal place for nature walk during your safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Communities of Bakonzo&Basongora Tribes – What makes Africa beautiful are its people. Welcoming & friendly, you will experience cultures from Africa’s past, today. The Bakonzo and Basongora tribes are located in the Ruwenzori Mountains. These communities continue on their daily activities as food gatherers, farmers and pastoralists. Join them on a Bakonzo feast.
The Northern crater area
This place has a scenic area of explosion craters, some containing salt lakes, formed by volcanic activity some thousand years ago. Some of these craters are dry. These characteristic stunning vantage points are waterless during the dry season.
Where to stay
Queen Elizabeth National Park has luxury accommodation that will favour all travellers which include: jacana safari lodge, Mweya safari lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp and Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Budget accommodation includes Simba Safari Camp, Ishasha bandas with average standards that will make your stay memorable. The Park also has camping sites such as Maramagambo, Ishasha, Hippo Hill Camp and Kingfisher camp.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
The journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park takes about 6 hours drive depending which route you have used; the shortest route takes you through fort-portal with about 410km and offers detours Kibale, Semuliki and Rwenzori Mountain National Park.Alternatively you can use Masaka, Mbarara and Bushenyi and passes to lake Mburo National Park which takes you 420km.Visitors tracking gorillas in Bwindi can easily access Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha sector.
By air, visitors can fly from Kajjansi to Mweya on daily flight.