About Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular park in Uganda as evidenced by the number of tourists visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park each year. Therefore Queen Elizabeth National Park happens to be Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park covers 2.056 kms of land, Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in South of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering DR Congo and including two lakes, George and Edward that are connected by the famous Kazinga Channel covering up to 40 km which supports the Experiential Boat Cruise. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse ecosystems, which includes sprawling savanna, sparkling lakes, shady, humid forests and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, over 600 species of birds and primate species including chimpanzees that occupy a 16 km gorge.
A World bio-sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site, Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated astride the equator and located in south western Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward. Queen Elizabeth National Park is set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park’s magnificent visitors include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the kazinga channel with its banks paraded with hippos, buffaloes and elephants, plus the endless ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide tree climbing lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda Kobs.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history, there are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy local traditional energetic dances and music of the kikorongo Equator cultural performers, workers harvesting salt on katwe salt lake, traditional Banyaruguru hut all that will be guided by well trained guides.
In Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park is basically known for the big four animals that is the Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes and the Leopards. For a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the ishasha sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment it teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric rain forest, including vegetation types, bird identification and behavior, and primate ecology, the gorge covers 16 km containing river kyambura which pours it’s waters into the Kazinga channel.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is also classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Bird life International, Queen Elizabeth National Park’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. Therefore it happens to be the greatest of any East African National Parks, Queen Elizabeth national park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot east and central African species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park records a large number of animals, including 95 mammal species like some big five and others respectively African Elephants, African Lions, African Buffaloes, Rhinos, Giraffes, Leopards, Uganda kobs, Jackals, Spotted hyenas and 10 primate species, like Chimpanzees, Vervet monkeys, Blue monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Black and white Columbus and Olive baboons. The list of birds is of 606 species recorded, possibly the highest in any African National Park and in the world.
Queen Elizabeth National Park famous launch trip along Kazinga Channel for a wonderful wildlife experience, expect to see Hippos, Crocodiles, African Buffaloes, African Elephants, Bush bucks, Warthog and many water birds species. Game drives in Kasenyi Plans (Northern Sector) and in Ishasha (Southern Ishasha sector, searching for the typical lions climbing the fig’s trees). “Chimpanzee tracking” in Kyambura Gorge and bird watching in Maramagambo Forest.
Nature Walks/Hiking tours
Nature treks are one of the more active ways to explore the landscapes and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth national park. Trekking areas include the Mweya peninsula with its scenic, shady Maramagambo forest, and Ishasha river famous for tree climbing lions, where you may spot a variety of forest and savanna species as well as having a unique opportunity to get extremely close to hippos on foot.
Boat Launch Trip
The Kazinga channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit Queen Elizabeth National Park, and taking a boat tour along it gives visitors a chance to cruise a few meters from hundreds of hippos and buffaloes while elephants tour on the shoreline.
Wildlife Research Tours
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one place visitors can get up close to wild African Fauna, a research trip is one rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill Queen Elizabeth National park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surrounding and behavior.
Tucked beneath the shady canopy of the Maramagambo forest is the “Bat Cave”. The cave has a viewing room from which visitors can observe the resident bats and pythons.
How to get there
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed most easily from Kampala, The tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara town through Bushenyi leads to the center of Queen Elizabeth National Park, This route passes just 22 km from Mweya peninsula, that happens to be the main tourism hub with in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Approaching the park from the South via Mbarara covers a distance of 410 km. En-route to Queen Elizabeth national park, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy short detours to Lake Mburo National Park, Rwenzori mountains and Kibale National Park that is renowned for Chimpanzee tracking. Queen Elizabeth National park can also be accessed from the south that is from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Air travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Flying to Queen Elizabeth National Park is now available where charter flights can be arranged to a choice of airstrips that is at either Mweya, Kasese or Ishasha.
Accommodation facilities in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
The park has quite good number of lodge that provides good services to clients and these include Mweya safari lodge, Jacana lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, Katara lodge (Luxury) and Simba safari camp, Ihamba safari lodge, Ishasha Ntungwe river lodge, King fisher lodge, Savannah resort hotel, Enganzi lodge, Bush lodge, Savannah Resort Hotel (Mid-range) Mweya Hostel, Ishasha river camp, The Elephant Center (Budget).
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