Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s second largest oldest biodiversity national park which is set in the low lying rift valley hat crosses the equator south of Rwenzori Mountain. The park is undoubtedly the most famous national park and Uganda traveler’s destinations that protects a fabulously diverse landscape of Tropical habitants. Queen Elizabeth national park supports a diverse range of 95 mammals and 10 primates to more than 600 species of birds, rolling grassland, moist acacia woodlands, Tropical rainforests, sheer sided volcanic calderas and a variety of wetlands including the open waters and swampy shores of Edward and George. Queen Elizabeth national park has many wild animals that can easily be spotted like Elephants, buffalo, Uganda kob, giant forest hog while at the top of the list is the Tree-climbing lions found in the south of the park. You can also do boat cruise to see hippos and crocodiles. You can do a hike through the rain forest to find chimpanzees.
What to See & Do in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park supports a diverse range of Flora and Fauna with its habitat for over of 95 mammal species, 10 primates to more than 600 species of birds. The park features top best destinations in Uganda with famous Tree climbing lions and the equator line. Set out to discover the Mweya peninsular, Kazinga channel for a boat cruise, scenic Kyambura gorge to see chimps, think Maramagambo Forest, scenic Kasenyi plains, salty Katwe plains and the Tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector.Many activities can be enjoyed like Birding, caves, Chimpanzee trekking, park Game drives, watch Tree climbing lions, Launch boat cruise and wild life like elephants, Buffalos, Uganda Kobs, Crocodiles and lions
Where to go?
Mweya Peninsular-main tourist attraction in Queen Elizabeth national park, Mweya peninsular has an elevated arrow head of bushy land connected to the northern mainland by a natural isthmus little wider than the road that traverses it. The most sightseeing activities like overlooking Katwe bay of Lake Edward. The majority guests that visit Mweya enjoys the sightseeing of Buffalos, elephants milling around the lake shores with a glimpse of snowy Rwenzori peaks.
Kazinga channel is about 40m a long adjoining Lake George to Lake Edward and the plains are about 10m to the north from Queen Elizabeth the main focus for tourists. The area incorporates Mweya peninsula, Kasenyi plains the western shores of Lake Gorge, the northern shores of Lake Edward and the katwe Crater Lake where the animals can be viewed well by the Nile cruise. Travelers on a Uganda tour do tracking as the only way see all the wild animals like buffalos elephants, on the grass thickets of the northern Kazinga close to Mweya.
The Equator & the Queens Pavilion
The equator passes through Queen Elizabeth national park that provides a beautiful place for craft shops, snacks, light meals, internet facilities and photo shooting by travelers on a Uganda safari tour. The Queen pavilion is a bandstand like set on a low ridge above the side of the Kasese-Ishaka road 1 km south of the official equator lay-by. The pavilion was built in 1958 to receive the British Queen Mother and Omukama Rukidi111 of Toro.
Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions
Ishasha sector runs south from Lake Edward through Ishasha River to the west and Ntungwe River to the east border of Congo. Ishasha covers an area of 1000km south of Mweya which gives an alluring game viewing areas to travelers. The best known tourist attraction include the savannah woodland, Ishasha River, Tree climbing Lions, Rare shoebill stork, Buffallos, elephants, warthog and many monkeys.
Kyambura Gorge – Chimp Tracking
Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park inhabits the only habituated chimpanzee community. The forest is 100m deep Kyambura River Gorge which runs for 16km on the park’s entrance boundary with Kyambura game reserve. Guided Chimpanzee trekking in the confined nature of forested gorge is easy. Chimpanzee permits to travelers on a safari in Uganda cost US$50 including the guide and must be booked and paid at the katunguru park headquarters 8km to the north. Chimp trekking takes about 3-4hours greatly depends on the weather.
Maramagambo Forest reserve in Bushenyi District runs west from katunguru-Ishasha road as far as the shores of Lake Edward. Many travelers on a Uganda safari vacation tend to go for wildlife encounters in this rainforest in the Albertine rift valley in south western Uganda. The forest is a home to some primates like the chimpanzees, the Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey and nocturnal primates. Set out to discover Bat watching experience in the caves and spot a big python that feeds on these bats. Explore the scenic beauty of the largest forest in east Africa with kilyantama waterfalls, the river which leads to Kajojo River.
Lake katwe is kasese District is situated north of the impressive Mweya Penisula in Queen Elizabeth national park. The Crater Lake drive that runs 27km which presents distant sights of stunning views on the lake while on your way. Enjoy a game drive and get a chance to see plenty of wildlife like the buffalos and elephants. Along this drive you will be rewarded with sights and sounds of the great western rift valley escarpments, lake George, Rwenzori mountains of the moon, the kazinga channel.
Where to Stay In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park is the most visited park in Uganda. The park has various accommodation types that suits all visitors on a Uganda safari tour. The Budget for travelers on a safari vacation ranges from Luxury, Mid-Range and Budget accomodations. Mweya safari lodge, Ishasha bandas and Jacana have average standards that will make stay memorable while viewing the park from the top. The park also has camping sites such as Maramagambo, Ishasha and Mweya.
Kyambura Uganda safari wildlife is also establishing a luxury lodge that will surely meet your standards
Kingfisher lodge is situated off the park and it’s a temperate accommodation in Queen Elizabeth np. The lodge is owned by Germans and is positioned in the western parts of Uganda adjacent to Queen Elizabeth NP with clear magnificent view of the park, mountain Rwenzori along with kazinga channel and the Mweya peninsula
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How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located about 410km north of Kampala. The direct drive takes at least 7 to 8 hours on your way from Entebbe international Airstrip. You can reach Queen Elizabeth NP from Kampala a six (6hr) drive, through Masaka Mbarara and Bushenyi town to Kasese. You can also use another route to reach Queen Elizabeth NP from Kampala to Mityana through Mubende then Fort portal town to Kasese town a distance of approximately 360km.Fortportal town is strategically located in a medley of tourist’s attractions that is next to Uganda leading tourist destination QENP, Semiliki national park and Ruwenzori mountain ranges.
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