Nature walk/ hiking in queen Elizabeth N.P; Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s most visited national park located in western region in four districts that is Kasese, Rukungiri, Kamwenge and Rubirizi. Queen Elizabeth national park covers a total area of 1,978 square kilometers which makes it the second largest national park in Uganda after Murchison falls national park and its famously known for harboring the tree climbing lions which are found in Ishasha sector, other animals like elephants, buffaloes, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, warthogs, topi, giant forest hogs, hippos, primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and over 600 bird species.
Nature walk/ hiking in Queen Elizabeth national park
Nature walk is an interesting activity in Queen Elizabeth national park where you will get an opportunity to explore the park on foot with the company of an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger to protect you from any danger. There are several nature walk or hiking trails to follow during the amazing nature walk including trails in Kyambura gorge, Maramagambo forest, Mweya peninsula, Kasenyi plains, trails to the crater lakes, trails along Ishasha River among others.
Hiking in Maramagambo forest
Maramagambo forest is one of the best nature walk areas located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. During the guided nature walk in Maramagambo forest, you will be able to get up-close and personal with different wildlife species including primates like chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, stunning views of Lake Nyamasingiri and Kyasanduka, River Kajojo, Kilyantama waterfall, view different bird species in trees, view bat caves, variety of plant and tree species among others, Nature Walk/ Hiking in Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Hiking in Mweya peninsula
Mweya peninsula is situated on the north eastern shores of Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park and during the guided nature walk, you will be enjoy great views of Kazinga channel, Rwenzori mountain ranges, various wildlife species, views of Lake Edward, Katwe Crater Lake, bird species, spot the banded mongoose among others.
Hiking in Kyambura gorge
Kyambura gorge also known as the valley of apes is located in eastern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. During the nature walk in Kyambura gorge, you will be able to view different wildlife species including primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, animals like elephants, view different bird species, tree species, butterflies among others.
Hiking along Ishasha River
Ishasha River is located in Ishasha sector which is located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Ishasha sector is the only area in Uganda that harbors the famous tree climbing lions which are seen lazily lying up in acacia/ fig tree branches. During the guided nature walk along Ishasha River, you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, elephants, hippos, Uganda kobs, view different bird species among others.
Best time to go for nature walks in Queen Elizabeth national park
Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the park therefore access roads and hiking trails will be dry and passable which make nature walk easy. During the dry season vegetation will be thin which helps you to view different wildlife species clearly, Nature Walk/ Hiking in Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Where to stay in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park has a wide range of accommodation facilities where you can stay during your nature walk safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and budget including Kazinga channel view resort, Elephant plains lodge, Buffalo Safari lodge, Engiri game lodge and campsite, Mweya safari lodge, Kasenyi safari camp, Tembo safari lodge, Elephant hab lodge, Queen Elizabeth bush lodge, Marafiki safari lodge, Enganzi game lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba, Simba safari lodge, Hippo hill safari lodge, Mweya hostel, Kyambura gorge lodge, Katara lodge, Lake Munyanyange Cave Resort, Irungu Forest Safari lodge, Ishasha Jungle lodge, Pumba safari cottages, Park view safari lodge, Kyambura tented camp, Lake Chibwera camp, Ihamba safari lodge, Ishasha Ntungwe River lodge among others.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala via Mubende, Fort Portal or Masaka, Mbarara to the park headquarters which takes about 7 to 8 hours’ drive.
Queen Elizabeth national park can also be accessed from Bwindi impenetrable national park through Ishasha sector which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive.
You can also access Queen Elizabeth national park by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter flights with Bar Aviation or Aero link Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Mweya or Kasese airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Other activities in Queen Elizabeth national park
Apart from the guided nature walks, Queen Elizabeth national park offers other activities that visitors can engage in during the safari including Game drives where you will be able to see different animals like elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, lions, leopards, waterbucks, Bird watching where you will be able to view variety of bird species as Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the top birding destinations, Boat cruise on Kazinga channel where you will be able to view large concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge where you will be able to spend time with the chimpanzees, Community tour where you will be able to interact with the local people in their neighboring communities among others.
For breathtaking and unforgettable experiences on your safari, nature walk in Queen Elizabeth national park is an interesting activity that can be combined with other activities like game drives, boat cruise on Kazinga channel, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge and Kibale forest national park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park among others. For more information, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various Uganda safari packages.