Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Safari ; Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s top popular savannah park and the best place to adventure lions including the unique tree climbing lions thus making it worthy destination for a Uganda Wildlife Safari. The park harbors with great diversity of habitats that includes; crater lakes, lakes, savannah grasslands, forests and wetlands that serve as home with highest concentration of mammals in the country.
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Activities and attractions to do and see in Queen Elizabeth National Park;
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best highlight activity in the park since the park harbors with over 95 mammals. It can be conducted early morning and, in the evening, so tourists on their game drive here have got high chance to see different animals like buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, lions, antelopes, hippos in Kazinga channel, various reptiles and savannah bird species among others. Game drive in Queen can be conducted in Kasenyi or Ishasha plains.
Chimpanzee Tracking -Trekking
Chimpanzee trekking experience is one of the most done activities in the park conducted in Kyambura gorge within the park which starts early in the morning with the short briefing about the chimps’ rules. After you will be led by the park ranger guide into their tracking trails in the forest and the experience can take about 30 to 5hours depending on their movement within the gorge. The moment you allocate them, you will be given a chance to spend with them an hour on an up-close encounter with our closest cousins in their natural inhabitant.
Tree climbing lion/ Lion Tracking
This is the most attractive and incredible activity one shouldn’t miss to join in on his Uganda Safaris in Queen because it boosts with wide number of animals and we see number of tourists flock the park to Ishasha sector to track the lions and enjoy to adventure up close encounter with these unique tree climbing lions as well as enjoying to observe their amazing behaviors and photography.
Birdwatching in Uganda
Fact, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a perfectly birding haven that ranks with over 600 bird species and with no doubt – the park is one of the top birdwatching paradises in Africa. Besides that, Uganda harbors a total of about 1200 bird species and more than a half can be found here. Some of the list of bird species to see includes; Sacred ibis, Shoe bill, saddle billed stork, African Jacana, African green pigeon, African crowned eagle, African wattled plover, White backed vulture, Brown backed scrub Robin, Ripoll’s griffon vulture, Grey backed fiscal, little bee eater, Nubian woodpeckers, African morning dove, Grey headed kingfisher Swamp night jar among others. Interestingly more than a half of the Uganda’s total of bird species can be seen here.
Boat Cruise -Kazinga
This is a stunning and exciting experience whereby tourists like combining game drive and boat cruise on the Kazinga channel during there visit to the park. Ideally, boat cruise takes 2 hours ride on the Kazinga channel that offers you a chance to explore the oasis of wildlife such as large school of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, birds. crocodiles among others.
During your visit to the park, recommend you get time and visit the local traditionally harvest salt from Lake Katwe, traditional homesteads and enjoy energetic musical and dance performances marked by the Kikorongo Equator performers mines.
Location of Queen Elizabeth National Park;
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in southwestern part of Uganda positioned between Lake Gorge and Albert with the Kazinga Channel crossing through its 700 Square mile land area.
The park was named after the Queen of England in 1954 following her visit to Uganda.
Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park;
The park is home to over 95 mammal specie and around 620 bird species making it the 6th highest diversity in the world and the highest in Africa thus making it a perfect destination for Uganda Birding Safaris. Additionally, Queen is home to 10 primate species like chimpanzees the most spotted species and other species; baboons, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys among others.
Attractions In Queen Elizabeth National Park;
Tree Climbing Lions; The park boosts with two population of these Unique lions in the whole world. The best spotting area in the park for these species is Ishasha sector which are commonly seen up in the fig and acacia trees.
Kazinga channel; This is a spectacular natural water channel that connects Lakes Albert and Gorge. The channel is well known for harboring large number of hippos, Nile Crocodiles, elephants and hippos -can easily be seen on the impressive Boat Ride.
Kasenyi plains and Ishasha are popularly visited plains by tourists on a Uganda Wildlife Safari– they are inhabitat to a very large number of antelopes, the Uganda Kobs, lions and several large predators.
Mweya peninsular; this is an area within the park that offers perfect game views while exploring the various game tracks.
Lake Katwe; This is a salt mining area located few distance away from the park and it has been existing for several years since that is the main economic activity in the area.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park;
The park lies about 389 km from the Kampala Uganda’s capital and can be accessed by road between 5 to 6 hours drive via Masaka Road or reached by a charter flight Aero link from Entebbe Airport to Mweya Airstrip -1hour.
Where to stay;
Queen Elizabeth National Park has got variety of perfect lodges, campsites, hotels and tented camps -ranging from luxury, Mid-range and Budget facilities.
Best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park;
Well, the dry season that run from January to February and June to September are the best time to visit the park on Wildlife viewing. Birding is best wet season when there is plenty of fruits in the park starting from March to May and September to December.
Tourists who visit Uganda ‘s Queen Elizabeth National Park can combine a safari to Queen Elizabeth Safari with Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Bwindi or Tour Murchison Falls National Park. Other places to visit after your wildlife safari, you can visit Ssese Islands adventure, take on rafting on the Nile, Rwenzori Mountains climbing, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale and Mount Elgon hike.
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