Queen Elizabeth national park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National park combining Lakes George & Edward reserves. Later after the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England on her Royal safari in 1954, it was renamed as “Queen Elizabeth National Park” to honor the queen’s visit to the protected area. The park is set against the backdrop of Rwenzori Mountains covering an area of approximately 1,978 square Km, it is blessed with amazing diverse eco systems that include savannah, humid forests, wetlands and twinkling lakes. It is home of up to 95 mammals & 600 bird species.
The park also hosts mesmerizing volcanic features like deep crater lakes & volcanic cones which are also added attractions to one of the most visited national parks in Uganda. It is important to note that IUCN combined Queen Elizabeth Park & adjacent Virunga Park to form the lion conservation unit as a way of curbing poaching.
Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park
The park is home to a variety of wildlife species including small & big game, primates and birdlife. Lions, Leopards & Serval cats are some of the most popular cats in the park including the famous tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. There are over 5000 hippos, up to 10000 buffalo and 2500 elephants herds, hence making it the most visited safari park in Uganda due to the huge number of wildlife diversities found in the park. Other wild animals in Queen Elizabeth national park include the warthogs, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, Sitatunga antelopes, Topi, giant forest hog and of course the infamous giant Nile crocodiles to mention but a few.
There are about 10 primate species recorded in the park and primate tracking is carried out at in Kyambura gorge you sight exciting chimpanzee individuals, vervet monkeys, and black & white Columbus monkeys, baboons, blue & red tailed monkeys among others.
With over 600 bird species recorded, Queen Elizabeth national park is a popular bird watching spot in Uganda where you can get chance to see savannah, wetland & lowland species. Game drives, nature walks and boat cruise on Kazinga channel offer perfect opportunities to watch a variety of birds in the park
Attractions in Queen Elizabeth national park
This is a 32 km long water channel that connects Lakes George & Edward offering a unique relaxing way as you explore the beauty of the park. The channel is popularly known for having the biggest concentration of hippos and Nile crocodiles in Africa, however expect to encounter other wild animals on the banks as well as numerous colorful bird species.
The Bat Cave is situated in the Maramagambo forest which located close to queen the park; this is one of infamous sites where you can get views of bats and pythons in the cave through a glass.
This is by far the best game drive spot in the park home to huge concentration of Uganda kobs that attracts many carnivores from all corners of the park. Expect to sight impressive number of lions, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, bushbucks among others.
Embark on 27km drive from Kabatoro gate to Queen’s pavilion for a chance to see these beautiful volcanic naturally formed craters, lakes, the rift valley escarpment plus the Kazinga channel as well.
Kyambura River & Gorge
This thick underground forest is bisected by the Kyambura River, it offers tourists an opportunity to track habituated chimpanzees and also encounter other various primate species including vervet monkeys, baboons, blue & red tailed monkeys plus numerous bird species as well.
The wonderful site is situated in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park and it is popular home to the unique tree climbing lions that hang in the fig trees ready to pounce on unsuspecting kobs. It’s the perfect region with routes to connect you to the misty to Bwindi forest.
Other areas of interest include; Lake George, Mweya peninsular, Maramagambo forest (primates & birds), Katwe salt lake among others.
Activities in Queen Elizabeth national park
- Kazinga channel launch trips
- Game drives in Kasenyi plains
- Bird watching
- Crate lakes tour
- Cave tours
- Nature walks
- Chimpanzee tracking at Kyambura gorge
- Wildlife research tours
- Cultural encounters
Accommodation in the park
There is a wide range of accommodation facilities in Queen Elizabeth national park; therefore you don’t need to worry about where to sleep on your Uganda safari in the park. The Lodge or camps here range from Budget, mid range and luxury options, therefore you can book your accommodation depending on your budget. They include the following;
- Park view safari lodge
- Mweya safari Lodge
- Elephant hub lodge
- Queen Elizabeth bush Lodge
- Simba safari lodge
- Isunga safari lodge and many others.
How to getting Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park is situated 410 km north of Kampala city and by road, the journey takes about 7 to 8 hours using the Kasese road. You can as well book a charter flight with either Eagle air or Aero link and get there within an hour landing in the nearby airstrips of Kasese, Mweya or Kihihi airstrip.
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