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Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular game parks in Uganda and in east Africa.
It is located in the western part of Uganda about 376km from Kampala. Queen Elizabeth national park is known for its variety of wildlife, most of which was killed in the Uganda-Tanzania war. The park is a true nature hub with a number of natural attractions making it a suitable option for Uganda safaris. It has volcanic features which include volcanic cones, and deep craters, it also includes the Maramagambo Forest, not to mention the various species of wildlife that reside within its borders.
Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions..
Queen Elizabeth national park is home to a number of mammals and birds. It is documented to have about 95 animal species and 612 bird species. The variety is well worth a visit to the park. Animal residents of the park include; the Uganda kob, warthog, elephant, waterbuck, giant forest hog, leopards, lions and hyenas. There are topi found in Ishasha, and primate in maramagambo forest and Kyambura Gorge. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions.
The National Park’s 612 bird species include; the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, Chapin’s flycatcher, pink backed pelicans, white-winged warbler, papyrus canary, papyrus gonolek and so many more. The park is every birdwatchers dream.
Game Viewing Time for Queen Elizabeth
The park is good for game viewing all year round. The dry seasons June-September and January to February is the best time to visit because the animals are near the water sources and much easier to see. The vegetation is also not as thick as it would be in the wet season. For those interested in tracking chimpanzees, this is the best time to visit.
You can also go wildlife viewing in the park during the rainy seasons of October to December and March to May. Although the tracks are slippery and quite difficult to navigate. And wildlife viewing might be interrupted by the rains.
What to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park is full of interesting sites and activities. You can take guided walks to explore remote parts of the Mweya peninsula; you can go see the Kazinga channel, a 40km long stream that joins Lake George and Lake Edward. There is a lot of wildlife that can be seen around the shoreline of the channel. Other interesting features around the park include the Katwe explosion craters, the Queen’s pavilion, and the equator. In ishasha you can catch site of the tree climbing lions. You can also go on boat rides on the kazinga channel, go chimpanzee trekking in the Kyambura gorge, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Queen Elizabeth National park is arrived at from Kampala by air or by road. From Kampala, this park can be reached from the south through Mbarara – 420 kilometers or the north driving through Fort Portal – 410 kilometers. 3 airstrips serve this Park including Kasese, Ishasha plus Mweya airfield.
This 2,056 sq km park was set up in 1952 when the 2 game reserves of Lakes George and Edward were joined to form the Kazinga National Park. 2 years afterwards it was re-named Queen Elizabeth National Park after the Queen of England – Queen Elizabeth II visited Uganda.
It is among the Uganda’s oldest national parks and UNESCO listed it as a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity. Along with Kyambura plus Kigezi wildlife reserves, this park is among the most diversified eco-systems on the African continent.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly enticing and worth visiting with family or a special person to you, however go ready to like everything yet again as the park is gifted with breathtaking scenery plus attractions to complete an action packed holiday.
This park receives as much as 1250mm of rainfall mainly starting in March up to May and then from September up to November. The melting iced waters of Mountain Rwenzori form a large wetland system consisting of 2 primary lakes; Lake George and Lake Edward. Lake Edward was named by Henry Morton Stanley an early explorer after the Prince of Wales – King Edward VII.
These 2 lakes are linked by a 40 kilometers long water channel whose shores are inhabited by thousands of hippos as well as birds throughout the year.
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