Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is an amazing destination to go for Safaris and tours while in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park ranks high as far as Uganda’s great offered Wildlife. And this is because of its evidenced Wide range of different Wildlife Species habited.
If you are more interested in a variety of unique species of Wildlife endeavor. To visit this exceptional tourist site for a fantastic experience.
Queen Elizabeth National Park ranked among the top ten must-visit Uganda’s National Parks geographically located in the Western Part of Uganda. Along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The boundaries of the Park includes the Kazinga Channel. Which connects the two lakes named Lake George on Uganda side and Lake Edward on Democratic Republic of Congo side.
The nearest other Parks to this destination. Include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale Forest National Park
At first, Queen Elizabeth National Park, was named Kazinga Channel National Park and after reading this short statement. You may start asking yourself why is currently it’s called Queen Elizabeth National Park and this is the answer to your question.
The name “Queen Elizabeth National Park” resulted after a visit to this Park by Queen of England “Queen Elizabeth ii”. And all intentions of the naming were to commemorate the Queen’s great visit to the Park.
Furthermore, the park characterized by different ecosystems. Which include tropical rain forests, savannah, grasslands, hilly areas, bogs, shrubs, montane forests. Some parts covered with bamboo forests and water swampy areas mostly along the shores of Kazinga Channel.
How to get there?
The best way of accessing Uganda in the Southwestern particularly traveling from Kampala by road. Kampala- Masaka-Mbarara highway the best-recommended route including the en-route stopover at the equator in Kayabwe before reaching Masaka town.
The stopover at the equator specifically associated with a brief explanation about the equator. Photos when posing at the equator and snacks, then after continue with the journey up to the Park. Lunch provided en-route in Mbarara town.
It usually takes about 7-8 hours for the drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. But usually depending on speed used, nature of climatic conditions, traffic along the way, and included stopovers. The journey characterized with Enroute sightseeing of landscapes, grasslands and more.
However if you are a kind of a person who is not used to long-distance drives. Air transport means your suitable option to go. Always private charters arranged from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe airport up to Mweya airstrip in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
What to see in Queen.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is popularly known for its great Wildlife and game drives are the most sought after done activities in the park and expects to see a variety of Wildlife species on a great discoverable visit to this Park including Wild animals for instance Elephants, Buffaloes, and famous tree climbing Lions, Leopards. Impala, Kobs, hearte beast, Bush bucks, reedbucks, spotted hyenas, forest hogs, warthogs, and more. Game drives can either be done in the morning or in the evening or night game drive, and each time is rewarding with nice catch to different species.
Primates for example Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus monkeys, Blue monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Vervet, Mangabey, baboons and more, Reptiles include geckos, chameleon. Snakes like black cobra, python, Egyptian cobra and more. Insects include Butterflies, Mantis, bees, grasshoppers and more.
The park regarded as a haven for bird watching with over 600 bird species recorded sightable in its major birding hotspots including Endemic species and non-endemic bird species.
Activities to do in Queen.
- The best exciting and most prominent activities done while in Queen include, Game drives around the suburbs of the Park which brings you to nice catch to different species of animals some of which can’t be seen elsewhere in other parks. It’s only in Queen Elizabeth national park that you can sport the rear tree climbing lions sited on fig trees or tree blanches. The ishasha sector us an extension of Queen Elizabeth national park.
- Launch trip cruise along Kazinga Channel which connects two lakes including George and Edward, the boat cruise is rewarding with sites to different species of animals that live and feeds on the lake including hippos, crocodile, and several species of birds that live and feeds on the lake such as African shoebill, Pink-backed pelican, Yellow-billed stork, Malachite kingfisher, Fish eagle, Pied kingfisher, Papyrus gonolek, African spoonbills, Martial eagle, Long-tailed cormorant, Black bee-eater, Black crake, African skimmer among others.
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the few parks in Uganda where chimpanzee trekking is done. The chimpanzees were habituated a few years ago and the population is said to be approximately 19 chimpanzees which were trained to be close to humans. Not only chimpanzee but the park is a home to over other 6 primates species including the red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and olive baboons. These primates can be easily be seen while in the Gorge Chimpanzee trekking Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be thin which allows you to view. Trekking can be done either in the morning or evening.
- Bird watching. Every time in queen national park is bird watch, at any moment you can spot a bird, however we recommend that you go bird watching during June to September. These months have low rainfall, and there are plenty of food sources for the birds. The kazinga channel is the best spotting area for bird watching during the boat cruiser and a variety of birds can be spotted with there.
Don’t be scared of where to stay on a visit to this Park in South Western Uganda because it’s geographically situated with different accommodation facilities ranging from camping to self-contained rooms which are reserved for tourists to stay at affordable prices. These accommodation facilities are categorized into three including budget, mid-range, and luxury facilities. Enjoy your time as you visit wonderful park in the Southwestern part of Uganda. Examples of lodges you may think to stay in while in this beautiful park include
Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages | Bush Lodge/ River ishasha safari camp /tembo safari lodge
Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge | Elephant Hub Lodge/ Marafiki safari lodge/ Enganzi game lodge/ Queen Elizabeth bush lodge/ Park view safari lodge/ Buffalo safari lodge. …
Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge| katara Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp/ Kyambura Game Lodge/ Hippo safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge