QUEEN ELIZABETH NP- A MEDLEY OF WONDERS
Uganda’s magical park is located in the Western arm the Great East African Rift valley with magnificent scenery of the Rwenzori highlands. Queen Elizabeth is a gifted with almost the beautiful wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in Uganda, the famous tree climbing lions in the Ishasha section offers a life time experience.
Queen Elizabeth National Park covers a wide area of 1978km2 and enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George where a mosaic of habitats supports 95 mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds. Forty years ago, Douglas Willocks described the diverse features that led to its creation in 1952
The park forms part of an extensive system of contiguous protected areas, namely the Kigezi (256km2) and Kyambura (154km2) Wildlife reserve, Kalinzu Forest reserve, and neighboring DRC, the 200km2 Virunga National Park. Rwenzori National Park lies a few kilometers north.
Queen Elizabeth Attractions
Wild Game Viewing
Having recorded over 100 mammalian species Queen Elizabeth is ranked the best park for wildlife viewing in Uganda. They include big herds of elephants, hippos, giant forest hog and handsome Uganda Kob which are all regularly sighted by visitors. In the Ishasha region one cannot miss to spot out the famous tree climbing lions
Queen Elizabeth boosts the notable bird species in the park include Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catcher, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Collard Pranticles, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, the beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, the rare Shoebill Stork, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl and Black Bee-eater to mention but a few
The Kyambura Chimp Gorge
The amazing Kyambura gorge harbors habituated chimpanzees, this provide a great opportunity for visitor take part in Chimp trekking
The 40m-long channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward provides the park’s prime wildlife spectacles. Its shoreline attracts large numbers of birds, mammals and reptiles year round.
Queen Elizabeth your safari destiny, provides tourists to take part in different activities, they include;
- Game drives for wildlife watching
- Boating trips especially along the Kazinga channel adjoin L. Edward & L. George
- Guided Nature walks
- Visit the bat cave in Maramagambo
- Bird watching
- Kyambura Chimpanzee trekking
- Visit to Lake Katwe
- Sport Fishing
Queen Elizabeth offers an established range of lodging facilities in and around the park, the choice is yours to choose from Mweya safari lodge adjacent to Kazinga channel, Katara Lodge, Kyambura Game Lodge, Kyambura Gorge lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp (High end lodging) Enganzi Lodge, Ihamba safari lodge (Mid range lodging) and Bush Lodge, Simba safari camp just right at the edge of the park (Budget lodging) all ready to serve your needs effectively as a guest.
Queen Elizabeth Accessibility
From Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National park lies south west and it is estimated between 5-6 hours drive via towns of Masaka and Mbarara on a surfaced road
Aerolink flies daily to Mweya and Kasese airstrip with 2 flight schedules that is the morning schedule departing a 0745 arriving 0930 and the afternoon session that leaves 1245 arriving 1435
Best time to Visit
Any time of the year