Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the most remarkable and outstanding wildlife destinations in not only Uganda but East Africa as well. It is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi, and Rukungiri. Its location is approximately 376 kilometres (234 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, and occupies approximately 1,978 square kilometres, with 17 per cent of the land lying in the Kasese District.
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. The park is famous for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War. Many species have recovered, including hippopotamus, elephants, leopards, lions, and chimpanzees. It is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions.
The park also features volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted, other feature like Maramagambo is also found in this Park Forest. The park also borders the Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve, Kibale National Park in Uganda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
ATTRACTIONS/ACTIVITIES IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy your 4x4self drive as you drive through the park while viewing wild animals because the park has a wide range of well-maintained game viewing tracks, where you can be able to spot a variety of wild life including, elephants, warthogs, leopards, antelopes, Buffaloes and not forgetting the tree climbing lions at the Isasha sector. The sightings can be seen in the morning and evening game drives.
Boat cruise on Kazinga channel.
Do not miss your incredible boat trip that may last for at least 2-5 hours and is done either in the morning or in the afternoon, on the impressive Kazinga channel, a 40m long water channel which joins Lake Edward and George.A launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel is among the highlights of Uganda safaris within Queen Elizabeth Park as it offers great opportunities to take pictures since the boat drifts slowly just by the shores of the channel. The Kazinga Channel supports the biggest number of Hippos in the whole of Africa.
The afternoon boat ride is so fascinating that you will be able to spot large herds of elephants, buffaloes and nocturnal animals normally coming to the shores in the late afternoons for a drink. In addition, a large number of antelopes like the Waterbuck as well as the Ugandan Kob also come here to quench their thirst.
The Channel is also a perfect place for vid birders where an array of colourful beautiful birds are spotted soaring near the water’s surface. Among the common species to look out for are the Martial Eagles, African spoonbills, Cormorants, African Skimmers, Pelicans, Papyrus Gonolek, in addition to the occasional hard-to-pin-down Shoebill Stork.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Queen Elizabeth National park is also a spectacular place for chimpanzee tracking/trekking done in the Kyambura gorge where various habituated chimpanzees are found. The park alone offers you a holistic adventure as you start up in the morning with your voyage. There are also other lucky chances of encountering other mammals and birds as well.
The 100m-deep Kyambura Gorge, has chimpanzee tracking, with walks lasting from two to four hours. Lucky visitors will find the habituated troop; mornings are probably the best bet. The gorge is a beautiful scar of green cutting through the savannah, and from the viewing platform, you can sometimes see primates, including chimps, frolicking in the treetops below.
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