Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park is situated in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. It has almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species, this makes it superb safari territory. Here you find elephants, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog, lions, leopards and handsome Uganda kob among others.

 

A boat cruise on the Kazinga channel should be a part of any safari here. The Kazinga channel is a 36 km channel connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. In the waters and along the shores you can expect to see a rich animal life with hippos, buffaloes, elephants, birds and more. Another activity that should be included is at least one morning or evening game-drive searching the savanna for interesting sightings. Queen Elizabeth national park is known for being one of two parks in the world where lions have the habit of regularly climbing trees. To see this special behavior you head to Ishasha, the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Here you game-drive to spot the lions high in the big fig trees.

 

Besides the classical safari activities Queen Elizabeth national park offers even more. In the Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu Forest close by the park there are habituated chimps that can be trekked. A chimps trekking is an exciting experience where you go in a group with a specialized guide through beautiful forest to see our close cousins the chimps. In the Maramagambo Forest it is as well possible to go for a nature walk. This forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds. For birders there are great opportunities in Queen Elizabeth national park, as mentioned above it is home to 606 bird species. A special sight for both the birder and the not so bird interested is the flocks of flamingo that are resident on the crater lakes.

 

Being a park where specific communities are allowed to stay within the park boundaries a visit to a fishing village or to see the work of harvesting salt in the salt lakes is possible.

 

 

Queen Elizabeth national park

 

Activities
– Game drive
– Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
– Chimpanzee trekking
– Birding
– Community tourism

 

Access
The national park is a 420 km drive away from Kampala (takes around 7 hours). It is also possible to take a chartered flight to Kasese, Mweya or Ishasha.

 

Safaris to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth experience – 3 days
Queen Elizabeth national park safari – 4 days
Animals of the savanna & gorillas – 7 days
Magic of Nature – 15 days

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