Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular game reserve for safaris and certainly among the most scenic. It stretches from the crater dotted foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south. The park incorporates a wide variety of habitats that range from savannah and wetlands to gallery and lowland forests.
Its vegetation which varies from open savannah to rainforests, from dense papyrus swamps, brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward and human communities, make it a little wonder that it is the highest biodiversity conservation game reserve in the world. For these reasons, it holds a UNESCO biosphere reserve badge.
Queen Elizabeth National Park’s remarkable biodiversity is reflected in its health flora and fauna numbers of over a hundred mammalian species, 620 bird species, Reptiles and much more.
The finest of all Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel is one memorable way to view the abundant game Uganda’s second-largest National Park has for disposal. Queen Elizabeth National park’ significant mammal record ranks her among the best safari destination in Africa. Large herds of African bush elephant and African buffalo, profusions of Hippopotamus, Giant forest hogs tree climbing Lion, Uganda kob, Waterbuck, Leopard, Spotted Hyena sightings and the Common warthog are not accidental sightings. Reptiles, Banded Mongooses are inevitable sightings on either a game drive or leisurely walk within the Mweya Peninsular.
Chimpanzee tracking is done at Kyambura gauge, which is also entirely within the park. At Kyambura, is your chance to meet face-to-face with man’s closest relatives the Chimpanzees. There are other primates to see as well, and they include the Mantled guereza, Red-tailed monkey, Olive baboon, among others.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Birdwatching
Queen Elizabeth National Park’s bird Checklist of up to 620 bird species is the highest of any Important Bird Area (IBA) in Uganda. In the crater lakes region, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. Among the many species in the park, include; the Malachite, Grey-headed and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Tern, Swamp Flycatcher, Grey-capped Warbler, Collared Pratincole, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah, Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, the lovely Black-headed Gonolek, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, White-tailed Lark, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Mourning Dove, African Open-billed Stork, Black-rumped Buttonquail, and many more.
Guided forest walks at Maramagambo Forest, a tropical forest covered with relatively low trees and gentle slopes, are an unavoidable experience for an avid nature walker. The essential features worthy to see from this forest include the Blue Lake, the Hunters Cave, the Bat Cave where thousands of Egyptian Fruit Bats stay, and luxurious botany.
Queen Elizabeth National park is 7 hours from Kampala via Mbarara or Kasese/Fort Portal and can be reached on a dirt road from Bwindi. For travellers interested in travelling to the park by air, a private charter flight from Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip are available.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Size: 1,978sq km
- District: Bushenyi and Kasese
- Geographical location: Western Uganda between lakes Edward and George.
- Average Altitude: 1200 metres Above Sea Level
- Best safari time: All year round
Queen Elizabeth National Park Tour Activities
- Game Viewing
- Launch Cruise
- Chimpanzee Trekking
- Forest Walks