Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park situated in south western Uganda covering an expanse of 1, 978 sq kilometers. The Park has plenty of game to be viewed that has attracted tens of thousands of tourists. The speculations that the park is the world’s main biodiversity conservation game reserve are based on the varieties of vegetation that range from open Savannah, rain forests, impenetrable papyrus swamps and large crater lakes close to the size of lake Edward.
The park has more than 100 mammal species and over 600 bird species together with large groups of elephants, huge forest hog, numerous hippos, and the gorgeous Uganda kob which are commonly seen roaming around the different villages on the Mweya Peninsula.
QUEEN ELIZABETH BIRD WATCHING
The malachite, Collard Pranticles, Pied kingfishers, White winged terns, Whydah Martial Eagles, Grey-capped warbler, long tailed cormorants, Grey-headed kingfisher, the mourning dove, swamp fly-catcher, African skimmer, African jacana, white & pink back pelicans gabon, thin tailed Nightjars, African fish eagle, shoebill stork, the black head gonolek, papyrus gonolek, squacco heron, verreauv’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, white tailed lark, white- winged warbler, African open billed stork, papyrus canary, blackramped buttonquail, are some of the prominent bird species in the park.
THE KYAMBURA GORGE
The Kyambura gorge is habitat to a number of habituated chimps, and the isolated Ishasha section is a sanctuary to the prominent tree climbing lions which are only found in this area and no other place in the whole world.
The Maramagambo forest that is habitat for the mysterious forest elephant, forest monkeys, numerous flamingos and a wide variety of birds, is a tropical rainforest located in Queen Elizabeth Park. Tremendous features like the blue lake and bat colony are also thrilling and quite unforgettable.
QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK’S ACCESSIBILITY
Queen Elizabeth National park is very accessible and lies 5-6 hours from Kampala on a tarmac road via
In about 5 to 6 hours drive, one can access Queen Elizabeth national park on a tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara through Kasese to Fort portal and finally use a dirt road that starts at Bwindi to the park. A private charter flight can also be arranged for fascinated travelers who wish to travel to the park by air. It flies from Entebbe international airport up to the airstrip in Kasese.
There are a variety of trails in the park for game drives. You will discover a variety of big game in the characteristic African savannah during the course of your drive. Some of the large animals in the park are: leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Lions, Waterbucks, Warthogs and buffaloes .during the early sunrise and sunsets is the most suitable times for having game drives.
Queen Elizabeth National park prides in more than 600 bird species that have turned it into a fascinating place for its guests that adore bird watching. A number of aquatic birds like the White-faced Whistling, Squacco Heron, white & Pink backed Pelicans, open billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Wattled Plovers, Knob-billed Ducks, Pied kingfishers, Yellow backed Weavers, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Fish Eagle, Spur-winged Plovers and the Black Crake an ducks can be seen along the Kazinga Channel within the park.
This is taken on the Kazinga channel, and while on it different birds & animals can be sighted at along the shores of the 34km peaceful Kazinga channel. Among the animals there are Elephants, Hippos and Buffaloes. Crocodiles and Lizards are among the resident reptiles where as the Egyptian goose, African fish-eagles, pelicans , saddle-billed stork, kingfisher and the African jacana are the water bird species.
GUIDED FOREST WALKS
A guide walk is perfect treat in the adjacent Maramagambo tropical forest which is characterized by quite low trees and tender slopes. The Egyptian fruit bats’ cave known as the Bat cave, the blue lake and the hunters’ cave together with various tree species like medicinal species are some of the precious features to marvel at while in the forest.
In the gorge located in the impressive Kyambura wildlife reserve that lies in the eastern region of the park is where chimpanzee tracking is carried out. Black & white colobus and red-tailed monkeys in addition to Olive baboons are some of the other resident primates in the reserve. The king fisher, horn birds and sun birds are some of the birds there too.