Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

Overview of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park was established in 1952 in the west of Uganda in the Albertine rift as Kazinga National Park overlooking the magical mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. It stretches across the rift valley floor about 1,978km2. Queen Elizabeth National Park provides shelter to 95 mammal species, 600 bird species in Uganda making it the first park in Uganda with great bird count, second in Africa and sixth on the African continent, 10 primate species and 20 species of predator. The park is also a home of the tree climbing lions in its southern sector of Ishasha which only exist here and in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, the famous 45m long Kazinga channel connecting Lakes George and Edward, the Kyambura gorge with its counts of Chimpanzees and a series crater lakes some of which are salty such as Lake Katwe. The combination of these makes Queen Elizabeth National Park an ideal Uganda safari destination no wonder it is apparently the most visited park in Uganda.

Map of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tourist Safari Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wildlife

Queen Elizabeth National Park contains one of the great bio diversity rankings in the world’s national parks. The combination of 10 primate species, 95 mammal species and classic big game with four of the big five and 20 species of predators. The wildlife species in Queen Elizabeth National Park include; lions, side stripped jackal, spotted hyena, leopard, Uganda kob, water buck, topi, and bush buck, elephants, hippos, warthogs Buffaloes, chimpanzees, blue monkey, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkey. The southern sector of Ishasha contains tree climbing lions while Kazinga channel has concentrations of hippos.

Birds

Queen Elizabeth National Park contain 600 species of birds which qualifies as the number one park with the highest counts of birds in Uganda, second in Africa and 6th in Africa. These counts of birds dwell in varied ecosystems which can be seen below;
Kasenyi Area. Though the savannah plains of Kasenyi area are known for game viewing on Uganda safaris, the area has a range of birds among which include the following;, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Martial Eagle, Grey Kestrel, African Crake, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, Crowned Plover, Senegal Plover, African Wattled Plover, Rufous napped Lark, Kittlitz’s Plover, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Black-lored Babbler, Grey backed Fiscal, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, Pin-tailed Whydah, Fork-tailed Drongo and Black-headed Gonolek.
The Mweya Peninsula. This is between Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward and the range of bird species that can be encountered by birders on Uganda safari include; African Mourning Dove, Diederik Cuckoo, Raptors, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Flycatcher, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Red-chested Sunbird, Blue-naped Mousebird, Nubian Woodpecker, Pygmy Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Swallows, Red-capped Lark, Martins, Swifts, Grey-capped Warbler, Lesser Masked Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Pin-tailed Whydah, Yellow-backed Weaver and Slender-billed Weaver. Read more

Tourist Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is seen as an Important Bird Area in the world with 600 species of birds making it the first in Uganda, second in Africa and the sixth in world thus posing a rich ground for ideal birding opportunities while on Uganda safaris. There are a range of birds that can be encountered in the following parts of the park including; Kazinga Channel, Ishasha Sector, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Katunguru Bridge area, Kasenyi Area, Katwe Area and Lake Kikorongo. Bird species that can be encountered include among others; Martial Eagle, African broad bill, Papyrus canary, Pink-backed pelican, Black- rumped Buttonquail, lesser and greater Flamingoes, Martial Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-bellied Bustard, African Crake, African Wattled Plover, African Green Pigeon among others.
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park is ideally done from December to February and two to three days stay can be enough to explore the range of birds in the park for a lasting experience on Uganda safari.

Chimp tracking

Queen Elizabeth National Park has got counts of chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge that has been habituated for chimpanzee trekking experience. The chimp trekking in Kyambura is one the challenging activities that you can encounter on Uganda safaris. The chimp trek does not only expose you to chimps but also to lush tropical forest that thrives with in the gorge that is below sea level, the beautiful flowing river on the gorge floor and amazing steep landscapes. The encounter with chimps in Kyambura gorge is conducted twice a day both in the morning at 8am and in the afternoon at 2pm.

Game drives

Game drive is among the key tourist activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The rolling savannah combretum that mark the flat landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers impressive game viewing encounters. The Kasenyi and channel tracks exposes you to a range of wildlife including; lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, leopard, baboons, warthogs among others. The drives in the Ishasha sector offer you chances of spotting tree climbing lions. The game drive activity is best done in the morning starting at 6:30 am and in the evening at 4pm lasting for 3 – 4 hours.

Launch trips.

The 45m long Kazinga Channel offers rewarding launch trip for travellers on Uganda safari. The launch trip which is best done in the afternoon exposes you to populations of Hippos, Nile crocodile, over 60 species of birds and a range of wild game drinking on the channel side. The Kazinga Channel launch cruise takes 2 hours. The UWA launch leaves at 2pm and 4pm daily. Read more

How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park can also be accessed on public means. Buses connect daily from Kampala to Kasese. There are other public means to Katwe and Katunguru trading centers which are very close to the park. From these centers, you can get a private vehicle to connect to your lodge.
Queen Elizabeth National Park can also be connected to by Air travel. Aero link operates scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kasese and Mweya Airstrips. Other charter carriers offer the same service from either Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airfield to Kasese or Mweya Airstrips.

Attractions

Tourist Safari Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wildlife

Queen Elizabeth National Park contains one of the great bio diversity rankings in the world’s national parks. The combination of 10 primate species, 95 mammal species and classic big game with four of the big five and 20 species of predators. The wildlife species in Queen Elizabeth National Park include; lions, side stripped jackal, spotted hyena, leopard, Uganda kob, water buck, topi, and bush buck, elephants, hippos, warthogs Buffaloes, chimpanzees, blue monkey, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkey. The southern sector of Ishasha contains tree climbing lions while Kazinga channel has concentrations of hippos.

Birds

Queen Elizabeth National Park contain 600 species of birds which qualifies as the number one park with the highest counts of birds in Uganda, second in Africa and 6th in Africa. These counts of birds dwell in varied ecosystems which can be seen below;
Kasenyi Area. Though the savannah plains of Kasenyi area are known for game viewing on Uganda safaris, the area has a range of birds among which include the following;, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Martial Eagle, Grey Kestrel, African Crake, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, Crowned Plover, Senegal Plover, African Wattled Plover, Rufous napped Lark, Kittlitz’s Plover, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Black-lored Babbler, Grey backed Fiscal, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, Pin-tailed Whydah, Fork-tailed Drongo and Black-headed Gonolek.
The Mweya Peninsula. This is between Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward and the range of bird species that can be encountered by birders on Uganda safari include; African Mourning Dove, Diederik Cuckoo, Raptors, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Flycatcher, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Red-chested Sunbird, Blue-naped Mousebird, Nubian Woodpecker, Pygmy Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Swallows, Red-capped Lark, Martins, Swifts, Grey-capped Warbler, Lesser Masked Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Pin-tailed Whydah, Yellow-backed Weaver and Slender-billed Weaver. Read more

Activities

Tourist Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is seen as an Important Bird Area in the world with 600 species of birds making it the first in Uganda, second in Africa and the sixth in world thus posing a rich ground for ideal birding opportunities while on Uganda safaris. There are a range of birds that can be encountered in the following parts of the park including; Kazinga Channel, Ishasha Sector, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Katunguru Bridge area, Kasenyi Area, Katwe Area and Lake Kikorongo. Bird species that can be encountered include among others; Martial Eagle, African broad bill, Papyrus canary, Pink-backed pelican, Black- rumped Buttonquail, lesser and greater Flamingoes, Martial Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-bellied Bustard, African Crake, African Wattled Plover, African Green Pigeon among others.
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park is ideally done from December to February and two to three days stay can be enough to explore the range of birds in the park for a lasting experience on Uganda safari.

Chimp tracking

Queen Elizabeth National Park has got counts of chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge that has been habituated for chimpanzee trekking experience. The chimp trekking in Kyambura is one the challenging activities that you can encounter on Uganda safaris. The chimp trek does not only expose you to chimps but also to lush tropical forest that thrives with in the gorge that is below sea level, the beautiful flowing river on the gorge floor and amazing steep landscapes. The encounter with chimps in Kyambura gorge is conducted twice a day both in the morning at 8am and in the afternoon at 2pm.

Game drives

Game drive is among the key tourist activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The rolling savannah combretum that mark the flat landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers impressive game viewing encounters. The Kasenyi and channel tracks exposes you to a range of wildlife including; lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, leopard, baboons, warthogs among others. The drives in the Ishasha sector offer you chances of spotting tree climbing lions. The game drive activity is best done in the morning starting at 6:30 am and in the evening at 4pm lasting for 3 – 4 hours.

Launch trips.

The 45m long Kazinga Channel offers rewarding launch trip for travellers on Uganda safari. The launch trip which is best done in the afternoon exposes you to populations of Hippos, Nile crocodile, over 60 species of birds and a range of wild game drinking on the channel side. The Kazinga Channel launch cruise takes 2 hours. The UWA launch leaves at 2pm and 4pm daily. Read more

Getting There

How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park can also be accessed on public means. Buses connect daily from Kampala to Kasese. There are other public means to Katwe and Katunguru trading centers which are very close to the park. From these centers, you can get a private vehicle to connect to your lodge.
Queen Elizabeth National Park can also be connected to by Air travel. Aero link operates scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kasese and Mweya Airstrips. Other charter carriers offer the same service from either Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airfield to Kasese or Mweya Airstrips.

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