Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Wildlife Safari destination
The Queen Elizabeth national park Uganda is the oldest and most visited national park in Uganda. This park is known for its abundance in wildlife of about 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species but it’s famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes in an area called Ishasha in Rukungiri.
It is located in the southwestern region of Uganda; the park is approximately 400km from Kampala city, the capital city of Uganda by road. The park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders Kigezi game reserve and Kibale national park. Queen Elizabeth national park is set against the backdrop of the Rwenzori mountains with dozens of enormous craters carved into rolling green hills.
The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga national park but was renamed two years later in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth the 2nds visit to Uganda.
The Queen Elizabeth national park is best experienced during the dry season, which ranges from December to February as well as June and July. During this season, the park is uniformly warm with few trickles of rainfall while during the wet season, the park experiences heavy rainfall. Despite the fact that the roads become impassable, the scenery is beautiful.
The Queen Elizabeth national park is the most reliable park in Uganda for lions, which are commonly found on the Kasenyi plains but its most famous for its tree-climbing traits in the Inshasha sector. Huge buffalo and elephant herds are also found in the savannah areas of the park and a significant number of hippos inhabit the Kazinga channels but there is a high chance that they can also be seen outside lodges during the night time. There are also many interesting antelope species such as Uganda Kob, Topi and Bushbuck. A troop of chimpanzees has been habituated for tracking in the steamy tropical forest of Kyambura gorge and few other primate species such as the black and white colobus monkey. The park also has crocodiles but the chances of catching a leopard are low.
Additionally, Queen Elizabeth national park is the home of a large number of bird species such as Collared Pratincole, palm-nut vulture, Pels fishing owl, Shoebill swamp flycatcher, and over 400 other species.
The parks diverse ecosystem include Sprawling savanna, Shady, Humid forests, Bushlands, lush forests and sparkling lakes which make it ideal for classic big game, ten primate species and over 600 species of birds
The park has a variety of entertaining and mind-blowing activities to seal the whole experience. These include the launch trips on the Kazinga channel that gives visitors the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shorelines. In addition, there is a satisfactory game drive experience. The tracks through Kasenyi, the north of Kazinga Plains and the Inshasha sector offer guaranteed buffalo antelope and elephant sightings as well as warthogs and baboons. These take place early morning and at dusk in case one is interested in tracking down a pride of lions.
The park offers other activities such as chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge, hiking and nature walks through the Maramagambo forest where visitors can spot a variety of tree species. There are also caves tucked beneath the shady canopy of the Maramagambo forest where visitors can observe resident bats as well as pythons from a gazette room.
Visitors also have the chance to meet the cultural community where they get the opportunity to experience the energetic dances of the Kikorongo equator cultural performers, watch workers harvesting salt on lake Katwe as well as visit traditional huts and agricultural villages
While visiting Queen Elizabeth national park, you are rest assured that your accommodation will be taken care of at various lodges which include, Queen Elizabeth Mweya safari lodge, bush lodge, Enganzi game lodge, Kasenyi safari camp, Pumba safari cottages, Wild tracks overland camp, Engiri game lodge, Parkview safari lodge, Buffalo safari lodge, Topi lodge, Irungu forest safari lodge, Ihamba lakeside safari lodge, Tembo safari lodge, The Baboon safari resort, and a few other lodges.
In conclusion, Queen Elizabeth national park is a must-visit while in Uganda because there are few reserves in the world that can boast such a high biodiversity rating and with landscapes including savannah and lush forest.