Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national Park is 1,978km in size and was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and renamed two years later to honor a visit by Queen Elizabeth National Park. This national park is home to 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. The park is Uganda’s famous tourist destination and its diverse ecosystems include extensive savanna, humid forests, shady, wetlands, lakes as well as game including the chimpanzees, ten primate species, 600 bird species and mammals. Its located against the backdrop of the rough Rwenzori mountains, the park has got panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lions, kobs, antelopes and many more.
Game drives in the park
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park confirm to be an enjoyment. There are over 300 elephants, 10000 buffaloes, and these elephants can be found in the crater valley along the explosion crater drive. There are buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Topi, antelopes, semi aquatic Sitatunga antelopes and many more. This national park is also home to feline cats that are seen on game drives, On Night game drives; you can see lions, leopards, civet cats, genal as well as serval cats. Wildlife abounds in Queen Elizabeth national park, and some lions on their game drive with in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda.
Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
The park is home to over 5000 hippos and is one of the largest concentrations of hippos with in Africa and these are found in Kazinga Channel. The kazinga channel is a 2 hour boat safari where you are able to see crocodiles, hippos, elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, monitor lizards, antelopes, as well as many water birds. This is the main highlight of your safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Mongoose tracking in Queen Elizabeth national park
The mongoose tracking is carried out on the Mweya Peninsula and it’s a 3 hour activity that can be done with a safari guide who escorts you as you set off to the Mongoose Research Area where you can see the Banded Mongoose and get to learn about their habits and ways. Along the hike, you are to see many birds along the Kazinga channel on the Mweya peninsula. This activity can be included in your safari itinerary to Queen Elizabeth national park.
Lion Tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This activity can be carried out in the morning or afternoon in the ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth National park. The tracking time lasts between one to three hours and it can be done twice a day and radio collars are used to track the lions. You are always with researchers and get to learn the habits of the lions in Queen Elizabeth national park. This activity is limited to a few visitors and one must be booked ahead of time in order to take part in this activity.Lion tracking costs $60 per person.
Birding in Queen Elizabeth national park
This is one of the best national parks for birding in Uganda with 619 species that are found in this birding paradise. The park has got variety of habitants that range from savanna to wetlands to lowland forests. There are many water birds, woodland and forest birds in Maramagambo forest as well as 54 raptors and many migratory species.The main bird species found here include; African Skimmer, Pink-backed Pelican, White-winged Warbler, Black Bee-eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White-tailed Lark, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Corncrake, Papyrus Canary, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, and many more.
Hiking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Nature walks and hiking in Queen Elizabeth national park is done on foot as you explore the vegetation cover of the park. Get to adventure areas like Maramagambo forest, Kyambura Gorge which is part of the western Rift valley, Ishasha River and the Mweya peninsula. The hikes give you an opportunity of exploring and discovering the national park on foot. You are always escorted by an armed ranger and a guide.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge
The park has 10 species of primates that are found in Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzees are among them found in Kyambura gorge referred to as a valley of the apes. This gorge is one of the charming areas in Queen Elizabeth national park with lots of chimps and monkeys. Chimpanzee trekking can also be carried out in Kalinzu forest and Kibale national park. Within the gorge, you pass through the thick forest in search of chimpanzees and view many wildlife, primates and birds. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge is $ 50 per person per day.
This forest has got many primate species including; chimpanzees, baboons, monkey species as well as bird species including; Rwenzori Turaco, white naped pigeon, and the forest Flycatcher. You can visit the cormorant house which is a large tree that has been turned white by the birds that roost here at night. This forest is favorite for the birders and also the hikers that take the bat cave trail to see the bats and the resident pythons.
The Ishasha tree climbing lions
This is found in the remote southern region and is rewarded with sightings of the tree climbing lions hanging in the branches while keeping a close eye on the herds of Uganda kob. Its home too many buffaloes and elephants as well as the rare shoebill stork. The sector is a convenient region to pass through on the way to Bwindiforest; you can have a game drive to see the African tree climbing lions. There are many other animal species that can be enjoy during the game drive including the kobs, antelopes, birds, elephants and many more.
The Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
This reserve is a great add on to your safari in Queen Elizabeth national park and it’s a short distance from Queen Elizabeth National Park. The reserve is located to the east of Kyambura gorge and offers very excellent opportunities to see many water birds including lesser flamingos and the great egret. You can take a guided nature walks, game drives, view the crater lakes. The flamingos are migratory birds and are seen during the northern winter season in Uganda and then they return back after.
The Katwe Explosion craters drive
This is a large round basins dotted across the equator and are evidence of the Albertine Rift’s bubbling volcanic activity in the past time. These explosion craters are a must visit for those with an interest in the region’s fascinating geological history. This is a 27km drive between kabatoro gate and Queen’s pavilion that gives you views of the craters, lakes that are circular, the rift valley escarpments and the Kazinga channel plus Rwenzori Mountains of the moon.
Lake Katwe salt works
This lake is too salty to support wildlife but it has continued to offer survival to the katwe villagers who spend hour’s daily harvesting salt from its milky waters. The work is so dangerous since the saline waters have a lot of body damage to those who harvest the salt. This tour gives you a great insight into the fascinating tough process of salt mining as well as offering an alternative income for katwe. You get to see the villagers at work on the lake, cross the mud walkways and enter a traditional hut. You also view many bird species like the flamingoes.
The leopard village
The leopard village is a socio economic, community development initiative that promotes cultural as well as wildlife conservation through ecotourism. This village is situated near the village of Muhokya, sits on 3 acres bordering the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The visitors can tour the traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Bakonzo as well as the basongora ethnic groups, enjoy the traditional songs and dance performances. There are also the hand crafts that are made by the local communities.
The leopard village is a partnership between the local communities of Muhokya, Hamukungu, Kahender and the Uganda carnivore program, with the support from zoos in Germany and United states.
Kalinzu forest can easily be seen on to an itinerary that takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It’s one of the national forests of Uganda and it’s managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. The age for tracking chimpanzees in this forest is between 12 and 15. The chimpanzees have been habituated by Japanese researchers for many years and are easily found while on the trek. Along the hike, you can see many primates, birds and many other animals. The forest is just 45 minute’s drive from most lodges in Mweya Area of Queen Elizabeth national park.
The Kasyoha- Kitomi forest reserve.
It’s near Queen Elizabeth National Park, south of Kazinga channel and Lake Gorge. It’s a place of discovery, birds, and primates, hiking trails, crater lakes and well as great scenery. The reserve is near Nyanzibiri Eco community camp situated on two crater lakes, a museum as well as a cave. The forest has waterfalls, crater lakes, primates, elephants and birds.
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