Queen Elizabeth National Park sites on 1,978 km² with an extends from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes. Queen Elizabeth Park is located in south west of Uganda in Kasese district with approximately 400 kilometers from Kampala, 6 hours drive. Uganda’s most famous National Park and traveller’s destination, a home to a variety of animal and bird species including the fascinating tree climbing lions of Ishasha.
What to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park
These are mainly along the kasenyi plains located in northeast of the park, it’s a open grasslands purposefully on the western shores of the nearby stunning Lake George offering primary game viewing area near to the area where the Kazinga channel confluences with this lake. The game drive in Kasenyi offers you an opportunity of seeing cats feed on the large numbers or kobs, lions, antelopes, buffaloes and many bird species.
The other game drives are carried out in Ishasha sector located close to the most south western edge of Queen Elizabeth national Park. The scene in this sector of the inspiring park is extensively not the same as that one found in different parts of Queen Elizabeth National park. The sector is famous for tree climbing lions which are only found in a few places in Africa. The other animals to be viewed include; buffaloes, hippos, elephants, Topis, impalas and the kobs.
Night Game Drive
The night game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park will help you see many nocturnal including the leopards patrolling for early evening hunt, lions stretching with yawn relaxing for the night’s hunt. The other animals also dash and hop around the savannah.
The park hosts 619 bird species making it the second highest park in Africa and the 6th highest park in the world. The launch cruise on Kazinga channel will expose you to many bird species including; African open-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, Black Crake, Water Thick-knee, African Jacana, Swamp flycatchers, African Wattled Plovers, Knob-billed Ducks, Malachite and Pied kingfishers, White-faced Whistling, Long-tailed Cormorants, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Yellow backed Weavers, Spur-winged, Great and Common Squaco Heron, and many more.
This is one of the memorable rewarding experiences that come after the early morning game drive or hot air balloon safari; here you will enjoy your breakfast as you feel the breeze of fresh air in the park as well as viewing some animals at a close range.
The nature walks always bring you closer to the natural environment. The nature walk starts from your lodge and goes through the thickets. You will view many animals as you walk along different trails including; lions, antelopes, kobs, birds and many more.
There are many communities around Queen Elizabeth national park; these include the Bakonzo & Basongora people. These are welcoming and friendly people who will make you experience cultures from Africa’s past. You will view these as they carry out their daily activities as food gatherers, farmers and pastoralists.
The Mweya Peninsula
This is located on the northern bank of kazinga channel where it merges with Lake Edward, the Mweya peninsula joins the channel track distance down to the main gate of Katunguru where it crossways move to the Kabatoro door; with a very thick ground cover and vegetation ruled by the candelabra thorn. The peninsula occupies an elevated plateau that overlooks the Kazinga channel and Lake Edward.
Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
The channel is located in Queen Elizabeth National park, it’s of about 40 meters in length and it joins Lake Edward in western side and Lake George in eastern side. This is one of the main tourist attractions in the park. You are able to see many animal species along the channel including; crocodiles, hippos, birds, buffaloes and many more. The channel has got different segments like the northern Kazinga and the Kasenyi fields. This channel provides the most relaxing way to view game in the park.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura gorge
Kyambura gorge is popular for its primate population and the main place with the habituated chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth national park. These are tracked either in the morning or in the afternoon. Within maramagambo forest, you can also find many other animal species including; kobs, monkeys, antelopes, birds and many more. The guests are always given 1 hour to spend with the chimps as they take some photos of them.
The forest is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park and moves from the edge of Kichumbayobo through Lake Edward. This is a good forest for climbing the mountains and having nature walks. The half day treks give you a chance of finding the portions of crater lakes. You have an opportunity of having a nature walk in this forest and see many animals including; baboons, L’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, chimps, black and white colobus monkeys and the blue monkeys. There are also the bat and hunter’s cave that gives great experience to the guests.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
By road : The park can be accessed most easily from Kampala. The common tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara town and Bushenyi will lead you to the center of the park, passing 22 km from Mweya peninsula. It takes between 5 to 6 hours to drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route to the park, the guests can enjoy short detours to Lake Mburo national Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Kibale National Park. The park can be accessed from the south from Bwindi forest.
By Air travel : The charter flights can be arranged to existing airstrips of Kasese, Ishasha and Mweya. These can be operated on daily basis.