Attractions in queen Elizabeth national park
Attractions in queen Elizabeth national park: Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uganda found in the western region, the park was named Queen Elizabeth national park from Queen Elizabeth II the ruling queen of England.
Queen Elizabeth national park stretching through an area of 1,978 square kilometers in districts of kasese, kamwenge, Rubirizi and rukungiri is a thrilling destination as it host many impressive attractions such as
Queen Elizabeth national park is a thriving habitant for a wide range of animals over 90 species which thrive in the different regions of the park dominated by savannah grassland fields and forested regions, animals in Queen Elizabeth national park include warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda kob and topi, leopards, giraffe, bush warthogs, Sitatunga antelope, elephants, buffaloes, lions, antelopes, Uganda kob, hippopotamus, crocodiles and many more. There is also primates thriving in the forest galleries of the park and they include Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and many more.
Queen Elizabeth national park is a great habitant for birds which are found in most of the regions of the park, the park is a habitant to over 600 bird species and these species include African finfoot, African hobby, African skimmer, Ayres’s hawk eagle, Black bee-eater, Black-rumped buttonquail, Broad-billed roller, Caspian plover, Collared pratincole, Common sand martin, Crab-plover, Great blue turaco, Great white pelican, Grey-winged robin-chat, Heuglin’s gull, Palm-nut vulture, Papyrus gonolek, Pel’s fishing-owl, Pink-backed pelican, Red-chested sunbird, Rufous-bellied heron, Shoebill, Spotted redshank, Western banded snake eagle, White-backed night heron, White-winged tern, Yellow-bellied wattle-eye, Yellow-throated cuckoo and many more
Mweya peninsula is an exciting section of Queen Elizabeth national park situated in the northern bank of kazinga channel, the peninsular is offers amazing game drive experience in the park as many game drive tracks pass through this section and as you drive you get to spot a number of animals. Mweya peninsular is also mweya the luxurious mweya safari lodge is situated, from the pennisula you get great views of queen Elizabeth national park including kazinga channel.
Kazinga channel is an impressive attraction in Queen Elizabeth national park, the channel is a 32 kilometers wide and 20 miles long connecting Lake George in the west and Lake Edward in the west. Kazinga channel is one of the best sights in the park for game viewing as it is always crowded by a big population of buffaloes, hippopotamus, elephants and many animals which come to the channel to drink water. Kazinga channel also facilitate boat cruise safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park, on the boat cruise you get to view a variety of wildlife that is buffaloes, elephants and many birds such as Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, African Shoebill, Yellow Billed Stork, Great and Long Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, Saddle Bill Stork, Darters, Black Crake, Jacana and manmore which are seen in the water of the channel and swampy vegetation around the park.
Equator and the queen’s pavilion
Equator landmark in Queen Elizabeth national park is a good spot for taking pictures while on a safari in the park, at equator divides he world into northern and southern hemisphere which makes it a thrill to stand at a point where you can stand in both hemispheres.
Ishasha sector is the most famous sector in Queen Elizabeth national park and what makes it famous is the tree climbing lions, ishasha sector is located in the southern region of the park. Ishasha is dominated by candelabra trees, savannah woodland tree species such as huge fig trees, cactus trees and acacia trees. These tree branches are where tree climbing lions are clearly spotted resting, the best time to spot these king of the jungle is in the early morning and late in the evening. In ishasha sector it is possible to spot other animals that is leopards, antelopes and Uganda kobs.
Queen Elizabeth national park is dotted with many magnificent crater lakes which are 10 and more in number, these lakes create a scenic view which is amazing to view, among the lakes the most notable one are bunyaraguru crater, Ndali-kasenda craters, lake Nkugute, lake Katwe and many more. These lake offers hiking and sights seeing safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth national park is a spectacular feature, this gorge also referred to as the valley of apes is situated in the eastern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. What makes the gorge interesting is its valley form which is 100 meters deep, river kyambura which drains through the valley and the thick forests which hosts chimpanzees. Kyambura gorge is a breathtaking location with stunning views created rain forests dotting around the valley, the gorge is a habitant to a wide range of wildlife that is primates and birds which can be viewed upon your visit. Primates in the gorge include olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, red colobus monkey, chimpanzees and many more. Birds found in the park include African skimmer, papyrus canary white tailed lark, papyrus gonolek, Vereux eagle owl, lesser and greater flamingo and many more.
Katwe salt works
Katwe salt works in Queen Elizabeth national park are a thrilling adventure of works where you get to view how salt is being collected using local methods, salt works takes place in lake Katwe a salt water lake situated in the northern region of mweya peninsular in the north western region of queen Elizabeth national park. Lake Katwe is one of the crater lakes in the area of the park, this lake also an attraction of its own as it is noticed to have no outlets and it is filled with salt pans which are formed as a result of too much sunlight heating the salt waters most especially in dry season. Upon you visit to the lake you will see numerous small dug channels connecting to the lake which are used to collect water and salt pans, you also get to interact with the locals carrying out the activity of salt mining.
Best time to visit Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is always open for tourists throughout the year but as a tourist who has paid his/her money for a safari a best safari experience is the reward. The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth national park for a safari is in the period of dry season which is in the months of June, July, august, September, January and February. In this period the park is relatively dry and the animals are easy to view through short grassland.
Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park has got comfortable and amazing accommodation facilitate available to accommodate tourists on a safari in the park, these facilities are situated either in the park or around the park and are offered in three categories that is luxury, mid-range and budget to fit the budget of very tourists (luxury, mud-range and budget facilities are priced differently and offer different services and facilities). Accommodation facilities in Queen Elizabeth national park include
- Jacana safari lodge
- Kyambura gorge lodge
- Volcanoes kyambura gorge lodge
- Ishasha wilderness camp
- Hippo safari lodge
- Mweya safari lodge
- Kyambura game lodge
- Bush lodge
- Enganzi game lodge
- Marafiki safari lodge
- Pumba safari cottages
- Kazinga channel view resort
- Mweya hostel
- Simba safari camp
- @the river ishasha
How to get to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is situated in the western region of Uganda which is approximately 420 kilometers from Kampala the biggest city in Uganda and the starting centre for most of the safari, as a tourists on a safari to Queen Elizabeth national park you can get to the park by road or by air. By road it is a drive of approximately 5-6 hours using either Kampala via mbarara route or Kampala-kasese via fort portal route. By air, domestic chartered flights are offered from Entebbe international airport and kajjansi airstrip to kasese air strip, mweya airstrip and kihihi airstrip, using airstrip is the fastest way of getting to Queen Elizabeth national park for a safari.