Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda Wildlife Safaris Tour
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s most popular and diverse national parks. Located in the western part of the country, it spans the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi, and Rukungiri. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a diverse range of wildlife, stunning landscapes, and unique experiences. From traditional game drives to boat safaris, chimpanzee trekking, and cultural encounters, the park provides an all-encompassing wildlife and cultural experience in Uganda.
Here’s an Overview of Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park is renowned for its diverse wildlife and is home to a wide range of animals. It is one of the best places in Uganda to see the famous tree-climbing lions that rest in the park’s fig trees. Other commonly spotted animals include elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, and various antelope species such as Uganda kob, waterbuck, and topi.
The Kazinga Channel is a major highlight of Queen Elizabeth Park. It is a 32-kilometre-long natural channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is teeming with wildlife, including large populations of hippos and crocodiles. Boat safaris on the channel offer excellent opportunities to observe and photograph these animals, as well as a variety of bird species.
The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth Park is famous for its unique tree-climbing lions. Visitors can witness these lions lounging and resting on the branches of fig trees. The sector is also home to other wildlife, such as elephants, buffaloes, and various bird species.
Located on the eastern side of the park, the Kyambura Gorge is a natural wonder and offers a unique experience for visitors. The gorge is home to a habituated population of chimpanzees, providing an opportunity for chimpanzee trekking and close encounters with these primates.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 600 bird species recorded. It is particularly famous for its waterbirds, including the African fish eagle, saddle-billed stork, African skimmer, and several species of kingfishers and herons.
Communities of the Bakiga, Banyankole, and Basongora groups of people surround the park. Visitors can engage in cultural encounters, including village visits, traditional performances, and craft demonstrations, to learn about the local cultures and ways of life.