Welcome to Queen Elizabeth
Brief Over view
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
Located in western Uganda, shared by districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Bushenyi, Queen Elizabeth park is 1978km2 in size. The park lies 5-6 hours from
Kampala on a surfaced road via Mbarara, and can be reached on a dirt road
It includes parts of Lakes Edward and George which are linked by Kazinga channeland other attractions. Accessing the park from Kampala is either on tarmac through Mbarara (420 kames) or Fort Portal via Kasese (410kms). The park is 5-6 hours from Kampala on surface road via Mbarara. This Uganda safari park can also be reached via Ishasha sector, which is south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
WHAT TO DO IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Find all the relevant information about Queen Elizabeth, getting there, attractions, where to stay, map, tour operators and Uganda safari adventures to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
Do Lions Climb Trees ? It is somewhat uncommon for lions to actually climb trees. There are no more than 2 populations in whole world of such lions that do actually climb trees as one of their day after day behavior. One of these populations is found within the Ishasha sector which is found in the south part of the well known Queen Elizabeth National Park within Uganda.
Chimps normally stay in groups known as troops, of about 30 – 80 individuals. The large groups consist of smaller, very supple groups of fewer members, possibly all females, or all males or at times mixed.
The Chimps from time to time chew leaves to until they are absorbent and these they use as a sponge, by dipping them into water and then suck-out the moisture. In addition, the chimps use twigs or at times grass stems as tools, by poking these into termite holes or ant nests on which the insects cling and the gorillas eat; these are a delicacy to the chimps. They can cram nuts between roots of trees and then break open the shells using a stone
This activity involves the visitors to drive through the park while viewing animals. The Park has several spots of well maintained game viewing tracks.
This park has got over 200 kms of well maintained game tracks .The best time for game drives is in the morning hours where there are high chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, lion and a variety of antelopes and other wildlife you can see safari in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National park boosts in an excess of 550 species of birds that have actually made it a charming destination for guests that love watching birds. There are several aquatic birds such as the White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink and white backed Pelicans, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Yellow backed Weavers, open-billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Pied kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the Black Crake and the Knob-billed Ducks along the impressive Kazinga Channel in the park.
WHERE TO STAY IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
The park has luxury accommodation that will favor all visitors. It also caters for the budget travelers.
Hotels & Lodges in Pictures
Mweya Safari Lodge
The Mweya Safari lodge is a top of the range accommodation facility located at the Mweya peninsular within the park and overlooking the Kazinga channel.
The lodge has several self contained rooms which have mosquito netted curtains, a powerful ceiling fan and a veranda that offers a spectacular view of Kazinga Channel
All rooms have private balconies with stunning views overlooking Lake Albert and the Kazinga Channel.
AJacana Safari Lodge
Jacana safari lodge is a luxurious beautiful lodge located on the out skirts of the park between the rolling hills and a tranquil crater lake. This lodge has got a number of visitor facilities which include: a swimming pool, sauna, and public areas (including various decks, a well stocked restaurant and bar, a floating pontoon where visitors can have a meal in the middle of the Crater Lake.
Kitandara Hippo Hill Camp
This is a newly established tourist facility in the buffer zone of Queen Elizabeth National Park-Katwe town is a located on a hill overlooking Kitako and Kabazimu Islands and surrounded by Lake Edward, Katwe salt Lake and Munyanyange crater Lakes.
The Camp presently has 10 luxury tents with private toilets and hot showers. All Uganda safari tents are well furnished to ensure comfort for all. It has a spacious dinning that offers excellent standards of cuisine. The bar is well stocked overlooking Lake Albert, and has been built to suit your highest expectations. Many animals often show up unexpectedly like; lions, buffaloes, lions, warthogs, leopards, buffoons, antelopes and many others. Beware of the Elephants’ road blocks in the evening!
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
This Ishasha wilderness camp is located in the southern sector of the park. This facility has large twin bedded tents, situated in the wooded area facing the Ntungwe River.
Elephants can often be seen coming to quench their thirst. Each tent is self contained and there is also a central dining area provides a comfortable environment for meals and an outdoor lounge area besides the river.