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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

About Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s oldest parks. It was formed officially, along with Murchison Falls National Park in 1952.
The park was initially known as ‘Kazinga National Park’ before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
QENP hosts 619 bird species, the second highest of any park in Africa, the 6th highest of any parkworld-wide. This remarkable number is enabled by the park’s diverse habitats.
Crocodiles have only recently been seen in the Kazinga Channel. They disappeared for 8,000 years after they were eliminated from Lake Edward by toxic ash from local volcanoes.
Queen Elizabeth National Park contains 95 species of mammal more than any other park in Uganda.
Hippos are efficient lawn mowers. They prefer to graze short grass, each animal eating about 40kg each night

How to reach Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is found in Western Uganda. It can be reached both by air and by road.

The main entry point into Uganda is Entebbe international airport (EBB) which is about 26km from Uganda’s capital Kampala. Travelling from Kampala, the park can be reached from the South through Mbarara, or via Fort portal from the North.

Using these routes a Uganda Safari trip to Queen Elizabeth can be combined with visits to Kibale and Semuliki National Parks, and Lake Mburo, which creates a wonderful circuit and enhances any wildlife safari experience.

The main camp of the park and its headquarters are found in Mweya which can be reached by bus, or charter flights. Charter flights can also be arranged from Kasese, Ishasha or Mweya Airstrips.

ATTRACTIONS QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Kazinga Channel

The Kazinga channel is about 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. It has the perfect view of the parks’ major wildlife ventures. The shores of the lake attracts a large concentration of mammals, birds as well as reptiles all year around. The animals can be viewed well by the Nile cruise or probably at the entrance of Lake Edward. The operation of the cruise run from 15.00 and 17.00, furthermore voyages run 11.00 and 13.00 depending on the demand of the tourists.

Kazinga channel has parts for instance North Kazinga as well as Kasenyi. Its acknowledged that the plains of channel are focal points for game viewing. Tracking is the only way that will enable you see all the wildlife in its nature setting for example buffalo, elephants and other animals that dwell in the grassland thickets of the Northern Kazinga close to Mweya. The most accessible spot for lions is in the eastern part of Kasenyi plains and the Kasese road where they quarry on the big inhabitants of Uganda Kobs.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Sector

The Ishasha sector ( at queen elizabeth national park) is eminently perceived for its occupant Tree climbing lions that are an outstanding fascination and one among the features on all safaris taken inside Queen Elizabeth National park. In the southern segment of this park, the Lions are every so often spotted holding tight braches of colossal fig trees while the Uganda Kob (which are the real nourishment to these lions) brush in the fields of the Ishasha segment.

The Ishasha area is situated close to the hide most south-western edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the most all around enjoyed stop as well as the most made a trip to national park inside Uganda. The scene in this sector of the sublime park is extensively not the same as that found in different parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha Sector inside Queen Elizabeth National Park is environment to the globally famous tree-climbing lions which are really one of a kind to this very place.

The Mweya Penisnsula

Situated on the northern bank of the stunning Kazinga Channel where it merges with Lake Edward, the Mweya Peninsula region joins the channel track distance down to the main gate of Katunguru from where it transversely moves to the Kabatoro door; with a very thick ground cover and vegetation that is ruled by the Candelabra Thorn. The dense vegetation cover makes the viewing of game quite difficult however, there are other paths that are kept well thus making it a whole lot easier for game drives. Following the park’s paths might be tiresome sometimes which may lead you to forget the path you took but the Channel track and the main street in the park are both obvious features where unique tracks for game drives come together.

Most of the travelers that come visiting the Mweya Peninsular take part in a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This boat is a 20 seater mechanized boat run by the park authorities and this has 2 rides that happen in the morning and late afternoon respectively. Sometimes however, the boat may go 3 times a day if there is an overflow of guests who would wish to participate in this activity.

Mweya Peninsular

Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu Forest is an amazing natural forest situated in Bushenyi district  in south western Uganda around the confines of queen elizabeth national park uganda, it’s also famous for chimpanzee trekking. This is a National Forest  has an age limit  for tracking  chimpanzees which usually  13 year and above. Kalinzu Forest is close to Queen Elizabeth Park and chimpanzee trekking here is typically superior/ better  than the one at kyambura gorge. You can make Kalinzu Forest Reserve  an entire  day trip by hitting the magnificent climbing trails and birding that are found here in Kalinzu Forest. There are four climbing trails in the forest s and climbs are from an hour to throughout the day long.
Currently besides the camp ground, one cannot find a lodge here and you need to take the drive back to your Queen Elizabeth Park with our Driver Guide.
Kalinzu Forest in Western Uganda is one of those unique places that you have for a long while been itching to investigate. On the off chance that you are going by Queen Elizabeth Park you can without much of a stretch visit and spend a day in Kalinzu Forest Reserve Hiking, nature walk, birding, chimpanzee tracking  and all the more all open from Queen Kalinzu  ForestChimpanzee Tracking Elizabeth National Park Mweya Area.

ACCOMMODATIONS QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation at Queen Elizabeth national park is at its best as the park is dotted with a number of accommodation facilities to cater for all your safari accommodation needs. Queen Elizabeth national park is blessed with the best tourist accommodation facilities that will make your stay a memorable one.

Accommodation List

  • Park View Lodge
  • Elephant Plains Lodge
  • Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge
  • Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp
  • Lake Chibwera Camp
  • Mweya Hostels and Cottages
  • Kyambura Tented Camp
  • Pumba Safari Cottages
  • White house hotel
  • Pumba Safari Cottages
  • Enganzi Lodge