Queen Elizabeth national park - "Amedley of wonders"

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Park at a Glance
• Size: 1978 km2
• Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line; monuments
on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00.
• The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National
park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
• The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species.
• The Katwe explosion craters mark the park's
highest point at 1350 meters above the sea level,
while the lowest point is at 910 meters, at Lake Edward.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda's most
popular tourist destination. e 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, buffalos and
elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions
ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth
National Park has a fascinating cultural history. ere are many
opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy
storytelling, dance, music and more. e park was founded in 1952
as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to
commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!


ACCESSIBILITYmap
By Roads
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed most
easily from Kampala. e tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara
town and Bushenyi leads to the centre of the park, passing just 22
km from Mweya Peninsula, the main tourism hub. Approaching the
park from the south via Mbarara covers a distance of 420km while
the north through Fort Portal covers a total of 410 km.
En-route to the park, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy short
detours to Lake Mburo National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and
Kibale National Park, renowned for its chimpanzee tracking. e park
can also be accessed from the south via Ishasha from Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park.
By Air travel
Charter flights can be arranged to existing airstrips of Kasese,
Mweya and Ishasha.

CLIMATE
Daytime temperatures average 18-28°C. Nights can be cool so bring layers.
WHEN TO VISIT
All Year Round
ACCOMODATION
A range of accommodation facilities catering for both up-markets,
medium range and budget visitors are available. It is advisable to
book well in advance. Please visit the Mweya Safari lodge the best luxury lodge in the park.


ATTRACTIONS and ACTIVITIES
Ishasha Sector lion

is remote southern region enjoys fewer visitors than the north,
but those who venture this far may be rewarded with sightings of
Ishasha's most famous residents – the tree climbing lions – lounging
in the branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda
kob. It is also the only area you can find many herds of Topi in QEPA
as well as many teeming herds of buffalos and elephants. You can
occasionally locate the rare shoebill at Edward flats.

Lake George
The papyrus swamps of this Ramsar wetland site are home to the
semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope. One can spot the elusive Shoebill
plus other native birds on the lake.
Explosion Craters
The 72 huge round basins scattered across the equator are
evidence of the Albertine Rift's bubbling volcanic past, and are a
must-see for those with a particular interest in the region's
fascinating geological history. e 27km drive between Kabatoro
gate and Queen's Pavilion takes in views of the enormous craters,
circular lakes, the Rift Valley escarpment and the Kazinga channel -
all in front of the mighty backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Katwedrive
One of the most famous lookout points in Uganda is in the Katwe-
Kabatoro community on Katwe Salt Lake where traditional salt
mining has been practiced since the 16th century. e neighboring
Lake Munyanyange is a bird sanctuary, as well as a migratory
location for the lesser flamingo from August to November.
Kasenyi Plains
The vast savannah of Kasenyi is the perfect setting for a classic
African safari experience.
Huge herds of Uganda kob attract prides of lions; warthogs graze
bent down on their knees; guinea fowl scuttle through the grassland;
and huge dark elephants stride across the game drive tracks,
providing dream photo opportunities for visitors.

Game Drives
For a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi,
the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually
guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with
warthogs and baboons. Taking an experienced guide in the early
morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride
of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.
Mweya Peninsulagorilla trek
Mweya is Queen's focal point. It is still jam-packed with birds and
animals. Its elevated position commands gorgeous views of the
Kazinga Channel and surrounding savanna, and its proximity to
Kasenyi and the North Kazinga plains make it an ideal departure
point for wildlife-filled game drives in the morning or evening.
Kazinga Channel
A cruise down the Kazinga channel is the most relaxing way to enjoy
a wildlife safari in Queen. e banks are crammed with hippos,
buffalos and water birds, along with caimans, monitor lizards, marabou
storks, weaver birds and elegant pairs of fish eagles. Elephants
stride along the banks – all you need to do is sit back with your
camera or binoculars at the ready, and enjoy the incredible spectacle.
Kyambura Gorge chimps
The Kyambura River flows through this thick "underground forest",
100 meters below the Kicwamba escarpment. e gorge is best
known for its resident chimpanzees – some of which are habituated
and can be tracked through the forest with trained UWA guides. e
entrance to the gorge is also a pleasant spot for a picnic.

Chimps Tracking
The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering
chimpanzees in their natural environment: it teaches visitors about
the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge's atmospheric "underground"
rainforest, including vegetation types; bird identification and behavior;
and chimp and monkey ecology.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
The beautiful crater lakes of this reserve, located to the east of
Kyambura Gorge, offer excellent opportunities to observe many
water birds including greater and lesser flamingoes and the great
egret.

gorilla trekBirding
Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International,
Queen's great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600
species. is is the greatest of any East African national park, and a
phenomenal number for such a small area. e park is at a confluence
of the East African savanna and the West African tropical rain
forest biomes that allow visitors to spot East as well as Central
African species.
Cave
Tucked beneath the shady canopy of the Maramagambo Forest is
the "Bat Cave". e cave has a viewing room from which visitors can
observe the resident bats and pythons.

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