Queen Elizabeth National Park is an outstanding Uganda safari destination and the country’s second-largest park, occupying an area of 1978sq.km. This spectacular protected area takes its name from Queen Elizabeth of England but originally, it was named Kazinga National Park. Its breathtaking landscape extends to the Albertine rift floor and features distinct vegetation ranging from savannas to tropical rain-forest.
Wildlife species in Queen Elizabeth National Park
While on Uganda wildlife safari along the savanna grassland of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this area is popular for its diverse mammal species to enjoy the great sight of. These include leopards, African bush elephants, African lions (this also includes the tree climbing lions), hyenas and there are huge volumes of antelopes like waterbucks, topis, oribis, Uganda Kobs, and many others. The main game tracks to explore on Uganda safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and include Ishasha track in the south that shelters the tree-climbing lions and Kasenyi trail.
Queen Elizabeth National Park extends to cover Kyambura Game Reserve and Maramagambo Forest where most primates can be spotted. Some of the amazing primates to sight here include chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys.
There are also several aquatic species to explore while on Uganda’s safari holiday in Queen Elizabeth National Park especially on Kazinga Channel that links Lake George and Lake Edward. Kazinga Channel is the best spot to engage in a boat cruise where tourists can get exposed to hippos, crocodiles, and water birds.
Birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a magical birding destination and it shelters over 620 bird species. The varied birds to identify while on Uganda wildlife safari holiday include wattled plovers, white-backed pelicans, African jacana, white-faced whistling, shoebill storks, yellow-backed weavers, open billed stork, Verreaux’s eagle owl, swamp flycatchers, grey-headed kingfishers, speckled tinker bird, African emerald cuckoos, grey woodpeckers, black bee-eaters, green Hylia and many more.
When to visit to view wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park to enjoy an excellent view of its diverse wildlife species is during the dry season. The dry months begin from June-September and December-February. The wet/rainy season is also significant mostly if you are interested in bird watching and this starts from March-May and October-November.
Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
While on a wildlife tour, there are several accommodation options to spend a night in Queen Elizabeth National Park. They include among others; Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Mweya Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge/Katara Lodge (Luxury), Bush Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget), Kasenyi Safari Camp/Marafiki Safari Lodge/Ihamba Lodge (Mid-range).
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park sits in Western Uganda and it is reachable from 5-6 hours’ drive from Kampala. By road, there are many routes to connect to the park but the most significant ones start from Kampala via Masaka-Mbarara through Ishaka or Kampala via Mubende to Fort Portal then you connect to Kasese. By air, you can take a few hours by taking a flight from Kajjansi airfield/Entebbe Airport to Ishasha/Mweya airstrip.
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