What Is Queen Elizabeth National Park Famous For
Have you ever asked yourself a question of what is Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for? Queen Elizabeth National park is the biosphere reserve siting at the bottom of the rift valley floor. The park occupies approximately 1978 square kilometers of land. Onto this area a variety of habitats where a wide range of wildlife finds refugee.
Its dramatic scenery is due to mountains beyond the park boundary where the Rwenzori ranges are elevated to beautifully create a backdrop. Queen Elizabeth National Park lies at an altitude of 480 m from 910 meters at Kazinga channel to 1390 meters in the explosive crater field.
Most Popular Gorilla Safaris
- 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking
- 5 Day Gorilla and Chimp
- 8 Day Gorilla Tracking
- 2 Day Bwindi Gorilla Via Kigali
- 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Via Kigali
- 5 Day Chimp and Gorilla Habituation
- 3 Day Fly in Gorilla Habituation
- 3 Day Fly in Safari to Murchison Falls National Park
- 3 Day Bwindi Double trek via Kigali
- 5 Day Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Variety of habitats that create homes for a wide range of wildlife include forest cover, bushy grassland, Acacia woodland and lake shore or swampy vegetation.
To exhaust all the wonderful attractions of Queen Elizabeth National Park you may need some more time of your Africa safari holiday to Uganda. More attraction within and on the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth National park are still unfolding beyond what is on record.
Highlight Of Activities To Do In Queen Elizabeth National park
- Game drives
- Launch Trip
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Nature Walk in Maramagambo Forest
- Katwe Salt Lakes visit
Game drives In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Going on a morning or evening game drive on tracks in Queen Elizabeth National Park is interesting because you may get to see a number of wild animals like lions, leopards, hyenas, topis, bush bucks, warthogs, giant forest hogs, mongoose to mention but a few.
Using the 27 km crater drive which is north of Mweya peninsular is a number of both dry and wet craters that come into view. Also taking a North Kazinga and Kasenyi track may give you chance to spot herds of elephants, buffaloes to mention but a few. Following the Kasenyi open plains to the east of Kasenyi road you may get to spot lion drama as they sneak to catch a day’s meal from Uganda Kobs that love hanging out here.
Going with an open mind during any Uganda safari in Queen Elizabeth National park and not focus on just spotting a particular animal gives you chance to enjoy all the glory of the park.
A Launch Trip On Kazinga Channel
Being part of the remarkable launch trip on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park is the highlight of all safari activities in the park. this start from the pier below Mweya Peninsular with the par authorities operating two launches at 1500 hours and 1100 hours but this is subject to demand.
From the launch you may get to see mammals, reptiles, a rich avian life that grace the shores all year round. Some of the birds you may get to see include Africa Jacana, Water thick-nee, African open-billed stork, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Red-capped Lark, Egyptian geese, greater and lesser flamingos, African skimmer and others.
Watch out for huge Nile Crocodiles, schools of hippos that love spending there day in the Kazinga channel water.
If you take the afternoon launch on a bright sunny day, you may get a beautiful view of the iced top of Mountain Rwenzori. Because this trip takes about 3 hours, you have chances of enjoying the sun descending below the horizon.
Chimpanzee Trekking In Kyambura Gorge
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge take you into 100 meters deep gorge running on the floor of the rift valley.
The valley was curved by Kyambura River that crosses the rift valley floor to join Kazinga channel. You need a chimpanzee trekking permit to be part of this adventure which you have to obtain in advance.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura start with briefing from a ranger at the Kyambura’s fig Tree Camp. You go through the chimpanzee trekking guidelines like no provoking the chimpanzees, no using flash photography to mention but a few.
When you locate the chimpanzees only one hour is allowed to be with them then leave so that they can catch the day’s meal.
Birding In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park never disappoints with over 621bird species so far recorded. The Kazinga channel is a natural magnet for a number of water birds and a trap for foreign migrant birds. Some of the birds you may get to spot include African Wattled Plovers, Silver bird, Black-headed Gonolek, Croaking Cisticola, Chestnut crowned Sparrow-weaver, Blue-Naped Mousebird, shoebill, Yellow-backed and lesser Masked Canary, Standard-winged-backed Night Heron, saddle bill stork, Grey crowned Crane, yellow-throated leaf love, Black Bee Eater to mention but a few,
Nature Walk In Maramagambo Forest
A walk through one of the notable Uganda tropical forests is absolutely rewarding and Maramagambo forest is the ideal choice. This natural thick forest is habitat for a wide range of primates like olive baboons black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys the list is endless.
By using the trail in the forest, you get to Lake Nyamusingire, blue lake which is copper rich, bat cave with a python that feasts on the bats.
Katwe salt Lake Visit
Uganda’s ancient industry exists in Lake Katwe with mining salt in pans as the main activity. Rudimentary methods have since time immemorial been used to harvest salt from evaporation beds. A number of locals earn a living from selling salt pans and can tell the story of how they do this.
What Accommodation To In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Luxury, Moderate and budge accommodation facilities with in and on the periphery of Queen Elizabeth National park are available for booking during your Uganda safari.
These lodges facilities include Mweya safari Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Bush lodge, Jacana Lodge, Katara Lodge Simba Safari camp, the list is endless.
A comfortable sleep contributed to your great holiday experience but you need to choose based on your budget.
How To Get To Queen Elizabeth Falls National Park
From Kampala city, two alternative routes are available to get to Queen Elizabeth Nation Park.
Kampala to Mubende to Fort portal to Kasese then into Queen Elizabeth National Park for a distance approximately 410 km. This is the northern route to Queen Elizabeth National park
Kampala to Mbarara to Kasese then drive into Queen Elizabeth National Park for about 420 km. this is renowned as the southern route to Queen Elizabeth National park.
After gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National park, you can drive for a distance of about 160 km to Mweya or 64 km through Ishasha sector home of the tree climbing lions.
Domestic daily flights depart Kajjansi Air strip or Entebbe Airport for Kasese Air strip. Prior booking of your seat is needed. You must have light baggage because the free baggage allowance is limited.
When Is The Best Time To Visit In Queen Elizabeth National Park
The drier months of the year that is June to September and December are favorable for a Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National park. The safari tracks are drier and grass is lower to allow clearer visibility of the wild animals.
During the wet seasons March to May and November, the grass is higher obstructing short animal visibility while on safari. but this doesn’t mean you cannot see the animals.
How Much Is Park Entrance To Queen Elizabeth National Park
Park entrance fee per adult to Queen Elizabeth National Park costs $40 per adult per 24 hours in the park.
This fee supports the park conservation finances like maintenance, ranger guide support, animal treatment and patrol.
To encourage the local community to be part of the wildlife conservation campaign, 20 % of total annual revenue collect by the park is repatriated to community service
What To Pack For Honeymoon In Queen Elizabeth National Park
- A torch to use when lights go out at your lodge and you need to trace something in the dark.
- Insect repellant to apply during the game drives, birding and other activities that require you to be in the wilderness.
- For record keeping a travel Journal for keep record most details of your experience in the park
- To get a clearer view of interesting features in the park you need Binoculars.
- Sunscreen for protecting your skin from sun rays from the scotching sun that is experienced by Queen Elizabeth National Park. During severe droughts and high temperatures that go as high as 30 degrees centigrade at times.
- Pack some light wear especially during the dry months June to September and December to mid-January. Don’t forget some warm clothing for the early morning game drives because the park experiences very cold temperatures especially in the morning.
- A camera to take photographs of animals, scenery, birds and others interesting things that the park is endowed with.
- Safari hat to protect your hair from dust in Queen Elizabeth National park as the vehicles drive on the tracks.
- Some hard cash for purchasing items that you may need like souvenirs.
- Wipes to clean off dust during game drives
- Another fully charged battery to exchange with when one runs low.
- Safari boots and flip flops to use while in the car on the game drive
- Insect repellant for keeping away stinging insects in the wilderness.
- First Aid kit just in case you get any injury or fall sick during your uganda safari
- Travel adaptor in case you need to recharge any of your electronic gadgets
- Toiletries like soap, tooth paste that favor your skin or health.