Where to go, what to do while in Uganda.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Just like its name suggests, the park is the queen and most popular of savanna reserves in Uganda and a perfect destination to view a number of the big five, most notably the tree-climbing lions.
It is located in the western part of Uganda laying between Lakes Gorge and Albert with the Kazinga Channel crossing through its 700 sq mile land area. The park was named after the Queen of England in 1954 following her visit.
Queen Elizabeth National Park spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00. It enjoys the beautiful backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountain Range and houses diverse ecosystems, which include rolling savannah, tree-filled forests, glistening lakes and fertile wetlands.
Attractions/ what to see and do
- Wild life viewing & Game drives
It is never a boring day at the park. The tree climbing-lions can be seen often. Leopard sightings are common. Huge herds of buffalo and elephant are found in the savannah areas of the park. The park boast of about 95 different mammals. An amazing number of hippos inhabit the Kazinga channel on which daily boat trips are conducted. Chimps can be tracked, and several antelope and other primate species are present.
The park offers a view of more than 600 different bird species.
- Chimpanzee tracking
Like most parts of the region, primate tracking is one adventurous activity to undertake. At Queen Elizabeth, chimp-tracking expeditions are conducted within the forest.
Other notable activities include:
- Balloon safaris.
- Cultural tours.
- Boat cruises.