Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular wildlife safari park and accessible savanna reserve. The park is bounded by the Ishasha River and Lake Edward to the west along DR Congo boarder, by Kasese and Rwenzori foothills to the north, to the east by lake George, kyambura/chambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve, and by the Kigezi Wildlife Reserve to the south.
Much as Queen Elizabeth National Park is primarily known for open savanna, in some areas studded with a dense cover of acacia and euphoria trees but it also embraces large area of thick swamps around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with the Kyambura Game Reserve.
Things to do and see in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Wildlife Game Drives
Wildlife game drives involve driving through the park so as to view animals. It is best done in the early morning and late afternoon hours when the weather is calm. QENP has well-maintained tracks, giving visitors quick access to the park’s wildlife and other attractions. These tracks cut through the mating grounds of the great Uganda Kob as the outstanding gigantic forest hog is seen moving around the park bush. You will enjoy a memorable sight of Elephants as they make their way down to the waters during hot days, hungry lions looking for their prey while bush backs and buffaloes can be found on the channel track.
Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
This is a boat trip along the hippopotamus crowded banks of Kazinga channel and it gives you a unique unbeaten wild life experience. Crocodile are a common sight and occasionally a common leopard can be seen. Many buffaloes rest in the waters while big herds of elephants enjoy them-selves drinking and playing along the channel banks. You will See Hippos as surrounded by vast numbers of migrants and resident birds, this boat cruise puts one, right in the heart of amazing nature.
Guided Nature Walks
In Maramagambo Forest; these are short to long guided nature walks offered at the great Q.E.NP. This will expose you a diversity the wild; the pythons in the ostracism of the bat caves floor with their prey-the bats. This bat’s cave is near the attractive blue lake and hunter’ cave. Other trails lead you to the heart of the surrounding craters and habitats to many forest birds as well as some primates like the Chimpanzee.
Kyambura Nature Walk
It is found in the eastern part of the protected area and supports similar mammals to the rest of the park.
It harbors three saline crater lakes, which attract a large number of flamingoes- not found anywhere else hence a great birding safari destination in Uganda. This steep Kyambura gorge, formed by the turbulent waters of the roaring Kyambura River, provides a luxuriant Riverine forest, habitant to Lions, chimpanzees. Black -and – white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and other primates as well as plenty of forest birds. snakes and many others. A visit to the gorge presents a great opportunity to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
Visiting Ishasha Sector
Queen Elizabeth has unbelievable attractions and Ishasha never fails to come up with more surprises. The true of southern pearl of the park! See the famous Ishasha tree climbing lions are extremely special, very healthy and numerous. One of the prides you likely to see is the Kyemale pride on the large fig tree. See the Topi, Uganda Kob and Buffaloes graze in the acacia studded savannah among other wildlife together with very unique countless birds.
Visiting Katwe Salt Mines
You will see how the salt ore looks like since the 14 century, here, salt has been mined by traditional methods to date. You will also understand how the salt mines have been sub divided and distributed to the various tribes in Uganda. As explained by your guide, you will lean the interesting cultural strings attached to the salt mines.