Country : Uganda
Situated in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations that have attracted tourists from all walks of life. The park is famous for its abundance of wildlife and lush greenery which has made it a popular place to visit in Uganda. This national park boasts of sprawling savanna, humid and shady forests, stunning lakes and fertile wetlands and is in ideal habitat for variety of animals and birds. Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated against the back of the great Rwenzori Mountains that boasts of stunning panoramic views which are made up of various crater lakes. Since the park is set against the backdrop of Rwenzori Mountains, it includes dozens of craters that are carved dramatically into rolling green hills, picturesque views of the Kazinga channel which has its bank lined with hippo, buffaloes and elephants. Apart being famous for its wide range of animals, the national park has a fascinating cultural history as well. Travelers who wish to indulge in cultural activity can meet the local communities and get to know about their history and enjoy dance, music and more. If you are an adventure freak, the national park boasts of many activities that will keep you enthralled throughout your stay in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is open all year long so you can visit anytime of the year. For wildlife viewing, the park is at its best from January to February and from June to July which is usually the dry season in Uganda. During the dry season, you can spot many animals that are drawn to nearby water sources. This is the peak season where you can find tourists exploring the national park. However, during wet season from March to May and August to December is the best if you wish to explore the park.
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The main highlight of Queen Elizabeth National Park is you can indulge in various game drive activities that will allow you to get up close and personal with the animals. The best time to enjoy the game drive is during morning hours where you can come across the most elusive of park’s fauna. Experienced guides will guide you throughout and give you knowledge about the abundance of wildlife and the entire region. While on your tour, you can spot elephants, lions, buffalos, hyenas, warthogs, leopards, giant forest hog to name a few.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the famous birding spots in Uganda where you can spot various bird species. The park is home to more than 600 birds and is the major highlight of the park. For all the enthusiastic bird watcher, the national park is a haven for everyone who wants to just spend their time amidst the nature and animals. You can spot bird species like Sedge warbles, Papyrus canary, the martial eagle, Pink backed Pelican, Yellow throated Cuckoo, and the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and many others inside the park.
Apart from watching wildlife, you can choose to go for a boat cruise that takes place on the Kazinga channel. This is a long natural water channel that links to Lake Edward to Lake George. Attracting tourists from all walks of life, boat cruise has become one of the famous things to do in Queen National Park. While on your cruise, you can enjoy various sights and sounds that is heard from the rich aquatic life of the park. If you are lucky, you might see large hippopotamus taking dip in the water, fierce crocodile basking on the channel banks and lush greenery that will take your breath away.
Not every day you will see a lion climbing trees, but in the Ishasha sector of the national park, you will come across many of them on the top of the resting and relaxing. This portion of the park houses lions that are perched up on acacia and fig trees which is complete sight to behold. Apart from the amazing tree climbing lions, Ishasha sector is home to other variety of animals such as buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and antelopes which can be seen roaming around freely in the area
Home to abundance of chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its chimpanzee tracking which has garnered tourists from all walks of life. The Kyambura Gorge inside the park is well known as the valley of apes and you can see variety of chimpanzees roaming around freely in their natural habitat. You can choose to go on a chimpanzee tracking tour where you will be escorted by professional guides who will tell you all about the place and the apes
Queen Elizabeth National Park is an excellent place where you can join hiking trails and explore the stunning landscape of the entire region. If you are a nature lover, you can indulge in hiking trails that will allow you to explore the entire region at your own pace. Explore places like Maramagambo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, and the Mweya Peninsula which is the best place to hike in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The national park can be easily accessed from Kampala. From there you can board bus from the old or the new bus park that goes to Kasese. Get down on the way as the bus passes through the national park. You can also travel to Entebbe International airport and from there hire a taxi or a cab that will take you directly to the park.
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