About Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular savanna reserve and has the widest variety of wildlife of any Ugandan park.. The variety of habitats include grassland savanna, forests, wetlands and lakes. This provides the setting for an extensive range of large mammals and primates. Four of the Big fiveare present and regularly seen. Rhinos are absent.
- 1978 km² / 764 mi²
- 910-1350 m / 2986-4429 ft
Pros and Cons
- Top wildlife viewing
- Boat trips on Kazinga channel available
- Tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector
- Excellent birding with 600 species recorded
- Several accommodation options for different budgets
- A main road bisects the park and people live along the boundaries
- The Mweya peninsula area can get busy in high season
Leopard sightings are common and the Isasha sector is famous for its tree-climbing lions. Huge herds of buffalo and elephants are found in the savanna areas of the park. 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. Giraffe and zebra are absent.
The park is set against a backdrop of the Ruwenzori Mountains. Additional scenic points are Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George and at least 10 crater lakes. The most accessible part of the park is open savanna, but large forest areas are open to the public. These include the forested Kyambura gorge and the extensive Maramagambo forest in the southeast.
5 Night/6 Day Itinerary
Arrive at one of the many lodges or campsites in or near Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon, check in and relax before leaving for an evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1).
Choose between chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge (2a), or a walk in Maramagambo Forest (2b), with birds, antelope and monkeys. In the afternoon visit the Kikorongo Cultural Center (3) to meet the women of the community and learn how to make traditional baskets and paper bead necklaces. Enjoy cultural dances and drama performed by the group. Take an evening game drive on the Kasenyi plains (1) before returning to your accommodation.
See a different face of the park with a research team at Mweya (4). Venture off road to track lions or monitor mongoose behavior and contribute to valuable research project. After a leisurely lunch on the Mweya Peninsula (4), take a two hour boat ride along the Kazinga Channel (6). To top off a wildlife packed day, there is an optional sunset Crater Lake Drive (7) to the Baboon Cliffs (8) for an evening drink as the sun sets over the park’s rolling hills.
Choose between a nature walk on the Mweya Peninsula (4) or a guided walk around Lake Kikorongo (9) to see the bird species that inhabit this lake and the surrounding forest. In the afternoon visit Katwe Salt Lake (10) to learn about traditional salt mining, followed by a short walk to Lake Munyenyange to spot lesser flamingos (August-November) and other bird life.
Be sure to stop at Katwe Tourism Information Center (KATIC) to pick up your guide. End the day with an evening game drive on the Channel track and looping trails (11).
Take an Agro-Tour Walk (12) through community farmland to learn about farming methods, medicinal plants and bee keeping, then drive to the Ishasha Sector (13) for a picnic lunch on the plains. Explore the Edward Flats (14) and spot the region’s famous tree climbing lions. You can also take a nature walk with an UWA guide along the Ishasha River.
Take a final game drive through the Ishasha plains before heading out of the park on your way home or to Bwindi for more adventures.
NOTE: All itineraries subject to change, depending on weather, availability and location of chosen lodging.
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