One of the destinations that cannot be described by mere words is Queen Elizabeth national park; everything about it speaks for itself, right from the name, its location, history and the several activities done. It is indeed a medley of wonders!
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination due to its diverse ecosystems, such as the extensive savanna, humid forests, dazzling lakes and wetlands, these habitats make it a perfect home for the big game, primate species such as chimpanzees and approximately 600 species of birds.
Positioned at the backdrop of the serrated Rwenzori Mountains, the park’ spectacular views include dozens of massive craters carved noticeably into the rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks hosting several hippos, crocs, elephants and buffalos. The experience doesn’t end until one has encountered the Tree climbing lions at the endless Ishasha plains not forgetting the gullible Uganda kob.
Queen Elizabeth national park was initially known as ‘Kazinga National Park’ before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain; The Park is located in the western region of Uganda, shared between districts of Kasese, Rubirizi, Kamwenge and Rukungiri.
It is approximately 400 kilometers by road south-west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city, the park extends further southwards to include Maramagambo Forest and Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park on its northern corridor. Other neighboring destinations include Mount Rwenzori and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
What to see in Queen Elizabeth national park?
The beauty about the Kazinga channel is that it has two parts, the North Kazinga, and the Kasenyi. It is confirmed that the plain of Kazinga channel is a very important point for game viewing. The area exposes you to the wildlife in their natural habitats. Some of the game you have high chances of spotting include buffalos, elephants, lions and many more, these animals reside in the grassland thickets of the Northern Kazinga close to Mweya.
It is in this sector that tourists encounter the rare tree climbing lions, the meandering Ntungwe river plus other wild game resident in the place. Ishasha is roughly 100km south of Mweya and offers real African wilderness experience at one sight. Some of the habitats in this place such as savannah woodland, Ishasha River and Lake Edward harbor numerous Wildlife species such as the tree climbing lions, rare shoebill stork and many others.
While at Queen Elizabeth National park, one treasure every guest ought not to miss out is the Mweya peninsular which is the heart of sightseeing activities with excellent accommodation. As you explore the distant parts of the peninsular which overlooks the fascinating Katwe bay of Lake Edward and souvenir shop full of Uganda safari items that will always remind you of the park.
There are so many captivating activities that a tourist can get involved in while in this destination, including Game drive where you encounter the night and day hunters, namely lions, elephants, buffaloes and so much more.
Kazinga channel boat cruise gives you a chance to refresh as you enjoy the sights of the numerous aquatic animals such as the hippopotamus, crocodiles, and other important mammals and bird species.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National park
A tourist can access queen Elizabeth National park from either Kigali Rwanda or Entebbe international airport and one can either choose to Use a chartered / scheduled flight or road.
In case of a flight, you will need to book your tickets individually or through a travel agent who will make the whole process very easy and fast. Flights the set off from either Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airstrip or from airstrips in other national parks to Mweya airstrip.
When to visit?
This park is open to visitors all year round, though it is advisable to visit during the peak season in June to September since roads are more accessible, clear game tracks and the wildlife is more open.
Though this is one of the oldest National parks in the country, visitor number is still very large; experiences in this destination are incomparable to that offered at any other destination across the globe. Just take a step to be the next in the record of those who have visited Queen Elizabeth National park.