Queen Elizabeth National Park
“the grandest view I have ever seen, looking north from Ankole escarpment with lakes Edward and George and the Kazinga Channel in the foreground and the whole snow capped range of the Rwenzori as a backdrop” – Sir Andrew Cohen
Located southwest of Kampala, near Kasese, Queen Elizabeth National Park is 6 hours away by road from the capital city Kampala. AeroLink Uganda flies twice daily to the ‘Pearl of Africa’ in just an hour fifteen minutes.
It is the second largest park in Uganda and occupies 1978km² of broad savannahs and marshland , myriad of lakes ranging from freshwater lakes to mirror-surfaced crater lakes and inland salt lakes;bushes, unexplored woodlands, grasslands and the mist-capped 'Mountains of the Moon' - Rwenzori mountains.
The must do activity at Queen Elizabeth national park is the cruise on the Kazinga channel whose shoreline is populated by thousands of hippos and birds. This park has more bird species than any other part of Africa making it a haven for ornthologists. It is also classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birdlife International.
Mammals that dwell in the park are crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, aquatic sitatunga antelopes, warthogs, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, topis, waterbucks, lions, and leopards.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve has three saline crater lakes that attract thousands of flamingos while Ishasha sector is famed for the eminent tree climbing Lions. The steep Kyambura gorge and and the Maramagambo Forest are home to primates which include chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys and the red tailed monkeys.
The park's breathtaking diverse eco-system, in the air, on land and in the water are bound to leave one in sheer bliss.
Any time of the year is a good time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. However, it is good to note that the driest time is January, February, June and July.
Activities and attractions include:
- Guided nature walks
- Boat ride on the Kazinga Channel
- Game drives
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge
- Visit to the ancient mines
- Visit to the salt lakes