Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park at a Glance!

Plan, Discover and Explore the Hidden Treasures of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth National Park located in the Southwestern part of Uganda is undoubtedly the most popular destination attracting thousands of tourists every calendar year. The park’s diverse ecosystems and bio-diversity, include a green sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling crater lakes and fertile wetlands, which make an ideal habitat for the classic big five game, several primates species to tour including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds with the notable Crested Crane (Uganda’s official bird).

The park is tipped against the backdrop of the jaw-shaped Rwenzori Mountains, which offers magnificent views of the enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting amazing Kobs (Uganda’s official animal on the Coat of Arms).

With its outstanding and notable wildlife game, Queen Elizabeth National Park shares a somewhat fascinating historical background that an enthusiastic traveler can often look out to explore. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Oret Tours is a Ugandan tour based operator that prides itself to offer professional affordable tour packages to Queen Elizabeth National Park covering a wide range of activities in this park. The most common activities carried out while on a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park include game drives in the park to watch multiple wildlife species, chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve, birding safaris at the park, launch cruise at Kazinga channel, site seeing, forest walks, view of the craters, river tails and many more.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Attractions

Queen Elizabeth National park is gifted with a variety of Flora and Fauna and harbors over 95 mammal species with about 612 species of birds, all this is an attraction that will change your safari plans and channel it to this park.  It is estimated by geographers that the park boasts of 5 vegetation levels, namely; bushy grassland, Acacia woodland, Lakeshore or swamp vegetation along with forest grassland. On the 8 days Queen Elizabeth safari in Uganda, you can visit and see the top attractions in this park as well as other parks in Uganda.

The green savannah grasslands of this park settle wildlife harbor for a variety of game such as the Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthogs, lion, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as elephants. Queen Elizabeth is also gifted with a remarkable bird list that includes the African skimmer, Chapin’s flycatcher, Pink-backed Pelicans, Papyrus Canary, Shoebill stork, martial eagle, Black-rumped buttonquail as well as the great flamingos.

Top Tourist Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

To get the most on a safari trip to Africa (Uganda in particular), visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for wonderful game drives through the Kasenyi plains proceeding to the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector to see the virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopards.

The open grasslands of Kasenyi provide a primary game viewing area in Queen Elizabeth Park, where you gaze at the enchanting Uganda kobs and the lions that prey on them. The park’s experienced ranger guides can usually locate lions but predator sightings can be guaranteed by signing up for a tour with the Mweya-based Uganda Predator Project which monitors the movement of lions, leopards, and hyaenas fitted with radio collars.

Kazinga Boat Channel and Launch Drives / Boat Rides

The boat cruise on the Kazinga channel usually lasts for 2 hours and it gives visitors the opportunity to see a variety of yawning hippos in water, water birds, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, the Uganda-kobs, topis, waterbucks, bushbucks, reedbucks, duiker, mongoose, swamp antelopes, spotted hyena, warthog, forest hog and in difficult routes in the south. An average of 60 bird species can be spotted during the trip. Carrying up to 40 passengers, the boats guarantee a seat with a view, while expert ranger guides narrate the creatures’ stories.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is also a perfect place to enjoy chimpanzee trekking other than the game drives it is famously known for. Taking a route to Kyambura Gorge, tourists have a chance to see the habituated Chimpanzees and several other mammals plus birds.

Bird Watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Present in the park, you can expect to spot numerous water birds, woodland and forest dwellers in the Maramagambo Forest, 54 raptors and various migratory species. Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pink-backed Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit.

For the best birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park, don’t miss these birding hot spots: Kazinga Channel, Kasenyi Area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Ishasha Sector, Lake Kikorongo, Katunguru Bridge area and Katwe Area

Nature Walks in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nature walks are also one of the more active ways to explore the landscapes and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth. Locations notable for the nature walks and hike trails include the shady Maramagambo forest; Mweya Peninsula with its scenic views; and Ishasha River, where you may spot a variety of forest and savanna species as well as having a unique opportunity to get extremely close to hippos – on foot!

Special Game Experience with Tree Climbing Lions Of Ishasha

The Ishasha Sector is actually today very famously because of its mystifying population of the tree-climbing lions that are a very exceptional attraction and as well one of the major highlights for which most guests visit this park. The Lions are normally seen lazily lying up within the branches of the huge fig trees staring down at the numerous Uganda Kobs that are grazed in the open Ishasha plains – and these are actually the main prey to these lions.

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

There are a number of choices to cater to the upmarket as well as the budget tourist accommodation. You can choose to visit the different hotels and lodges websites or preview their accommodation details on booking.com. The good news is that when you book a tour with Oret Tours, you have a guarantee to stay in one of the selected best lodges while encountering a trip to Queen Elizabeth. Samples of the accommodation options you can book are here below;


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Highlights Summary

Size: 1,978km².

Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00.

The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species.

The Katwe explosion craters mark the park’s highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.

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