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Queen Elizabeth National Park — Uganda

(Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. Its location is approximately 376 kilometers (234 miles), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The town of Kasese lies just outside the northeastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, while the town of Bushenyi, is situated just outside the park's southeastern boundaries)


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kazinga Channel

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Blue Rwenzori Mountains from Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park


Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is a notable Uganda safari destination for wildlife tours, chimpanzee tracking adventures, birding safaris etc.


The 1978 square Kilometers Queen Elizabeth National Park enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George where a mosaic of habitats supports 95 mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds.


Forty years ago, Douglas Willocks described the diverse features that led to its creation in 1952. There still exists no better introduction or a more enticing invitation to visit the park.


'Scenically the area had everything. Thirty miles to the north, the blue Rwenzori exploded from the plain, a composite, jagged mass of mountains, sixty miles long and forty wide and looking in certain lights as if you could reach out and touch them.


Across Lake Edward to the west, the Mitumbe hills stood sentinel on the Congo, blue too in the long sight but in the closer green, wooded, precipitous, unfriendly and epitomizing darkest Africa. The eastern boundary of this possible park was marked by the calm green escarpment of the western Rift Valley.


And between all the hills, mountains and lakes was endless savanna, its constantly repeated motif the branched cactus arms of the candelabra euphorbia tree.'

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Animals & Birds of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is home to 95 mammal species while the bird list is 612 species long. This diversity is the result of an impressive range of habitats.


Fifty-seven vegetation types have been identified though these can be summarized as just five: forest; grassland; bushy grassland; Acacia woodland and lakeshore/ swamp vegetation.


Residents of the park's grasslands include elephant, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena. Topi are found in Ishasha, while forest primates are found in Kyambura Gorge and Maramagambo Forest.


Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda has an impressive bird list exceeded only by the neighboring (and far larger) Virunga National Park.


Key bird species include martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, Chapin's flycatcher, pink-backed pelicans, white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, corncrake, lesser and greater flamingo, and shoebill stork.




Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Highlights
Dry Season

June to September is the driest time when most animals remain near water, but be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms at any time. The hot dry time is January to February and is a good time to visit. Dry season temperatures average 80°F (25°C).'

Rainy Season

It rains anytime from October to December and March to May when many roads become impassible.



Highlights of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

* Sunset over the water

* Boat ride on the Kazinga Channel

* Beautifully positioned safari lodges

* Chimpanzees in Kyambura (Chambura) Gorge
* Warthogs and hippos mowing the lawn at Mweya Lodge


Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Facts

* The park covers 770 miles ² (1995 km²).
* Road access from Uganda's capital city of Kampala is 206 miles (420km).
* There is a landing strip at Mweya lodge for light aircraft or a larger airstrip at Kasese town.




Mweya Peninsula
The peninsula is the hub for tourism activity and accommodation in the central section of the park. A nature walk with a ranger guide enables you to explore remoter parts of the peninsula.


Kazinga Channel
The 40km-long channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward provides the park's prime wildlife spectacle. Its shoreline attracts large numbers of birds, mammals and reptiles year round.


These can be seen from two covered launches, Topi and Simba, that cruise between Mweya Jetty and the channel's entrance into Lake Edward. The launches run at 15.00 and 17.00. Additional voyages run at 11.00 and 13.00 subject to demand.


North Kazinga and Kasenyi
The plain north of the Kazinga Channel is the primary game viewing area. A network of tracks enables you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the mosaic of grassland thickets that covers the North Kazinga area near Mweya.


However lion are most reliably sighted on the open Kasenyi plain east of the Kasese road where they prey on a large population of Uganda kobo. The Game Drives are most rewarding in early morning and late afternoon. A Ranger Guide is recommended to help enhance the experience.


Katwe Salt Lake
Whilst in the Queen Elizabeth area, you can visit one of the oldest industries in Uganda at the enclave of Lake Katwe town. Since the 14th century salt has been mined by traditional methods and is still in use today. Salt production peaks during the dry season.


Katwe Explosion Craters
This cluster of extinct volcanoes north of Mweya Safari I can be explored by the winding 27km Crater Drive be the Main and Equator Gates. This provides superb views of numerous craters, some filled by lovely lakes, as well as to the Rwenzori and across the rift valley floor.


Ishasha - Tree Climbing Lions
Ishasha 100km south of Mweya, the park's remote southern provides a true wilderness experience. Diverse habitat including the Ishasha River, savanna woodland, and Lake Edward Flats support a variety of wildlife including, famous tree climbing lions, and the rare shoebill stork.


Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
This area, which protects the south-eastern banks (Kazinga Channel, contains four crater lakes, in which numbers of flamingos periodically congregate.



Booking & Reservations for Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda located approximately 376 kilometers (234 miles), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.

Booking Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
Mobile : + 254 (0) 721242711

Email: info@africanspicesafaris.com







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