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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA

The park is extends from Lake George in the northeast and Lake Edward in the Southwest. These two lakes are joined by the Kazinga channel and this water stream has the largest concentration of hippos in the world. It is also known as ‘THE CENTER OF ECOLOGY’. A boat trip on the Kazinga channel has always been one of the highlights of a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth boosts more wildlife than any Uganda’s park and is home to 95 species of mammals. Among the mammals in this park are; hippopotami, elephants, African leopards, lions, hyena’s, buffaloes, chimpanzees, warthogs antelopes(kobs, impalas, sitatunga, oribis etc.),crocodiles, monkeys, and so many more. The birdlife in Queen Elizabeth is overwhelming, more than 750 bird species have been recorded including the blue turacle, fish eagles, crested cranes, Egyptian ghee, horn bills, pelicans, flamingoes, kingfishers, and so on making it one of Africa’s top birding destinations.

Queen Elizabeth being on the rift valley floor, there are many crater lakes but a visit to the Lake Katwe salt lake is always memorable and a means of contributing directly to the local community. While in Queen Elizabeth, you can as well track chimpanzees either in Kyambura Gorge or Imaramagambo Forest or Kalinzu. The park is also famous for its tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector close to Rukungiri.

Flying Air Balloon safaris have been recently introduced in this park. Visitors can now fly over the savannah of Queen Elizabeth in the morning to the direction of wind so as to spot the early risers.
Please, let African Wild Tours know in time in case you want to enjoy this flying balloon safari because it is normally arranged and paid for in advance.

AREAS OF INTEREST
Mweya Peninsula.

This peninsular is close to the starting point of boat trips on the Kazinga channel. Many travellers tend to have their lunch here and later embark on their boat trips on the center of ecology/Kazinga Channel. The wildlife here is spectacular.

Kazinga Channel

This is famous for the boat trips which normally take three hours. It is also known as ‘The Center of Ecology”. This water stream joins the two lakes George and Edward. It is said to have the highest concentration of hippos in the world and was once the most densely populated water body with fish in the world. This was due to the hippo droppings which facilitate the growth of plankton. Plankton is the food that fish feed on. The Kazinga channel is 40 km long and harbors a number of animals which include; lions, kobs, impalas, waterbucks, warthogs, monitor lizards, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, hippos and so on. The birds’ species include; pelicans, fish eagles, cormorants, king fishers, herons, marabou stalks and so on. A safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is not complete without a boat trip on the Kazinga channel.

Kasenyi sector

Kasenyi sector is the mating ground for antelopes. For this reason, many predators tend to visit the area on their search for prey. Lions, hyenas and leopards are normally spotted here.

Kabatoro Sector

This is a good area for spotting elephants. Being near to lake Edward, hippos tend to graze here from late evening to early morning. Hippos tend to spend their day time in water and feed at night.

Katwe Salt Lake

This salt lake has been in existence since the 16th century. The people of Katwe village mainly depend on salt mining and fishing. So here you get to know how salt is extracted, and made ready for consumption/sale by the locals.

Lake George

This lake covers an area of 250km2 and is one of the East African Great Lakes. It was named after a member of the British royal family Prince George after being seen by the first British Explorer Henry M. Stanley in 1875. It boasts the semi aquatic sitatungas, hippos and the rare shoe-bill stalk.

Explosion Craters

Queen Elizabeth lies in the western arm of the Great East African rift valley. It has 72 explosion crater lakes. On your way to Kabatoro or main gate from the pavilion, you will smell some rotten eggs and see a crater lake just on your right. This is one of the explosion crater lakes in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kyambura Gorge

This gorge is home to many primates including baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, man’s closest relatives (the chimpanzee) and so on. Chimpanzee tracking is the main activity in this gorge.

Imaramagambo Forest

Like the Kyambura gorge, this forest harbors many primates, birds, and even reptiles. It is popular for chimpanzee tracking, forest walks

Kalinzu Forest

This is also another desitination for chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Troops of baboons, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys can be seen below and above tree canopies.

Ishasha Sector

This is a favorite destination for the rare tree climbing lions. It is on your way to Buhoma/Bwindi. Here you find River Ishasha that supplies water to the antelopes around the area which in turn attract the predators. The only other place where you can spot the tree climbing lions is Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.