QUEEN ELIZABETH A MEDLEY OF WONDERS
Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a medley of wonders. It is Uganda’s leading tourist destination. Due to the different eco systems such as tropical rain forests, wetlands, short and woodland savannah, lakes and rivers, the park is an ideal place for big game, ten primate species, 100 mammals species, over 600 bird species and human settlement. It has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world. There is no park like Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth is the only park where you can have a boat trip to see different bird species and animals, visit a fishing village, visit a salt lake, track chimpanzees and at the same time see tree climbing lions.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like the Kyambura gorge, this forest harbors many primates, birds, and even reptiles. It is popular for chimpanzee tracking, forest walks
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.
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.