“A Medley of Wonders”
Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is the country’s most popular Savannah reserve and has a variety of wildlife and diverse eco systems which are composed of sprawling Savannah, sparkling lakes, lush wetlands, and shady humid forests. These varied habitats support a wealth of wildlife and are an ideal host for classic big game, primates and a variety of bird species.
The park has an abundance of magnificent vistas that include the jagged backdrop of Rwenzori Mountains; rolling hills with extinct volcano craters, hippo lined Kazinga Channel, rift valley grasslands at Kasenyi and Ishaha, the western shores of Lake Edward and Mitumbe Mountains in Congo can be seen from afar.
The major wildlife highlights in QENP are the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector that can be seen resting on huge fig trees, buffalos, chimpanzee trekking in the steamy, tropical forest of Kyambura Gorge, Maramagambo forest and birding activities for birds such as the forest flycatcher, white napped pigeon, and Rwenzori turaco.
QENP was initially named Kazinga National Park in 1952 but was renamed two years later to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. The park provides visitor with a variety of activities and attractions.
This is the heart of sightseeing activities in QENP. It occupies an elevated plateau overlooking Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward, a marina for launch trips/ cruises on the channel as well as accommodation facilities.
This is QENP’s southernmost sector that provides wildlife viewers with a classic and splendid experience. There are higher chances of sighting buffalos, elephants but most importantly the tree climbing lions since they usually spend their days resting up in the branches of the shady fig trees.
This is a wide 32km long Natural channel that links Lakes Edward and George. The channel is a dominant feature and attracts a varied range of animals and birds; and has one of the world’s largest concentrations of Hippos and numerous crocodiles.
The Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion
The Uganda Equator is a zero (0) degrees latitude which separates the earth into two halves provides visitors to QENP a beautiful place for some cool photos. The Queen’s Pavilion is a shelter that commemorates the Queen’s visit in 1954, has a coffee shop and internet facilities to relax your bones for a while before you continue with your journey.
The open grasslands of Kasenyi plains provide the primary game viewing area in the park with plenty of Uganda kobs, hyenas, buffalos, antelopes, among others. QENP’s southernmost Ishasha sector offers a classic game viewing experience under the skies as you see tree climbing lions, buffalos, elephants, among others.
Forest Walks and Birding
Majorly forest walks and birding expeditions are done in either Kyambura gorge which is a forest filled gorge which extends from Kichwamba Escarpment to kazinga Channel or Maramagambo Forest which is a shady forest at the foot of Kichwamba Escarpment.
Volcanic Explosion Craters
QENP is known for its abundance of volcanic craters that pock the landscape in the park telling visitors of the Albertine Rift’s violent tectonic history. A gamedrive can be done between the Kabatoro and Cater gates as you see the rims of extinct carters filled with lakes, forests and grasslands. The most common on is the Katwe Salt Lake, around 12kms from Mweya, that was famous for salt extraction using evaporation pans.
Access to Queen Elizabeth
While using the road, there are two routes from Kampala to Mweya. The most scenic route is through Fort Portal which offers a detour to Kibale, Semuliki and Rwenzori Mountains National parks. The alternative route is through Mbarara and Bushenyi via Lake Mburo National Park. You can also link to Ishasha sector directly from Buhoma, the main Gorilla tracking trailhead in Bwindi National Park.
Alternatively, charter flights can be arranged to the airstrips in Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha.
The park has a number of accommodation facilities that suite your budget.
SunTrack Adventures organizes 3 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari with guaranteed daily private and weekly group departures.