Queen Elizabeth National Park, located in Uganda in the loveliest parts of western Uganda’s circuit is the most popular tourist destination because of its abundant flora and fauna. The park is seated on 197kms blessed with over 600 bird species. Queen Elizabeth NP is just 80kms from Fort Portal town and it stretches up to the districts of Kamwenge, Rubirizi, Rukungiri, and Kasese. Through the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth, the tourists experience the beauty of Mother Nature, and while on the shores of the Kazinga channel, all kinds of birds in different colors are seen freely enjoying the breath. The wildlife is massive and you’ll be sure to sight among others the African Elephants , Buffaloes , Lions , Hyenas , Giraffe , Hippopotamus , Zebras, and the many antelope species say the Kobs , topis and bushbucks.
Getting there: The Park can be easily accessed on road from Kampala via Mbarara and Bushenyi. Enroute, the visitors can have short stopovers say at the Uganda Equator at Kayabwe, short detours to Lake Mburo National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Kibale National Park could also be made. Air travel can also be arranged to the park from Entebbe.
While at Queen Elizabeth National Park , a game drive is one of the best experiences one shouldn’t miss out to do, and could be either in the morning or evening depending on the tourists schedule of activities or perhaps a night drive. This gives one an opportunity to travel in a serene environment viewing the beauty of the park’s fauna, wildlife where you can catch an eye of the African elephant-the largest mammal, or land on a lion happily feasting on its catch or leisurely strolling, and many other wild animals. Be sure to have a once in a lifetime safari drive here, an experience done in the comfort of your seats as the tour guides are sharing their knowledge and expertise of the various wildlife.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its various birds which are more than 600 species say the Pet’s fishing-owl, swamp flycatcher, the shoebill stork, the martial eagle among others. For the birders, this is a haven. The birds’ early morning songs will wake you up with a beautiful feeling over the moon; just the look of flamingos at the shores of Lake Katwe will make your heart melt.
Boat Trip/Launch Cruise
The launch trip is done at specific hours all throughout the day along the Kazinga channel. This launch trip gives you a chance to watch the birds on the shores of Kazinga channel, watch the serried ranges of hippos floating on the waters or even dipping themselves, have a glimpse of the Nile crocodiles along the shores giving you a thrilling experience. You may also view the elephants and other animals leisurely strolling on the shores, you have an opportunity to take lots of pictures while on the cruise.
While at Queen Elizabeth, you should not miss out on a chance to take part in fishing and thereafter devour your catch! This is all done with the help of the fisher man who guides you on how to cast the nets, catch fish and also how to smoke or fry them.
The chimpanzees are found in Kyambura gorge also known as the valley of Apes. They are habituated which makes them comfortable around human beings therefore they will continue minding their business even after seeing the tourist. The beautiful savannah while on your drive to the Gorge will surely give you a great experience. While on the chimp trekking expedition, be sure to meet the Red tailed monkey, baboons, birds and you’ll gain more knowledge of the area and wildlife with the help of a guide.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
Experience the wilderness of Uganda in a unique way as you fly over the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this gives a clear view of the wildlife, photography experience, share a drink or two while at it and crown it with a bush breakfast and a game drive experience as you head back to your choice lodge after the activity.
Have an opportunity to see the energetic dances of the Kikorongo Equator Cultural Performers, workers harvesting salt on Katwe Salt Lake, a traditional Banyaraguru hut, or an agricultural village – all guided by those who know them best – the local community members! You may as well have a meal with the locals which you’ll have prepared with their help.
While on the hike, be sure to enjoy sights like the shady Maramagambo forest, the Mweya peninsular plus the scenic views of the Ishasha sector (home of tree climbing lions). You may also chance to spot a couple of forest wildlife and bird species, and get a unique opportunity to get extremely close to the hippos, more so on foot!
Other activities that could be done at the park include; sightseeing, wildlife research tours and photography and cave visits.
Commonly Visited Gorilla Destinations
Bwindi Impenetrable national park a large primeval forest located in the South Western part of Uganda is a home to over half the worlds 1,000 mountain gorillas.