Queen Elizabeth National Park


Wildlife encountering is a greatest feeling but having such a meeting in classic savannah grassland makes it a lifetime experience. Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest savannah grassland national park in Uganda covering a total land area of 1,978 square kilometers after Murchison falls. The national park is situated in southwestern Uganda in Kasese district and is known for the diverse ecosystem and premier game viewing compared to other national parks in Uganda. It was gazetted in 1952 from being Kazinga national park to queen Elizabeth in respect of the queen of England who had then visited the national park. In terms of the vegetation, the national park is a composition of fertile wetlands, sprawling savannah grasslands, moist and shady forests all, which favor the dwelling of diverse wild and birdlife hence multiple tourism activities.

Game drives

This is the ommisible adventure activity that you should not miss on a Uganda safari through Queen Elizabeth national park done in uncluttered savannah grasslands. Both  sunrise and sunset drives provide travelers with a great view of wildlife browsing and trailing in the open grasses. More still a drive to the southern sector of the national park in ishasha region is of great interest. This section is known for the prominent climbing lions, which cannot be found anywhere else in Uganda. Lions are seen lying and chilling up in the acacia trees a proficiency that every traveler lives to remember. Among the wild and water animals seen include elephants, buffaloes, impalas, waterbucks, warthogs, Uganda kobs, baboons, hippos and crocodiles among others.

Boat cruise

Done at kazinga channel, boat cruising is a must do for every traveler to Queen Elizabeth national park. The channel is 40kilometers long and 8 meters deep connecting the two lakes of Edward and George. While in a boat, travelers have a clear view of the different viewpoints of the national park and wildlife in there. It feels fresh being on top of the waters with fresh clean air, which restores the minds of travelers at the end of the cruise. A boat cruise lasts for two hours but the experience is memorable.

Birding

Being home to approximately 600 bird species, Queen Elizabeth national park is yet a best site for bird watching. Birding is well done along the banks of kazinga channel where different bird species gather for food and drinking water, among the birds seen include Hamerkop, African fish eagle, African kingfishers, white egrets, ibises, white tailed skimmer, African broadbill, she bill, bar tailed Godwit, pink backed pelican. Some of the birds are migratory such as the greater and lesser flamingoes, which come to the park seasonally. It is a great experience for travelers to see these birds, which fly further to Europe and North America.

Where to sleep

Queen Elizabeth national park is served by various lodges positioned in and outside the park ranging from luxury to budget hence serving the interests of all travelers. Among the lodges visited include:

Mweya safari lodge

This is located in Mweya peninsular with a clear view of the entire national park. The lodge has 32 standard rooms, 12 deluxe rooms and two suites. More still there is a presidential cottage, two family cottages, Queen’s cottage, two luxury and two tented camps all that offer travelers with quality prices.

Katara lodge

The lodge is situated in Kichwamba escarpment providing travelers with great view of the northeastern part of the park. The lodge has eight cottages all with quality room services.

Park View lodge

Also situated in Kyambura region of the park, park view lodge has nine cottages, four double rooms, three twins, two family rooms, and five standard rooms, all self-contained and offer travelers with full board quality services. More still, the lodge has a conference hall with seating capacity of sixty people, which make it an advantage for meetings and conferences.

Kasenyi safari camp

Located in kasenyi, the camp overlooks lake Bunyampaka. The camp has a total of six cottages with self-contained rooms and quality services. Travelers can also visit the lake where salt mining has been introduced adding to traveler’s final experience.

Enganzi game lodge

This has eight cottages, one family room with interconnecting rooms. The family rooms accommodate a maximum of four people.

Ishasha jungle wilderness

This is situated in ishasha sector of the national park. The camp has six cottages four of which accommodate two people. Both tents are self-contained.

All lodges offer both luxury and budget services to travelers at affordable prices depending on the standard but all travelers are assured of quality services.

More still, these lodges organize other activities such as nature walks, bush fires, community walks, and traditional dances among others, which are of interest to the travelers.

When to visit

Queen Elizabeth national park can be visited at any time of the year but the dry season is the best basically for wildlife viewing.

In conclusion therefore, queen Elizabeth national park is the best site for wildlife viewing in Uganda. The experience is made possible by the unique natural, cultural, historical and manmade features, all which promote various tourism activities.