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Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari.

The remarkable wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the untamed wilderness with Unique tree climbing lions and charming wildlife, two fresh waterbody lake connected by a single strong channel exposes visitors to majestic boat cruise on lakes, giving them spectacular views of aquatic animals and fascinating birds. The game drive encounters the most thrilling tree climbing lions, visitors must not miss sightseeing such an extraordinary experience and beauty that will leave everlasting memories.

Location

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a wildlife safari park located in the western region of Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri.

The park adjoins Kyambura Game Reserve to the east, which itself adjoins the Kigezi Game Reserve (including the Maramagambo Forest and thus the Kibale national park to the northeast.

The Virunga national park in the DRC lies across the border to the west. Together, these protected places completely encircle Lake Edward. The Mount Rwenzori National Park in Uganda lies not far to the northwest.

The Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari Park is Uganda’s most protected area with a diversity of ecosystems including Sprawling savanna, shady forests, sparkling lakes, lush wetlands and provide ideal habitats for classic big game, forest primates and birds.

The wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park has an abundance of magnificent vistas includes the jagged backdrop of Rwenzori mountains, rolling hills pocked with extinct volcanic crater, open rift valley grassland s of Kasenyi and Ishasha, hippo lined Kazinga channel.

History.

The wildlife safari park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park by combining the Lake George and Lake Edward Game Reserves.

It was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. and the last remaining communal grazing rights of the Songora herders were rescinded, causing thousands more to move across the border with their herds into the Virunga National Park, most only beginning to return after 1964 due to the strife caused by the Mulele rebellion there.

The Wildlife Safari Sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife

Ishasha sector.

Ishasha wildlife safari sector is located in the southwestern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. The sector is well known for its unique and famous tree climbing lions.

During a game drive in the savanna plains of the park to Ishasha, you encounter tree climbing lions lying up in an acacia fig tree branches resting down to have a clear view of their grazing prey.

The sector also offers a classic game viewing experience under vast rift valley skies, sightseeing the buffaloes, hippos, elephants, Topi as well as bird watching for bird lovers expect to view the Rossi’s turracco, African crowned eagle, yellow billed oxpecker.

The chance to of sighting climbing lions is particularly charming in the Ishasha; the local prides obligingly spend their days resting up in the branches of shady fig trees.

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Kasenyi sector.

Kasenyi wildlife safari sector is located in the northeastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This sector is covered by open savanna grasslands and a breeding area for the Uganda Kobs. Game drives in the park are carried out in the Kasenyi plains encountering a medley of wildlife such as Uganda kobs, lions, elephants, buffaloes, bush bucks and bird species like grey capped warbler, white tailed lark, martial eagle Etc.

Kyambura Gorge sector.

Kyambura gorge wildlife safari sector is located in the eastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a stunning sector well known for its Apes mostly the Chimpanzees as well as black and white Columbus monkeys, red tailed monkey, the closest human being relative.

The sector offers primate chimpanzee trekking activity which is carried out in the morning and in the afternoon but starts with a briefing about expectations, rules and regulations of trekking, then go trek the habituated chimpanzee family for about 2-3 hours depending on the location of the chimpanzees.

On arriving to them, you spend one hour with them in their natural habitat, learning about their behaviors, habits, taking photographs and recording moments that you give you fascinating lifetime memories.

Kyambura gorge also harbors forest bird species such as blue headed bee- eater, napped pigeon, and swamp fly catcher, among.

The sector offers a remarkable guided nature walk, a majestic activity where visitors move on foot within the park as they explore beautiful scenery, landscapes, wildlife among others. Guided nature walk in Kyambura gorge can be done morning or late afternoon following trails with views of giant forest hogs, birds among others.

Mweya peninsular.

This is located on the northern bank of Kazinga channel a water body that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. Visitors can engage in boat cruises, night game drives.

 

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Maramagambo forest.

Maramagambo forest is a natural reserve located in Bushenyi district and commonly known for the bat experience.

The forest is home for primate species such as Chimpanzees, blue monkeys, baboons, and animal species such as the giant forest hog, African buffalo, bush pigs, bush babies, pygmy antelopes, and python among others.

This sector offers fascinating activities such as nature walks following the forest trails, viewing the waterfalls, crater lakes like Lake Kyasanduka and Lake Nyamasigiri, bat watching and bird like the Rwenzori Turacco, black headed batis etc.

Kazinga channel.

Kazinga Channel is wide long natural channel of 32 km that links two freshwater lakes Edward and George and has a wet land that is home to for crocodiles, bird species, and land sitatunga antelopes, water bucks.

During the Mweya boat cruise you will see buffaloes mud bathing, view the biggest lizard in Africa called giant monitor lizard, elephants.

Katwe salt mining sector.

The people of Katwe town, 12km from Myeya, have been extracting salt from the saline lake Katwe using evaporation pans during the dry season ie July to December. With the evaporation in the dry season, makes the saline water of lake Katwe to concentrate making a hyper solution that forms salt.

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Top Activities to do on a Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife safari.

Boat cruising.

This is an exciting activity that is carried out on the stunning Kazinga channel that begins from the landing site at Mweya safari lodge. Boat cruises are scheduled in the morning at 9:00Am and afternoon at 2:00pm. It offers spectacular views of wildlife like elephants, hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and birds such as African morning dove, red capped lark, and swamp fly catcher.

Game drives.

The game drive of Queen Elizabeth national park wildlife safari is done either during day or during night, this thrilling activity is done in the Kasenyi plains because of its open savanna grasslands and a breeding ground, for the Uganda Kobs, grazing hippos, lions, and leopard.

Primate tracking.

Primate tracking is normally done in the Kyambura gorge sector, and Kalinzu, maramagambo forests.

The sector offers primate chimpanzee trekking activity which is carried out in the morning and in the afternoon but starts with a briefing about expectations, rules and regulations of trekking, then go trek the habituated chimpanzee family for about 2-3 hours depending on the location of the chimpanzees.

On arriving to them, you spend one hour with them in their natural habitat, learning about their behaviors, habits, taking photographs and recording moments that you give you fascinating lifetime memories.

Bird watching.

Bird watching in the wildlife safari of Queen Elizabeth National Park can be done in all sectors of the park while on game drive or boat cruise encountering various species of birds such as Rwenzori Turaco, black headed batis, blue headed bee- eater, napped pigeon, and swamp fly catcher, among others.

 

Guided Nature walks.

Guided nature walks of Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari can are always done in the Kyambura gorge. This guided nature can be done in morning or afternoon following the trails encountering.
Birds, flora, animals and primates.

Other activities to do on wildlife safari in the park are lion tracking, balloon safari, and community visits and cultural encounters.

Best time to do a Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth national park can be done any time throughout the year though the bet period is during the dry season in the month of June to September and January, during this time, there are good roads, clear view of the animals, many animals gather along water bodies, compared to rest of the months.

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Tony Kizito

Tony is an enthusiastic and self-motivated tour Consultant with over 5 years in delivering professional tailor-made Trips across East Africa. I am keen to offer strong attention to detail, understand the travelers' needs and then craft unforgettable African safari experience.

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