While at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will enjoy various exciting activities such as Boat Cruise, Bird Watching and Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. The Katwe explosion craters mark the park’s highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!
Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
For the classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons.
Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard and many more…
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to over 600 bird species. This is the greatest of any East African national park and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.
Community Walks In The Neighborhood
The Kyambura community has rich culture of African household setting, with gardens plentiful in cocoa, vanilla, cotton and sugar cane. Kyambura Orphanage Needy Development, established in 2016 with 12 children currently has 40 children majority of whom are orphans, and some are needy. Through charity, the founder has managed to train 6 tailors and kept the rest in school with the necessary basic requirements. The community has gardens of coffee about 1 acre per household, common in the area is Arabica coffee that they grow, pick, dry and process that you end up consuming at the lodge. The community walks give one an understanding of the community that neighbors the lodge and how your stay helps enhance their livelihoods.
Boat Cruise On The Kazinga Channel
The wildlife-rich Kazinga Channel can be explored during a relaxing two-hour boat voyage. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, buffaloes and hippos as well as colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their enormous nests and many more can be sighted.
Nature Walks In Kyambura George
Nature treks are one of the more active ways to explore the landscapes and wildlife surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Park. Nature walks can be carried out in Maramagambo forest, Kyambura Gorge and the crater lakes which includes the famous twin lakes. Where you may spot a variety of forest and savanna species as well as having a unique opportunity to get extremely close to Chimpanzee – on foot!
Chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest
The Kyambura Game Reserve experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment: it teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation types; bird identification and behavior; chimpanzees and monkey ecology. In Kalinzu Forest walks along the ridges offer an opportunity to see chimpanzees, numerous birds species, moths, butterflies and many more with unique sights of Mount Rwenzori, lake George and the Kazinga Channel.