Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park is found in south western Uganda occupying an area of about 764 square miles (197 square km) east of Lake Edward and foothills south of mountain Rwenzori. The park was established in 1954 named after the Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth ii) and currently called mountain Rwenzori National Park and being the most visited national park in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for a variety of animals (over 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species) like, African huge Elephants, African buffalos, Uganda kob, hippos, topis, waterbucks, warthogs giant forest hogs, the Nile crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, chimpanzees, leopards and its famous for the tree climbing lions that are only found in queen Elizabeth NP and in Manyara National Park in Tanzania , though animals are in sectors, i.e. ,the climbing lions are found in Ishasha sector and the chimpanzees are found in Kyamburga Gorge. The number of hippos in QENP is estimated to be over5,000,2,500 elephants, and over 10,000 buffalos. Among the primates, the Chimpanzees are found in Kyambura and more in Maramagambo forests plus the olive baboon.
Things to Do on Uganda Safari
Many travelers that plan self drive safari in Uganda enjoy an ultimate visit to Queen Elizabeth and Self drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park requires a steady 4wd Car which can be booked and secured from Self Drive Africa a company that specialists in 4×4 Rental in Africa.
Boat cruise at kazinga Chanel.
Boat cruise at Kazinga channel takes place twice a day (kazinga channel links lake George to lake Edward). The park has different sized boats to accommodate a large number of visitors. Cruising at kazinga channel gives a special view watching world life from waters peacefully, visitors can watch a large group of world life than in car drive watching animals like elephants, hippos, buffalos, antelopes at the banks and many aquatic lives, from here, visitors experience fresh wind from the right directions, sun reflecting from the bracken surfaces of water.
Mweya Peninsula Game Drives.
Mweya peninsula juts into the Kazinga channel. Here, visitors experience travelling in a Toyota land cruiser 4wx4D vehicles adapted to the area and provide a great visibility of the view and wildlife through a well hatched roof vehicle and sliding windows. Visitors patrol the area with the guide for 3 hours in the morning and late evening when the animals are in their active state.
Chimp trekking at Kyambura gorge
The Kyambura river has cut a deep gorge in the Kichwamaba escarpments with steep sides for the large group of herbivores to exploit, dense forests clad and the gorge sides provide the best habitant for the large number of primates.
Habituated to human contact, one of the greatest attractions in the park is spending few hours tracking chimps through the forest led by the Uganda wild life Authority guide. It really feels u have entered another world, because this doesn’t look like a zoo in any way because are animals are not in same place or caged so, the chances of seeing these chimps are 60%, that forest quest alone makes it more special after seeing these animals
Maramgambo forest walks
The Maramgambo forest walks would be the best activity for those who really want to walk far away from the normal trails and here visitors can spend half and even a full day depending on the visitor\The forest walking ways are sheltered by the big and dense canopy from the sun and here, visitor can explore shadows, tree species that can’t be seen in the open plains, walking across the crater lakes and marvel found at the sheer mass of life found within a bat cave. Though visitors are not advised to go too close because snakes tend to hide in the rocks of the cave floor waiting to catch the bats
IshaSha Plains Game Drives
IshaSha is an area of open woodland in south-west of queen Elizabeth national park on the way delightful game and sundowners to remember.
Though human history is fascinating, the wilderness is compelling. Watching the climbing lions in the in fig tree
Crater Lake Drives at QENP
There are 72 crater lakes of far different sizes scattered in different places around the park were formed as a result of tumultuous volcanic processes, many of these craters are found in the north of the park making it so fascinating for those interested in the geology rather than wildlife. The guides here will explain the formation of these craters and visitors will feel so impressed for these craters millions of years’ existence enveloped by flora and fauna. The violent and fairly past of the craters abruptly contrast to the green, forested oasis of life that exists their now.
Lake Katwe salt Visit
Here exist historical stories of the salt mine for those who used trade for centuries back and how many kingdoms obtained their wealth to become so powerful plus the people who work in part of the most astringent environment. Observing the traditional technics applied in the shadow of an abandoned processing plant that proved unable to handle the high levels of salinity found at Katwe here its hotter and the suns glair is harsh.
Recommended Cars for rental
Self Drive Africa is re-known for being a reliable car rental company and we recommend the following cars for your tour to queen Elizabeth national park on Self drive.