In 1979, this wildlife Park was designated as a biosphere reserve with an objective of harmonizing human activities with the conservation and protection of wildlife, wetlands plus natural resources. There are even fishing village enclaves within the gazetted area. The ethnic tribes virtually attached to this region include; the Bakonjo, Bakiga and Banyankole.
Queen Elizabeth national Park, Kyambura and Kigezi wildlife reserves make one of the most diverse Ecosystems in Africa at large. The melting glacier waters of the Rwenzori mountains create a large wetland system comprising two main lakes; Edward and George being joined by the great Kazinga channel to the remote southern Ishasha River. This part collects an extensive variety of homes that range within savannah and wetlands, to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable variety is however reflected in its bird list of more than 550 species and that’s the reason as to why it may be right to name it the ‘birder’s paradise’, since it’s the largest of any protected areas of Africa. The Lake shore lines gather thousands of hippos as the patent savannah speckled groups of buffaloes, the Uganda Kob and the like.
Facts about this Uganda tour Park
The park occupies something like 2056 square kilometers. Kyambura wildlife reserve occupies around 154 square kilometers and Kigezi wildlife reserve occupying around of 256 square kilometers. It receives a mean maximum temperature of 28oCelsius and a minimum temperature of 18o. The park is located on a height range of 910 meters at Lake Edward to 1845 meters above sea level, which is at the top of the escarpment of the Western rift. It’s a home for a medium altitude moist semi-deciduous forest, riverine bush land, moist thicket, riparian forest, open grassland, lakes and rivers, seasonal and permanent swamps, open woodland. This area can also be best toured from December to February and the visit can take at least 2-3 days. It has registered around 95 mammal species and 606 bird species.
THE MAIN BIRD SPECIES IN THE PARK
These include Grey headed kingfisher, Grey capped warbler, African mourning dove, The beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, swamp fly-catcher, , common squaco Heron, shoebill stork, African fish Eagle, African open-billed stork, African Jacana, Malachite and pied kingfisher.
African skimmer, white-tailed lark, verreaux’s Eagle owl, Black Be-eater, white-winged warbler, papyrus Gonolek, Great white and pink-backed pelicans, papyrus canary, white-winged terrs, collard prantioles, Gabon and slender tailed Night jars, Great and long-tailed cormorants, pin-tailed whyda martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail.
TOURISTS ACTIVTIES AND ATTRACTIONS
This is an act of driving through the park purposely to watch animals. It is best done in the early morning and late afternoon hours as the sun is still low. Queen Elizabeth National Park has well-maintained paths, which allow tourists to have access to the park’s game.
The paths pass through the mating grounds of the great Uganda Kob. The allegorical giant forest hog is seen while moving around the bush and also watch the hungry lions searching for prey in the game. During sunny-hot days, elephants find their way down to the waters, whereas bushbucks and buffaloes are found on the channel path and juxtaposed circumference of the park.
The outstanding ‘mountains of the moon’ commonly known as the mighty Rwenzori mountain.
One who has experienced this game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive will be forced to accept that it is remarkable and awe-inspiring.
Nature walks in Maramagambo Forest
Wonder waits! A variety of long and short guided nature tours are provided at the Great Queens Park. You can also see the Pythons in the Ostracism of the bat caves floor and their prey that is the bats. The bat’s cave is close to the charming blue lake and hunter’s cave.
Other trials take you to the centre of the surrounding craters and homes to some primates like the chimpanzee and other several forest birds.
A Nature walk to the Kyambura wildlife reserve
This reserve is found in the Eastern parts of the conserved area and supports related mammals to the rest of the areas in the park.
The reserve also possesses 3 saline crater lakes, which are a magnet to the various flamingos that are not found in any other place in Uganda. The steep Kyambura gorge, formed by the turbulent waters of the roaring Kyambura River, offer a luxuriant riverine forest which is a habitat to chimpanzees, Black and white Colobus monkeys, olive baboons and other primates together with plenty of forest birds, lions, snakes among others, tour the gorge with greater chances of viewing chimpanzees in their natural home.
The launch cruise
A boat trip on the hippo crowded grounds of Kazinga Channel provides tourists with special unmatched wildlife experience. Crocodiles have also become a common site and often a common leopard may be seen. Several buffaloes rest in the water while a big group of elephants enjoy themselves while drinking and playing on the channel grounds.
View the hippos and surrounded by large numbers of migrant and resident birds. The boat finally puts one right, in the hearts of nature.
The true pearl of southern parts of the park! View the tree-climbing lions on a large fig tree. View the Top. The Uganda Kob and buffaloes graze here in the acacia studded savannah grasslands.
Tour the traditional salt
Tourists here view the way the salt ore looks like. Salt has been mined here since the 14th century by traditional ways to date. Tourists now check how the salt mines have been sub-divided and distributed to different ethnic groups in Uganda. Your guide will now tell you the cultural strings attached to the salt mines, which are indeed so exciting.
Mweya safari lodge, Jacana safari lodge at Maramagambo forest and bandas found in Ishasha sector, camping sites at Mweya , Maramagambo forest and Ishasha toilets or pit latrines, shower or bathing shelters, are offered at these sites. The park hostel at Mweya has 45 bedrooms of 6 and many more.
PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
* Drive only between 7:00am in the morning and allow much time to get to your destination.
* Have your permit prior to entering the park.
* Do not drive over 45 kilometers per hour.
* Give animals right of way and do not destruct wildlife.
* Do not sound your horn.’
* Do not pick or cut any plants or animals.
* Do not bring firearms or ammunitions into the park.
* Do not litter.
* Do not start fires or drop cigarette ends.
* Do not bring pet animals into the park.