Queen Elizabeth NP is the most familiar national park in Uganda and it stretches from foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, shores of Lake Edward to Ishasha River in the south. The park is located to the Southwestern part of Uganda, in the districts of Rukungiri, Bushenyi and Kasese.
The Park was gazetted in 1952 and covers an area of 1978 km sq with altitude ranges from 900 metres (Shores of Lake Edward) to 1845 metres (top of Western Rift Valley escarpments. The habitats include lakes, bush savannah, swamps, moist semi-deciduous forest, riparian and riverine forests, open woodland, open grassland and moist thicket.
The attractions in Queen Elizabeth Park include, Maramagabo Forest Kyambura Gorge,10 crater lakes, Lake George to the East, Lake Edward to the West, Kazinga Channel connecting Lakes George and Edward., Birdlife:- 610 species of birds have been recorded in Queen Elizabeth and among the ones to be found are mourning doves, Eagles (Martial, Fly Catchers, Pin tailed Whydahs, Shoe-bill, Verreaux’s) Storks (Open-billed, Gonolek (Papyrus and black headed), Pelicans (Great White and Pink-backed) Warblers etc.
Flocks of flamingoes are resident in the crater lakes, Mammals: Queen Elizabeth has over 100 species of mammals recorded and these include the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope warthogs, giant forest hog, tope, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, Uganda kob, and leopard. Queen Elizabeth boasts of 10 species of primates which the black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, blue, red tailed, vervet and L’Hoest’s monkeys and the chimpanzees. There are hippos and crocodile in the Kazinga channel.
3DAY TRIP TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meet with the guide early morning after breakfast at the hotel then head west from Kampala towards south west. Stop at the equator for photographs and then carry on to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the Rwenzori mountain ranges. Have a game drive en route transferring to the Lodge. View game like bush pigs, lions, Defassa water bucks, elephants, and many more. In the evening, head to the crater lakes region and have a glance at the traditional salt industries and mining methods.
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth Game Drive & Launch Cruise Tour
Have a cup of tea before dawn to go for a game drive in the Kasenyi tracks and have an opportunity to see animals like leopards, jackals, bushbucks, Uganda Kob, Lions, elephants, bush pigs, forest hogs, Buffaloes, and many more. After the game drive, have late breakfast and lunch at the lodge. After lunch, go for a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects lakes Edward and George. On this cruise, view game like Buffaloes, hippos, and many birds.
Day3: Transfer back to Kampala.
After having breakfast In the morning you will enjoy a game drive to Kasenyi in search for lions and other animals like the Uganda Kobs the pride of Uganda, then head back to Kampala. Reach Kampala in the late afternoon hence continues with you plans may be catching your fight back home.