Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game viewing involving driving through the national park with a help of a trained guide while watching and learning about different wild animals

Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drives and safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park. The park is the oldest national park in Uganda gazetted in 1954 after the queen of Britain, it is found in southwestern Uganda in Kasese district, Kamwenge, Rukungiri, and Rubirizi districts. The park is home of over 600 bird species, 95 mammals, primates, and butterflies. Queen Elizabeth is managed by the Uganda wildlife authority.

Game viewing involving driving through the national park with a help of a trained guide while watching and learning about different wild animals, birds, and vegetation cover in the park. Queen Elizabeth national park is well known for a large number of wild animals, birds, and spectacular beautiful scenery like Kyambura gorge, a wide range of savannahs among others.

Queen Elizabeth national park has a lot of wild animals making game drives memorable experiences for tourists that visit Uganda. The park has over 3000 elephants, 1000 buffaloes, 5000 hippos at the Kazinga channel, 600 bird species, mongooses, primates such as monkeys and chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, sitatungas, topis, lions, elephants, and leopards among others.

The best time to do game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park is the dry season which is December to February and from June to September. During the dry season, there is less rain and roads are not slippery. During the rainy season animals hide from the rain, the tracks are slippery making game drives very difficult and this is from October to December and also march to May.

Game viewing activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park:  Game viewing activities involve watching wild animals, the park has an abundance of wild animals and some are not easy to see so they need to be tracked first i.e. lions, chimpanzees, mongooses in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park: It’s different from these normal games, it involves tracking lions and is known as scientific experiential lion tracking because it is technical research. This activity needs researchers from the Uganda carnivore project and visitors to track the behaviors of lions on radio calls using a radiator locator to track lions. Lion tracking is done in the savannah plain of Kasenyi, Ishasha for tree climbing lions where you will get a closer look at the lions

Chimpanzee tracking trips in Queen Elizabeth National Park:  This activity is carried out in Kyambura gorge which is also known as the valley of apes. Kyambura gorge has got several habituated chimpanzees which can be with human beings. Chimpanzee tracking is done in two shifts, the morning shift which is the most favorable as you get to see chimpanzees leave their nests, patrol, breastfeed and go hunt for food like termites and nuts from tree roots.

Mongoose tracking trips in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Mongoose are small animals like rats that fall under the rodent group of animals. In Queen Elizabeth national park it’s a 3-hour activity, in Queen Elizabeth national park mongoose tracking is done in Mweya peninsular overlooking the Kazinga channel and it is one on foot with a help of a tour guide. When you get to do mongoose trekking you will get to learn about their behaviors and along the tracks, you will get to see some birds and animals in the park

Birding safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth national park is an habitant of over 600 bird species which makes it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. Bird species in the park include the shoebill stork, kingfisher, African jacana, African kingfisher, flamingoes, marital eagle among others which are easily seen in the Kazinga channel, Kyambura gorge.

Boat cruise trips in Queen Elizabeth National Park: This is carried out on the Kazinga channel which is 40 km connecting Lake Edward in the west to Lake George in the east. The boat cruise is done in two sessions one in the midmorning and the other in the evening. While on the boat cruise you get to see water animals i.e. crocodiles, school of hippos animals at the water banks especially in dry season i.e. lions, elephants, waterbucks, antelopes, buffaloes, sitatungas among others.

Hiking and nature walks are also activities done at Queen Elizabeth national park. Hiking is done in the Maramagambo forest and Kyambura gorge where you get to see animals, birds, and natural vegetation. Nature walks are done around Mweya peninsular and along the tracks, you will see animals like buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, and mongooses among others.

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