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Group Tour will take you through Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and its idyllic Crater Lake shores with a variety of different species of mammals and birds and the home of Tree climbing Lions in Ishasha Sector. In the extreme west, Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most bio diversity wildlife sanctuary featuring Tree climbing Lions, Leopards, Chimpanzees, Hippos, African Elephants and Cape Buffaloes not forgetting the beautiful launch cruise along Kazinga channel will make your safari memorable!
Depart from Kampala to start your Group Tour to Queen Elizabeth, making stops at the beautiful tea estates, lunch en route. Then do a late afternoon/evening game drive and later drive to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight at Parkview Safari Lodge/Irungu Forest Safari Lodge
Today is the highlight of your Group Tour to Queen Elizabeth! Start with a beautiful early morning game drive and have breakfast at the view of the salt lake then later do an afternoon boat safari on the kazinga channel and again do evening game drive then spend the night at Parkview Safari Lodge/Irungu Forest Safari Lodge
Have a very early morning breakfast and head to Kalinzu Forest for Chimpanzee tracking to meet man’s closet cousins in the wild. You will be amazed to see these primates as they play, swing on tree branches, fight for food etc. Later embark on an exciting road trip back Kampala (Lunch en route), arriving late evening hence you have to prepare for an evening flight from Entebbe international flight.
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Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the best and exciting National park located in western Uganda. The park features vast savannah grasslands, moist forests, lakes, wetlands which have made it to be home to several wildlife life animals including primates such as chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions in Ishasha among other different features of interests.
Just as Dr. Hugh Calt (1959 noted that about Queen Elizabeth National Park “Uganda’s parklands fulfill a deep human need, for in these tracts of the earth not only the animal creation but man can find a sanctuary, and a routine into the reality of a world apart”.It is not doubted that queen Elizabeth National park remains the most popular national park in Uganda.
With over 600 species of birds including several migrant bird species from Asia and Europe, the park boasts the highest number of bird species in the whole of East Africa, making it a real birder’s paradise. Enthusiasts will have feverish nights here trying to guess what rare bird species will get focused in their binoculars the next day.
While on boat cruise safaris that are conducted on the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park, there are 100% chances of citing hippopotamus sunbathing. Unquestionably, the Kazinga channel harbors the largest concentration of hippopotamuses in the whole world try, come to the Kazinga channel and watch out for this. Boat cruise safari on Kazinga channel not only allows you clear views of hippos bit other wildlife species that stride the river banks including buffaloes, elephants, several antelopes, elephants, and a variety of bird species including the great cormorants
A visit to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park not only avails you with breath away but offers that incredible and lifelong experience as one encounters the tree climbing lions resting in the tree branches as they target their prey. The tree climbing lions are endemic to Queen Elizabeth national park only in Uganda and can only be found in Uganda and Tanzania in the entire world.
A step into the Kyambura gorge not only gives a glimpse at the closest chimpanzees, the closest relatives of us human beings whose DNA has proved to be around 94-98% similar `to that of mankind but also presents an opportunity track and spend some time interacting these closest friends of ours.
The encounter of the large herds of the peaceful and gentle Uganda kob grazing alongside big herds of African buffaloes can also be captivating. Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park grants you 99.9% of seeing four of the big five animals also. And all the above presents the reason as to why you should take your trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The top things to see in Queen Elizabeth national park include;
Wild animals in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth national park is an habitant of 95 animal species with the big four animals’ i.e. African elephant, buffaloes, lions, and leopards but the park has also got other animals such as hippos, bushbucks, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, warthogs, giant forest hogs, Jackson’s hartebeest, crocodiles among others.
Primates in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth national park is a home of primates’ i.e. chimpanzees, olive baboons common along the sides of the road, vervet monkeys, red tailored monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white monkeys among others. These primates are found in the Kyambura gorge also known as the valley of apes.
Birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth national park is a habitat of over 600 bird species making it the best birding destination in Uganda. Bird species in this park include African wattled lapwing, gull-billed tern, spur-winged lapwing, black-winged stilt, sacred ibis, African spoonbill, water thick-knee, swamp nightjars, fish eagle, little bee-eater, African jacana, malachite kingfisher among others.
Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park: It is a 4okm long channel that connects Lake Edward to Lake George. Boat cruises can be done on the Kazinga channel while in Queen Elizabeth national park and you get to view a large school of hippos, crocodiles, and water birds along the shores.
Mweya peninsular in Queen Elizabeth National Park: This is located in the northern part of Murchison falls national park overlooking Katwe bay where the Kazinga channel connects to Lake Edward and Lake George. Mweya peninsular is the best area for mongoose tracking, nature walks, and game drives where you will have views of leopards, buffaloes among others.
Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park: This gorge is located in the eastern part of Queen Elizabeth national park and sometimes known as the valley of apes because it’s a place of primates’ species such as chimpanzees, baboons, red tallied monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys among others.
Crater lakes in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth national park has about 10 crater lakes including Lake Katwe a salt mining lake formed by the volcanic eruption. Lake Katwe is found on the northern side of the Mweya peninsular and local people get salt from this lake for sale. Other crater lakes in Queen Elizabeth national park include Lake Munyanyane, Lake Nyamunuka, Lake Munyampaka, Lake Nkugute, Lake Kyasunduka, Lake Kitagata among others.
Tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Tree climbing lions attracts most of the tourists to queen Elizabeth national park and these are found in the Ishasha sector on the southern side of the park. These tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park can be seen lying up in the acacia, fig-trees staring at their prey i.e. Uganda kobs grazing in the savannah plains during the game drive.
Maramagambo forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park: This is one of the large natural forests in Uganda. Maramagambo is located in Queen Elizabeth national park bordering Kyasunduka and Nyamasingiri lakes. The forest extends from lake Edward up to Kichwamba escarpments and is an habitant of wildlife species i.e. elephants, antelopes, bush pigs, primates such as chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, bush babies, red-tailed monkeys, pottos, bats, and bird species i.e. African jacana. Grey-crowned crane, black bee-eater, and pink backed pelican. African skimmer, papyrus gonolek among others