Things To Do In Queen Elizabeth National Park

The following are things you can do in Queen Elizabeth national park Uganda

Things To Do In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is located in western Uganda in Kasese, Rukungiri, and Kamwenge and Rubirizi districts. The park was established in 1952 after queen Elizabeth 11 of Britain. After Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park is the second biggest national park in Uganda. The park is a habitat of 95 mammal species, 600 bird species, and primates.

The following are things you can do in Queen Elizabeth national park

Game drives: Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park are one of the most popular activities in the park. This game drives in the park can be done at 7 am when the animals are still active or in the evening at 4 when the animals are going back to their resting places.

Game drives are done in different areas such as Kasenyi plains which has many animals, Mweya peninsular, and Ishasha sector which has got tree-climbing lions viewed lying up in the tree branches either resting or looking for antelopes and Uganda kobs for a meal. During the game drive, you will be able to see animals like lions, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, bush pigs, warthogs, waterbucks among others.

Boat cruise: The boat cruise is an interesting activity to do in Queen Elizabeth national park. The boat cruise in the park takes place on the Kazinga channel, the boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park is done in two sessions that is one at 9 am and the second at 2 pm with each session taking 2 hours.

During the boat cruise, you can be able to see crocodiles and school hippos in the water with the Kazinga channel having the largest concentration of hippos in Africa. You will also see animals i.e. lions, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs drinking water on the shores, and also see several bird species such as black crake, kingfisher, African jacana, yellow-billed stork, grey crowned crane among others.

Night game drive: The park has nocturnal animals, the night game drive is an activity that is carried out in the park at night with armed ranges and spotlight torches. The night game drive is done at Mweya peninsular, during the night game drives you can see nocturnal animals i.e. lions, leopards, hyenas, several cats, hippos, civet genal, and other animals such as antelopes, elephants resting.

Nature walk: This is an interesting activity in Queen Elizabeth national park where you move out of your vehicles and explore the park on foot as you enjoy the cool environment. The nature walks are done in the Maramagambo forest, Mweya peninsular, and Kyambura gorge.

During nature walks you will get to see wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, and birds such as the woodpecker, honey guided greenbul, chestnut wattle among others.

Bird Watching: The park is an habitant of over 600 bird species making it a birders paradise for bird lovers. The birding areas in Queen Elizabeth national park include the Maramagambo forest, Kasenyi plains, Lake Kikorongo, Kazinga channel, Lake Katwe area, Katunguru Bridge among others. During birding, you get to see bird species such as African shoebill, marabou stork, African jacana, yellow wagtail, knob billed duck, common square heron, African finfoot, palm nut vulture, lappet-faced vulture, brown snake eagle, blue breasted kingfisher among others.

Chimpanzee trekking: This is the second most done activity in Queen Elizabeth national park and the second-best done activity after gorilla trekking done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Chimpanzee trekking in the park is carried out from Kyambura gorge located in the eastern of the park. The trekking in Kyambura gorge is done in two sessions that’s one at 6 pm and the evening session at 3 pm with both sessions starting with a briefing about expectations, rules, and regulations and then grouped into 6 people. The chimpanzee trekking takes 2 to 3 hours and during this activity, you will see primates i.e. olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, black and white-tailed monkeys, and bird species among others

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