Top Things To See In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth national park covers a total area of 1978 sq. km and is an habitant of wildlife including wild animals, primates, and bird species

Top Things To See In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Top things to see in Queen Elizabeth national park. The park is found in southwestern Uganda in Kasese, Rubirizi, Kamwenge, and Rukungiri districts. After Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in Uganda which was gazetted in 1952 and was at first called Kazinga channel but later was renamed Queen Elizabeth national park in 1954 after queen Elizabeth 11 of Britain. Queen Elizabeth national park covers a total area of 1978 sq. km and is an habitant of wildlife including wild animals, primates, and bird species among others.

 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.

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