Queen Elizabeth National Park, QENP
One of the highlights of Uganda’s most popular and accessible savanna reserve is the Kazinga channel that bisects Queen Elizabeth Nations Park and joins Lake George and Lake Edward.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one most popular of Uganda’s national parks combining beautiful scenery with some of the best wildlife viewing in Uganda. The park stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori ranges in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha river in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from wetlands and savanna to lowland forest. The lush savanna of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime grazing to big plains wildlife such as buffaloes, elephants, various antelopes including Ugandan kobs, bushbucks, topi and defassas as well as more than 20 predators like lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and side-striped jackals. The park also supports wide a variety of more than 600 bird species.
One of the highlights of Uganda’s most popular and accessible savanna reserve is the Kazinga channel that bisects the park and joins Lake George and Lake Edward. The channel offers the superb opportunity of close up wildlife encounters with hippos mere feet away from the boat while elephants and buffaloes as well as an array of other mammals visit the channel’s shoreline. The shores of the channel are also home to many bird species, including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers and saddle billed storks.
The southern part of the park incorporates the Ishasha sector, a contrast to that of the Mweya peninsula, Kasenyi and the Crater Lakes areas of the park. Ishasha is a vast low-lying savanna plain lying south of the equator in the Albertine Rift Valley, known for its tree climbing lions consisting of around 40 individuals split across three prides. Ishasha is one of only two areas in the world where this amazing behaviour occurs; the other is in Lake Manyara National Park in southern Tanzania.
What to lookout for in QENP
- Top wildlife viewing
- Boat trips on Kazinga channel available
- Tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector
- Excellent birding with 600 species recorded
- Several accommodation options for different budgets
- A main road bisects the park and people live along the boundaries
- The Mweya peninsula area can get busy in high season
- Chimps Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
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WILDLIFE SAFARIS TO QENP
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ATTRACTIONS IN QENP
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Set off into spectacular Kyabura Gorge, one of the best places in Uganda to track chimpanzees in Uganda, the other is Kibale Forest National Park. Experience the thrill of catching up with the unruly chimps as the forest comes alive with their noisy calls. Conquer the challenging terrain, descending into the steep gorge and crossing the natural log bridges over the rushing river as you keep an eye out for the chimpanzees in the canopy above. Spend two to three hours looking for and enjoying the lovable apes in the company of an expert ranger. Chimpanzee trekking is available year round, but requires a degree of agility and fitness.
This incredible Kyambura Gorge experience is about so much more than just exploring and discovering chimpanzees at home in their the natural habitat. You will learn about the fascinating ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, chimp and monkey ecology, diverse vegetation types, and identifying colourful birds and patterns of their behaviour.
In this abundant lush habitat, clasped among the steep slopes of the Kyambura Gorge, resides an assortment of primates including distinguished chimpanzees, the black & white Colobus monkeys, olive baboons and cheeky red tailed monkeys. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap stunning pictures of these beautiful, human-like creatures in the wild.
The landscape in Queen Elizabeth National Park is dotted with craters that have been dramatically carved into rolling green hills of the park. A drive to the higher grounds within the park offers panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel which hosts a huge hippo, buffalo and elephant population.
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers an incredible treat as it contains a variety of habitats that range from savannah grasslands, wetlands to lowland forests. This diversity in ecosystems attracts a huge variety of birds which currently number at over 600 species. This is by far the biggest birdlife population found in any protected area in East Africa.
The majority of the birds found in this area are regarded as famous birds of East Africa and are a must see for bird watchers coming to Uganda
The wildlife diversity in this park is incredible, currently the hippo population is at 5,000, elephant population at about 2,500 and buffalo population is at about 10,000 animals. With such numbers, visitors to the park are guaranteed a treat to a spectacular safari.
While the big game and primate population found in the park is no doubt a crowd puller, the biggest attraction to Queen Elizabeth National park is without a doubt its tree climbing lions.
The tree climbing lions are to be found in the Ishasha sector, in the south of the park. This area is dotted with fig trees, which are the preferred perches for lions which while away their time there.
Kasenyi, in the northeast part of the park however gets most of the wildlife viewing traffic, and visits are usually fruitful. Kasenyi provides the best chance of seeing lions on the plains. Elephants, Uganda kob, warthog, hippos, and sometimes the elusive leopard can be seen in Kasenyi. Solitary leopards are nocturnal and are well camouflaged, thus spotting them is all the more rewarding! You can also spot smaller nocturnal cats such as the civet and serval cats on night game drives within the park. The baboon cliffs give excellent views over the ‘explosion craters’ in this area.
Kazinga Channel Launch Trip.
The boat cruise is by far the best way to see plenty of animals and water birds that have made the shores of this channel home. Visitors on the launch trip up the Kazinga Channel will get see thousands of hippos and pink-backed pelicans plus plenty of crocodiles, buffalo and fish eagles. With a little luck, it is also possible to catch sight of one of the elephant herds and very occasionally see a lion or leopard.
Best Time to Visit
Although constant drizzle often characterizes the days of the Wet seasons (March to May and August to December), this is when the park’s environment is beautifully lush and you can greet migratory birds as they pass through. For chimpanzee tracking, though, visit when the park’s trails are more solid underfoot in the drier months.
Best Time January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (This is premium gorilla tracking time in Uganda, and there are many visitors around)
Low Season April, May, October and November (There are fewer people in the park)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Worst Weather April, May and September to October (High rainfall, some roads become impassable)