Safari Activities To do In Queen Elizabeth National Park : Queen Elizabeth National park is the considered as the second largest national park in the country, which covers a total surface area of about 1980 square kilometers after Murchison falls national park. This national park is located within the Eastern region of Uganda in Kasese district lying at the back of Rwenzori mountains which blesses tourists to capture the of the stunning waterbodies such as crater lakes. Queen Elizabeth National park was first known as Kazinga channel national park in 1952 and it later derived its name after the visit of the Queen of England who was named as Queen Elizabeth.
Attractions found in Queen Elizabeth National park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is famously known and ranked as the commonly visited compared to other game parks in the country because of its tree climbing lions due to the fact that it is only place in Uganda where to spot these species and in the whole world apart from Lake Manayara national park found in the southern region in the country. More so, this national park has other many attractions which lead many people to travel from different parts of the world with an aim of seeing these which include; Lake Katwe which is famously known as a salt lake found in the Northern region of the Mweya Peninsular and visiting this lake gives tourists chances to watch, learn and observe more about the salt mining processes, Kazinga channel which is a 32 kilometer waterbody that connects lake Edward and Lake George and touring around the kazinga channel blesses you great opportunities to embark on exciting activities like; boat cruises and sight see animal species like; hippos, crocodiles, flamingoes and elephants among others.
More so, there are the Lake Katwe Explosion craters which are marked as the highest point within Queen Elizabeth national park and exploring through the craters gives you chances to capture classic views of the beautiful mountain Rwenzori ranges, the great rift valley of Africa, the kazinga channel and Lake Gorge which is one of the attractions found in park and is seen as the smallest and shallow lake which covers an area of about 250 square kilometers and it is 2.4 meters deep located in the western region of the African Rift Valley. For tourists exploring in this national park are also blessed with great opportunities to participate in many interesting activities where they learn and gain a lot of experience. Therefore, some of these activities include the following bellow;
Best safari activities to consider while in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is a home to over 600 bird species which makes it a good destination for bird lovers because touring around this park gives you chances to sight see at many beautiful bird species such as; collared prantincole, pel’s fishing owl, the rare shoebill stork, swamp flycatcher, grey kestrel, the African green pigeon, Swallow, the Nubian woodpecker, swamp flycatcher, grey evaded king fisher, black crake, the African jacana, the yellow wagtail, knob billed duck, hooded vulture, white backed vulture, grey backed fiscal among others. more so, these bird species are spotted within habituated areas like; within the Maramagambo forested area, katwe area, the Ishasha sector, Lake Kikorongo area, Kasenyi area, the Mweya Penisular area, the katwe area which consists of the Lake Munyanyange which harbours around large numbers of lesser flamingoes, Katuguru bridge area among others.
Lion tracking is one of the main activities done within this national park because it’s unique tree climbing lions attract many people to visit the park. In addition, it is well that some of the advantages for these lions to climb up in the trees it helps to protect them from being beaten by parasites and the heat from the ground. More so, while they are resting up in the trees it helps to ease their hunting processes whereby they are able to watch where their prey is located. In addition, these tree-climbing lions are easily spotted within the Ishasha sector.
Queen Elizabeth National park is also a good destination where to spot the chimpanzees. And the chimpanzee trekking activities go for about 2-4 hours and the best time to involve in this activity is good in the morning hours where they usually begin at 8:00am because during this period of time tourists get see these species as they come out through their dens moving around the national park searching for food. More so, chimpanzee trekking is best done from Kyambura Gorge where the trekking permits are charged at a cost of 50 USD per person and in Kalenju forest at 30 USD per person.
Apart from the mentioned above activities, there are so many more things that tourists exploring around this national can do such as; game viewing due to fact that this national park is a home to over 95 mammal species like; Uganda Kob, African elephants, gaint forest hogs, lions, leopards, waterbucks, warthogs, African buffalos, pelicans, hippos, giraffes among others, hot air ballooning where they enjoy the amazing experience while flying up in the sky and capture an aerial view of the beautiful nature of the park, visiting caves such as; a bat cave which is situated within Maramagambo forest among others.
Contact our trusted tour operators for more information about what safari activities are done in this national park and Book with our tours and travel companies such as; Achieve Global safaris who offer the best tour packages while on your adventurous safari in Queen Elizabeth National park.