4 Days-Queen Elizabeth National Park-Wildlife Tour
Queen Elizabeth National Park was established in 1952 and first named Kazinga channel National Park then two years later changed to Queen Elizabeth II in commemoration of Queen’s visit to Uganda. There are two major lakes Edward and George linked together by Kazinga Channel and several other crater lakes. Lake George is fed by streams from the nearby Rwenzori Mountains and the outflow flows through this channel and pours into Lake Edward. The channel is well known for having the biggest concentration of hippos probably found nowhere else in the world. The launch cruises on this channel are very rewarding too with numerous views of game animals’ drinking water and countless bird species.
Commonly seen animals are lions, buffaloes, hippos and elephants on the grasslands and shorelines. Others include water bucks, warthogs, Uganda kob, Nile crocodiles and sitatunga antelope. Primates include chimpanzees, Varvet and black & white colobus monkeys and baboons.
Chimp tracking activity can be done in Kyambura gorge in the eastern part of the park. Trekking these habituated chimps in Kyambura is not an easy task because of the gorge’s steep landscape covered by rainforest but it’s a good experience. The Maramagambo forest in the South eastern part of the part stretches from the Kicwamba escarpment to L. Albert. The forest is home to chimpanzees, monkeys and the rare Bates pygmy antelopes. The canopy shaded trails associated with all tropical forests give a different feeling when compared with those of the open savanna. The bat caves in this forest are popular with African pythons as the main residents.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home to over 600 bird species because of its reach habitats that ranges from savanna, wetland to lowland forest. It’s a good destination for bird watchers in following areas like Kyambura, Kazinga channel, Maramagabo forest, Kasenyi area, Katwe, Katunguru Bridge, Mweya Peninsula and Ishasha area. Birds include Yellow wagtail, Shoe bill, Black bee eater, African Jacana, Saddle billed stork, African skimmer, lesser and greater Flamingo, common squacco Heron, papyrus canary, papyrus gonolek and Black crake.
For a cultural touch, meet the Kikorongo (sunshine) Women Community for cultural performances and art crafts. The historical cave at nyanz’ibiri community that was used for sacrifices and cleansing of misfortunes, cultural museum and Banyaruguru huts.
By road from Kampala via Mbarara – Bushenyi is 420km (south) while from Kampala via Fort portal covers 410km (north). By air from Kajjansi or Entebbe to mweya, Kasese or Ishasha airstrip.
- Chimp tracking – in the Kyambura gorge
- Game drives – through Kasenyi, Kazinga plains and Ishasha area Birding – the parks great habitats makes it second ranked bird destination in the continent and sixth in the whole world and classified as an important birding area by Birding International.
- Nature walks
- Boat cruise along Kazinga channel
- Cultural encounters
- Research and monitoring
Day 1: Transfer to the park
Day 2: Early morning Game drive and later boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
Day 3: Chimp tracking
Day 4: Return to Kampala