At Queen Elizabeth national park you can get to see the tree Climbing Lions, Birds, Wildlife and Chimps in the Kyambura Gorge. Queen Elizabeth is a breathtaking national park, at times called ‘the Pearl of Africa or Switzerland of Africa’. Relatively simple this, productive equatorial area is mainly picturesque, with two lakes linked by Kazinga channel overlooked by a high peninsula. You will on the other hand find volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity numbers in the entire world.
A total of 95mammals species have been registered in Queen Elizabeth, the highest for any national park in Uganda. Primate species in the park include the Chimpanzees, vervet, blue, red tailed, and L`Hoest`s monkeys, black and white colobus and olive baboon. Approximately 20 predators are viewed in the park, including side striped jackal, spotted hyena, lion and leopard.
The most regularly seen antelope species are Uganda kob, bushbuck, topi and Defassa water buck. The indefinable semi.aquatic sitatunga antelope are found in papyrus swamps a near Lake George, on the other hand four duiker species are primarily confined to the Maramagambo forest. Buffaloes are regularly seen and often reddish in colour because of interbreeding with the redder forest buffalo and the Congolese rain forest.
The park’s elephants show affinities with the smaller and slightly hairier forest –dwelling race of elephants seen in DRC. Conserved as Lake George and Lake Edward game reserves from the late 1920`s, the present day QENP was gazetted as the Kazinga national park in 1952, to protect the different landscapes of prolific wildlife of the Rift valley floor between Lake Edward and the Rwenzori.
What to enjoy while at the destination.
Participate in Chimp tracking (Kyambura Gorge): The Maramagambo forest and next to the forest reserve generally protected one of the greatest chimpanzee population in east Africa in the gorge carved by the Kyambura River next to the eastern boundary of QENP. About 16km long and100m deep, the gorge conserves an isolated and contained cover of riparian forest, surrounded for the largest part by more open savanna, which means that the inhabitant Chimpanzee community has a limited territory and is normally quick easy to locate by sound. In addition to Chimps, black-and white colobus, vervet monkey and olive baboon are usually observed in the gorge, although less visible residents include red tailed monkeys and giant forest hogs. For bird watchers, Kyambura is one of the greatest places in Uganda for black bee eater and blue-bellied king fisher in addition to a good range of additional forest birds is present.
This is a spectacular activity at Mweya taking you to the mouth of the Kazinga channel and it takes for 2 hours. Although not perhaps as spectacular as its equivalent in Murchison falls, it’s a great trip, with elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, Uganda kob and large hippo pods spotted on a daily basis, and giant forest hog, leopard and lions arte also seen from time to time.
In the early hours of the day, you can participate in an early morning game drive and in the late afternoon hours. This is done by driving through the park for the reason of seeing animals. The game tracks go through the mating grounds of the famous Uganda Kob and provides you with a chance to see a wide range of wildlife plus Elephants as they move down to the water, giant forest hog, buffaloes, bush backs and hungry lions looking for prey. The stunning views of the crater lakes give a magnificent experience. Viewing the interesting specie diversity can only be probable if you are in a top up roof vehicle for game drives and at a reduced speed.
A good number of bird species are seen in the savanna, wetlands and lowland forest. This is home to more than 606 species of birds plus the Grey headed Kingfisher, Black headed Gonek, Pin tailed Whydah, Slender tailed Nightjars, Red-capped lark, African Mourning dove, Lasser flamingos, the uncommon Shoebill stock and several others.
Knowledgeable guides who know the most fascinating birds are used as birding guides near the swamps, lakes and other exciting habitat. Queen Elizabeth national park gives you a good opportunity of seeing Uganda’s most sought after bird the ancient shoe Bill stork! Additional key species are; the African fish eagle, martial eagle, papyrus ganolek, African Skimmer and several others. A trip plan for a minimum of 2-3 days provides one with the best opportunity to view these fine-looking birds.
Maramagambo Forest Walk
Three different guided walks can be carried out from the visitors centre at Maramagambo. The most straight forward loops near the forested shore of Lake Kyasanduka, and should not use up more than an hour, basing on how fascinated you are in profile of birdlife.
A more famous walk, of approximately 90 minutes` duration, leads you to a large cave where considerable concentrations of bats are inhabitants, plus a rock python that’s usually viewed by visitors. For interested birdwatchers, the most pleasing walk is likely to be the longer loop a near the back of Lake Nyamusingiri, which usually takes half a day to complete, and gives you the chance to look out rarities like scaly-breasted illadopsis, snowy-headed robin-chat and chestnut wattle-eye
Traditional Salt Work Visit
Salt works are in Katwe which is a residence to Uganda’s most ancient salt mine industries gratifying at the enclave of L. Katwe town. From the 14th Century, salt has been mined by traditional methods and is presently being used plus peaks for the period of the dry season.
At times it is referred to as true pearl in the southern section of the park occupying 100km. Pleasant campsites often visited by Colobus and other monkeys are located near the winding Ishasha River. The renowned tree climbing lions can be spotted on large fig trees in this part of the park. Topi, Uganda Kob and Buffaloes Graze in the Acacia studded savannah.
This ranges from up market to budget accommodation
Mweya Safari Lodge
Jacana Safari Lodge
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Bandas at Ishasha
Mweya Safari Lodge
The park also has camp sites outside and within the park that include; king fisher camp located on escarpment and hippos camp.