Explore the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda

Ruler Elizabeth National Park is situated in the Western part of the country and occupies around 1,978 square kilometers. The national park is among the most loved and popular tourist destinations in the country particularly because it is home to variety of wild animals and different species of birds and the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector.

While on a tour to Uganda though Queen Elizabeth National Park, tourists are probably going to encounter a lot of elephants, Kobs, waterbucks, lions, chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, hippos, hyena, leopards, warthogs, buffaloes among others.

There are more than 600 species of bird in the park which makes it perfect destination for bird watching in Uganda. Among the bird species found in Queen Elizabeth National Park include martial eagles, Pink-backed pelicans, Shoebill stork, African Chapins, skimmer, Papyrus canary among others.

Tour attractions

Game Drives
Game drives through the park are always done early morning and evening hours. Driving in the open savannah grasslands, visitors can spot variety of animals including elephants, buffaloes, kobs, bushbucks, warthogs, impalas, lions, leopards, sitatungas, topis among others. Going with a guide proves to be useful while on game drives on the grounds that the guides are always quick at spotting these animals.

Kazinga Channel
The 40 kilometers in length Kazinga channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George and is prominent for boat cruise. Boat rides give tourists an awesome views of the national park and animals particularly those that hide round the banks like hippos, elephants, crocodiles among numerous others and variety of water loving birds.
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel is always done in the morning and afternoon.

Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions
The Ishasha sector is situated in the south-western edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park which isn’t just the most all around preferred part of the park but also the most visited part in Queen Elizabeth national Park.

This sector is prominently recognized for its occupant the tree climbing lions that are an amazing tourist attraction and one among the highlights on all safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector found in approximately 120Km south of Mweya. They are normally spotted roosting on savannah fig trees as they look out for kobs and buffaloes to jump on.

Apart from the tree climbing lions the sector also has variety of bird species and tourists searching for the tree climbing lions can usually get a chance of watching these birds also.

Crater Lakes
The crater lakes region in Queen Elizabeth National Park is among the interesting spots to visit in Queen Elizabeth National Park, tourists here enjoy the amazing views of the lake and even the park. Among the lakes Lake Katwe which is mainly known for salt mining. Visitor to Lake Katwe get a chance to meet the salt miners who are both men and women each with an individual mining area.

Some kilometers from Lake Katwe, there is Lake Munyanyage which is another crater lake and the main attraction here is large number of flamingos and variety of other bird species.

Kyambura Gorge
The amazing Kyambura / Chambura Gorge also known as the “Valley of Apes” is situated in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park found in the south-western part of Uganda. Roughly 1km across – at its broadest point and around 100 meters deep, the gorge is really drained by River Kayambura.

Chimpanzees are the main attraction in Kyambura Gorge and among the reason why tourists visit Queen Elizabeth national Park. Chimpanzee tracing is done in the morning and for anyone to participate in the activity he/she need to have a chimpanzee tracking permit which are bought at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices. All chimpanzee trackers are first briefed about the tracking experience before they set out on chimpanzee tracking in the 16 kilometer long Kyambura gorge.

How to get there
From Kampala, the Park can be access through Mbarara or Fort Portal. Queen Elizabeth National Park is found in around 410km from Kampala and it takes around 6 hours to get there from Kampala by road. In case you planning for a self drive safari to the park, you can hire a car in Kampala from the many car rental agencies there.