Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second biggest national park after Murchison Falls with a square kilometer of about 1,978. The park is situated astride the equator and located in south western Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward. Queen Elizabeth national park borders Democratic Republic of Congo on its western side. Queen Elizabeth National is the number one national park well known for the big four animals that is the Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes and the Leopards and It is various bird species.
Queen Elizabeth national park together with the Kyambura and Kigezi wild life reserves covers 2475 square kilometers. Its temperatures range from18oc to 280c. The wettest seasons in this Park are usually incurred in March to May and September to November receiving rains ranging from 750mm to 1250mm with an altitude of 910m above sea level at Lake Edward vicinity to 1,390 m above sea level in the crater area.
Queen Elizabeth National park supports of a wide range of habitats ranging from savanna and wetlands to river line and low land forest. The area is dominantly covered with water and 250 square kilometers of Lake Shores. Lake George, Lake Edward, The Kazinga Channels, Ishasha River and a series of crater lakes provide a rich habitat for both mammal and birds offering a radiant wildlife viewing opportunities to visitors.
Game Drives: where you will catch up with the various animal species in their natural habitat. They normally take 3 hours and more depending on what the client wants and are most rewarding and provide excellent opportunities to take some fabulous pictures near the main area around Mweya.
Launch drives: The launch drives can take 2- 3 hours on the Kazinga channel exploring the various water species. You will see hippos, the birds along the water, the lions, leopards, raptor birds, fishing boats, elephants and more. The picture taking opportunities are simply fabulous.
Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge: This is normally done in the morning or Afternoon depending on the permit you bought, you will enjoy a walk in this lovely forest surrounded by savannah plains. You will also various kinds of monkey such as baboons, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, and red tailed monkeys and other mammals and birds.
Maramagambo Forest Walks: the interesting park of this walk is the Here one gigantic bat cave where you are often greeted by a rock python which stays in here. Equisetic Bird watchers will love what they will find here in this forest.
Getting to the Park:
There are two main routes from Kampala, both of which work well for visiting queen Elizabeth either as part of longer itinerary or as a stand lone destination. The route to Fort portal road, which goes via Mityana and Mubende, connecting to kibale, Rwenzori and Semliki, the faintly longer via Masaka and Mbarara, it also connects lake Mburo national park, Bwindi and Mgahinga. The park is also accessible from the south, coming through Ishasha from kabala or Bwindi, via Kihihi. For flying safaris, there are two airstrips in Queen. One Ishasha and one in Mweya area