Queen Elizabeth National Park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination with diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. The southern remote ends of the park (The Ishasha sector) is characterized by Fig trees and woodland. This side of the park is very famous for the tree climbing lions and offers visitors an excellent encounter with these tree climbing lions during the game drives.
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What to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Game drives
With the well maintained tracks in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the game drives take you closer to the Africa’s Big Five for an encounter with several animals and bird species residing here. You will be able to encounter some of the Africa’s Big Five game during the game drives that normally start in the morning, for a couple of hours. With Adventure Vacation safaris, you will go for as many game drives as possible. The sunset game drives give a spectacular view of wildlife with the4 beautiful views of the sunset.
- Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is among of the most remarkable national parks within Uganda for outstanding Wildlife as well as Bird-life, it also a perfect place to enjoy chimpanzee tracking / trekking done within the Kyambura Gorge where there are several habituated Chimpanzees. The scenery within this gorge is very spectacular and there are several other mammals plus birds to be seen as you start out in the morning on your chimpanzee trekking experience. With the Chimpanzee tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park, this makes your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park a rewarding one with both primates and Big Five encountered in one single destination.
- Bird watching experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Uganda is among the most well-known birding destination in the whole of Africa. It has a diversity of bird species a number of which are not easily spotted in any other part of the African continent. Queen Elizabeth national Park boosts in an excess of 550 species of birds that have actually made it a charming destination for guests that love watching birds. There are several aquatic birds such as the White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink and white backed Pelicans, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Yellow backed Weavers, open-billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Pied kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the Black Crake and the Knob-billed Ducks along the impressive Kazinga Channel in the park. Additional prominent species include the malachite, black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, verreauv’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, squacco heron, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormorants, and many more.
- Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel
The boat trip within Queen Elizabeth National Park is done on the impressive Kazinga Channel a 40 kilometer water long natural channel that links Lake Edward plus Lake George. This launch cruise may take anything from 2 – 5 hours to well explore the water and the wildlife along the shores of the Kazinga Channel. Taking a cruise on the Kazinga Channel is among the highlights of Uganda safaris within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The launch cruise offers great chances to take pictures as the boat sails slowly with chances of getting closer to many animals and bird species
- Tree climbing lions at the Ishasha sector
The Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the only place in Uganda where you can encounter the tree climbing lions. There are no more than 2 populations in whole world of such lions that do actually climb trees as one of their day to day behavior. One of these populations is found within the Ishasha sector which is found in the south part of the well-known Queen Elizabeth National Park within Uganda. The other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in the Southern part of Tanzania. Visitors on a Uganda safaris generally end up visiting the Ishasha region primarily to see the population of the resident Tree Climbing Lions as well as many other animal species residing in this side of the park.