Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably the most popular national park in Uganda and indisputably among the most remarkable Parks in the country and East Africa entirely. The Park nestles the western region of the country, in Kasese, with the most astonishing attraction being the striking Kazinga channel. The channel hosts a variety of wildlife such as Crocodiles and Hippos (which are permanent), and the regular visitors at the banks which include; buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, and warthogs. The breathtaking boat cruises on the channel offer a great opportunity to spot all these animals.
Other attractions in the Park
The Ishasha sector is probably the most sought after in the Park. Visiting the Park without driving to its Ishasha sector you will not have unearthed the extraordinariness and uniqueness of this exceptional national park. The sector is every tourist’s favorite as it resides the unusual tree-climbing lions. Being the major national park in Africa for spotting these unique tree-climbing lions, Queen receives an elephantine number of visitors annually who go there to witness its beauty and specialness. The only major destinations to spot these wondrous tree-climbing lions are Queen Elizabeth National Park (chief destination) and then Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park.
The Ishasha sector also resides a variety of antelope species like Topis, Uganda Kob, Bushbucks, and Waterbucks. The Ishasha River, on the Uganda-DR Congo border, harbors masses of hippos. In the Ishasha sector of the Park you are just a stone’s throw away from the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. In the Kyambura Gorge, you can go for the exciting chimpanzee tracking experiences within the Park. There are very many wildlife species to come across on the game drives in the Park, such as; savanna elephants, African buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, waterbucks, and kobs. You will also spot lions and leopards, but these are not actually obvious sightings, especially when you visit the Park in the wet/rainy season. However, there’s an experiential experiment of Lion tracking where you are guaranteed of seeing these two big cats in the Park. This experiment costs US$ 50; you will be able to experience very many daily behaviors of the lions.
Where to stay in the Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park comprises of very many accommodations and of every type to suit all tourists. Among the many of them include; Mweya Safari Lodge, Mazike Valley Safari Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Engiri Game Lodge and Campsite, Kingfisher Lodge, Parkview Safari Lodge – Kyambura, Marafiki Safari Lodge, Tembo Safari Lodge, Baboon Safari Resort, Kyangabi Crater Resort, Jacana Safari Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Elephant Home, Njovu Park Lodge, and Rift Valley Game Lodge.