Queen Elizabeth national Park ; Tree Climbing lions
Queen elizabeth national park is the ultimate place to watch the wild animals while on a Uganda safari and just don’t forget your camera
Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably the most popular destination in Uganda. This is mainly so because of the park’s diverse ecosystems that include wide open savannah grasslands that contrast sharply to the humid forests in the park.
The park, which was established in 1952, is one of the largest in Uganda and adjoins the frontier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west which is known for gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park. Its vegetation consists mostly of thickets of various types of small trees, including acacias and evergreens. There are also areas of rain forest and of savanna grassland. The park’s wildlife includes chimpanzees, leopards, lions, elephants, hippopotamuses, water buffaloes, and several types of antelopes, such as duiker, reed buck, and topi. The park has an extremely rich avian fauna, prominent among which are many species of kingfishers.
This diversity has made the park attract and retain some big game and over 600species of birds. The park also plays host to about ten primate species and is located against a magnificent backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Wildlife. Leopard sightings are common and the Isasha sector is famous for its tree-climbing lions. Huge herds of buffalo and elephants are found in the savanna areas of the park. An amazing number of hippos inhabit the Kazinga channel on which daily boat trips are conducted. Chimps can be tracked and several antelope and other primate species are present. Giraffe and zebra are absent.
Scenery. The park is set against a backdrop of the Ruwenzori Mountains. Additional scenic points are Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George and at least 10 crater lakes. The most accessible part of the park is open savanna, but large forest areas are open to the public. These include the forested Kyambura gorge and the extensive Maramagambo forest in the southeast.
What to see & do in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Top wildlife viewing
- Boat trips on Kazinga channel available
- Tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector
- Excellent birding with 600 species recorded
- Several accommodation options for different budgets
- A main road bisects the park and people live along the boundaries
- The Mweya peninsula area can get busy in high season