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What Safari Attractions & Tour Activities To Experience During Your Queen Elizabeth Visit?Queen Elizabeth National Park is well-known the world over for its immense natural beauty, fabulous landscapes, rich diversity of flora, and an unbelievable variety of wildlife that includes terrestrial and avian fauna, reptiles, insects, amphibians, and so much more to enjoy on your African safari vacation in the reserve. The park, you’ll find, spreads across the western end of the Albertine Great Rift Valley. Ancient volcanic activity has given it fertile soil that supports lush vegetation and the animal life that depends on it. Geological activity has also added to the park’s beauty by creating a series of craters, marking the spots where volcanoes thousands of years ago spewed ash into the surroundings.
- Well-known across the world for its incredible natural beauty with diverse landscapes and a stunning variety of wildlife and flora. Sprawled across Uganda’s western section of the Albertine Rift Valley
- Kasenyi plains teems with herbivores that thrive on the grasslands amidst stealthy predators
- Forest treks in the Kyambura Gorge which is home to 10 species of primates including a habituated family of chimpanzees
- Boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel to view diverse terrestrial and aquatic wildlife including birdlife
- Sightings of majestic lions napping in the fig trees in the Ishasha Sector
Wander amongst these dense gorge environs on treks, and you may encounter some of the 10 primates that thrive in the reserve, including a family of habituated chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, and a superb variety of avian life. You can follow the Kyambura River as it meanders through the gorge, carving it even deeper. Yet another prime birdwatching locale is the Mweya Peninsula, where the Kazinga Channel meets Lake Edward. This area is rich with aquatic birds that can be seen on boating trips in its green-blue waters.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for impressive herds of elephant, buffalo, and other herbivores. If you take a launch ride on the Kazinga Channel, you may have the opportunity to view some of them coming to drink along the shores. This picturesque channel is one of the highlights of the park and connects Lake George on the east with Lake Edward on the west. You will have many memorable safari holiday moments as you photograph hippos in the shallows with their jaws gaping, crocodiles basking in the sunshine, and buffaloes and elephants grazing on the banks.
Travel to the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth Park and you may spot majestic lions with an incredible skill: the ability to climb trees. Have your camera ready so you can photograph them napping in the fig trees or lying in wait for grazing antelope - the endemic kob. In all, the reserve is known for close to 95 species of mammals and more than 600 varieties of birdlife. With the assistance of the expert AfricanMecca guide who will be accompanying you on your safari drives, you’ll hopefully get lucky and see a good many of them. Queen Elizabeth Park now has a network of about 200 kilometers of tracks that make wildlife viewing easy. Before you leave, do take the time to interact with the local communities in the outskirts villages for a cultural tour of Uganda.
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1. Game Drives To View The Diverse Wildlife Of Queen Elizabeth
- Game drives in special custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles made available by AfricanMecca
- Two drives, one in the morning at 6:30 a.m. and late afternoon at 4 p.m.
- Opportunity to explore 1,978 square kilometers of the stunning wilderness
The tour consultants at AfricanMecca Safaris offer special custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles for your excursions. Typically, game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park (best time to go) are undertaken in the early morning, beginning around 6:30 am, and around 4:00 pm in the afternoons. After tea and coffee, you can leave for your wildlife-viewing adventure. The north Kazinga and Kasenyi Plains are known for sightings of warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, buffalo, giant forest hog, elephants, lion, and leopard. Explore the Ishasha Sector in the south to see the tree-climbing lions that are often seen napping in the fig trees. The southern sector of the reserve is largely untouched, and you are unlikely to see many other tourists here.
2. Boat Safaris On Kazinga Channel
- Kazinga Channel traversing a distance of 32 kilometers connecting Lake George on the east with lake Edward on the west
- Sightings of hippos and crocodiles on the banks of the channel along with various other species feeding and drinking
- The smaller boats have a seating space of 10 to 12 guests with canopies for shade from the sun, guests have the option of booking private boats also available
- Refreshments served on board during the ride
- Each excursion lasting two hours and starting at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The smaller boats can comfortably seat 10 to 12 guests and have canopies for shade from the sun, along with safety equipment for your protection. You will also be treated to refreshments to enjoy while the guides offer in-depth information about the park denizens you come across. Your 2-hour excursion will begin at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. at the Mweya jetty. You also have the option of booking a trip on a private boat, which leaves at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every afternoon.
3. Birdwatching Safaris In Different Habitats Of Queen Elizabeth
- “Important Bird and Biodiversity Area” (IBA) declared by Birdlife International
- Queen Elizabeth Park hosts over 600 species of birds
- Diverse landscapes providing unique habitats that support them
Look for colorful species such as flamingos on the salt lakes, fish eagles, marabou storks, shoebill storks, weaver birds, great egrets, elusive forest fly-catchers, white-naped pigeons, cormorants, Rwenzori turacos, and owls. The prime locales for ornithology are the Katwe area, Katunguru Bridge, Lake Kikorongo, Ishasha sector, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo, Kalinzu and Kyambura Gorge, Kasenyi Plains, and the Kazinga Channel.
As your tour consultant at AfricanMecca Safaris will advise, the perfect season for bird watching excursions in the Queen Elizabeth Park is from end of May to September. The migratory birds arrive in November and leave by April. The peak rainy months of April and November bring abundance of food that leads to a lot of avian activity though trails can be slippery, and also roads and airstrips can be challenging to navigate. You may want to set aside 2 to 3 days dedicated specifically to the birds.
Below is a list of some of the birds of Queen Elizabeth National Park
4. Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris In Kyambura Gorge
- Deep valley located on the east of the park, gorge cut into the landscape by the Kyambura River
- 10 different kinds of primate species
- Family of habituated chimpanzees along with a fabulous array of birdlife
- Trekking expeditions starting at 8 a.m. or 2 p.m.
- Each hike lasting for around 1 to 5 hours depending on the location of the chimpanzees on that particular day
To give you the best possible chance of spotting chimpanzees, your tour consultant at AfricanMecca Safaris may combine your excursion with a hike to Kalinzu Forest, which is located about a 30-minute drive from Kyambura Gorge. This forest is also known for the family of 40 chimpanzees that live here. A typical chimpanzee-tracking hike can last anywhere from 1 to 5 hours, depending on the location of the primates you are looking for. Treks generally begin at 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. The landscape of the gorge is breathtakingly beautiful, but can present a challenge because of the steep slopes and uneven trail. However, you’ll be rewarded on this trip with viewing and hearing the songs of various birds, like the African finfoot, various falcons, and blue-headed bee-eater, to name a few. We also recommend extending out to Kibale National Park for your chimpanzees safari trek.
5. Katwe Explosion Crater Tour
- Katwe explosion craters, so called because of the force with which they exploded and spewed ash around an extensive radius
- Some craters transforming into scenic lakes during specific seasons while others have saltwater acting as magnets for large numbers of flamingos feeding on the blue-green algae
- Sightings of herds of elephants, and warthogs, and hippos in the shallows
- Main crater locations at Ndali-Kasenda Crater Field, Bunyaruguru Crater Field on the slopes of Kichwamba, and Katwe Explosion Craters
- Driving to the massive Kyemengo Crater and saltwater Lake Katwe having a depth of 3,265 feet
The craters are mainly clustered in three locations: Katwe Explosion Craters in Queen Elizabeth Park, the panoramic Ndali-Kasenda Crater Field, close to the Kibale National Park, and the striking Bunyaruguru Crater Field on the slopes of Kichwamba. While traveling in the park, you will have the opportunity to visit the massive Kyemengo Crater and Lake Katwe, which has a maximum depth of 3,265 feet and a highly saline water content.
As your tour guide will explain, the lakes have been the site of salt-extraction operations since pre-colonial times. The 85% sodium chloride salt taken from these lakes remains valuable even today. The local people living within Queen Elizabeth National Park still follow their traditional methods of salt mining, allowing water to collect in salt pan compartments at the edge of the lake and gathering the salt that remains behind after the water evaporates.
6. Cultural & Community Tours Near Queen Elizabeth Park
- Spending time with the local communities and tribes for an immersive cultural experience
- Participating in traditional music and dance forms and learning to make medicines and handicrafts
- Sampling local snacks at the Bakiga Village and watching women’s activities at the massive Kyemengo Crater and Lake Katwe
- Understanding processes for extracting salt from the lakes and processing it at the Katwe Tourism Information Centre (KATIC)
- Visits to the Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community to see the cultural museum and walks to the Katara and Leopard Villages
Your experiential vacation in Uganda will be enriched by lessons from the womenfolk of Queen Elizabeth Park, who are known for their impressive talents in craft-making, processing farm produce, cooking, and caring for members of the tribe. At the Bakiga village, you may also get a traditional snack to carry with you. Stop by the massive Kyemengo Crater and Lake Katwe and you can learn traditional dances, learn to make a fire, and hear some of the age-old lore of the region, complete with tales and riddles. If you would like to watch the process of extracting salt from lake water and packaging it for sale, be sure to include a visit to the Katwe Tourism Information Centre (KATIC) in your Queen Elizabeth National Park trip itinerary.
Yet another highlight of the park is the Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community, the local term for twin lakes in the Bunyaruguru crater region. Visit the cultural museum here, which houses old tools and was built using ancestral architectural styles. A 2- to 3-hour agro-tour walk to Katara Village in the morning or evening, and a visit to Leopard Village, are among the other interesting cultural activities to do here.
7. Experiential Wildlife Research Tours In Queen Elizabeth
- Experiential activity in the company of researchers as they conduct habituation processes
- Developing an in-depth understanding of animal behavior, migratory paths, and habitats
- Studying how the ecosystem of the biomes function with each creature playing its part
- Each expedition lasting between 1 and 3 hours with only a limited number of guests permitted
- Excursions include taking hippo census, bird countings, and tracking lions and mongoose
Some of the experiential tourism activities you can participate in at Queen Elizabeth Park include bird counts, a hippo census, lion tracking, and mongoose tracking. Each expedition lasts for between 1 and 3 hours and accepts a limited number of guests, which minimizes the possibility of disturbing the animals and ensures that visitors enjoy their excursion. With the assistance of the tour consultant at AfricanMecca Safaris, you can book this activity for the early morning or the evening.
8. Nature Walks, Scenic Hikes & Primate Treks In Queen Elizabeth
- Nature walks in different locations such as the Mweya Peninsula enjoying vistas of the Kazinga Channel, grasslands, and Lake Edward that abound with a rich diversity of avian life
- Following the edges of the Ishasha River for sightings of hippos in the water
- Trekking in the rainforests of Maramagambo, Kalinzu and Kyambura Gorge to spot some of the 10 species of primates and a host of colorful birds with an occasional leopard in a tree
- Traveling out to Lake Kyasanduka and Lake Nyamasingiri, which is a haven for birdwatchers
Trekking in the rainforests of Maramagambo, Kalinzu and Kyambura Gorge, in Queen Elizabeth Park, can introduce you to some of the 10 species of primates that thrive here, including the chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkey, vervet monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, and the elusive L’Hoest monkey. You may also spot a leopard hidden in a tree, along with a host of forest birds like the sunbird, woodpecker, greenbul, and various others. Other interesting locales to hike or trek in in Uganda are around Lake Kyasanduka and and Lake Nyamasingiri, a delightful mecca for birdwatchers, where you can look for avian life like the chestnut wattle eye, Scaly-breasted illadopsis, and snowy-headed robin-chat.
9. Experience The Tree-Climbing Lions Of Ishasha
- Located on the southern section of the park and known for unusual tree-climbing lions
- This excursion is best combined with a tour of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Abounding with a host of grazers like herds of Ugandan kob and waterbuck
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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK GUIDE
Queen Elizabeth Park is a quintessential wilderness reserve since it has the distinction of boasting an incredible diversity of natural treasures. It abounds with 95 mammals and over 600 bird species.
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WHERE & BEST PLACES TO STAY IN QUEEN ELIZABETH
Queen Elizabeth has varied accommodations, from the luxuries of Kyambura Gorge Lodge to the deluxe option of Ishasha Wilderness Camp. The value lodge options are Katara, Elephant Plains Lodge and Mweya.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH
Like most locations in Africa, Queen Elizabeth National Park has two wet rainy seasons and two dry seasons. June, July and August is the best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda.
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When visiting Queen Elizabeth for your wildlife safari, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Murchison Falls, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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