Queen Elizabeth National Park

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Uganda is known for its gorillas, but Queen Elizabeth National Park is the jewel of many Ugandans’ wildlife. Including four of the Big Five, chimpanzees, around 600 bird species, and more hippos than you ever imagined. You can explore the Queen Elizabeth National Park on foot, by boat, or on classic game drives.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is not as well known as Kruger, Serengeti, or Masai Mara. Not only does it have wildlife that rivals any other African national park, but Queen Elizabeth National Park’s volcanic backdrops add to the magic of a safari here. In the Queen Elizabeth National Park the savannah boasts four of the Big Five along with crater lakes, flamingos, a chimp-inhabited underground forest, and a flock of flamingos. In the Kichwamba Escarpment, the trumpeting of elephants echoes between ancient craters and is echoed off steep walls. Large herds of buffalo cluster around the dark, knuckle-like Rwenzori Mountains, known as the Moon Mountains. Uganda is renowned for its gorillas, but dont get fooled into thinking there are no other sights to see in the country.
Generally, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is entered from the north via the Kasenyi region, which offers excellent game drives and the Kyambura Gorge. Experience an afternoon cruise up the Kazinga Channel and a view across the park and Lake Edward from Mweya Peninsula. You can find tree-climbing lions and topis in Ishasha, further south. A tour that spends several days in the region may also venture out to neighboring Toro and Ankole communities. In the area around the Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will find lush and densely populated terrain, as well as salt harvesters, basket weavers, and people making recycled paper jewelry. You will also find colorful cultural performances featuring dancing to the rhythm of hand-carved wooden xylophones.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park has various habitats support a wealth of wildlife with more mammal species (95) than any other Ugandan park and over 600 bird species – an unprecedented number for such a small area. Expect to see safari favorites such as elephants, buffaloes, and hippos. The chances of finding lions on the plains of Kasenyi and Ishasha are good, especially with a ranger guide. At the same time, leopard sightings are frequent, though unpredictable, around Mweya and the nearby Channel Track.

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Daytime temperatures average 18-280C. Nights can be cool.

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QENP is classified as an Important Birding Area by Birding International, making it a superbly varied destination for birdwatchers. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s location at the intersection of East African savanna and Congo forest means that species from both biomes are present.

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Local People

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Bunyaruguru people live on the Kichwamba Escarpment to the southeast of QENP. The area to the north of the park is the home of Basongora pastoralists, while Bakonzo farmers cultivate the slopes of the Rwenzori mountain beyond.

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African Safari Attractions & Activities

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GAME DRIVES

Kasenyi Plains
Half an hour’s drive from Mweya, the open grasslands of Kasenyi provide the primary game viewing area in central QENP, thanks to the resident herds of Uganda kob and the lions that prey on them. Kasenyi’s experienced ranger guides can usually locate lions, but predator sightings can be guaranteed by signing up for a tour with the Mweya-based Uganda Predator Project, which monitors the movement of lions, leopards, and hyaenas fitted with radio collars.
Ishasha
Conveniently located on the road to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, QENP’s southernmost sector offers a classic game viewing experience under vast rift valley skies. Expect to see buffaloes, hippos, elephants topis, and more besides. The chance of sighting lions is particularly good in Ishasha; the local pride obligingly spend their days resting up in the branches of shady fig trees.

FOREST WALKS

Kyambura Gorge
The forest-filled Kyambura Gorge extends from the Kichwamba Escarpment to the Kazinga Channel. Enjoy the giddy viewpoint on the edge of the 100m-deep chasm before descending into the depths to track chimpanzees with UWA guides.
Maramagambo Forest
At the foot of the Kichwamba Escarpment, the shady Maramagambo Forest contrasts with the park’s open grasslands. Guided walks afford sightings of primates and rare birds (including the forest flycatcher, white-naped pigeon, and the striking Rwenzori turaco) and visit Lake Nyamusingire (home to the African finfoot, this is formed by three connected crater lakes), the copper-rich Blue Lake, and the Bat Cave with its resident bat gorged python.

BIRDING

Birding activities overlap with the wildlife viewing locations described above. Highlights include:
-Easy sightings of residents and migratory waterbirds on the Kazinga Channel.
-Spectacular seasonal congregations of flamingoes on the Kyambura and Katwe soda lakes.
-Careful searches for rare and restricted forest species in Maramagambo Forest.
-Memorable shoebill sightings on the remote Lake Edward Flats in Ishasha.

VOLCANIC EXPLOSION CRATERS

Crater Drive
Dozens of volcanic craters pock the landscape north of Mweya to remind us of the Albertine Rift’s violent tectonic history. The 27km Crater Drive between the Kabatoro and Crater gates follows a breathtaking route around the rims of extinct craters filled, variously, with lakes, forest and grassland. At the Crater Gate on the eastern edge of the crater area, the Queen’s Pavilion has been visited three times by British royalty. A small information centre and coffee shop stand on the site. The equator markers straddling the adjacent Kasese highway provide a popular photo opportunity.
Katwe Salt Lake
The people of Katwe town, 12km from Mweya, have been extracting salt from the saline Lake Katwe using evaporation pans since the 14th century. Local guides will escort visitors down into the crater to see the process. The adjacent Lake Munyanyange is rich in waterbirds, including migrating lesser flamingo between August and November.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
This small reserve to the east of Kyambura Gorge is dotted with crater lakes visited, seasonally, by greater and lesser flamingoes.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

Travelling to Uganda

From Europe and America, you can travel to Entebbe in Uganda both by the African towns of Addis Ababa, Kigali or Nairobi or through the Middle East, passing through Dubai or Doha.

Uganda culture
As in several African nations, it’s common for Ugandans to exchange warm welcomes before starting into the subject of discussion. To be kind, you should adhere to this cultural tradition, even if you’re requesting a stranger on the road for ways. Public displays of love are viewed as impolite in Uganda: so restrain your desire towards your companion. Ugandan women tend to wear conservatively, covering long clothes and skirts that hide their knees.
Languages in Uganda
Uganda has 43 languages, Luganda is the common broadly spoken, and Swahili and English are the official languages. Most cultivated Ugandans talk English, and in sightseer destinations, most utmost people will speak English.
Is Uganda safe?
Uganda is ordinarily a secure and calm country, but few points are to be knowledgeable of. When in cities and towns, use the equal care that you would everywhere; don’t display your valuables, be conscious of your bag when you’re in full areas and don’t forget valuables in your vehicle. Be mindful when you’re walking or driving in darkness. Avoid political displays in cities. Travel carefully if you’re travelling near the frontier with South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as there have been extreme conflicts in the region.
Changing money in Uganda
Uganda’s money is the Ugandan shilling. US dollars are broadly admitted for hotel activities, park access payments and safari activities. The dollars need to be more modern than 2003 and have no cuts on them. Uganda is a cash nation: many resorts and restaurants in Uganda don’t receive credit cards, and payment for park expenses and grants are in cash, so always have sufficient cash with you. There are ATMs positioned in towns over the country, but if you’re moving to isolated regions, it’s good sense to go with sufficient cash to pay for everything you will want.
Shopping in Uganda
Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja have the widest choice of artworks, handicrafts, curio stores and shops. In Kampala, Exposure Africa is the biggest craft “community” in the town, where you’ll encounter everything from wooden carvings to sandals, baskets and ornaments. In contrast, the Friday handicraft fair on Ggaba Road is a famous spot to browse handcrafted arts sold by artisans. A buying highlight in Kampala is Banana Boat, with three distinct sections, where you’ll discover upcycled paper goods and jewels and other wonderful arts. In Entebbe, there’s the Entebbe Crafts Village with 20 stalls retailing ornaments, dresses, sculptures and memorials, and numerous additional curio stores. In Jinja, attend Kilombera Workshop for cotton textiles or browse footpath stalls for sandals, handbags, drums and portraits.
Visa requirements and fees

Most utmost visitants will be required to obtain a visa for Safari to Uganda. You managed to obtain a visa on landing in Uganda, however this is no longer the situation. You presently need to ask for an electronic visa online before your journey. Go to https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ to demand. A single-entry visa costs US$50, and a six-month multiple entry visa costs US$100.7
If you’re travelling to Rwanda and Kenya on the same trip, then apply for the 90-day multiple-entry East African Tourist Visa, which includes all three countries and charges US$100.

Health and emergencies
To stay healthful in Uganda, you should take bottled or treated water and avoid having any unpeeled fruits or vegetables. If you consume street meat, make sure that you purchase it from an occupied vendor and have a high meat turnover to guarantee that it’s good, and observe that the meat is prepared in your presence. Uganda has a high risk of malaria. You should get antimalarial medicine and limit mosquito bites by applying repellent on your skin and dresses, using long clothes and shirts in the early morning and evenings, and napping under a mosquito net.
Health care system
Uganda has both government and private healthcare amenities. Government healthcare offices are understaffed and require medical supplies and medications. Suppose you have a health difficulty or medical danger. In that case, you should attend a private clinic or hospital, where you’ll be required to compensate for your medicine and later receive reimbursement by your travel insurance.
Medical emergencies
If your medical emergency is not severe, then get to the nearest city and try to find a private clinic or hospital. For more severe emergencies, unless you’re in Kampala and can reach a private clinic, you need to reach a medical evacuation service (such as MAF on +256 772 777 208), which will carry you by plane to the closest private hospital for treatment.
Food and tipping in Uganda
Tipping in Uganda is not required, but multiple travellers give tips – and this additional money assists increase the livelihood of people operating in the tourism business. For restaurants, you can tip 10% for excellent service, and if you want to tip a taxi driver, you can round up your expense.

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