Located in the Western reaches of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a wildlife paradise. It is a sanctuary for over 90 mammal species and 600 bird species. It is made up of of 4 different types of terrain: bushy grassland, acacia woodland, swamp or lakeshore, and forest grassland. This ensures a rich and diverse array of flora as well.
The majestic landscape flows gracefully from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west. These lakes are connected by the Kazinga Channel, which meanders through a changing landscape of volcanic craters and wide-open plains. With a variety of animals thriving here, one can expect to see species such as buffalo, Ugandan kob, and giant forest hogs with relative ease.
Queen Elizabeth National Park also hosts two highly-acclaimed animal populations. The first is the tree-climbing lions, one of only 2 populations found worldwide. Located in the Ishasha sector of the park, these majestic predators can be seen lazing in trees during the hot African days. Since lions can be elusive and hard to spot, this offers a great opportunity to view these big cats. While it is not known why they have developed the ability to climb trees, a characteristic not share by most of their brethren, it is speculated that the heat drives them to climb up to the shady and cooler branches of the local flora.
The second animal specie that Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for is primates. Chimp trekking is a popular activity, sometimes done in conjunction with gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located close by.
The forest primates make their home in Kyambura Gorge and Maramgambo Forest within Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are several guided tours to choose from if you want to see these wonderful creatures. It is important to note that there are a limited number of chimp trekking permits issued by the Ugandan government, and it is therefore essential to choose a tour before visiting the primates, to make sure you are not disappointed.
There are some fantastic tours available, allowing you to not only see Queen Elizabeth National Park, but also the rest of Uganda. For those more interested in our feathered friends, there are several birding tours available. With over 600 species, there are many birds to see in Queen Elizabeth- even for the most seasoned birder! Some of these birding safaris even allow for the best of both worlds to be experienced: birds and big game.
With so much to see and experience, why not contact us- we will be more than happy to assist you in planning your perfect Ugandan holiday.