Queen Elizabeth national park is the most preferred safari destination of Uganda. It is a true safari paradise that stands out in Uganda. During the visit to this park one has unlimited chances of exploring the nature and culture of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park is the second oldest national park of Uganda. It was named after Queen Elizabeth 11 when she visited Uganda in the year 1957. The park is crossed by the equator, creating one of the richest habitat for wildlife in the Kasenyi plains on the shores of Lake George. In total coverage, the park is estimated to cover an area of 1,978km² bisected by the equator.
In this park, you will find a cross section of wildlife wonders that include the highest number of bird species and a rich representation of mammal species, thanks to the diverse ecosystems that range from wetlands, forests, Savannah and lakes. The major water bodies of this Park Range from wetlands, fresh water lakes to salt water lakes that attract seasonal visitation of flamingos from Kenya. The main water bodies include; Ishasha river, lakes George and Edward inter-joined by Kazinag channel, lake Katwe and kasenyi salt lakes and many other craters and wetland ecosystems. The flora ecosystems include; Maramagambo forest, Kyambura gorge and Kigezi wildlife reserves, Ishasha sector and other extended Savannah. The park also touches Kibale national park to the northeast and the Virunga national park to the west in Congo as the two major contributors to her rich habitat.
Wildlife in the park include; up to 600 bird species and 95 mammal species. Birders find a rich list covering woodland and forest dwellers, over 50 raptors, water birds, and various migratory species in certain season of the year. Visitors have a chance to spot East and Central African bird species due to the park connection with the Congo habitat. The bird list includes these sixteen as the common site;
1) Martial Eagle, 2) Bar-tailed Godwit. 3) Shoebill, 4) Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, 5) Black Bee-eater, 6) White-tailed Lark, 7) White-winged Warbler, 8) Papyrus Gonolek, 9) Papyrus Canary, 10) Corncrake, 11) Lesser and Greater Flamingo, 12) Black-rumped Buttonquail, 13) African Skimmer, 14) Chapin’s Flycatcher, 15) Pink backed Pelican, 16) African Broadbill,
The list of mammals in queen Elizabeth include the big game, 10 species of primates, the big cats and other small game. The commonly viewed species include the tree climbing lions and other cats, elephants, buffallos, hippopotamus, antelopes, warthogs and other wildlife. With abundance of water bodies and wetlands with both fresh water and salt water ecosystems, Queen Elizabeth national park boasts of one of the richest aquatic lives in Uganda making it a potential stop for water ecosystem seekers and searchers. The reptile list include crocodiles, monitor lizards, black-necked Agama, Montane Side-striped Chameleon, Speckle-lipped Mabuya, African Striped Skink
The landscape of Queen Elizabeth national park is rich and amazing. It is made up of the rolling hills, extensive spans of savanna, the escarpment and breathtaking craters. The location bellow the Rwenzori gives visitors an opportunity to view the snow at the equator or the virunga ranges during clear mornings when the sun rises.
The park has abundance of culture since it is a human biosphere with the biggest numbers of human communities that live within the park. The park has a representation of up to 99% of Uganda’s 56 tribes at Lake Katwe salt mining community. Other human communities are found at the fishing villages on Lake George and Edward or Katuguru community that doubles as a fishing and commercial community. Other human communities reside on the peripherals of the park hence influencing the parks ecosystem or providing the cultural encounters for tourists to queen Elizabeth national park. these are such as Kikorongo, Muhokya, Kichwmba and others,
Having a representation of Africa in this small space, makes Queen Elizabeth national park a wonder world of nature and culture. Take your wildlife safari at the equator, choose Queen Elizabeth national park, a Medley of Wonders!