Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tour
Established in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park is positioned in the west of Uganda adjacent to the re-known snowcapped mountains of the moon – Rwenzori Mountains standing at 5,109m above sea level.
Queen Elizabeth National park stretches across the western rift valley floor covering 1,978km2 of land. It is apparently the most visited park in Uganda and has been recorded as a world biosphere reserve. The national Park contains 95 mammal species, 600 bird species making it the first in Uganda in terms of bird count, 10 species of primates and 20 predator species.
Being a home of the famous tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, the great natural Kazinga channel that connects Lake Edward and George, the thrilling gorge of Kyambura with populations of chimpanzees and a series of explosion craters some of which are salt lakes and others with sulphur combine to qualify Queen Elizabeth National Park a wonderful Uganda safari destination.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tour Attractions
The National Park of Queen Elizabeth is considered to be among those protected areas with great biodiversity concentration. 95 mammal species exist in the park which is the highest compared to other parks of Uganda. Ten (10) primate species exist in Queen Elizabeth National Park including; common chimpanzee, vervet monkey, blue monkey, red tailed monkey and L’Hoest’s Monkey, black and white colobus and olive baboon.
Besides that, 20 predators exist in Queen Elizabeth including side-stripped jackal, spotted hyena, leopard and lion. Antelope species such as Uganda Kob, bushbuck, topi, defassa waterbuck exist in the park elusive sitatunga is common in the papyrus swamps around Lake George while four (4) duiker species are confined within the margins of Maramagambo forest. Buffaloes and elephants are common in the park. The park’s unique species – the tree climbing lions dwell in the short trees of Ishasha in the south of the park. The Kazinga channel is re-known for its greatest concentration of Hippos that compete even on a global scale.
The National Park of Queen Elizabeth is a home to over 600 bird species which makes it the first in Uganda, the second in Africa and the 6th on a global scale. The varied eco-environments that characterize the park form the ground for existence of diverse range of bird species. Environments range from the savannah landscapes, to water environments and forested landscapes.
Kyambura gorge contains populations of Chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park alongside other primate like monkeys. Chimp trekking in Kyambura is a challenging activity as it involves hiking the steep landscapes of the gorge and sloping on the same slopes amidst the forest jungle.
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