Top things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park – The Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Uganda safaris. This second largest National Park in Uganda is found in the South-western part of Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a variety of wildlife and boasts a range of attractions and interesting activities that make it truly gifted by nature.
Great Adventure Safaris provides you with things to do while on your Uganda holiday in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The highlight of your visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park is the scenic game safaris that give you a chance to view even the most elusive fauna while in this National Park. The thrilling drives are best done during the morning and they feature up-close viewing of the wildlife which inhabits the National Park in the comfort of a vehicle. You can as well enjoy a game safari in the evening and your driver-guide knows the different trucks in the park intimately and will take you in search of the different wildlife found here.
On your game drives, you could spot elephants, the largest land mammal skilfully using its trunk to feed, big cats like lions and leopards, antelopes, hyenas. Different groups of animals like Buffalo herds and Uganda kobs traverse the game park all day long. Warthogs, the giant forest hog among the other wildlife you are likely to meet on your game safari.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the top bird-watching spots. A haven to over 620 different bird species, bird watchers are in for a major delight in this National Park. Some of the bird species which are most likely to grace your photographic memories include the; Sedge warbles, Papyrus canary, the Martial eagle, Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, and the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, all of which inhabit the park’s expansive grasslands, forests, and wetlands. Do not miss the flamingos found at the Lake Katwe and Lake Bunyampaka salt lakes.
The boat trip which takes place on the Kazinga Channel, along the natural water channel linking Lake George to Lake Edward is an exhilarating event for you when you visit Queen Elizabeth National Park.
On your boat cruise, you get to enjoy the various sights and sounds that the park’s rich aquatic life extravagantly offers. Besides the large hippos taking their swim in the waters, the fierce Nile crocodiles basking lazily on the channel banks for a feel of the warm sun are some of the lifetime safari experiences you will encounter on the cruise. Do not miss are the Pied Kingfishers attempting to grab a meal in the waters.
It’s not that every day you see a lion climbing a tree it was considered a safe bet to climb one if you ever found yourself being chased by one, not while in Ishasha sector the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, lions perched up on acacia and fig trees are an enchanting sight to behold.
The Ishasha sector where these lions are found is accessible on the journey to or from Ruhija or Buhoma regions of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as one head or returns from Gorilla trekking in the forest. Besides the amazing tree-climbing king of the jungle, the sector is also home to other animals such as herds of buffaloes, large numbers of elephants, warthogs, and antelopes all of which make for a memorable safari to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Valley of Apes, the Kyambura Gorge found in the Northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the Chimpanzees. The Chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge are habituated and used to human presence and this does not deter them from going on with their activities.
The underground rainforest is a gorge that makes for excellent protection from the sunshine as one enjoys the immense beauty of nature hidden therein. You will experience lush savannah grasslands leading to the gorge, to the flowing rivers and creeks. Red-tailed monkeys, baboons, butterflies, and different bird species are among other inhabitants of this little paradise worth sighting besides the Chimpanzees.
Besides the primate species, the forest boasts great hiking trails upon which there is a lot to explore. While walking in the forest, look out for soldier ants as they have such a painful sting. Otherwise, you are in for an exciting safari experience while trekking one of man’s closest primate relatives.
These are things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You can choose to have all these or some of them depending on your interests. Contact Great Adventure Safaris for a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park and activities to do while there.