Queen Elizabeth National Park

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The history of Queen Elizabeth national park is fascinating. In the first quarter of the 1990's in 1925, a department was set up to stop the Elephants from marauding villages and destroying cultivation- the overall aim being to keep the within certain boundaries, protecting both Elephants and people.


Since its inception, the protected area has grown. Set in the western rift valley, the park together with the Kyambura and Kigezi wild life reserves covers 2475 square kilometers. Its temperatures range from18oc to 280c. The wettest seasons in this Park are usually incurred in March to May and September to November receiving rains ranging from 750mm to 1250mm with an altitude of 910m above sea level at Lake Edward vicinity to 1,390 m above sea level in the crater area. This place can be best timed from December -February and the tour can be for at least 2-3 days. It has recorded about 95mammal species and 606 bird species.


 

 

 Queen Elizabeth national park encompasses a wide range of habitats ranging from savanna and wetlands to riverine and low land forest. The area is dominantly covered with water and 250 square kilometers of Lake Shores. Lake George, Lake Edward, The Kazinga Channels, Ishasha River and a series of crater lakes provide a rich habitat for both mammal and birds offering a brilliant wildlife viewing opportunities to visitors. Added to all this is the beautiful scenic spectacular panorama and terrain.
Sir Andrew Cohen was wrote about it that; "the grandest view I have ever seen, looking north from Ankole escarpment, with lakes Edward and George and the Kazinga Channel in the foreground and the whole snow capped range of the Rwenzori as a backdrop."

 

The park has 10 primate species, including chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys. The park also has predators like lion, leopard, spotted hyena, side stripped jackal and also numerous antelope like bush back, water buck, oribi, topi, the shy and sem i aquatic sitatunga and four species of duiker. Mammals in this park include; buffalo, elephant, hippo, mangoose.


Activities in Queen Elizabeth national park


Any visitor to Queen Elizabeth national park can be rewarded by a game drive which brings you closer to the park's marvelous diversity. This is usually done very early in the morning and late in the evening hours. Over 200km of well maintained tracks give visitor access to the park's game. Some tracks pass through large mating grounds of great herds of Uganda Kob. The slower you drive the more you will see.

A boat trip along the hippo crowded banks of Kazinga channel gives you a unique unmatched wildlife experience. Gaze at the yawning hippos surrounded by a vast number of bird life. This launch cruise puts you in the right heart of nature. Many buffalo rest in water with crocodiles being a common sight along the shores. Occasionally leopards can also be seen.