Queen Elizabeth National Park


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No Big Game But Totally Worth It

Written on: May 03, 2013   |   I visited in December 2012 Queen Elizabeth National Park is referred to as the "Pearl of Africa". In December, we set out to see this marvel. You can access QENP via chartered flights to kasese, mweya or ishasha airstrips but we decided to travel by road from kampala, mbarara town via katunguru to Bushenyi. This trip as we found out is extremely tiresome and boring, a good 5.5 hrs 400km journey. It can be made enjoyable by having short breaks in Lake Mburo, Kibale Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We sought adventure so the anticipation to visit QENP overshadowed the long journey.
After arrival we went to Mweya Safari Lodge located on a peninsula within the heart of the QENP and surrounded by the picturesque Ruwenzori Mountains.( NB This is a luxury lodge we paid full board 675 $ per day). The lodge has spacious rooms and a breathtaking view of the Kazinga channel. There is wifi but the speeds are too slow to do any meaningful work.
A nights rest was all we needed and by morning sunrise we were up and on our way to the kazinga channel, we were told this was the best way to enjoy QENp wildlife safari, little did we know the boat launches start at 1100 hrs 1300hrs,1500 hrs and 1700hrs. After some hours wait, armed with powerful binoculars and cameras we hired the kingfisher (a super luxury 12-seater boat. Price is 34$ per person, inclusive is a drink either alcoholic/juice) to experience this channel. Kazinga's
shoreline attracted large variety of bird species, from kingfishers, flamingos egrets, fish eagle. The bird species were overwhelming. It was a constant loop switching from our binoculars to our cameras. We also saw lots of hippopotamus and crocodiles. Apart from the birds, these were the only game animals we saw.
Yes, no lions, no elephants, leopards or such. The Kazinga boat trip is a must for every visitor to QENP. Enjoy the birds and scenery which are plenty here. As for other large game animals, there is much shortage here.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 14, 2016   |   Visited: Nov 2015.
The park is known to have the highest concentration wildlife in Uganda. Tree-climbing lions can be seen draped in trees in the Ishasha sector, and the variety of birds is spectacular! Over 612 bird species have been recorded in the area among which include the Lappet-faced Vultures, the rare shoe bill stork, pick-backed pelicans, black bee-eater, palm-nut and the A... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 26, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2002.
If you camp, be sure you can get a fire lit. Backup matches, kerosene. Be sure. Because the fire really can help keep the predators away, and the lions are curious.
On our third or fourth safari in Queen, we saw a pair of young males, manes just coming in, near the peninsula. That night, they found us. What's that? That's lions.
Sniffing around the tent, lic... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 17, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
If I have seen beauty, it was in Queen Elizabeth National park. The park has a variety of animals starting from the small ones like squirrels to the largest ones like the elephants. It has the fascinating tree climbing lions that we saw relaxing in trees and truly one would say they are the King of the jungle. The Kazinga channel it self is a gem where you see hipp... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 09, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
This is the second largest national park in Uganda and covering an area of 197800 ha found in the Albertine rift valley. The area was affected by Rinderpest and smallpox in 1890s and then the arrival of tsetse flies at the beginning of 20 century. In 1910 the seriousness of nagana and human sleeping sickness led the officials to move the inhabitants to areas free ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 24, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
I now know why this park is so popular. Yes, it's more crowded than other parks in Uganda and Rwanda, but it's so scenic and has such a large number of animal life that it's ok.
Loved the food here for some reason. Def try to do a boat tour, too. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 15, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2009.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda about 234 miles by road from the capital Kampala. Queen Elizabeth has many interesting physical features including Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Katwe, Kazinga channel that connects lake Edward to George it also has many Volcanic cones and deep craters. It also includes Maramagambo forest and Kyambura game... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 04, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2012.
If you find yourself in Uganda and you want a day off in the wild, this is an amazing park to visit.
Getting there from Kampala has varied means and very pocket friendly. We are three of us and we board a bus headed Kasese. One of us is a Ugandan and knows the place quite well.

In Kasese, there are many taxis for hire. They accept day trips in the park and cha... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 26, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2013.
Ever wondered where to find the park named after the Queen of England and how to get there?!
Situated in Western Uganda in four districts with astonishing creatures like rift valley escarpments, long winding caves, crater lakes and vast bird and animals species, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a variety of flora and fauna making it unique and so attractive with... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 18, 2013   |   Visited: May 2011.
The game drive was great because I and my group managed to see the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector and the also the boat along the Kazinga channel was superb. We also managed to see the elephants in a big herd plus other primates in the park. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 12, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2011.
This is Uganda’s most well-liked park and it is a very accessible savanna reserve. It is a perfect place to enjoy wildlife viewing as well as have eco-tours because of its great profusion of flora and Fauna that have actually transformed it into the best game park with the riches biodiversity in Africa.

This park is prominent for its vast population of antelope... read more
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