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No Big Game But Totally Worth It

Views: 469 Visited: Dec 2012 Reviewed: May 03, 2013

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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