Located in the Western Region of Uganda, and with the legs in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri are Queen Elizabeth national park popularly referred to as the medley of wonders. The park is roughly 400 kilometers (250 mi) by road south-west of Kampala, which is Uganda’s capital and largest city. The park is comprised of the Maramagambo Forest which borders the Kigezi Game Reserve, Kibale National Park which is a primate world in Uganda, and Virunga National Park in Congo.
The park was established in 1952 holding the names as Kazinga National Park, then renamed after two years honor the visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth National Park seats on a space of approximately 1,978 square kilometers (764 sq mi, extending from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes.
The park is recognized for its biodiversity of both bird species and mammals which some of them include; African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, African bush elephant, African leopard, lion, and chimpanzee among others. On record, the mammal population is estimated at approximately 95 mammal species and roughly 500 bird species.
Also, the park has a wonder that can hardly be found anywhere and that is the tree-climbing Lions at the Ishasha in Rukungiri District, whose males sport black manes.
This destination is well known for some of the most eye-catching features such as the renowned volcanic features, such as the volcanic cones and deep craters, the crater lakes, namely the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.
adding on that, the available plants and good climate has favored several bird species to reside, and inhabit, reproduce, there are those that come from European countries in for a holiday or breeding, so thus making here a birders choose, the remarkable species include; the African skimmer, Chapin flycatcher, Pink-backed pelicans, Papyrus canary, Shoebill stork, martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail as well as the great flamingos.
Interesting, Queen Elizabeth national park has some spots that activities revolve around and these includes;
The Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion
The journey to Queen kick starts with a very interesting experience, you will visit have to visit the Equator where some demonstration as to the exact spot of the equator line, this equator line plays a very interesting part in the availability of lions and other mammals in this park, thereafter, wonderful full photos can be short in order to keep and take back the memories home.
The other attraction is the Queen’s Pavilion that is easily seen through the northern entrance to the Crater Drive, it was erected in 1954 when Queen Elizabeth gave a provision the site until in 1959 when much more stable pavilion was raised for the visit of Queen Elizabeth. Some Renovations was made in 2007 by the second visit of Duke of Edinburgh putting in place better facilities such as coffee shop and internet facilities.
This is the center of the heart of sightseeing as well as perfect accommodation in the park; explore the park as well as the distant parts of the peninsula. Ta this point, you will catch the wonderful sight of Katwe bay of Lake Edward.
Ooh! Have you ever got a feeling of coming closer to the aquatic and mammals? Is that point that gives you a full opportunity, the channel is approximately 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward? The interior of this lake is home to a large concentration of mammals, birds as well as reptiles all year round, it hosts half of the world’s crocodile hippo and crocodile population. The animals can be sighted while on an amazing boat cruise that runs from 15.00 and 17.00
Besides that, the kasenyi of plains of the channel are focal points for game viewing that gives you an opportunity of spotting numerous wildlife in its nature for example elephants, lions, Uganda Kobs, Buffalos and other animals that dwell in the grassland thickets of the Northern Kazinga close to Mweya.
Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions
Discover and know that even Lions can climb trees, at the ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park we go to an area known as Ishasha that covers an area estimated at100km south of Mweya. An area that offers you an ultimate experience of sighting its inhabitants the lions relaxing on tree branches bothered about nothing but how to get their next meal.
You can access Queen Elizabeth national park from Kampala, a six (6hr) drive, through Masaka, Mbarara and Bushenyi towns to Kasese. Another option to reach Queen Elizabeth national park is the route from Kampala to Mityana, passing Mubende, Fort Portal town then to Kasese Town, a distance of approximately 360 km.
Fort portal town is strategically located in a medley of tourist attractions, that is, next to Uganda’s leading tourist destination (Queen Elizabeth national park), Semliki National Park (hot springs) and the renown Rwenzori Mountain ranges also called the mountains of the moon.