Queen Elizabeth National Park is said to be Uganda’s best wildlife destination. The park’s various ecosystems, which include sprawling Savannah, humid forests, a number of lakes and fertile wetlands, make this park the ideal home for classic big game, more than ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. For a standard African safari experience, the trails through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer practically guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. You can take an escorted tour or enjoying the self drive in Uganda using the private rented 4×4 vehicle from the reliable car rental agency in Uganda.
Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard. Queen’s great diversity of habitats means it is home to over 600 species. This is the best of any East African national park, and an extraordinary number for such a small area. The park’s convergence of Savannah and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species. The Kazinga Channel is an oasis for many of the interesting species that live in the park, and taking a boat tour along it gives visitors the opportunity to cruise just meters from hundreds of huge hippos and buffaloes while elephants stay behind on the shoreline.
The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than finding out about chimpanzees in their natural surroundings: it trains visitors about the network of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rain forest, including vegetation types; bird discovery and conduct; and chimp and monkey ecology. Nature walks are one of the more lively ways to go around the landscapes and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth. Locations include the shady Maramagambo forest; Mweya Peninsula with its attractive views; and Ishasha River, where you may see a number of forest and Savannah species as well as having a distinctive chances to get extremely close to hippos – on foot! Below the cool canopy of the Maramagambo Forest is the “Bat Cave”. The cave has a viewing room from which visitors can watch the resident bats and pythons. For a more artistic cave experience, how about a trip to the historic cave at Nyanz’ibiri community? See the vigorous dances of the Kikorongo Equator Cultural Performers; workers collect salt on Katwe Salt Lake; a traditional Banyaraguru hut; or an agricultural village – all conducted by those who know them best – local community members. Through Nature Adventure Uganda, all this is possible at a relatively low price.