Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination and a great choice for African Safari Holidays. The park has a diverse ecosystem, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, the park supports at least 95 species of mammals, it boasts of 20 carnivores like the Lion,Leopards, side stripped jackal and spotted hyena among others.
Queen Elizabeth Park safaris offer the opportunity to see four of the big 5 mammals lions, elephants, buffaloes and leopards. Other animals include Ugandan kob, sitatunga, giant forest hog and topi – while at the top of the list are the tree-climbing lions found at the south of the park.
In addition to game drives on the open savannah, you can also do boat cruises to see hippos and crocodiles.
Boat cruise is one of the interesting activities in Queen Elizabeth national park which is done on Kazinga channel a 32 km long water channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. The boat ride is done in two schedules that is the morning schedule which starts at around 9: 00am and the afternoon schedule which starts at around 2:00pm.
Tree Climbing Lions
Lions are only found climbing trees in two places in Africa, so it’s a rare and remarkable sight to see them lying in the branches of giant fig and acacia trees in the remote Ishasha Sector at the southern end of the park.
For bird lovers and those interested in birding safaris, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great destination. The park is home to about 605 species of birds.
What makes the park so attractive to birds is that it is home to several water bodies, swamps, forests, gorges, craters and other physical features. The top birding spots in queen Elizabeth National Park are the Kazinga channel, the savanna plains, Maramagambo forest, Kyambura gorge and the crater lakes.
Overlooking the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Mountains of the Moon, Kyambura Gorge Lodge offers sweeping views of rolling savannah to reveal a ravine of thick tropical rainforest containing a wealth of primate species, including a group of habituated chimps (chimp trekking is available, though sightings are unpredictable). It is also possible to trek to see chimpanzees and other primates in the Kalinzu Forest.