Queen Elizabeth National Park
With the widest variety of wildlife of all the Ugandan parks, QENP is a popular choice for an excellent all-round safari experience. The scenery offers outstanding beauty and the diverse landscape nurtures a bounty of wildlife.
We saw some great birds on the Kazinga Channel boat trip, but my favourite part was seeing a tree-climbing lion on the way to our camp in Ishasha. I thought it was a myth!
Named after Queen Elizabeth II when she visited in 1954, this park offers a great all-round safari experience. It has a wealth of biodiversity covering wetlands, savannah, lush forest areas and bush. This allows the park to sustain a rich variety of wildlife, birdlife and flora too.
The park has two main areas separated by the Kazinga Channel, the northern sector at Mweya and the more remote southern sector at Ishasha. Mweya has more wildlife and is busier whereas Ishasha is a sought after destination amongst those in the know, and home to tree-climbing lions.
- Wildlife: The healthy wildlife populations include lions, leopards, hyenas, chimps, elephants, hippos and buffalo.
- Tree climbing lions: These beautiful female lions are found in the Ishasha sector in the south of the park. Keep your eyes peeled for them, draped photogenically in the branches of fig trees, a sight to behold.
- Birding: The variety of landscapes and abundance of waterways in the park support a huge variety of bird species, over 600 have been recorded. There is always something vying for your attention.
- Chimpanzees: Kyambura Gorge is home to a seasonal group of chimpanzees, it is possible to trek here.
- Boat trip: A boat trip on the Kazinga channel shows another facet of this fabulous park. It provides an opportunity to watch wildlife coming to drink at the water’s edge and also to observe life in the local villages set along the banks.
- Game drives: This is an East African safari but without the crowds, a wonderful place to experience wildlife in its natural habitat.