Game Drive Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game Drive Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park : Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western part of Uganda as stand out as one of Uganda’s prominent game drive destinations and boasts to be having numerous wildlife and bird species. Queen Elizabeth national park is found in Kasese district and approximately 374.7km from Kampala city. Queen Elizabeth national park was gazetted in the year 1952 and was named after the great Queen Elizabeth II of English after she had paid a visit to this great natural wonder of the country. Queen Elizabeth national park is managed by Uganda Wild Authority. Queen Elizabeth national park is truly a gem as it is strategically located in the middle of natural wonders such as near Mountain Rwenzori the highest mountain in Uganda, Kibale national park and Mgahinga national Park Uganda’s best mountain gorilla trekking safari destination all these beautiful destinations surround Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth national park covers a ground surface area of 1978 square kilometres making the area vast enough for great game drive safaris around the national park.

Game drives at Queen Elizabeth national park are one of the great ways of viewing the different wildlife species that Queen Elizabeth national park has. This is usually done using 4 x 4 vans that carry tourists however, this activity is carried out by well-trained guides who are at times armed in order to protect tourists while viewing the different wildlife species at Queen Elizabeth national park. Some of the different wildlife species at Queen Elizabeth national park include; Tree climbing lions, Ugandan Kob, Giant Forest hog, warthog, Topi, red tailed monkeys, leopards, civet, genal and serval cats, African elephant, zebra, African buffalo, chimpanzees, crocodiles, spotted hyenas, water buck, side stripped jackals, mongooses, giant forest hogs, cheetah, bush pigs, baboons to mention but a few. Game drive safaris at Queen Elizabeth national park can be carried out during both day and night time. It can be carried out at night particularly to be able to view the nocturnal wildlife species that only move at night. Additionally game drives at Queen Elizabeth national park can be carried out on individual basis or in a group.

However, it is important to note that game drives are not the only activities that take place at Queen Elizabeth national park however there are many other activities that can be carried out at Queen Elizabeth national.

Bird Watching; Queen Elizabeth national park is a UNESCO Accredited birding site .It  is  a home  to numerous bird species of over 450 these bird species include the following; Papyrus gonolek, black and white casqued hornbill, pink backed pelican, saddle billed stork, red chested sunbird, African skimmer, black headed gonolek, grey heron, great blue turaco, glossy ibis, golden rumped tinkerbird, dusty blue flycatcher, eastern grey plantain eater, emerald-spotted wood dove, African open billed stork, black headed oriole, black headed lapwing, African fin foot, blue napped mousebird, crowned eagle, brown parrots to mention but a few. Viewing the above variety of birds shall indeed make one’s experience a great birding safari while at Queen Elizabeth national park.

Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel; While on a Uganda wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth national park, one can get a chance to view the different wildlife species on Kazinga channel while on a boat cruise and get the opportunity to watch the various herds of hippopotamus and crocodiles. This boat cruise, can also be on lakes Edward and Gorge where one can carry out spot fishing, view wild life such as hippos, crocodiles on water not forgetting the opportunity to view different stunning and scenic views such as those of the beautiful savannah grasslands, the rolling green hills, the trees to mention but a few. This is indeed a relaxing experience that shall make a tourist Uganda wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth enjoyable.

Game Drive Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hippos at Kazinga Channel

Community encounter; Queen Elizabeth national park has a rich community with diverse tribes such as the Basongara, Banyabwindi and the Bakonjo that surround Queen Elizabeth national park. For example, while at Queen Elizabeth national park one can visit Katwe Tourism information centre and learn about lake Katwe and salt mining, learn about the craft making industry, participate in local cuisine to mention but a few. One can also learn about their day -to -day ways of living not to mention but a few.

Chimpanzee trekking; In the forest reserves of Kalinzu and Kyambura game reserve which are right next to Queen Elizabeth national park are home to very many Chimpanzees and primates such as golden monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons, among others. One can enroute from Queen Elizabeth national park to trek chimpanzee and other primates in the forests of Kalinzu and Kyambura and connect with nature.

The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth national park is during the dry months of the year in the months of January, February, June, July, August and December to mention but a few. This is the best time since there are lesser down pours and tourists can carry out tourist activities.

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