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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK: Greatest variety in landscapes and ecosystems, including open savannahs, tropical rainforests, wetlands and many volcanic features

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Crater Lake.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

197,800 ha Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's park with the greatest variety in landscapes and ecosystems, the latter including open savannahs on the Ishasha Plains, tropical rainforests, semi-deciduous forests, wetlands and many volcanic features. In fact, the park is also famous for its volcanic cones, deep craters and crater lakes such as the Katwe craters, where salt is being won.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Visitor Center.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Katwe Crater Lake salt extraction.

Visitor center of the park.

Salt extraction at the Katwe Crater.

 

Why consider booking our Uganda National Parks Safari? Because for a very competitive price, you focus on the real national parks of Uganda without losing valuable vacation time in less interesting non-protected locations in the countryside. Our tour takes you into 6 parks and reserves, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Composed by our world-renowned national parks expert, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, this is the best safari on the market. Destinations Overview: UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  Kibale National Park, Mburo National Park Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's most famous park Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala.

 

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Volcanic lake.

One of the many crater lakes in the park.

The Kyambura Gorge in the eastern section of the park is also referred to as the “Valley of Apes” for its abundance of forest dwelling monkeys. Carved out by the Kayambura River, the gorge is about 1 km across at its widest point and 100m deep.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Kyambura Gorge.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Chimpanzee in Kyambura Gorge.

The Kyambura Gorge is at its widest 1km wide and 100m deep. As ground water leaks out of the canyon walls, the gorge is forested with a semi-deciduous tropical forest. 

Chimpanzees are among the 7 species of primates in the Kyambura Gorge.

The famous ± 35km long and Kazinga Channel connecting Lake Gorge to Lake Edward, while  running through fascinating wetlands. The shores of both lakes and the Kazinga Channel, are teeming with wildlife like Hippos, Cape Buffalos, Elephants and Crocodiles, as well as numerous wetland birds, such as .the African skimmer, Pink-backed pelicans, Shoebill stork, as well as Great Flamingos.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Kazinga Channel connecting Lake George and Edward.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Tourist boat Kazinga Channel.

The Kazinga Channel runs through wetlands, while connecting Lake George to Lake Edward.

A typical tourist boat on the Kazinga Channel.  

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: African Crocodile Kazinga Channel.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Cape Buffelos Kazinga Channel.

African Crocodile.

Cape Buffalos taking a mud bath.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: African Elephant Kazinga Channel.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: African Skimmer, Lake Edward.

African Elephant after a swim.

 

African Skimmer.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Greater Flamingo Lake George.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: African Fish Eagle Kazinga Channel.

Greater Flamingo in flight.

African Fish Eagle.

With so much ecological variety, it is not surprising that 612 species of birds have been recorded, making it among the few national parks in the world with more than 600 species of birds. Some notable species are Chapins flycatcher, Rwenzori and the Great Blue Turacos, the White Naped Pigeons, Papyrus canary,  Martial eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, etc.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Great Blue Taracu.Queen Elizabeth National Park: African White-backed Vulture.

Great Blue Turacu.

African White-backed Vulture.

With more than 95 species of mammals, the park is also among the most diverse park in Africa for mammals, which include Uganda Kobs, Waterbuck, Warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Giant Forest Hogs and a great variety of antelopes. With luck, Topis maybe observed  in the Ishasha Forest. The area around Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, with dark manes, that like to rest in large fig trees. With 10 species of primates, which includes Chimpanzees, the park has a considerable primate diversity, but now quite as much as Kibale National Park which sports 13 primate species. The Maramagambo Forest has seven different primate species: Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and Vervet Monkeys, as well as 2 nocturnal species: Pottos and Bushbabies.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Topi Bull in Ishasha Forest.Always watch out for Vervet Monkeys, as they love stealing food from your car.

Topi bull.

Always watch out for Vervet Monkeys, as they love stealing food from your car.

Maramagambo Forest is most famous for its bat caves; Visitors are awestruck by the sight of millions of bats, which are prayed upon by pythons that roam the caves living exclusively off the abundant bats. The bats can be safely observed from a secure viewing shed built in collaboration with the American – Center of Disease Control:

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Maramagambo Forest Bat caves.Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Maramagambo Forest bat observation shed.

 

Left above: bat cave.

Above: observation shed.

Left: bats hanging by the millions in caves in the Maramagambo Forest.

Not so commonly known, the Rift Valley has a fascinating - largely endemic fish fauna. As such, Lake Edward, part of which is protected in Queen Elizabeth National Park, is inhabited by an extremely rich fish fauna, which includes endemic Bagrus docmac, Sarotherodon niloticus, Sarotherodon leucostictus. Of the more than 50 species of Haplochromis and other Haplochromine species, onlyBagrus docmac, Sarotherodon niloticus, Sarotherodon leucostictus,  25 have been described scientifically.

Fish catch from Lake Alberta: drying fish is a raditional way of conserving the fish catch in Africa.

Queen Elizabeth Nationalo Park: Lake Edward fish catch conservation by drying.

 

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