One of the most important national parks to do a safari in Uganda is theQueen Elizabeth Park, adjacent to Virunga National Park in the Congo. Today it is the most visited by tree climbing lions and the magnificent Kazinga Channel. In short, Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the largest parks, so much so that it is divided by several sectors and the distance between them is several hours.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park
The best safari in Uganda at Queen Elizabeth Park
Our safari begins in Kasese, where they pick us up in a 4 × 4 van for a 3-day safari forQueen Elizabeth ParkA safari that can be done for free, renting a vehicle. We already had experience in that ... and we knew that only the guides know where the best points of observation are and above they communicate by radio between them to inform themselves. The cost is very similar, so the option was quite clear.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park
Kasese is a big city, where there is hardly anything to see. It is a city of rest or passage for travelers going to Rwenzori, more commonly called as themoon mountains , or to Kibali National Park. Ours was to arrive, buy in a supermarket and go directly toQueen Elizabeth Park, specifically to the sector where the lions that climb trees are housed, the sector Ishasha, located south of the park.
Map of Queen Elizabeth Park
There are many more sectors, such as Kazinga Channel or Kasenyi. We can all visit them between 2 and 3 days. In addition, if we stay with more desire, to the north of the Kazinga canal there is an area with several quite interesting volcanic craters.
The Ishasha sector
This sector is known worldwide for having lions They climb trees. Something little or nothing frequent in the rest of the nation's national park and the rest of the African continent.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park
Upon arrival at the park entrance, fees are charged ($ 40 per vehicle) and we are given safety instructions. Normal as never getting out of the vehicle, not feeding the animals, not leaving the marked tracks, ..., etc.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Topi
The first animal we see and in a very abundant way is the Topi. A kind of antelope that will impress us at the beginning and that will eventually tire us. Like this, other animals like the Uganda Kob, the national animal of the country.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Uganda Kob
In the distance you can see a command of elephants of about 20 or 30 copies. They were not the first we saw in the country, but the most extensive pack. Too bad they didn't get any closer and we could only watch them through an objective TV.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Elephants
The buffalos They are another of the animals that abound in the area. Always looking for water and suspicious of everything around them. Even so, their large size makes few animals dare to mess with them.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Buffalos
We observed dozens of different species, mainly herbivorous, although from time to time the odd one appeared baboon Face with few friends.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Baboons
And you will wonder, where are the lions They climb trees. Well, we didn't see one so far. All the herds had left for Congo after talking with the reserve guards. A pity
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Wikipedia Image
The Kazinga Channel sector
He Kazinga channel and the entire sector that borders it is undoubtedly the best of all the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the reason for being the most visited park in Uganda. A channel that separates two immense lakes, Lake George and Lake Edvard, and in the middle of an animal life without comparison.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Elephants in heat
Hundreds of elephants, hippos, antelopes, buffaloes, crocodiles, ..., etc. are crowded in this channel, only accessible by boat from the Mweya Peninsula. In addition to the north of this, there are several tracks where you can enjoy good game drives and see cheetahs, lions, hyenas, elephants and many other types of animals. However, we made an article dedicated exclusively to Kazinga, so I will not extend more.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Hippos
To the north of the Kazinga Channel, we can travel in 4 × 4 numerous tracks, many of them bordering the same channel and where we will frequently find Warthogs, Topis, waterbuck, ..., etc.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Warthog
Among the most prominent animals, in addition to the numerous elephants that cross the road, ..., are the nice ones hyenas. Always so slippery and with a smile from ear to ear.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Hyena
And finally we saw lions, little active since we catch them during nap time. They barely moved a few meters to fall back fried under the shade of a tree.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Leon
More information in the spectacular Kazinga canal safari in Uganda.
It is the most flocking of the whole park and the one with less vegetation of the whole area. It is common to see lions, warthogs, waterbucks, impalas, ..., etc. The funny thing is that this sector, despite not being the best ... It is he who brought us an indelible memory.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Waterbuck
A Uganda Kob crazed, perhaps because of the fear of being burdened by a lion, he stamped on the side of our vehicle breaking the windows. Luckily the animal came out unharmed or perhaps with a severe headache. We, despite the appallingness of the accident, do not suffer any cuts because of the crystals.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Python
The most important thing in the sector is the crater of bunyampaka lake. Located at the end and where a tourist market and a hotel with beautiful bungalows are located.
Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park - Bunyampaka Lake
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When to go to Queen Elizabeth Park?
The best dates are the months of January, February, June and July, the driest months. The landscapes in January and February are very dry, and the rest of the months are usually greener and prettier, but the bad thing about this is that the vegetation is more abundant and the animals hide more easily ... The high season covers the month from June to September.
How much does it cost to enter Queen Elizabeth Park?
Entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park costs $ 40 or 20,000 shilling. Children half. Prices updated in estaweb.
Can Queen Elizabeth Park enter without a guide?
Yes of course. You can enter with a rental vehicle and make the route on your own. However it costs much more to see animals by not knowing the best places. Therefore, using a guide at the entrance to accompany you in the search for animals is a good option and costs between $ 20 and $ 30. The tours are called game drives.
What do I need to take to Queen Elizabeth Park?
To start it is necessary to wear comfortable clothes. It is not necessary to dress up in safari mode, that is for those who want to sing. It is normal to wear light clothes and if possible long-term to avoid annoying mosquitoes.
On the photographic equipment to carry, the ideal would be to bring a camera with a lens with a zoom of 300mm at least, although if we stay with one of 200mm, you can also have good snapshots. It is also good to bring binoculars and drinking water, since there are no sources or places to buy it.
Where to sleep in Queen Elizabeth Park?
The campsites cost between $ 40 and $ 30 a night. Bungalows between 30,000 and 100,000 shillings. Hotel options are more expensive and tend to be luxury. We leave several options:
- Mweya Safari Lodge. It is possibly the best hotel on the north bank of the canal, with a beautiful pool and multiple cabins
- Mweya campsite. Located on the peninsula, a very affordable option to visit the park
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