Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth is not Uganda’s most popular tourist destination by mistake. The park has a very extensive ecosystem, which includes stunning savanna, shady humid forests, shining lakes and fertile wetlands. This makes it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
Located in the near sight of Ruwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent views include craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide tree climbing lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda Kob.
MUST SEE AREAS OF THE PARK.
Lake George. The swamps of this place are home to the Sitatunga antelope, shoebill and other native birds.
The 72 basins all over the equator are proof of the Albertine Rift’s boiling past and are important for those who have interest in Geology.
This is a salt lake, complete with a community nearby and salt mining has been practiced here since the 16th century.
The neighboring lake Munyanyange is a bird sanctuary, and also a temporary location for the lesser flamingoes form August to November.
This is a place of lush savanna and here, there are huge herds of Uganda Kob which attract prides of lions, wart hogs, guinea fowl and huge dark elephants are all found here.
The banks of this water body that connects two great lakes (lakes George and Albert) are crowded with loads of wild life including hippos, buffalos and water birds, caimans, monitor lizards, marabou storks, weaver birds and groups of fish eagles. There are also plenty of elephants.
The Kyambura River flows through this thick “underground forest”, 100 meters below the Kichwamba escarpment.
This gorge is inhabited by chimpanzees and some can actually be tracked.
Kyambura Wild life Reserve.
Excellent views of the big craters located in the East of Kyambura Gorge and bird sights of the lesser flamingoes and the great egret.
This forest contains Chimpanzees, several species of monkeys’ species, bird species like forest flycatcher, white-naped pigeon and the striking Rwenzori turaco. Also Visit the cormorant house, a large tree that has been turned white by the birds that roost here at night.
Those who endure the distance and reach this far benefit from the sights of Ishaha’s most famous inhabitants- the tree climbing lions.
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