Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s most scenic and diverse park. It is also the second biggest national park occupying close to 1,978 square km. Queen Elizabeth national park is a world biosphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site.
Located in Western Uganda is the most visited game park in the country; Queen Elizabeth National Park, originally named Kazinga National Park, founded in 1952 and two years later renamed o commemorate the visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
The park is home to over 95 species of mammals and over 600 bird species in a five levels of vegetation. With an area of 1,978km2 there are extensive attractions in the park.
The tree climbing lions of Ishasha
It is somewhat uncommon for lions to actually climb trees. There are no more than 2 populations in whole world of such lions that do actually climb trees as one of their day after day behavior. One of these populations is found within the Ishasha sector which is found in the south part of the well known Queen Elizabeth National Park . The other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in the Southern part of Tanzania.
The Ishasha Sector is today very famously because of its mystifying population of the tree-climbing lions that are a very exceptional attraction and as well one of the major highlights for which most guests visit this park. The Lions are normally seen lazily lying up within the branches of the huge fig trees staring down at the numerous Uganda Kobs that are graze in the open Ishasha plains – and these are actually the main prey to these lions.
The Mweya peninsula
The peninsula is the heart of sightseeing activities with excellent accommodation in the park. The best way to enjoy your tour in this park is by touring with a ranger guide. This trained personnel helps you explore the park as well as the distant parts of the peninsula. Mweya information center organizes all the activities that tourists may want to get involved in. The most exciting aspect about this peninsular is the fact that its overlooks Katwe bay of Lake Edward. More still, it has a souvenir shop full of Uganda safari items that will always remind you of your experience about the park.
The Kazinga channel is the 32km long water channel joining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. It has the perfect view of the parks’ major wildlife ventures. The shores of this channel draw a large number of wild animals, birds in addition to reptiles all through the year, with one of the largest population of hippos in the whole world as well as plentiful Nile crocodiles. These animals can be seen well on a boat cruise down the course of the channel or most likely at the entrance of the spectacular Lake Edward. The Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel is extremely rewarding and among the finest and most liked launch-trips in the country. The boat cruise is operated from 3pm and 5pm local time, whereas additionally expeditions are done at 11am and 1 pm local time basing on the tourists’ preference. Kazinga channel has parts for instance North Kazinga as well as Kasenyi.
It’s acknowledged that the plains of channel are focal points for game viewing. Tracking is the only way that will enable you see all the wildlife in its nature setting for example buffalo, elephants and other animals that dwell in the grassland thickets of the Northern Kazinga close to Mweya.The most accessible spot for lions is in the eastern part of Kasenyi plains and the Kasese road where they quarry on the big inhabitants of Uganda Kobs. The most favorable time for game drives is during morning and late afternoon hours.
The Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion
The Uganda’s Equator provides a beautiful place for photo shooting along with craft shops that can make you buy a souvenir .The Queen’s Pavilion is easily spotted by the northern entrance to the Crater Drive. In 1954 Queen Elizabeth gave a provision shelter for this site until in 1959 when a permanent pavilion was constructed for the visit of Queen Elizabeth. Renovations were made by second visit of Duke of Edinburgh in 2007 with better facilities such as coffee shop and internet facilities.
There are many more sites of attraction with in and around the game park. For instance the L. Katwe salt lake in Kasenyi, which is located within the park is locally well known for salt mining. Also, there are many other crater lakes located in the Park and around which are a great sceneries.
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