When you think of wildlife places, then Queen Elizabeth national park should be one of the first locations that come to your mind. This park located in the western part is the second largest in Uganda. The recommendable park is the most famous and loved by the safariers because of the glorious mountains of the moon. There is something special about this mountain that touches the soul. The name Mountains of the moon comes from a traditional belief that the peaks actually reach the moon. The park covers four main districts; Bushenyi, Kasese, Rukungiri, and Kamwenge which are all beautiful towns to visit.
What makes this park breathtaking is the mix of exhilarating wildlife encounters, glorious scenery that offers a different and exciting experience to its safariers. The climbing lions are the highlights of any African safari; it’s the major attraction that brings a lot of safariers to this park. One of the star attractions is the breathtakingly cool and beautiful landscape that gives you a glimpse of the pearly glamour of Uganda. The extensive savannah, humid forests, glistening lakes, and fertile wetlands are habitat to an estimated 95 mammals inclusive of the endangered chimps and over 600 species of beautiful birds. It’s a protected area with the highest number of over 3000 hippos in East Africa; 4000 elephants and about 2000 buffaloes.
Ever wondered how it feels to see two halves of the world, you can get this feeling by visiting this park because it is crossed by the famous equator. The equator landmark is demarcated with a circular sculpture which provides a beautiful place for photo shooting and sometimes safariers are joined by local children who spread happiness to the moment. There is the attractive queen pavilion at the northern entrance to the crater drive that was constructed for Queen Elizabeth in 1952 when she visited Uganda, the pavilion gives a very clear view of most of the park’s lands which is a magical sight. There are also different souvenirs shops at the equator where you can buy souvenirs like T-shirts that say “I have crossed the Uganda equator, have you?” to show off an adventure to your friends and families.
The greatest tour not to miss is the stunning Kazinga channel that links Lake George and Lake Edward. It is blessed with savannah vegetation to shady frothy lakes humid forests and fertile wetlands which makes the park unique. Safariers get to experience the 3-hour kazinga launch cruise. It’s acknowledged that the plains of the channel are focal points for game viewing. Anyone who enjoys tracking is right at home because it’s the most favorable activity here and you get to see all the elephants, buffalos in its natural setting.
Wondering where to spend your next vacation, the Mweya peninsula is the soul of sight-seeing activities with tremendous accommodation in the park. The most exciting aspect about the peninsula is that it overlooks Katwe bay of Lake Edward and there is even a souvenir shop full of Uganda safari items that safariers can buy. Those who visit this site get to enjoy the two-hour launch cruise on the impressive Kazinga channel. This is also the best place to spot a leopard, which is normally live within the scrubby thickets.
In the northwest part of the park, we have the beautiful Katwe salt Crater which offers a splendid hiking experience. It is filled with water that forms very breath-taking lakes that have great spots for swimming, nature trails which can be enjoyed with frequent sights of monkeys and birds. This lake is unique in a way that it has inlets but does not have outlets which is the reason it is salty. In the dry season, the water becomes concentrated thus forming salt pans on the bottom and also crystallized salt forms on the surface. Safariers get to visit the historical Germany salt factory that unfortunately got closed down. They get to enjoy the salt mining process as narrated by the miners.
A great trip is to visit the Kyambura gorge which is one of the most beautiful sights you wouldn’t want to miss out on your visit to the park. It has an escarpment whose beauty is just beyond the ordinary as it is a strip of rainforest through the vast savannah grassland plains. The gorge is shaped by the Kyambura River and from here you actually have a spectacular view of the whole park and the vast magnificent vegetation. It is a beautiful sight for many safaris accommodations facilities with the most spectacular view of the vast plains dotted with beautiful acacia trees. The park accommodations have locally constructed cottages that reflect the African traditional way of building.
The Ishasha sector in Rukungiri is recognized for having the rare tree-climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and among the highlights on all safaris to the park, theses tree climbing lions found in the park are one of the rare species in the world and are mostly exclusive to East Africa.
The Busonga fishing village on the shore of Lake George is the highlight of the park’s experience you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Safariers can get to explore the land with a trained guide and indulge in various activities like sportfishing, boat racing, tasting of the local fish. The local people offer safariers an intimate look into their traditional way of life.