During your Africa safari on a Uganda safari, you should know that gorilla trekking Uganda is not the only tour activity done in Uganda. On your way to for your gorilla safari Uganda, you can add Queen Elizabeth National Park in your Uganda safari tour itinerary for you will enjoy a Uganda wildlife safari, short Uganda wildlife safari, Long Uganda wildlife safari, Uganda birding safari, nature walks, boat cruise safaris and many more. As part of your adventure on your Africa safari holiday, visit the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda and experience the exciting king of the jungle.
Why are lions the King of the Jungle?
The lion is certainly the most famous big cat on the savannah. They are the most sought wild animal among the big 5 wild games wanted by most Uganda safari tourists doing Uganda wildlife safari game drives. Their lifestyle is rather different from that of other African big cats as lions prefer to live in large family groups to protect themselves from threats.
So why are lions the kings of the jungle?
Lions are the kings of the jungle because of their raw power and strength.
Lions fear no other animals, however, like king lions do have enemies. The lion’s worst enemy is the hyena. You may be wondering why? Hyenas eat the same food as lions, so the lions and the hyenas often come into conflict over food. The only other enemy the lions have is people.
Hyenas, however, are not really controlled by or fear the lions, but are a common enemy. It is sometimes said that if it wasn’t for the ugly looks and walk of the hyena, they would be considered the kings of the jungle. On the other hand, the beauty and grace of a lion make it the perfect king.
Like a king, lions also maintain order. A king maintains order by making laws and punishing those that don’t abide. A lion maintains a balance by killing some animals. If there no lions, herds of antelope would overcrowd the savannas and destroy all the grass resources. Everything impacts something.
Kings are the most powerful people or rulers of a land. Perhaps this is why the lion is considered king because it is control of the land it lives on and all the other animals that live on it.
Lions also rest about 20 hours a day. In a sense, they have the life of kings. They eat, drink and sleep and do away with pests. This is why lions are considered the kings of the jungle.
Other Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wildlife at the park is breathtaking with about 95 mammal species and some of the most popular ones include, African leopard, African buffalo, Ugandan kob, African bush elephant, Nile crocodile, the lion, the hippopotamus, the waterbuck, and chimpanzees.
The big games are about 5000 hippos, approximately 2500 elephants and over 10,000 buffaloes! The primates are about 10 species including the chimpanzees, vervet and the black and white colobus monkey but the most daring of them all is the bold baboon.
The big cats like the interesting tree-climbing lions, the nocturnal and fiendishly well-camouflaged leopard, the civet, genal and several other creatures of the wild are part of the thrilling wildlife encountered on a Uganda wildlife tour.
A lot of wild game will excite the tourist but the tree climbing lions reluctantly enjoying the calmness of the tree branches at Ishasha in Rukungiri district will captivate lifetime memories. All these animals within one area and the place is still so calm, wow! this attests that the park is that haven for your wildlife safaris in Uganda as you enjoy to watch some of the great Ugandan beauty.
Bird species in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Birds in the diverse ecosystem are approximately about 600 species, a phenomenal number for such a small area.
The confluence of the savanna and forest linking to the expansive forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo which allows the tourist to have a glance at both the East and Central African bird species offer unrivaled Uganda birding safaris in just one destination.
There numerous water birds too with key species including the African skimmer, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Chapin’s flycatcher, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed lark and White Winged Warbler.
The Katwe explosion crater
The katwe explosion crater is one of the volcanic features with volcanic cones, deep craters with birds whirling above and salt is extracted from the salty waters. The water in these craters rotates in an amazing way.
Flora in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Flora in the lush sprawling savannah, fertile land, flowering plants and sparkling lakes accompanied by the humid temperatures gives the best scenic view for tourists on Uganda safari tours. The Maramagambo forest is the major forest at the park that contributes to the niceness of the park.
The Kazinga channel
Water bodies to sit within the park-like the Kazinga channel where aquatic mammals like the hippos and Nile crocodiles are seen in the waters especially in the morning.
The culture of the people within the parking area is so interesting for instance the historic cave and cultural museum which is very well preserved. Banyaruguru hut has a lot of valued artefacts that were formerly used as tools for daily survival.
In the kichwamba escarpment is a human-animal conflict where the communities use beehives to divert destructive elephants from their farms.
The Kikorongo (which means too much sunshine in the local Lukonzo language) women community has the cultural performers who entertain guests in the lodges and hotels, teach the tourists how to weave and therefore the culture will all be expressed before you at your comfort.