Tourist activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Safari Activities in Queen Elizabeth Park, Bird Watching, Chimpanzee Tracking, Birding Safaris, Wildlife Safaris in Uganda, Primate encounters. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a variety of safari activities to anyone who pays homage to it but for any of these safari activities to be carried out by a tourist in queen Elizabeth National Park, a park entry fee has to be paid  first at the park offices  and these fees are 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$ foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils.

Bird Watching Tour: With over 600 species of birds, Queen Elizabeth National Park has the great bird count in Uganda, the second on the continent and the sixth on the world scale. The birding encounters on Uganda safaris and tours are conducted with in Maramagambo forest, Lake Kikorongo, Katwe area, Ishasha sector, Katunguru Bridge Area and Mweya peninsula. The range of bird species that can be encountered include; Papyrus canary, Martial Eagle, African broad bill, Black- rumped Buttonquail, Pink-backed pelican, lesser and greater flamingoes, Pied Kingfisher, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Malachite Kingfisher, Greater Swamp Warbler, Carruther’s Cisicola, White-winged Warbler, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Green Crombec, Grey-backed Fiscal, Cisticolas Yellow-billed Oxpecker, the range of 2 – 3 days is enough to enable you explore the birds of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the ideal time for the activity is between December and February.

Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Activities: The Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park has counts of chimpanzees some of which have been habituated for chimp trekking encounters. The gorge as it sounds has got steep slopes which make trekking chimps in Kyambura a bit challenging. The forested landscapes that exist underground ensure the thriving of chimpanzees. Hiking the steep landscapes covered by tropical forest is an attraction in itself added to the chimpanzee trekking experience. The chimpanzee trekking in Kyambra is done in two sessions i.e. in the morning 8am and in the afternoon 2pm daily and it tends to last 1 – 5 hours. Due to the nature of the landscape, the percentage of encountering chimpanzees in Kyambura is average compared to other chimpanzee trekking destinations like Kibale National Park.
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Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth Park

Experiential tours:The experiential tours range from predator tracking, mongoose tracking and Hippo Census. These safari activities are also conducted by Uganda safari tour undertakers in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The experiential safari activities always take 1 – 3 hours and is always conducted in the morning, evening and rarely at night. Unlike other wild game viewing normally done on game drives, the experiential tours allows travelers on safari tours in Uganda to a relative close encounter with wildlife including being allowed to drive off track. They can also participate in monitoring the migrant species movement including mammals and birds that enter the park.

Tree climbing lions in Ishasha:Positioned in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park along the route to the gorilla trekking safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ishasha sector has been worldly known for its populations of tree climbing lions. The tree climbing lions are unique species are they are rare to encounter in any part of the world. Apparently they thrive in the Ishasha sect in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda and in Lake Manyara National Park in Southern Tanzania.To encounter these unique species while on Uganda wildlife safari requires one to undertake a game drive across the savannah landscapes of Ishasha. The tree climbing lions tend to climb their most loved fig trees in the mid-morning and once they have climbed they might stay there for long. However, it is not certain the lions have to climb trees thus like other wildlife there is no guarantee.

Most travellers and Itinerary makers tend to incorporate Ishasha game drive as an en route activity while transferring to or from Bwindi. And though this makes it possible to see these tree climbing lions, the chances are limited as the travellers and safari guides are always on the rush to reach the other destination. Thus, it is advisable for travellers with keen interest in these species to have a night in Ishasha and spend a whole day driving with in the Ishasha sector which increase their chances of encountering the tree climbing lions.

Importantly to note is that Ishasha does not only have tree climbing lions, the area has got similar wildlife like the upper parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park including elephants, Kobs, water bucks among others that combine to make the game drives in Ishasha sector memorable. While on transit, at least 2 hours should be allocated for Ishasha game drive in search of tree climbing lions.

Activities in the Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a variety of activities to anyone who pays homage to it but for any of these activities to be carried out by a tourist in queen Elizabeth National Park, a park entry fee has to be paid  first at the park offices  and these fees are 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$ foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils. Read More Here..

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Game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park: These can be done in Ishasha in order to catch a glimpse of the tree climbing lions, in Kasenyi and north Kazinga plains for an assured sighting of cape buffaloes, African elephants and the antelopes. For tourists who are enthusiastic about sighting the big cats, night game drives are advisable as most of these cats are nocturnal animals. Read More Here..

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Launch trips at Kazinga Channel: These are boat cruises that are operated on the Kazinga channel. These trips assure tourists with sighting of Hippos and Crocodiles and also many of the water bird species and game that has come to have a drink at the shores of this channel. The launch trip takes place in the morning at 10:00hrs and in the afternoon at 14:00hrs at a cost of 30$.. Read More Here

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Chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth: This occurs at the Kyambura gorge in Maramagambo forest which has thick vegetation growth and plays host to the close relatives of humans, the chimpanzees with a 99% DNA match to humans. If you are in for this kind of adventure experience, you should brace for a 2-3 hours walk under the thick canopy of the gorge’s forest. Read More Here..

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Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth: These can be done on Mweya pensisula and this offers chance to the tourist to view various wild game species and also birds. Nature walks are carried out along Ishahsa river presenting an opportunity to anyone involved to get up close with the water giants the hippos while remaining in the perfect safety of the water platform. These walks cost 30$ for foreign nonresidents. Read More Here…

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Cultural visits in Queen Elizabeth: These can be carried out at leopard village and Kikorongo women community center, Nyanz’ibiri cave community, Agro-tour walk and Katwe Tourism Information Center. These visits offer a tourist with chance to be entertained or even take part in the cultural dances and drama from the Bakonzo people and this will leave you totally refreshed. Read More Here..

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Birding in Queen Elizabeth Park: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestrel. Read More Here..

Attractions in queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth has a rich biodiversity which attracts tourists to come here and enjoy and this biodiversity ranges from 95 mammal species, which includes the rare tree climbing lions species, 3000 elephants, over 10000 buffaloes, leopards, 5000hippos, bush backs, a wide range of antelope family, a variety of monkey species and chimpanzees, 400 bird species and many reptiles like the Nile crocodiles snakes and lizards and a number of volcanic features like volcanic cones and crater lakes like lake Katwe and Kikorongo. Read More Here…

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Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park: As witnessed by many Uganda safari tourists, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is a diverse park with wide range habitats that are ideal for existence of a range of wildlife. There are 95 mammal species in the park which makes it the highest on Uganda standards, 10 species of primates including common chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkey, Lhoest’s monkey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey, and blue monkey. Read More Here

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Birds in Queen Elizabeth Park: Besides rewarding game viewing, the open savannah of Kasenyi offers impressive birding encounters for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. Bird species that can be encountered in Kasenyi include; Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestre. Read More Here

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Chimpanzee in Queen Elizabeth Park: These are close relatives of humans alongside gorillas and orangutans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Queen Elizabeth National Park has the Common chimpanzees’ species. An adult Common chimpanzee can weigh between 40-60 kg with a height of 1.6 meters or 5ft3inches while an adult female can weigh between 32-47kg with a height of 1.3 meters or 4feet3inches. Read More Here

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Primates in Queen Elizabeth Park: These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches. The black and white colobus are herbivores primates and they have a gestation period of 4-6 months. Read More Here

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Volcanic features in Queen Elizabeth Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park has a number of volcanic features that have been left behind to remind us of the brutal geographical forces that shaped this land scape to what we see it today. The volcanic features in this park include volcanic cones which stand prominently throughout this vast plains, beautiful crater lakes, many of which have fresh water which attracts. Read More Here

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Cultures in Queen Elizabeth Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is bordered by the Bakonzo people who have an interesting culture to exhibit. According to population census results of 2014 census, there are 850,646 Bakonzo in Uganda hence representing 0.025% of the country’s population. The Bakonzo people are closely related to the Nande people of eastern D.R. Congo in their ways of living. Read More Here

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