Cultural visits in Queen Elizabeth Park, Cultural Encounters in Queen Elizabeth
Cultural Visits in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be carried out at leopard village and Kikorongo women community centre, Nyanz’ibiri cave community, Agro-tour walk and Katwe Tourism Information Center. Cultural Visits offer a tourist with a 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 with a lasting impression about your tour to the pearl of Africa. You will also get a chance to have a candid one on one discussion about challenges faced by these communities who dwell in close proximity to the national park.
These community centres have souvenir craft shops with items that have been crafted from available natural materials such as papyrus and wood. Items sold in these shops include woven baskets, necklaces, handbags and wood sculptures. These cultural visits/encounters can be arranged at most the lodges within the park but a walk to these community centres can be equally rewarding as it involves taking in scenic views of the tranquil wilderness, bird watching or even meeting wild game along the way to these centres. The proceeds from these cultural visits go directly into solving some of the human-wildlife challenges such as the construction of fences on some parts of the national park to see to it that the animals don’t destroy peoples gardens. Alleviation of poverty among community members through income generation.
Leopard Village: The Leopard is positioned in the village of Muhokya covering 3 acres of land in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The leopard village contains the traditional huts of the Banyabindi, Bakonzo and Basongora along with their traditional arts and crafts not forgetting the dance groups that perform cultural dances.
Kikorongo Women Community: The Kikorongo Women Community is within Kikorongo village close to Lake George. The community offers traditional dance performances, fire making experience, craft making, stories and riddles among other heritage components.
Katwe Tourism Information Centre (KATIC): The northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park has a series of crater lakes among which include the famous Katwe Salt Lake. The visit to the Salt Lake exposes you to the process of salt formation exploring how the absence of outlets causes salt formation. The local people will demonstrate to you the process of salt extraction, processing, packaging and distribution. The way of life of the locals and how they derive their livelihood from the lake is also an area of concern. The cultural visits/encounters can also be encountered.
Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community: The Nyanzibiri literally means two lakes. The Bunyaruguru crater field has a series of crater lakes some of which are twin-like. The lakes offer impressive scenic views and a recreational canoe paddle exploring a range of primates and remarkable flora along with great sounds of birds like grey crowned cranes among others. Take a visit to the cultural museum where the traditional tools of the Banyaruguru are kept. The museum is built in a traditional Banyaruguru architecture.
Agro-Tour Walk: The Agro tour walk is found in Katara village along the Kichwamba escarpment marking the eastern wall of the western arm of the great east African rift valley. The encounter lasts for about 2 – 3 hours’ hike traversing the local farms, exploring into the local homesteads and traditional means of honey harvesting. The encounter is always conducted in the morning or its evening.
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$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils. Read More Here…
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park: These can be done in Ishasha in order to catch a glimpse of the tree climbing lions, in Kasenyi and north Kazinga plains for an assured sighting of cape buffaloes, African elephants and the antelopes. For tourists who are enthusiastic about sighting the big cats, night game drives are advisable as most of these cats are nocturnal animals. Read More Here..
Launch trips at Kazinga Channel: These are boat cruises that are operated on the Kazinga channel. These trips assure tourists with sighting of Hippos and Crocodiles and also many of the water bird species and game that has come to have a drink at the shores of this channel. The launch trip takes place in the morning at 10:00hrs and in the afternoon at 14:00hrs at a cost of 30$.. Read More Here
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..
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…
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..
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…
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 the 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
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-crested Eagle, Grey Kestre. Read More Here
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
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
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
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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