What to do in Queen Elizabeth national park?
What to do in Queen Elizabeth national park? There are several activities that tourists can engage in Queen Elizabeth national park and these include the following;
Safari game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park offers the best opportunities for game viewing because of its scenic feature and fauna. The best games drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park are dome best during morning hours in your vehicle as you move closer near wildlife. There are different trails which you can use while on game drives and your driver better known which truck is most interesting with animals in your interests. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park are done in Kasenyi flat plains, Lake Katwe crater field, Queens Mile, Ishasha sectors for tree-climbing lions. Kasenyi plains are adored by tourists the fact that the plains are habitats for unique animal species like lions and leopards. You will also meet the breeding places for Uganda kobs which are spotted in large numbers. On the lucky days, you will be able to see cuts chasing after their prey such as buffaloes, antelopes, and others
All sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park presents the best sports for the game drives. While on game drives you can decide to be accompanied by an Uganda wildlife Authority ranger guide or mover with your tour driver-guide. You will be required to pay 30USD for this activity and the other 20 USD in case you are accompanied by the UWA ranger guide.
Game watching Safaris
Queen Elizabeth National Park features over 600 bird species and makes it the best birding destination among the 10 National parks in Uganda. Some of the bird species, you will encounter immediately you reach the Kyambura escarpments and as you continue to the inner parts of the park you will amaze by the appearance of several unique bird species it presents. Kazinga channel, Maramagambo forest, are among the best areas in the parks where birders find pleasure.
The most common bird species include; great cormorant, pied kingfisher, the martial eagle, sedge warbles, yellow-throated Cuckoo, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, the pelican, open billed stork, yellow-backed weavers, white-winged warbler, water red shark, papyrus canary, papyrus ganolek, northern Pochard., Lesser Masked Weavers, Lesser and Flamingo, Knob-billed Ducks, Jack Snipe, Grey-headed Kingfishers, Grey-headed Gull, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey Kestrel, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Greater Swamp and winged Warblers, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, Eurasian, bright-colored Saddle-billed Stork, Black-tailed Godwit, black-rumped buttonquail, Black-headed Gonoleks, Black Crake, Black Bee-eater, Bateleur, and Bar-tailed Godwit among others. Lake Katwe and Bunyambata in Queen Elizabeth National Park are known to shelter flamingoes so you can as well to have visits to these creator lakes.
Boat cruise safaris at Kazinga Chanel
Boat cruise safaris in Queen Elizabeth National park takes place at Kazinga channel that is joining the two lakes of Edward and George. This a breathtaking feature where visitors leave as they yearn for more. The boat cruise at the Kazinga channel will enable you to offer glorious sights to travelers rich in aquatic life and wildlife including crocodiles, hippopotamus, among others. During the afternoon boat cruise, you will meet a large concentration of animals which gather to drink water almost all animals you are likely to encounter on game drives, you will be able to see them here at Kazinga channel. Larges species of birds are also found here including well-placed kingfishers targeting the fish in the channel.
Chimpanzee tracking safaris
Chimpanzees are one creature or primates that are more intelligent almost close to that of us human beings. The chimpanzee trekking safaris in the park happens in Kyambura gorge and escarpments. The chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge are well habituated and this means that they are available and open for tourism or to tourists. Kyambura Gorge was formed by the strong forces of the Kyambura River creating a depression. The gorge has now been covered by forests which have become an important habitat for primates such as chimpanzees, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, white monkeys, and others. Tourists will also get a chance to spot large snakes and different species of butterflies. You can book your chimpanzee trekking via UWA headquarters. Chimp trekking will take for your 2-four hour and only 8 permits are available per day. Chimpanzee trekking permit to Kyambura escarpments in Queen Elizabeth National park is at 50 United States dollars.
Guided Nature walk safaris
Guided nature walk safari in Queen Elizabeth National park is done in Maramagambo Forest Reserve. Nature or forest guided walks in Maramagambo are well organized especially for bird watching safaris following established trails. Various species such as birds and primates and tree species can be well seen. Species such as chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, L-Hoest red-tailed monkeys, and olive baboons. There are a lot of caves that inhabit caves and trails leading to the caves and there are a lot to a thousand bats. The chimpanzees are in Maramagambo are not fully habituated but you can still see them through nature guided walks. Nature Walks in Maragambo forests cost 30 United States Dollars.
Visiting tours to Lake Katwe salt mines
Lake Katwe in Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the salty lakes in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. There are a lot of people here who are dealing in salt mines. The area is on raised altitude with rudimentary tools used in mining of this forest. Hands are used to mine the salts and you will get a chance to see how everything concerning salt mining is done. Lake Katwe is a major source of salt for most Ugandans. However, when it’s used mined, then it is sold to the manufactures and other salty sold locally to people surrounding the area
Research and conservation tours
You can as well go to Queen Elizabeth national park for research and conservation tours. Visitors are willing to learn more about wildlife animals. One of the best activities that fall in these categories is known as lions tracking tours under the arrangement of Uganda Wildlife Authority in Partnership with Uganda carnivore program. Tourists with researchers will go and meet the cats as they are being traded or monitored by the use of electronic radio calls. You can as well pay 30 United States dollars to engage in mongoose trekking at Mweya peninsular.
Cultural safari tours
You would miss a lot if you go to Queen Elizabeth National Park and fail to visit the local people who are natives. You can arrange to visit the community villages around Queen Elizabeth National park and feel the local cultural experience of these people. Kikorongo equator group is a common local group that entertains the visitors coming to Queen Elizabeth National park with traditional songs and drams, they engage in different activities such as basket weaving, mat weaving, and cook local food. You can reach out to other villages such as Katungulu, Katwe, and village community-based schools.