Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in South-Western Uganda. It is inhabited by Leopards that roam around the Mweya Peninsula, which lies close by the Lake Edward.
Lake Katwe, also a huge volcanic crater is found within the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Uganda Wild Life Authority has procured boats the take tourists around the Kazinga Channel past hippopotamus and Nile crocodiles. Along the Kyambura Gorge, Chimpanzees have their habitat. There are also trails that lead to bat caves in the Maramagambo Forest. The Ishasha area is home to the rare tree-climbing lions.
Overview of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
Size of the Park: 1,978 km².
Queen Elizabeth National Park is crossed by the equator line there fore monuments have been set on either side of the road to mark the spot where the equator crosses latitude 00.
The park was first known as the Kazinga National Park and was founded in 1952 and renamed a few years later. It was renamed Queen Elizabeth National Park after the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
Wildlife and birding summary in the Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park has an amazing 5,000 hippos, 2500 elephants and over 10,000 buffalos thriving in its grasslands and shorelines, The National Park guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species.
Also common herbivores seen include Warthogs, Impala, Waterbuck, Uganda Kob and Topi and the Sitatunga antelope.
The most popular primate species found at Queen Elizabeth is the chimpanzee, how ever there are other types of primates like the Velvet and Black-and-White Columbus monkeys, baboons which are bold and occasionally steal food from tourists.
Birding is another popular activity at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Park contains a variety of habitats from savanna to wetlands and lowland forests. The Park is a habitat to over 600 bird species and is one of the biggest protected areas in East Africa. Migratory birds can be sighted at the Park
The most elusive species in the National Park are the felines: Lion, Leopard, Civet and other cats.
Lions are found throughout the park, but the most renowned live in the southern sector of Ishasha, where they rest on the limbs of fig trees.