QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (QENP)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most popular and largest game reserve for and certainly one most scenic. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and  wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 550 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa.

Queen Elizabeth national park (QENP) is primarily associated with open reserve and is bounded to the west of Ishasha and Lake Edward along the Congolese border; to the north by Kasese and the Rwenzori foothills, to east by lake George, Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve. Natural and artificial barriers cut QENP into a patch work of discrete sectors, these include the Kazinga channel and lake Edward the which divide the park into the northern and southern component, linked by an artificial bridge across the channel on the Mbarara- Kasese main road. QENP boasts of one of the highest diversity ratings of any national park in the world, its inhabited with 8612 bird species and 100 mammal species. These are found Ishasha plains, Maramagambo forest, Kyambura gorge, Kazinga channel and lake Edward aquatic life. Maramagambo forest This is a thick green tropical forest with in QENP harbors great diversity and fauna affinity in central than any other forest in east Africa. Its attractions include chimpanzee trekking, giant forest hogs, yellow barked duiker, red tailed monkeys, l’hoest’s monkeys, potto, and pigmy antelope and elephant shrew. Several worthwhile nature guided walks are taken offering an opportunity to observe this biodiversity. Despite its natural state, Maramagambo is very accessible to all nature lovers/tourists.
Kyambura gorge Also found in QENP in Maramagambo forest forming a border between Queen Elizabeth and Kyambura game reserve, a visited tract of densely wooded savanna notable for its bird and wild life viewing. Some of the attractions include chimpanzees, water birds and particularly the flamingos attracted to its lovely crater lakes. Other tourist attractions include the giant forest hogs, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons, black and red vervet monkeys, black bellied bee eater and blue bellied king fisher. SALT MINING AT L.KATWE. It’s fascinating to see how since the 14 century, salt has been mined by traditional methods and it is still in use today. The salt mine have been sub divided and distributed to various tribes in Uganda. Lake Katwe is famous for its salt and it’s acknowledged to be Uganda’s ancient industry. Salt is got from the lake by use of desertion beds and the process is still carried on up to date. Tree climbing lions at Ishasha Ishasha plains in the south of QENP ranks with the most alluring game viewing areas in Uganda and around and can be accessed by private means of transport. Most important of all Ishasha is known for its tree climbing lion which currently are more than 40 individuals split across three prides. Unusual else in Africa tree climbing behavior in Ishasha can be observed throughout the year but most encounters are during the rainy season. Other attractions in QENP are Kazinga channel which divides the park into the northern and southern components, net work game viewing roads, equator junction at Kikorongo the Mweya peninsula a site of luxury lodge, hostels and campsites in the northern part of the channel and diverse plant species.

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