Queen Elizabeth National Park

Travel Guide Africa Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Introduction

Queen Elizabeth National Park is in western Uganda. The park covers an area of over about 2,000 square kilometres between Lake Edward and Lake George, around the Kasinge Channel connecting the two. The park has a wide variety of terrain, including volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. The Kasinga Channel has the largest concentration of hippos in the world. This park is like a more concentrated version of East African parks as far as animals are concerned, although, unless the mist-shrouded Ruwenzori Mountains are visible, there are less splendid vistas than you will find elsewhere. The Ugandan Kob is an endemic antelope, and is on the coat of arms along with the crested crane, look out for it on the currency.

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Geography

Queen Elizabeth National Park is in the Western Region of Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri. The park is approximately 400 kilometres by road south-west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The town of Kasese is just outside the northeastern edge of the park, while the town of Rubirizi is just outside the park's southeastern boundaries. The park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders the Kigezi Game Reserve, the Kyambura Game Reserve, and the Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Sights and Activities

Queens Elizabeth National Park is known for its wildlife, including Cape buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, Congo lions, and chimpanzees. It is home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes. Poachers killed six elephants in the park in 2015, triggering both anger and frustration within the Ugandan conservation community. The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted

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Cost

Fees vary for Ugandan Citizens and foreigners; for an non-citizen, the fee for one night is $25, for two nights it is $35 and for three nights and over it is $50.

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Getting There and Around

This park can be accessed most easily from Kampala. From the old bus park and the new bus park many buses leaving in the morning and going to Kasese pass through the park. The ticket is 15,000 USH. But the buses will start only when they are full. The conductor may say that the bus will leave at 07:00 but finally it will leave when it is full, the time maybe 10:00 also. The bus journey is safe and enlightening. Alternatively there are various tour operators who are willing to make an exclusive trip to the park but they are very expensive. One should get off on Katunguru Gate. There are many taxis there and one can negotiate the cost of dropping at Mweya. It should be around 30,000 USH. The taxi drivers will also take you for a game drive as required.

An armed guard is needed at all times when on game drives etc. Depending on where abouts in the park one visits, it is possible to go on both game drives and treks.

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Eat/Drink

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Sleep

In the Mweya sector there are two lodges. The prime place is the Mweya Lodge with the cost starting from $210 per double room. We stayed at Albertine lodge and found it a very comfortable and friendly place. Alex, Jane and Mobeth took good care of us. you can book this lodge through internet at rift_hostelmweya@yahoo.co.uk, addressing it to Jane or contact Alex at alex.baguma@yahoo.com. the cost is 60,000 USH for a twin room.

The Ishasha river camp is a small yet idillic setting to stay over night. The campsite is surrounded by woods on three sides and the Ishasha river on the 4th. This river marks the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is populated by hippos.

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