Wildlife Group Safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese
Marvel at Kazinga channel’s shores lined with numerous species of mammals, reptiles and birds, including hippos, buffaloes and elephants. Just like its outstanding wildlife, Queen Elizabeth national park also prides in its fascinating cultural richness. The park is a biosphere reserve with several communities residing inside which presents opportunities for visitors to mix and mingle freely with community members and enjoy cultural performances, cuisine, songs, and story-telling. On the other hand, the Ishasha plains towards the southern exit of the park are endlessly sprawling and its huge fig trees provide comfortable shelter for the uncommon tree climbing lions which are normally seen during day lying on the fig tree branches waiting to pounce on unsuspecting antelopes.
Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel
The Kazinga channel is a 45km long connecting river adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward, known for its enormous populations of hippos and crocs but also a perfect spot to enjoy some of the park’s iconic wildlife ventures. Banks of the Kazinga channel are also a magnet to large concentration of mammals, reptiles and birds all year through. These animals can be best spotted during an exclusive 2 hour morning and afternoon/evening boat trip and other short canoe trips on Lake Edward and George. The plains of Kazinga channel are undoubtedly major focal points for classic game viewing, and an easiest way to view most of the big mammals in their natural habitats, such as buffaloes, elephants and other mammals that dwell with in the grassland thickets north of Kazinga close to Mweya peninsular.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge
Kyambura gorge, also dubbed the “Valley of Apes” is positioned strategically towards the eastern border of Queen Elizabeth National Park and home to a few troops of habituated Chimpanzees that make chimpanzee trekking experiences possible. With its ancient 1km wide and 100m deep tropical forest that thrives below sea level and traversed by Kyambura River on its floor, Kyambura gorge is an impressive site that can be encountered on any Uganda safari.
Game Drive & Wildlife Viewing
Teeming with up to 5000 hippos over 10,000 buffaloes and 2500 elephants dwelling in its savannah grasslands and lake shores, a game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic game species. Hearing the echoes of elephants’ calls across Queen’s valleys filled with craters is an amazing experience.
Other lesser mammals include waterbucks, warthogs, Uganda kobs, Topis, cats such as spotted hyenas, lions, leopards and so much more. The park’s most renowned attractions are the climbing lions which live in the southern sector of Ishasha, where they rest on the limbs of fig trees. Solitary leopards are nocturnal and fiendishly clever, well camouflaged, while making those fierce glimpses makes the experience all the more rewarding! The smaller cats are also predominantly nocturnal and spotted more clearly during night game drives.
The Kazinga channel includes a more rewarding experience with sights of a diversity of bird species as well as wildlife. The Kazinga channel is an ‘oasis within a desert’ and a yard where many astonishing species that inhabit the park gather, and taking a boat cruise along this interesting harboring ground for numerous species gives visitors the chance to have single glance at the hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants loiter along the shoreline. An average of 60 bird species can be spotted during the Kazinga launch trip. Carrying up to 40 passengers, the boats guarantee a seat with a view. “Kazinga channel is simply a paradise within a paradise”.
When to visit the Park
Tourists can visit Queen Elizabeth national park any time throughout the year, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season and it is usually advisable to use 4wd vehicles to access the park and during game drives. The Park has two rainy peaks, from March-May and from September-November, but rainfall varies greatly within the Park. The highest rainfall amount received 1,250 mm per year and occurs in the Maramagambo forest but only about 750 mm per year falls in the area along the Kazinga Channel. This is probably because of being in a rainy Shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains in the North and Kichwamba escarpments to the east which interferes with air circulation patterns.
Group tours to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Whether scheduled departure or chartered group tours, whether with a fixed itinerary or on a self-drive, getting on a group vacation to explore Queen Elizabeth National park is the best option. This is an ideal and affordable way of encountering some of the highlights of this spectacular park, plus meeting new, like-minded people to share the experience with. Group tours can be small or large. It’s up to the travelers to choose whether to join a smaller or larger group. Whether big or small, each group size has its own pros and cons. A large group reduces the cost of the trip through cost sharing while which is not a case with small groups where there are few people to share costs. On the other hand, small groups tend to move quickly and have chances of doing some experiences that cannot be done by lager groups.