Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities. Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!
The park is well worth a visit even if just to see the hippos and the birds on the Kazinga Channel, which links Lake Edward and Lake George. From the launch trip on the Channel, one can watch hundreds of Hippos at close range, spreading their mouths wide and rushing to the water. The birdlife is spectacular and includes pelicans, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorants and saddlebill storks. Buffalos and waterbucks come to the water to cool off, and occasionally you may see elephant, lion and crocodile.
Another attraction in the North sector are the Kobs Mating Grounds. Here, in a small area in the plain near Lake George, hundreds of Uganda Kobs make their living. This antelope, similar to the Impala, as a similar social life too: the males keep a harem of up to twenty females and stubbornly defend their territory against younger, yet unsuccessful competitors. It is quite a spectacle to watch the kobs' antlers come together in a sounding clash, and it is not unlikely to see lions preying on the grazing females or arrogant males. Returning to the lodge from this point, you will pass by the 'Crater Area', one of the most scenic parts of the park, making your way through a series of dramatic craters, many of which feature crater lakes