Queen Elizabeth National Park
Boasting a wide open savannah that rests against the mystical Rwenzori Mountains, this 1978 sq.-km National Park is named after the British monarch following her visit in 1954, and lies in the heart of the Albertine Rift Valley where the Kazinga Channel joins up with Lake Edwards and Lake George. The park has 5 types of vegetation – that is tropical forest, woodland, savannah, swamps and thicket. With such a diverse eco-system, the park is home to 95 mammals, 9 primates, 35 reptiles and 614 bird species, including the peculiar shoebill. The Kasinga Channel alone is said to contain the world's largest concentration of hippos,
But most renowned for those seeking out the infamous “tree climbing lions”. Lions ( like any cats) have learnt to climb the fig, acacia and albizia trees to get a better view across the savannas to seek out their prey, They also use the trees to cool down and protect themselves from the tsetse flies.
Available in Queen Elizabeth National Park are the following activities
- Game Drives
- Night Drives
- Nature Walks
- Boat Rides on the Kazinga Channel.
- Research Tour
- Chimp tracking in the Kyambura Gorge ( Valley of the Apes)
- Hot Air Balloon Safari