tourist map of QENP by my friend Andrew Roberts
Queen Elizabeth National Park: The Park is located in the western rift valley, together with the Kyambura and Kigezi reserve, the National park covers approximately 2475 sq kilometers. Nestled at the base of the Ruwenzori Mountains and is characterized by craters in its hills. As you plan your safari to Queen Elizabeth, please note that the wettest season in during March to May and then September to November. The best time to visit this park is between December and February. The park offers an abundance of wildlife, ranging from elephants, lions, and leopards to the Warthogs, Waterbucks, chimpanzees, baboons, antelops and Kobs. The park is well known for the thirty-two kilometer Kazinga Channel that links Lake Edward to Lake George.
A boat trip on the channel from Mweya lodge will confirm the fact that this channel is host to the world's largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles. With an amazing population of birdlife, Queen Elizabeth Park is home to a quarter of all bird life on the African continent! If you are a bird watcher, this is paradise.
Dirty bafaloes in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park was named the world bio-sphere reserve by UNESCO in 1979 because of the diversity it offers. Some of the tourist attractions in the park include the Launch trips on Kazinga Channel that takes you down to the shores of Lake Edward providing great viewing of wildlife. A launch trip starts at Mweya the park headquarters along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George. You must not miss out on this trip; I have probably done it more than seven times. During my employment with Mweya Safari lodge, I did take a few boat trips each time I was on site. In the Southern part of the park is shasha which is famous for having tree climbing lions. There is a high concentration of game in this Savannah setting, which includes Lake Edward and the Ishasha River flats, and the Ishasha River Rhine forest. The hippo pools in the Ishasha River and Congo escarpment provides splendid scenery.