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ADVENTURE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
by wooten john
09/15/09
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Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda. The park has recently been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO. The park covers 2000 sq. kms and includes a remarkable variety of eco-systems; from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah and swamps. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions, the Uganda kob and other antelope as well as elephant, buffalo, hippos, baboons, and chimpanzee.
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here making it prime target for birdwatchers. Species recorded include the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors including several falcons and eagles. In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. The park is located in the Western Arm of the Great East African Rift valley; the park extends its horizons to the foothills of magnificent scenery of Mt Rwenzori in the North to Ishasha sector southwards famous for rare tree climbing lion’s.
The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Edward is a memorable way to view the variety of game in Queen Elizabeth.
Actually the park is a treasure, a rich habitat of savanna, equatorial rainforests, papyrus swamps, Crater Lakes, baboon’s cliff, kyambura gorge Kazinga channel, Lake Edward and Lake George, full of animals and birds.
A Launch trip either morning or late afternoon and game drives provide visitors with easy viewing of animals such as Elephant, Buffalos, waterbucks, mongoose, warthogs, lions and several bird species. Kyambura gorge offers lifetime experience to trek chimps and other primates while the crater lakes region and baboon cliffs make visitors see the real taste of wonders of nature. Mweya safari lodge adjacent to Kazinga channel and Jacana safari lodge beneath spectacular Maramagambo forest scenery offer the best accommodation with hospitable staff
In Queen Elizabeth national park, we followed the hidden tracks in the green savannah plains, and made an unforgettable boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel while watching more than 600 species of birds, large number of breeding hippos, plus an elephant with its baby along the banks of the channel and we were able to take their photographs. In the evening we spent our night at Simba Safari Camp.
The following morning, in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve we hiked deep into the gorge, completely covered with tropical rainforest, in search of wild chimpanzees and other primates. Here we saw chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white Columbus monkey, olive baboons among others. From the Mweya peninsula we continued to the south of the national park, called “Ishasha” and famous for the tree climbing lions. Spent a night in a tented camp surrounded by wildlife, while trying to find the resting lions in the fig trees.
Our game drives both morning and evening, aimed at search for Uganda kobs that we viewed in large numbers especially at the laking ground i.e. mating place, bush buck, topis and water buck, Buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, leopards, lions, fox and many cuts. It chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, olive baboons among others. It was memorable experience, us imagine spending a night a camp surrounded by wild life.
Wooten john an adventure of wild life
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