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Queen Elizabeth National Park - Size, location and Management
Queen Elizabeth National Park is 1,978sq km in size.
Photo by; Jocelyn Saurini
Situated in the western part of Uganda, the park is about 376km from the Capital, Kampala via Mbarara, Bushenyi and Rukungiri ... and if you are doing a round-robin of the National Parks, you could quite easily get here from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park using the unpaved road - which reminds me of how important a 4WD will be for such a trip.
QENP on the Map
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The park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest including the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes. You will see some breath-taking views here; especially the Kazinga channel with its banks lined up with herds of buffalos, elephants and hippos.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is managed and run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Climate, Weather and Vegetation;
On Average, temperatures are between 18-28°C in the daytime. It does get cool at night and might sometimes feel cold - best thing is to bring some warm clothes with you. A jumper or light jacket will do.
QENP Lovely Sunset - Photo by; Sarahemcc
The vegetation here is a mix - you will counter; the bushy grasslands, the lake shore and very often the swampy vegetation and the acacia woodland that opens-up into forest grasslands. Look out for the tree climbing lions that strategically hide away to pounce on the herds of the unsuspecting Uganda kobs and other animals that fall prey.
The volcanic features; the cones and deep craters, are amazing scenes! Lake Katwe which is a crater lake is a sauce of salt. You will see how the salt is extracted.
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Habitats and Nature.
This park is habitat to over 95 mammals and more than 600 bird species - That's just to prepare you; you are in for a treat here. Don't you forget that camera! Those 'kodak moments' will be irreplaceable.
Elephants - Photo by; Sarahemcc
Giant forest hog at Mweya - Photo by; Sarahemcc
This open savannah grassland is home to the giant forest hogs, big herds of cape buffalos, hyenas, zebras, tree climbing lions, leopards, crocodiles, elephants and the famous Ugandan kob. Lots of other game you will see especially in Ishasha, Kyambura - for the forest primates and the Maramagambo forest.
Bless you, for a lot of game will be up close ... if you are lucky on your escapade, you might even catch a glimpse of a 6-metre python resting away on its 2nd or 3rd day of devouring a small kob.
And for the bird lovers; the African skimmer, pink-backed pelican, papyrus canary, shoebill stock, the lovely flamingos and the martial eagle are just some of the bird collection here.
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Meet the local Community...
People living in the Park? surely not!... but in the areas that surround the park you will find people living there. The park has been gazetted to ensure the conservation of its ecosystem and in many ways, this benefits the local communities too.
You will have opportunity to meet these people - lots of activities to enjoy; music, dance and drama, storytelling, guided walks and more ...
Did you know that;
Established in 1952, this park is named after Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Its naming has had twist and turns- one time renamed the Ruwenzori before finally returning to its royal status - The Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The park is quite well known for its unique wildlife - but surely it's not been rosy all through. A lot of the animals were killed during the Uganda-Tanzania war in 1979. Thankfully, the numbers have gone back to the glory days.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park and The Queen Elizabeth Country Park in United Kingdom are twinned in a project of "cultural exchange and mutual support. The program lays emphasis on supporting conservation and protecting the environment, working closely with empowering the local communities.
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