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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

 

MWEYA

WHY VISIT?

Historically, this is the main tourist area in QENP. In this north-central sector, the most popular attraction is a scenic boat trip through the Kazinga Channel which separates Lakes Edward and George. This is an amazingly game-rich experience with impressive herds of elephants, hybrid forest and cape buffalos and hippos, alongside large numbers of bird species. There are 610 bird species in the entire park.

The area – especially the Kasenyi Plains, also offers rewarding game-viewing, whilst clients can now also drift over the area in a hot-air balloon.

Joining the researchers on the Predator Project is an excellent activity, especially as lion sightings are all but certain, and close-up leopard encounters are also very likely (albeit both species may be radio collared). Permits are limited so early booking is recommended.

ACTIVITIES

Game-drives
Boat trips on the Kazinga Channel
Birding (including shoebills at Lake George)
Balloon safaris
Queen Elizabeth Predator Project (tracking lions and leopards)

HOW LONG TO STAY

We’d recommend two to three nights in this sector.

GETTING THERE

Flights are available to the Mweya Peninsula, although most visitors access the area by road.

WHAT WE SAY

The boat trip on Kasinga would be an undoubted highlight on any Africa trip, with so much game and birdlife to enjoy – along with close up views on some huge crocodiles. Game drives in the area can be great too, especially for lions.

ISHASHA

WHY VISIT?

The Ishasha Sector runs south from Lake Edward along the Congo border and is most famously home to a population of tree-climbing lions (who clamber up into their favourite fig trees during the heat of the day reputedly to avoid biting insects, but don’t be put off by that).

There is generally good and varied game in Ishasha and pleasingly it retains a “less visited” wilderness feel, where clients will encounter few other vehicles whilst in the park, which in itself can justify spending a night or two here.

ACTIVITIES

Game-viewing (especially tree-climbing lions)

HOW LONG TO STAY

One night, but many clients simply stop-off for a few hours en route between QENP’s northerly regions and Bwindi.

WHAT WE SAY

The lions really are worth a visit and are quite often seen from the road that runs through the park. There are some nice properties in the area, so if clients have the time, an overnight stay of one or two nights would be good.

KYAMBURA GAME RESERVE

WHY VISIT?

The only habituated chimpanzee community in QENP inhabits an isolated strip of forest in the 100m-deep Kyambura Gorge, which runs for 16km on the park’s eastern boundary with Kyambura Wildlife Reserve.

The confined nature of the forested gorge makes it quite easy to locate the chimps by sound, and once you’ve found them, they can usually be approached quite closely.

ACTIVITIES

Chimpanzee trekking
Birding
Primate viewing

HOW LONG TO STAY

One night, but you can access from other parts of QENP.

WHAT WE SAY

The story of the “trapped” chimpanzees of Kyambura makes the location fascinating, although the success on chimp treks is not as high as other parks. The climb can be tough, especially around rainy season, but the sounds and sights make it well worthwhile.

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Birding Game Viewing Primates Chimpanzees Coffee & Tea