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Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Hippo in QENP

A hippopotamus in the Kazinga Channel observed happily splashing around while on a boat launch.
Note: Never get between a hippo and the water or her young.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is probably the most popular park in Uganda. Established in 1952, it is one of Uganda's three oldest parks and covers an area of 1978 km˛. The park is situated astride the Equator in the Western Rift Valley (Albertine Rift) close to the Rwenzori Mountains and is contiguous with Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mark is bisected by the famous Kazinga channel into two sectors (the northern and the southern sector). Each sector has different ecosystems, each with its own distinctive attractions.

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Birds Of A Feather

The park is a world biosphere reserve for humanity (UNESCO, 1979) and the site is classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International. QENP has 568 of Uganda's 1017 species of birds (over a quarter of Africa's bird species), which is more than any other park in Africa!

The Appeal Of Mweya

Mweya is the northern sector and is the most popular part of Queen Elisabeth NP. One of the area’s highlights is a boat launch on the Kazinga channel. The birdlife is prolific, and there is much game, including elephants. There is also a scenic crater area, some of which contain salt lakes. They were formed by volcanic activity some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. On the eastern side of the park toward Lake George is an Ugandan kob mating ground where some fascinating game viewing can take place.

Ishasha’s Pride

Ishasha is the southern part of the park, which lies in the spectacular highland of Kigezi. Ishasha is famous for its lions, who, unlike their cousins in Tanzania and Kenya, spend most of their time in trees. The concentration of game, with large herds of Uganda kob, topi and buffalo, is found in the savannah highlands of Kigezi and at the Lake Edward flats. Elephants are also found, though not in large numbers. Bird watchers will appreciate the rich birdlife along the Ishasha River.

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