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Queen Elizabeth national parks is undoubtedly Uganda’s most prominent national park and #1 traveller’s destination. The presence of diverse ecosystem like beautiful lakes, extensive savanna, the natural forests and lush swamps make Queen Elizabeth the best place to meet the big games, ten primate species of course including chimps, 600 bird species.

Situated close to mountain Rwenzori, the park’s sites include several beautiful crates lakes twisting through the rolling hills, the panoramic display of the Kazinga channel with an overwhelming view of the hippos, buffaloes, elephants and several bird species lined up at the shores. With an extension towards Ishasha sector plains, another amazement of tree climbing lions relaxing on trees expecting to pounce on the Uganda Kobs and other preys will blow your mind a way.

Apart from the extraordinary wildlife attraction, Queen Elizabeth national park also brags of attractive heritage/ culture history. There are several opportunities for traveller and tourists to visit the local community  who are very welcoming and entertaining in terms of local music and cultural dances. With all such attractions queen Elizabeth national park tours leave tourists wanting for more.

At the size of 1,978sqkm Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s second biggest national park after Murchison Falls National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park being a World bio-sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site, is occasionally referred to as the pearl of Africa. The park is situated astride the equator and located in southwestern Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward and borders Democratic Republic of Congo on its western side.

History

The park’s conservation can be traced back in 1925, when a subdivision was setup to halt Elephants from raiding villages and devastating cultivation with the overall aim being protecting both Elephants and people within the park to keep the certain boundaries. At the same time series of game reserves, sanctuaries and national parks were established over the years across the border in Zaire, Parc National des Virunga by the Belgian colonial authorities. This caused pressure to guard the connecting ecosystem in Uganda hence the establishment of L. George game reserve and L. Edward game reserve in the in the late 1920’s later in 1952 it was gazetted into a national park known as Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park together with the Kyambura and Kigezi wildlife reserves covers 2475 square kilometres. Its temperatures varies from 18ºc to 28ºc. The wettest seasons in this Park are typically incurred in March to May and September to November getting rains ranging from 750mm to 1250mm with an altitude of 910m above sea level at Lake Edward vicinity to 1,390 m above sea level in the crater area.