Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park has a wide variety of terrain, including volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. The Kasinga Channel has the largest concentration of hippos in the world!
This park is like a more concentrated version of East African parks as far as animals are concerned, although, unless the mist-shrouded Ruwenzori Mountains are visible, there are less splendid vistas than you will find elsewhere.
The Ugandan Kob is an endemic antelope, and is on the coat of arms along with the crested crane, look out for it on the currency!
The park was established in 1954. It has had a couple of name changes during its existence, although it returned to its original colonial name recently, having previously been called the Rwenzori National Park for some time.
Volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest.
Flora and fauna
This park can be accessed most easily from Kampala. from the old bus park and the new bus park many buses leaving in the morning and going to Kasese pass through the park. the ticket is 15,000 USH. but the buses will start only when they are full. the conductor may say that the bus will leave at 0700 but finally it will leave when it is full, the time maybe 1000 also. bus journey is safe and enlightening. alternatively there are various tour operators who are willing to make an exclusive trip to QE NP but they are very expensive. one should get off on Katunguru Gate. there are many taxis there and one can negotiate the cost of dropping at Mweya. it should be around 30,000 USH. there taxi drivers will also take you for a game drive as required.
www.bahr-el-jebel-safaris.com conducts winged safaris (by aircraft) to Ishasha airstrip with stays at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp.
Fees vary for Ugandan Citizens and foreigners; for an non-citizen, the fee for one night is $25, for two nights it is $35 and for three nights and over it is $50. (changed to $30 per 24h -Feb 2009)
An armed guard is needed at all times when on game drives etc. depending on where abouts in the park one visits, it is possible to go on both game drives and treks
There is a wide rang of animals living within the park. The Ishasha Rivier camp area is particular worth a visit, with a number of Elephants living in the immediate vicinity, and Lions which are renouned for sleeping in Fig Trees.
- Drive among volcanic crater lakes on the south edge of the Ruwenzoris. Beware, Tsetse flies have been a problem recently, so ask before setting off.
In the Mweya sector there are two lodges. The prime place is the Mweya Lodge with the cost starting from $210 per double room. We stayed at Albertine lodge and found it a very comfortable and friendly place. Alex, Jane and Mobeth took good care of us. you can book this lodge through internet at firstname.lastname@example.org, addressing it to Jane or contact Alex at email@example.com. the cost is 60,000 USH for a twin room.
The Ishasha river camp is a small yet idillic setting to stay over night. the campsite is surrounded by woods on three sides and the Ishasha river on the 4th. this river marks the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is populated by Hippos