The park has a wide variety of terrain, including volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. The Kazinga 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 1952 as Kazinga National Park and to commemorate the Queen’s visit to Uganda and the park in 1954 it was renamed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It has had a couple of name changes during its existance, 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.
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. 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.
The park fees are $40US as of January 2019 for 24 hours park access. You are not required to pay the fee if you are simply staying at one of the many lodges “inside” the park because most of the land around the road is not actually part of the park. You get charged the fee when you do any of the activities (excluding the Kazinga Channel boat ride).
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