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Ruwenzori National Park


Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is home to 95 mammal species while the bird list is 612 species long. This diversity is the result of an impressive range of habitats.

Fifty-seven vegetation types have been identified though these can be summarized as just five: forest; grassland; bushy grassland; Acacia woodland and lakeshore/ swamp vegetation.

Residents of the park's grasslands include elephant, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena. Topi are found in Ishasha, while forest primates are found in Kyambura Gorge and Maramagambo Forest.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda has an impressive bird list exceeded only by the neighboring (and far larger) Virunga National Park.

Key bird species include martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, Chapin's flycatcher, pink-backed pelicans, white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, corncrake, lesser and greater flamingo, and shoebill stork.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Highlights
Dry Season

June to September is the driest time when most animals remain near water, but be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms at any time. The hot dry time is January to February and is a good time to visit. Dry season temperatures average 80°F (25°C).'

Rainy Season

It rains anytime from October to December and March to May when many roads become impassible.

Highlights of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
  • * Sunset over the water
  • * Boat ride on the Kazinga Channel
  • * Beautifully positioned safari lodges
  • * Chimpanzees in Kyambura (Chambura) Gorge
  • * Warthogs and hippos mowing the lawn at Mweya Lodge
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Facts
  • * The park covers 770 miles ² (1995 km²).
  • * Road access from Uganda's capital city of Kampala is 206 miles (420km).
  • * There is a landing strip at Mweya lodge for light aircraft or a larger airstrip at Kasese town.
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