Expert Reviews – Queen Elizabeth NP

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An understated gem
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Despite the diversity of its wildlife - ranging from hundreds, sometimes thousands, of Ugandan kob in the northern Kasenyi Plains, to chimps at Kyambura Gorge in the east, tree-climbing lions at Ishasha in the south and over 600 species of birds in between – Queen Elizabeth National Park is quiet and quite serene. True, the wildlife may not be as copious as some Kenyan or Tanzanian parks, but the Big Five are all here aside from rhinos. Although the best place to see lions is around Kasenyi Plains with their well-stocked larder of kob, the tree-climbing lions in Ishasha are a special sight - when I saw them dozing nonchalantly on the boughs of a fig tree, I stayed for an hour, mesmerized. A boat trip along the Kazinga Channel stretching between Lakes George and Edward is a must for any bird lover – within 20 minutes we saw at least 40 different species. Scenically, the Park is as diverse as its residents, lying in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley, with myriad crater lakes scattered around along with areas of open savanna and the tropical Maramagambo Forest, home to several primates.

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