Queen Elizabeth National Park is a jewel of Uganda's tourism industry, located in the southwestern part of the country. It was established in 1952 and is named after Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who visited the park in 1954. Covering an area of 1,978 square kilometers, it is Uganda's second-largest national park and home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna.
The park is known for its incredible wildlife, which includes over 95 species of mammals and over 600 species of birds. Visitors can take part in game drives, boat safaris, and guided nature walks to see some of the park's most famous inhabitants, such as the African elephant, African buffalo, and lion. The park is also home to the elusive leopard and the endangered Uganda kob, which is only found in the park and the surrounding areas.
One of the highlights of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the Kazinga Channel, which is a 40-kilometer-long waterway that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. Visitors can take a boat safari along the channel to see hippos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of birdlife, including the African fish eagle and the pied kingfisher.
In addition to its wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park is also rich in cultural heritage. The park is home to several communities, including the Bakiga, Banyankole, and Batwa people, who have lived in the area for generations. Visitors can participate in cultural experiences, such as village walks and homestays, to learn more about the local way of life and traditional practices.
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