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Queen Elizabeth National Park/Uganda

Introducing Queen Elizabeth National Park

Home to the greatest collection of mammal species in Uganda, this park (2000 sq km) is bordered to the north by the Rwenzori Mountains and to the west by beautiful Lake Edward. It once boasted massive herds of elephants, buffalos, kobs and hippos but, like Murchison Falls, much of its wildlife was wiped out during the civil war. It’s worth visiting to see the huge numbers of hippos and some of the 500 and more species of bird.

Take a boat trip (US$15, two hours, 3pm guaranteed, 9am, 11am and 5pm US$150 shared by all comers) up the Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Lake Edward to see hippos and pelicans.

The stunning Kyambura (Chambura) Gorge, in the eastern corner of the park, is home to a variety of primates, including chimpanzees. The best way to visit this little Eden is on a walking safari (US$30 per person, three to five hours), organised at the ranger post there.

Rangers are available for wildlife drives at US$10/20 per vehicle per half-/full day.

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