Queen Elizabeth is one of the 10 magnificent National parks found within Uganda. This Park is the second largest interms of size after Murchison Falls national park and covers an area of 1978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth national park boasts of the best hiking trails which include Hiking trails leading to the Kyambura gorge, hike through the Maramagambo forest (to explore two breathtaking crater lakes, the Bat cave, several primate and forest bird species among others), hiking through the Mweya Peninsular to sight the Banded brothers (the banded mongoose), nature walks/hikes along the Ishasha river for several forest and savannah bird species and a variety of mammal species, hiking to the Explosion craters and hikes through the Kasenyi plains among others. The advantage that nature walks/hiking have over game drives is that they allow tourists to explore the different landscapes and wildlife species within Queen Elizabeth national Park. Listed and explained are some of the interesting hiking trails within the Queen Elizabeth national Park;
Hiking through Maramagambo Forest
Hiking through the verdant Maramagambo forest is one of the best moments within Queen Elizabeth National Park and especially the bird watchers will find this place more interesting because of the numerous bird species. This forest is also dotted with breathtaking crater lakes, the bat cave famous for thousands of bats and pythons, thick ironwood trees and several interesting bird species.
Hiking through the Kyambura Gorge
Hiking through the mysterious Kyambura gorge (also referred as the Valley of Apes) is one of the real adventures within Queen Elizabeth national Park. Imagine yourself hiking through this underground forest that was referred in a BBC documentary as the “Lost Gorge”. Most tourists hike within this vast forest in sight of the Chimpanzees which are sometimes difficult to find but even if you do not find them, the entire experience within this Forest is so rewarding and worth it. Besides the chimpanzees that are popular here, tourists who hike forest are rewarded with the spectacular views of the different landscapes, a variety of bird species, butterflies, mammal species and several trees species of interest.
Hiking through the Mweya Peninsula for mostly Mongoose Tracking
Mweya is the focal point of Queen Elizabeth National Park-actually the heart of the Park. Mongoose tracking within the Mweya Peninsula is one of the most adventurous activities within Queen Elizabeth National Park yet little is known about this riveting activity. This activity takes 3 hours and is done in the company of a ranger guide whereby you head to the Mongoose Research Area to monitor/observe the Banded brothers according to the BBC documentary and study their habitats and exceptional behavior. Do not think that you will be limited to the banded mongoose only, but also other wildlife and bird species along the hiking trails as you transverse the Kazinga Channel on your way to the Mweya Peninsula.
Hiking through the explosion craters
There are 72 round and vast basins distributed across the Equator evidenced by the Albertine Rift’s bubbling Volcanic past and therefore are “a must see attraction within this region of impressive Geological history. The hike between Kabatoro gate and Queen’s Pavilion offers stunning views of the tremendous craters, round Lakes, the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and the spectacular Kazinga Channel.
Hiking through the Kasenyi Plains
The extensive savannah Plains of Kasenyi are the perfect spot for ultimate African Safari Experience. Hiking in this area rewards tourists with large numbers of Antelopes especially the Uganda Kobs that draw prides of lions, hippos, warthogs that graze on bent knees, bird species like the guinea fowl running through then grasslands and large numbers of elephants striding across the plains offering perfect scenery for taking photographs
Hiking along the Ishasha River
The remote Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers the best moments for tourists who visit it because it is visited by fewer tourists compared to other areas of this Park. This is the only area in Uganda where you can spot the tree climbing lions, large herds of Uganda Kobs, buffaloes and elephants among others. The elusive shoebill stork is also a common sighting within this sector.