Queen Elizabeth although has unspoiled savannah landscape dotted with forests regularly patrolled by resident chimps, it is the famed tree climbing lions that pull the intrepid explorer. It is one of the few places in Africa where when your guide shouts “lion!”, and you look up!
Situated in the Bwindi impenetrable forest. Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.
The Rwenzori mountains help to explain why Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa. The landscape here is astonishingly lush and green, like a prehistoric wonderland, with huge and unusual-looking plants. White heather hangs from branches like old men’s beards and dramatic snow-peaked mountains can be glimpsed between the trees.
Mount Rwenzori also known as Mountains of the Moon came from Greek explorers trying to locate the source of the Nile. A merchant called Diogenes reported that the source of the Nile came from a group of mountains which the indigenes of the land called Mountains of the moon due to their snow-capped whiteness.
It is approximately six to seven hours voyage by road to Queen Elizabeth National park from Kampala-Uganda’s capital city. This means that you have to thoroughly prepare and warm up for the adventurous experience at the park.
Queen Elizabeth is the biggest National park and is situated in the South Western region of Uganda covering four districts of Kamwenge, Kasese, Rubirizi and Rukungiri.
This National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres extending from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes.