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Nature walks and hiking in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nature walks and hiking in Queen Elizabeth National Park are some of the greatest forms of exploring the park. This allows travelers to see a wide range of species up close in their natural habitat. There are a lot of diverse ecosystems and wildlife to explore during these walks. An experienced park guide or ranger usually accompanies guests during hiking and nature walks. He or she identifies the trails to use and provides protection and security to both tourists and animals.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest and most visited park in Uganda. The park hosts unique tree-climbing lions which can be found in Ishaha sector. Additionally, other animals like buffaloes, antelopes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, elephants, hippos, and waterbucks can be seen during nature walks. There are different areas within the park where nature walks and hiking can be done and these include

Nature walk in Mweya peninsula

Mweya peninsula is located in the north eastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The nature leisurely walk takes you around the Mweya Peninsula, offering stunning views of Rwenzori mountain ranges, Lake Edward, Kazinga channel, and the surrounding landscapes. Travelers may encounter various bird species, including waterbirds, as well as small mammals. Animals such as warthogs, antelopes, and primates can be encountered during nature walks around this area.

Nature walk along the Ishasha River

Ishasha River is located in the southern part of the park in the Ishasha sector which is well known for harbouring tree-climbing lions. This guided walk takes you to see animals like buffaloes, elephants, birds, and the tree climbing lions among others.

Nature walk in Maramagambo forest

Maramagambo Forest is a dense tropical forest within the southern part of the park. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including primates like chimpanzees and baboons. Guided nature walks through the forest allow visitors to explore its rich biodiversity, learn about medicinal plants, and possibly encounter primates like blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others, and other wildlife species.

Nature walks in Kyambura gorge

Kyambura Gorge is a unique ecosystem within Queen Elizabeth National Park, characterized by steep cliffs and dense vegetation. It is also known as the valley of apes since it harbors several primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among others. Within the gorge mammals, butter flies, tree species, plants and birds can be seen during the nature walks. Guided chimpanzee trekking tours are available here, offering visitors the chance to track habituated chimpanzee groups and observe them in their natural habitat.

The best time to go for nature walks in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth national Park can be done throughout the year however, the best time is during dry season which takes place from June to September and December to February. This these months there is little or no rainfall in the park therefore trails are dry and passable making the walks easy. Additionally, during dry season it is easier to view animals since the grass is short and there is less thicket.