What used to be one of the richest parks in East Africa in terms of wildlife lost a large amount of its wildlife wealth to the civil war fighting. In recent years, the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with its 2,000 square kilometers of cacti, savanna, forests, rivers and lakes, has been recovering some of its lost animal wealth. It lies to the south of the Rwenzori mountains and is bordered on the east by Lake Edward.
Visitors can take walking safaris and boat trips in this park to view some of the spectacular wildlife. The Kazinga Channel, which connect Lake Edward with Lake George, is home to a large number of hippos and a wide variety of birds including pelicans, fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorants, saddlebill storks and waterbucks. Occasionally even lions, elephants and crocodiles can be seen during a launch trip.
The Kobs Mating Grounds in the North Sector also attract visitors. Hundreds of Uganda Kobs can be observed here. The Kob is an antelope similar to the Impala, with a similar social behavior - males defend a harem of around 20 females against younger competitors. Tourists also visit the "Crater Area" - an area scattered with craters, many of which are filled with water to form lakes.
Walking safaris are offered at the Chambura Gorge for a chance to observe the black and white Colobus, redtail monkeys and chimpanzees. Moreover, the Ishasha, located in the South Sector of the park is known for its "tree climbing" lions. Lions in other parks of the world generally do not climb trees. Visitors can also spot animals like the hippo, buffalo, Uganda kob, topi and elephant.
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