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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Crater Lake
Map showing the location of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Map showing the location of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Location of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Location  Uganda
Nearest city Kasese
Coordinates
Area 1,978 square kilometres (764 sq mi)
Established 1954
Governing body Ugandan Wildlife Authority

The Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is Uganda's most-visited National Park.

Location

The national park is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. Its location is approximately 376 kilometres (234 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[1] The town of Kasese lies just outside the northeastern edge of the park, while the town of Bushenyi, is situated just outside the park's southeastern boundaries. The coordinates of the park are:00 12S, 30 00E (Latitude:-0.2000; Longitude:30.0000).

Overview

Lion in Ishasha Sector.
Hippopotamuses in the Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres (764 sq mi),[2] of which, about 17% lies in Lake Edward in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes.

The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. The park was later renamed Ruwenzori before it returned to its royal name. QENP is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War. Many species have recovered, including hippopotami, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees; it is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area.

The park is also famous for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.

The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park and The Queen Elizabeth Country Park in England are twinned in a project of "cultural exchange, mutual support and has its main emphasis on supporting Conservation through working closely with and empowering local communities".[3]

Services in the park include a telecenter run by Conservation Through Public Health [4] and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, neighboring The Queen's Pavilion, park lodges, game drives and scenic drives, and boat launches.

See also

References

  1. ^ Road Distance Between Kampala and Mweya in QENP
  2. ^ Uganda Wildlife Authority: http://www.uwa.or.ug/queen.html
  3. ^ http://queenelizabethparks.org/default.aspx/
  4. ^ http://ctph.org/

External links

  • Profile at Strollingguides.co.uk
  • Detailed Profile at Traveluganda.co.ug
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Profile of QENP
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