Prepare for an unforgettable journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, where the captivating Lake Maseche awaits your exploration. Situated at the park’s extreme end, bordering Kamwenge district, Lake Maseche is renowned for its stunning flamingo sightings and the intriguing world of salt mining. Join us on an expedition that combines natural wonders with cultural intrigue in this remarkable national park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park stands as a sanctuary for bird enthusiasts, boasting an impressive array of over 550 bird species. This remarkable diversity has established the park as a cherished destination for avid birdwatchers. Nestled in the Rukungiri district of southwestern Uganda, the park covers a sprawling land area of 1,978 square kilometers. Its altitude varies from 900 meters near Lake Edward to 1,845 meters at the zenith of the western Rift Valley’s eastern escarpment.
The park encompasses a diverse range of habitats, including moist semi-deciduous forests, riverine bush-land, moist thickets, and riparian forests. Within this rich tapestry of environments, birdwatchers encounter a cornucopia of avian life. Open woodlands, meandering rivers, expansive grasslands, and both seasonal and permanent swamps contribute to the park’s remarkable biodiversity.
As you explore the park’s magnificent Kazinga Channel, you’ll encounter a plethora of aquatic birds. Watch in awe as White-faced Whistling Ducks, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Herons, Fish Eagles, Pink and White-backed Pelicans, Long-tailed Cormorants, African Jacanas, Yellow-backed Weavers, Open-billed Storks, Water Thick-knees, Pied Kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the elusive Black Crake, and the Knob-billed Ducks grace the channel with their vibrant presence.
Delight in the sightings of other prominent species, including the resplendent malachite, black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, squacco heron, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormorants, Martial Eagles, Black-rumped Buttonquails, African Skimmers, White-winged Terns, White-winged Warblers, the iconic shoebill, African Skimmers, Verreaux’s Eagle-owls, Grey-headed Kingfishers, papyrus gonoleks, Papyrus Canaries, and the ethereal thin-tailed Nightjars. In the early morning hours, their melodious calls echo through the branches of the park, creating an enchanting symphony of nature.
For an immersive experience in the park’s lush landscape, embark on a hike into the verdant gorge. Here, a diverse range of forest species awaits your discovery. Encounter the elegant Grey Woodpecker, the striking Black and African Emerald Cuckoos, the Hairy-breasted Barbet, the speckled Tinkerbird, and the resplendent Purple-headed Starling. You may also cross paths with the Green Hylia, creatures commonly spotted within the Maramagambo forest.
As you traverse this enchanting landscape, keep an ear out for the enchanting calls of the good-looking White-spotted Flufftail, found abundantly within the thickets along the riverbank. In the damp grasslands near the verdant gorge, listen for the far-reaching, metallic twinkle of the Broad-tailed Warbler—an experience that will enrich your connection with nature.
To make the most of your birdwatching safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, plan your visit between December and February. We recommend a two- or three-day birdwatching expedition during this period to maximize your chances of spotting a wide range of species.
To embark on a memorable journey to visit Lake Maseche’s flamingos and experience salt mining tours in Queen Elizabeth National Park, contact Trek Africa Expeditions. Your all-encompassing package includes transportation from the meeting to the departure point, the expertise of an English-speaking local driver/guide, luxurious accommodations, specified meals, park entrance fees, and a meticulously planned itinerary. Please note that international flights can be arranged upon request, and visa and personal insurance are not included. Additionally, personal expenses, drinks, tips, gratuities, and any items or activities not explicitly mentioned in the tour package are not covered.