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First visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park

First visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Started the day with a walk about the rim of the crater lake trying to prepare for the gorilla trekking. Very beautiful and peaceful around the lake which remains at a constant 75F/24C degrees because on the bit of volcanic activity at the bottom. Still I wasn’t tempted to jump in as the depth of 244 meters (734 feet) seemed like a really good place for scary monsters to hide…

Arthur picked me up at 11:00 and off we went to Queen Elizabeth National Park and a new lodge. The Kyambura Lodge is beautifully located on a rocky ridge just outside the park. The cabins are tented so all sounds make it through; which – most of the time – is relaxing and it also keeps them tempered. I’m the only guest here. It feels a bit odd given that the restaurant will hold 30 people.

Once I had unpacked and eaten the banana leave-wrapped lunch, we set out for the park. There had been a bit of rumbling in the background while I was eating, but the staff said “no, no” when I asked if it would rain. As we left the lodge the skies around us turned very dark, and we didn’t make it to the park entrance before we have to close the roof top and windows. Lots of rain, lots of wind and lots of thunder and lightning. We decided to sit at the park entrance and wait for 30 min. and it eventually cleared up so much that we could run up to the small hut to buy a permit. But the power had gone, and they sent us 10 miles north so get a permit at a different entrance. The power had gone there as well (surprise!) so we wasted 45 min. going there in the rain. One of the houses beloging to the park had collapsed as a result of the weather, so we ended up helping to clear the road so that traffic could pass. And as an added bonus the equator was just down the road, so picture time…

After the weather cleared and we went back to the post – only to tell them about the widespread lack of power. They luckily let us in. I wasn’t sure what to think about the park in the first place and had done a fair bit of research prior to leaving which for the most part revealed very little info. It’s fair to say that I’ve been spoiled with beautiful areas in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, so maybe competition was a little tough. But Queen Elizabeth National Park was a disappointment and apart from a few antelopes, we didn’t see anything during the two hour drive.

The public roads to get there are in really poor condition, I saw trash such as water bottles in the park on several occasions. Also, there is no off road driving. Or you can choose to pay $150 each time you stray away from the roads (eventually you are banned from entering the park). There is no use of radios to communicate when you find game. So while driving back I asked to forget about the area and just head to Bwindi – where the gorillas are. But that was not an option. So tomorrow will be another drive in the park followed by a cruise on the channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George.

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From Entebbe to Fort Portal

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