Can i see Banded Mongoose in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda? Yes, Queen Elizabeth National park offers visitors a lot of options to make sure that they enjoy nature to the maximum including the banded mongoose. Queen Elizabeth was officially announced as the national park in 1952 and the park is one of the ancient national parks in Uganda with Murchison Falls National Park being the oldest national park in Uganda the pearl of Africa. Queen Elizabeth National Park is traced in the western part of Uganda majorly in the districts of Kamwenge, Rukunguri, Rubirizi, and Kasese.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its tree-climbing lions and the famous Kazinga channel. Other than these the park also features stunning crater lakes that are also interesting to watch and enjoy.
Other than its famous tree-climbing lion, queen Elizabeth National Park features a lot of wildlife species that we can list and exhaust here, indeed you will get tired of seeing the land fully packed with the life and running animals in all corners and this queen Elizabeth National park.
Among the wildlife of the Queen Elizabeth National Park that you will see include; crocodiles, primates such as chimps, red followed monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, high contrast colobus monkeys, mandrills, north of 612 bird species, such as openly charged stork, African jacana, marabou, Uganda kobs, elephants, panthers, bison, waterbucks, bushbucks, monster backwoods hoard, warthogs, hippos among other species.
Encounter Queen Elizabeth Mongoose; other than the animals that you are used to, Queen Elizabeth National Park still features other unique small creatures called the banded mongoose which is found at Mweya peninsular in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The banded mongoose of Queen Elizabeth National park is small and has a long tail with the strong claws that they use to dig the ground and defend themselves against any enemies that would come on their way.
You can compare the size of the mongoose to that of the small cut and the mature mongoose weighs about 1.5 to 3 kilograms and they are normally found in a group of about twenty moving together and they can be seen moving around the Mweya peninsular. One of the interesting activities done on Mweya peninsular, which overlooks Kazinga Channel, is a group of banded mongoose following. It’s done by walking with an assistant and scientists who are on the mission of studying them. Around 400 banded mongooses are residing on the Mweya peninsular, which are divided into twelve groups and allow a maximum of four people to participate in the action with a group of experts as they walk along the trail following the united mongoose using a locator device.
As you are following the banded mongoose as the experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will this time be allowed to go off track as you will be guided by the researchers who are on this great activity. This is because mongooses don’t follow a regular movement pattern and to learn more and go more about them through learning their behaviors, and how they live, you will be able to go off track.
While on the mongoose tracking, you will be able to track, engage in the daily recordings of the mongoose, and learn more about their feeding habits among several activities that you should be able to look at. The tourists who are interested in banded mongoose tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park will have to wake up early in the morning at around 7 am and do the activity.
However, the activity can as well be done during other times of the day but the morning time is the best time for seeing the mongoose. While visiting Mweya Peninsular, you will be able to see elephants, panthers, bison, waterbucks, and a variety of bird species, as well as enjoy spectacular views of the Kazinga Corridor, a water channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George.
Do I need to pay any money for tracking mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Yes like any other activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park, visitors who are interested in mongoose tracking experience will have to pay a certain fee that caters to their conservation and all the crew that is looking after these animals. If you’re from the rest of the world and you’re residing in Uganda then you will have to pay $30 for the banded mongoose tracking and this is similar to the visitors who are foreign none residents. For the visitors who are East Africa citizens, they will be able to pay Uganda shillings 30000 to enjoy the banded mongoose in Queen Elizabeth National park in Mweya Peninsular. Believe me, you will enjoy this great activity
The mongoose tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be integrated with other activities such the night games drives, the day game drives, the bloat cruise safaris, the lion tracking experience, visiting the communities and the cultural villages among other interesting activities. Visitors can access queen Elizabeth National Park by using bother air and road transport contact us for more information on the safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.