- July 13, 2021
- Posted by: Love Uganda Safaris & Tours Ltd
- Category: Blog
MONGOOSE TRACKING IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Every yearly visits in Queen Elizabeth national park, mongoose tracking is among the not thought of activities for most tourists. But the beauty, adventure and fun that contains in mongoose tracking, this makes it a major high light for every visit in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Mongoose tracking, a non-familiar activity for most travelers. This involves tracking the mongoose species and getting to know more about the species. In Uganda, the banded mongoose specie is the existing specie of the mongoose, tracked in only Queen Elizabeth national park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is among the savannah protected areas of Uganda, famous for the beautiful landscapes, fun tour activities and various wildlife. No wonder is regarded as the “medley of the wilderness” of Uganda.
This national park is located in the western region of Uganda, a place where most of the protected areas of Uganda are located. Queen Elizabeth national park has two sectors dissected into the Ishasha sector located in the southern region of the park, a home to the tree climbing and the Mweya peninsular a home to the vast wildlife, where mongoose tracking takes place as well.
The Mweya peninsular is tracked with different game drive tracks that lead through the vegetation of the area.
About the banded mongoose
The banded mongoose is a mongoose specie that lives in open forests, savannah grasslands and it is native from the southern African region to the Sahel region of Africa.
The banded mongoose (mungus mungo) has a big head with a black snort and with small ears. The body of the mongoose is covered with fur that is black and brown in color, the inner parts of the body are lighter than the outer body. The body of the banded mongoose is lined with horizontal Dark brown bars across its back.
It has a long tail, as same as its body with short muscular limbs that have strong long crawls that dig deep into the ground. The beast area of a banded mongoose is lower than the raised round back area.
The mongoose live in groups of 7 to 40 individual groups; but these are usually mixed sexed. They live in dens, abandoned termite mounds and times when they cannot find a comfortable habitant, the banded mongoose form compact arrangements. Where they lay on each other while their heads face outwards and outside.
The rodents feed on millipedes, termites and are predated by the African wild dog.
Mongoose tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Tracking the banded mongoose in Queen Elizabeth national park is an exceptional experience, tourists shouldn’t miss out as they book their wildlife safaris in Uganda. This activity is called out in the Mweya peninsula of Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda.
Banded mongoose tracking involves a team of tourists and researchers tracking these species in their savannahs of the park. Tourists can opt for the morning tracking session or the after tracking period. The tracking of the mongoose takes about one to three hours depending on the location and movements of the banded mongoose.
There are about 400 banded mongoose recorded by researchers in the Mweya peninsula. There are in twelve social groups , and a group of only 4 trackers is allowed to track these species per group.
Mongoose tracking is done by foot after a drop off by a tour vehicle to the Mweya peninsula. Since this activity takes place off track into the mashes, it is advised to always be escorted by the park guides and researchers as one heads out to track the mongoose.
The tracking processing of the mongoose tracking is done with the help of a tracking device to sense their presence.
The experience with mongoose tracking rewards with the visitors knowledge about their behaviors, characteristics, habits, diet , reproduction, distribution and all about the banded mongoose. Besides
Besides tracking the banded mongoose in the Mweya peninsular, game drives along the peninsula and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel are not to be with a visit to the area. The area is home to other wildlife that can be viewed along the mongoose, these include the loins, leopards, buffalos, genets, warthogs among other.
For a tourists to participate in mongoose tracking they are required to pay a fee at the entry of Queen Elizabeth national park depending on their nationality. For foreign citizens they pay 30 dollars, 30 $ for the foreign residents and 30,000 Uganda shillings for the East African citizens.
Queen Elizabeth national park can be accessed by a road transfer from any part of Uganda. From Kampala the road transfer moves towards the western region of Uganda to kasese district. The transfer takes approximately 6 hours driving a distance of 415 kilometers.
The mongoose tracking experience, is a lifetime adventure to add onto while visiting Queen Elizabeth national park besides the numerous activities that can be enjoyed while at the national park.