Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in south west region of Uganda and is the Uganda’s most popular tourist destination which started in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and latterly on it was named Queen Elizabeth National Park after the visit of Queen Elizabeth the 11 to Uganda. It covers a distance of 420 kilometers squared by road and it takes 5-6 hours drive from Kampala the capital city of Uganda the Pearl of Africa.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is home to 95 mammal species while the bird list is 612 species. It offers diverse ecosystems, home to big cuts like, Leopards, lions and Buffaloes, Elephants, Hippopotamus, warthogs, Primates like the Chimpanzee and different species of monkeys and antelopes and many more.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders situated in Kasese District of Uganda, this Uganda safari Park has various ecosystems made up of sprawling savannah, shadowy, moist forests, lakes and fertile wetlands, which makes it a good home to various species of wildlife, primates and birds. It lies against the back of the great Rwenzori Mountains with stunning and panoramic views that are made up of various crater lakes.
The National Park is against its magnificent vistas which include dozens of enormous craters carved which rolls into green hills, panoramic view of Kazinga Channel where one can spot hippos, crocodiles, and also tourist can enjoy boat cruise on this natural channel. Ishasha plains the southern sector, surrounded by fig trees where lions climb and hide ready to pounce on herd of prey like Uganda kobs, storytelling and more.
This Park has different vegetation covers which include forest like the Maramagambo forest where one can enjoy Nature walk ,visit the cave and be able to view different types of trees and birding, as well as the Kyambura Gorge where we do Chimpanzees trekking. and many more. It also has the open savanna where most of the wildlife concentrate more as well as water bodies. They are all managed and protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority a government arm in-charge of Uganda National Parks
Queen Elizabeth can be visited throughout the year which and it activities done by the tourists are always open on any dates. This Park is the oldest National Park that was rename in 1952 by the Queen Elizabeth 11 and it became the UNESCO World Heritage site, its forest plains is at low altitude.
The Park has the following activities done when you visit it and bellow are best attractions which make it popular.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the famous Park in the world for wild animals where tourist can be able to spot. Lions, leopards, Buffaloes, Elephants, different species of antelopes such as the Uganda kobs and more.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the Park where Chimpanzee trekking is done. This lasts for two-three hours and it is being led by a ranger guide in the Kyambura Gorge to their main habitat.
Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel that fascinate species that inhabit the channel for drinking water, where tourist take hours along the channel and be able to spot hundreds of hippos, Buffaloes, while Elephants linger on the shoreline and many species of water birds. Kazinga channel has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole World.
Nature walk and Birding
Queen Elizabeth National Park is also home for half of the bird species we have in the country and believed to be one of the best birding spots. take a chance to view some wild animals on foot on your nature walk as you look out for the birds.
It can be accessed from Kampala in 5-6 hours drive, , by road you can have a stopover at the equator to know where sun sets from, tea plantations which makes Uganda a green Country. Alternatively tourists can as well fly to the Park for only one hour from Entebbe.
The Park has beautiful hotels and lodges where tourist can stay such as Mweya safari lodge, Kyambura gorge lodge, Kazinga channel safari lodge, the Bush lodge, Buffalo safari resort, among others.
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be visited all year round more in the high season in months of January, March, June, August, September and December.