Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the heart of the Great Western Rift Valley and it is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lion as well as the Uganda Kob, other antelope species, elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and chimpanzees. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers.

Exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park


Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the heart of the Great Western Rift Valley and it is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lion as well as the Uganda Kob, other antelope species, elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and chimpanzees. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is among Uganda’s oldest national parks and UNESCO listed it as a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity. The park is among the most diversified eco-systems on the African continent.

In addition to the abundant wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park has magnificent scenery with dozens of enormous crater lakes carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel whose banks are thronged with hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and a cocktail of birds, tropical forests which host several primates including the chimpanzees and the endless Ishasha plains which are immersed with a lot of game including the tree-climbing lions.

The park stretches from the crater dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savannah and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 600 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa.

TOUR ACTIVITIES IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK


Game Drive

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park are one of the best activities done in the park. Day game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park are done in Kasenyi sector because of the high concentration of wildlife in that sector and night game drives are best done from Mweya peninsular between Kazinga channel and Lake Edward because Kasenyi sector is prohibited for night game drive due to the high number of travelers who flock the sector during day time.  Day game drives are best done early in the morning and it takes 3-4 hours.

During the game drive, you should expect to encounter African elephant, lions, antelope, hyenas, Buffalos herds, Uganda kobs, Warthogs, leopards, the giant forest hog, Oribi, Topi, waterbuck, hippos and crocodiles.

Bird Watching

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the important birding areas in Uganda and the park registered over 550 bird species. You will see different kinds of bird species which includes Sedge warbles, Papyrus canary, the martial eagle, Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Raptors, African mourning Dove, Diederik cuckoo, Swamp Nightjar, Grey-headed kingfisher, crowned plover, long-created eagle, African crake, and Senegal plover among others. Do not miss the flamingos found at the Katwe and Bunyampaba salt lakes.

Boat Trip/Launch Cruise

Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park is done in Kazinga Channel connecting Lake Edward to Lake George. The boat cruise takes 2-3 hours of enjoyment in the waters while viewing plenty of bird species, large hippos taking drips in the water, the fierce Nile crocodiles basking lazily on the channel shores for a feel of the warm sun, school of buffaloes relaxing in the water banks, herds of African elephants drinking water and plenty of other wildlife relaxing from the lake shores.

Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha

Tree climbing lions are found in Queen Elizabeth national park in the Ishasha sector and these lions are found in the fig trees. These tree-climbing lions are not a must-see deal because sometimes you don’t get to see these lions from trees, it depends on your luck. You will encounter other wildlife like Uganda kobs grazing in the open savannah. You can access the Ishasha sector when coming back from or when heading to Bwindi impenetrable national park. Ishasha sector also has some wildlife like buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, antelopes among others.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth national park takes place from Kyambura Gorge. The chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge are habituated meaning they are used to the presence of Human beings. You will experience lush Savannah grasslands leading to the Kyambura Gorge and you will encounter other primates like Red-tailed monkeys and baboons, see butterflies, bird species, fauna, and floras.

Area:
1,978 km²
Location:
Fort Portal-Mpondwe Rd, Rubirizi, Uganda
Tour Activities:
Game drives, Bird Watching, Boat Trips/ Launch Cruise, Chimpanzee Trekking, Watching Lion Climbing Trees
Tour Attraction:
Tree-Climbing Lions, Wildlife, Ishasha River, Salt Lakes (Katwe and Bunyampaba), Bird Species, Kazinga Channel connecting Lake Edward to Lake George,
Accommodation:
Mweya safari lodge, Tembo safari lodge, The Baboon safari resort, Bush camp, Ihamba safari lodge, Ishasha jungle lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, Jacana safari lodge, Katara lodge, Simba safari camp, Queen Elizabeth safari camp, Mweya Hotels and cottages, Kyambura game lodge, Kingfisher lodge, Hippo hill lodge, Park view safari lodge, Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge lodge, Kyambura tented camp
Established:
1952
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