Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably the most popular and easily accessible game park in Uganda. The park covers 1978 square kilometres and includes a remarkable 57 varieties of ecosystems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, Savannah and swamps.

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Over 90 mammal species have been recorded here, the highest for any Ugandan national park. It is the home of the famous tree climbing lions, the Uganda Kob and other antelope species, as well as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, baboons and chimpanzees. The Rare Giant Forest hog is often seen here.

Over 550 bird species have been sighted in Queen Elizabeth making this park truly unique for it has one of the highest numbers in the world for such a relatively small park. The species include the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-eater, Kingfishers and including several falcons and eagles.

What to do in the park

The launch safari trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Lake Edward is a memorable way to view the abundant game in the Queen Elizabeth Park. And to see an astounding number of bird species – not to mention Hippo, Elephant and Crocodiles.

In the eastern section of the park is Kyambura Gorge where visitors can climb down the 100m-deep gorge through tropical forest and catch sight of a variety of primates, especially chimpanzees.

In the more isolated Ishasha sector, visitors can move through the woodlands in search of tree climbing lions perched on the boughs of ancient fig trees. To the southeast, travellers can explore newly opened trails in the Maramagambo forest, which is boarded, by two crater lakes named Lake Kyasanduka and lake Nyamasingiri. View safari trip

Accommodation options

  • Luxury – Mweya safari Lodge, Kyambura Game Lodge
  • Mid Range – Ihamba lodge, Enganzi lodge, Kingfisher Lodge
  • Budget – Simba Safari Camp, Kazinga Channel View Lodge

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