Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most scenic and popular game drive in Uganda. It is the second largest national park in Uganda and the only reserve where you can see tree-climbing lions. The park was established in 1952 and was initially named as Kazinga National Park. Two years later it was rechristened to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
Set against the snow-capped Rwenzori mountain range, it straddles over 774 miles of varied landscapes ranging from savannahs to sparkling lakes to volcanic cones and craters and hot springs to wetlands and forests. The 32 km long panoramic Kazinga channel connecting the two lakes, Lake George on the northeast, with Lake Edward on the southwest, draws a large number of reptiles, birds and animals all throughout the year and is one of the world's largest concentration of hippopotamus and Nile crocodiles. The park's variegated topography is an ideal habitat for over 90 species of mammals and around 600 species of birds. Four of the big five, such as the African elephant, black-maned lions, African leopards and Cape buffalo are frequently seen. About a dozen species of primates including chimps, blue monkeys, olive baboons and the black and white colobus monkey etc inhabit the Kyambura gorge which is on the eastern side of the park. On the northern bank of the Kazinga channel is the Mweya peninsula formed at the convergence of the channel with Lake Edward. It is the hub of all the touring and sightseeing activities and has excellent accommodation and a souvenir shop. Several fascinating and curious species like bushbucks, Uganda kobs, topis, giant forest hog etc are found commonly in this region. The Queen Elizabeth National Park is a photographer's delight!
The best time to visit the Queen Elizabeth NP are the dry months of January and February and June to August. Due to heavy rainfall in the wet months, the roads can become impassable especially in April, May, October, and November. The best time for bird watching is from May to September.
Hop on a 2hrs boat cruise on the fascinating Kazinga channel starting from the Mweya peninsula that offers a spectacular view of the Kasenyi and Mweya plains. Learn traditional salt mining at Lake Katwe which is a huge volcanic crater. Get clicked at the equator and the Queen's pavilion.Drive to the southern part of the park to the Ishasha sector for the black-maned tree-climbing lions and shoebill stork etc.Go on a chimp trekking and primate walk.Make a cultural visit and meet the local people for a life-enriching experience.Queen Elizabeth National Park is a bird watcher's paradise. Do carry a good camera to make to most of the visit.
It's a 5-6 hour ride from Kampala via Mbarara on a dirt road. You can also go via Fort portal via Kasese. Either way, it's about 420km on a tarmac road. Otherwise, the park can also be reached through the Ishasha sector from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a 7-8 hours ride.
It's a 5-6 hour ride from Kampala via Mbarara on a dirt road.
You can also reach Queen Elizabeth National Park by air to any of the airstrips of Kasese, Myewa or Ishasha by scheduled charter flights from Entebbe International Airport which is about 45kms from Kampala.
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