Queen Elizabeth National Park
We are more than delighted to welcome you to Queen Elizabeth national park – a beautiful jungle situated in the south western part of the Pearl of Africa. The savannah park is second largest after Murchison Falls national park and it is popularly known as the most visited safari destination due to the fact that it harbors diversity of impressive number of thrilling wildlife worthy to explore on a Uganda Safari.
The park was established in 1952 and named kazinga national park, later after the Queen Elizabeth’s tour to the reserve; it was renamed “Queen Elizabeth national park” in honor of the queen’s visit. The Safari park occupies an area of 1978 square kilometers hosting rich ecosystems and it is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Wildlife in the park
The park is home to about 95 mammals including the African Big Five animals, about 10 primate species with the most common being chimpanzee communities and over 610 colorful bird species record. It is important to note that queen Elizabeth national park is among the top 6th best site for birding tours in Africa. Besides hosting large populations of wildlife, the park is the only place in Uganda where you can encounter with the unique species of animals such as the tree climbing lions found the Ishasha sector.
How to get Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park is located about 420 kilometers from Kampala capital city taking you through the eye catching landscapes in the western region of Uganda. It can be accessed by both road or air transport means, By road, the journey takes about 5-6 hours drive from Entebbe air port or Kampala using a 4×4 safari vehicle.
For travelers that have issues of sitting in a safari car for long hours, feel free to book a chartered flight to the park, there are various aircrafts that operate flights to safari destinations of Uganda namely Eagle Air, Aero Link and flight to the park takes you about one hour to land in either Kasenyi or Mweya airstrip. Upon arrival, enjoy a road transfer to your booked accommodation lodge.
Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Many travelers love to travel to the park due to a wide range of fascinating attractions that offer lifetime memories on a Safari. They include;
- Kasenyi plains
- Lake Katwe Salt Works
- Ishasha sector
- Kyambura gorge
- Mweya Peninsular
- Kalinzu Forest
- Maramagambo forest
- Kazinga Channel
Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is one of the key activity highlight on a tour to the park, games in the park gives you an opportunity to explore the park’s natural wonders including the eye catching landscapes plus the beautiful wildlife. Game drive in queen Elizabeth is best done in the Kasenyi plains where you get chance to see animals like herds of African buffaloes, herds of Elephants, warthogs, bushbucks, giraffes, Uganda kobs, lions, leopards, cheetahs among others. You can enjoy a night game drive and grab a chance to see the nocturnal like the leopards, Serval cats, bush babies among others.
Birding is Uganda has become one of the top fascinating safari activities and Queen is popularly known as one of the perfect places to delight in rewarding birding adventure, it is home to over 610 birds species, some of the bird species in the park include; Red-chested sunbird, Papyrus gonolek, Pink-backed pelican, Shoebill, Yellow-bellied wattle-eye among others.
Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park is done on the mighty Kazinga channel and it is another way to explore the park’s beauty while enjoying a relaxing cruise, on the shores of the channel, you will enjoy viewing other wildlife like huge hippo populations, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, warthogs among others. Plus exciting colorful birdlife species
Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park is another interesting site to delight lifetime chimpanzee trekking memories. The gorge is home to about 13 primate species including the notable chimpanzees, others are, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus, L’hoest monkeys among others. A chimpanzee permit that allows you to get close to these beautiful creatures in charged US$50 person for internationals.
Enjoy the lion tracking experience in the park that gives you a great opportunity to encounter the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector in the southern section of the park. Lion tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth costs US$100 per person for all international travelers.
Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
There is a wide range of accommodation options in the park, this range from Budget, mid range and luxury lodge/ camps. Here are some of the accommodation facilities in park;
- Mweya safari lodge
- Engagi lodge
- Kasenyi plains
- Kyambura gorge lodge
- Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Planning a Uganda tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park this season, we hope the above guide will be of help to assist you organize a dream life safari adventure in park. For further more information and inquiries don’t hesitate to send us an email on info@………………….or call us directly on …………………………..to speak to customer care team.