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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Find all the relevant information about Queen Elizabeth, getting there, attractions, where to stay, map, tour operators and Uganda safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular savanna park in Uganda and the best place to see lions including the Tree Climbing lions making it the perfect destination for a Uganda Wildlife Safari. It prides in a great diversity of habitats that include: lakes, savannah grasslands, forests and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of large mammals in the country.

3 Day Safari

This is the most popular safari itinerary for those with limited time and it will give you a full day of adventure with game drives and a boat ride.
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Game Drives

Conducted early morning and in the evening give tourists a chance to see different animals like buffaloes, leopards, elephants, giraffes, lions, antelopes, hippos, various reptiles and birds

Balloon Safari

This unique African balloon safari adventure begins very early morning and will give you an aerial view of the park as you admire its unique terrain and thousands of animals and flora below you.

Track Chimps

Chimp tracking expeditions are conducted within the verdant forests of the park and you will get a chance to spend an hour on an up-close encounter with ‘man’s closest living relative’

Tree Lions

a large number of tourists flock the park to Ishasha sector to track the lions and enjoy an up-close encounter with these unique tree climbing lions and also observe this unique behavior.

Birdwatching

With a bird list of over 600 bird species, it’s no doubt that this is one of the best bird watching paradises in Africa. Uganda has over 1,000 bird species and more than a half can be found here.

Boat Cruise

The 2 hour ride on the Kazinga Channel gives you a chance to explore the oasis of wildlife among which are large schools of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, birds, crocodiles and so much more.

Cultural Tours

Visit the locals traditionally harvest salt from Lake Katwe, traditional homesteads and enjoy energetic musical and dance performances by the Kikorongo Equator Performers mines

Where is Queen Elizabeth National Park Located?

One would wonder where Queen Elizabeth National Park is Located. Well, it is found in the western part of Uganda laying between Lakes Gorge and Albert with the Kazinga Channel crossing through its 700 sq mile land area. The park was named after the Queen of England in 1954 following her visit.

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park is home to 618 bird species which is the 6th highest diversity in the world and the highest in Africa making it a perfect destination for Uganda Birding Safaris, in addition to 10 primate species like chimpanzees and 95 mammals including big game.

Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tree Climbing Lions: with just two populations of these unique lions in the whole world, explore the southern Ishasha sector to track these lions commonly seen up in the fig and acacia trees.

The Kazinga Channel: this natural water channel connects Lakes Albert and Gorge and is home to a large number of hippos, Nile Crocodiles, elephants and hippos which can easily be seen on the thrilling Kazinga Boat Ride

Kasenyi Plains: these plains are popularly visited by tourists on a Uganda Wildlife Safari as they are home to a very large number of antelopes, the Uganda Kobs, lions and several large predators

Kalinzu Forest: this is offers very rewarding chimpanzee tracking experiences and it is located on the southeastern corner of the park

The Kyambura Gorge: this verdant forested 100 meter deep valley with peculiar is home to a large number of primates and popular for Chimpanzee tracking tours in Uganda.

Mweya Peninsular: this is a stretch of land that protrudes into Lake Edwards is commonly visited during game drives as it offers perfect game views  while exploring the various game tracks.

Lake Katwe Salt Works: within the alkaline Lake Katwe, salt mining works have been ongoing for several years since that is the main economic activity in the area. Consequently a large number of tourists visit here to learn and observe the traditional method of salt mining

The Katwe Explosion Crater Lakes: these lakes found in the northern part are found on the highest elevation of the park. from here tourists enjoy sweeping views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges, the western rift valley escarpments and lakes George and Edward.

How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park

the park is located about 389 km from the capital Kampala and can be accessed wither by road on a 6h 30min drive via Masaka Road or by a charter flight.

Where to stay | Accommodation

With a wide variety to lodges, campsites, hotels and tented Camps, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers accommodation for everyone like the Ishasha Wilderness Camp Queen Elizabeth National Park irrespective of your budget and these range from luxury, mid-range to budget facilities. checkout our most recommended Accommodations in Queen Elizabeth National Park for a more information on each facility

Best time to Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Dry season that runs from January to February and from June to September is considered the best time to visit with the peak safari time in Uganda being from June to September, while Migratory species arrive in August to December, and March to May offering the best birding time

What More Does Uganda Offer?

Most tourists who come to Uganda visit more than one destination. You can combine your Queen Elizabeth safari with gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi, or tour Murchison Falls National Park. For relaxation after your wildlife safari, you can visit Ssese Islands but if you are more interested in adventure, take on rafting on the Nile, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale, Rwenzori Mountains climbing and Mount Elgon hike.

Uganda Safari Tour Operators

To best enjoy your Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you are highly advised to book your tour through a good tour operator. Check through our list or recommended Tour Operators who will help you handle all your safari related reservations like accommodation, transport and activities.

Popular Safari Packages in Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

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