Queen Elizabeth National Park

About Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth national park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It’s a diverse ecosystem, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forest, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

The park includes dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalos and elephants, and the endless ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Ugandan kobs.

The Park was founded in 1952 as kazinga national park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Accessibility to Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park can be accessed most easily from Kampala. The tarmac from Kampala via Mbarara town and bushenyi leads to the center of the park passing 22 km from mwenya peninsula, the main tourism hub. Approaching the park from south via Mbarara covers a distance of 420km while the north through fort portal covers a total of 410.

Air travel

Charter flights can be arranged to existing airstrips of kasese mweya and ishasha

Activities at Queen Elizabeth National Park


The park is considered to be an important birding area by the birding international, queen’s great variety of habitats means its home to over 600 species and the park is the greatest of any east African national park and big number for such a small area.


This happens and is tucked beneath the shady canopy of the maramagambo forest is the bat cave. The cave has a viewing room from which visitors can observe the resident bats and pythons.

Chimp tracking,

The kyambura gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment and it also helps teach visitors about the ecosystems of kyambura gorges atmospheric underground rainforest including vegetation types bird identification and behavior and chimp and monkey ecology.

Games drives

One can go on a game drive through kasenyi the north kazinga plains and ishasha sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope, and elephant sightings along with warthogs and baboons. And also taking an experienced guide in the morning may give you an opportunity to track down the pride of lions and maybe even the odd leopards.

Hiking and nature walks

Nature treks are one of the more active ways to tour landscapes and wildlife of queen Elizabeth locations and they include the shady maramagambo forest, mweya peninsula with its scenic views and ishasha river, where you may spot a variety of forest and savanna species as well as having a unique opportunity to get extremely close to hippos on foot.

Lunch trip

The kazinga channel is oasis for many of the fascinating species that are within the park, and taking a boat tour along it gives visitors the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shorelines.

Cultural heritage and nature trail

Here you see the energetic dances of the kikorongo equator cultural performers; workers harvesting salt on katwe Salt Lake a traditional banyaraguru hut; or an agricultural village – all guided by those who know them best –local community members.

Wildlife research tour

For those visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park using locator devices and learn habituation calls as well as monitoring weather surrounding and behavior.