Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the top popular and visited destinations in Uganda; the park is located in the south western part of Uganda in a drive of about 6-7 hours about 420km on a clear day by road from Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city via Mbarara town and Bushenyi to the park. Or through a charter flight from Entebbe to Kasese Mweya and Ishasha.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park has sparkling savannah, shady , humid forest, lakes and fertile wetlands all these are homes to a wide bio diversity of wildlife species including the big five mammals like lion, elephant, leopard, buffaloes, hippos, and many other small mammals such as warthogs, bush buck, antelopes, giant forest hogs, Uganda Kob the park is also a home to over 600 species of birds over 24 of the species are endemic to the park, over 10 species of primates including the chimpanzee the man’s closest relative, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, civet monkey, red tailed monkey among others. The park hosts over 100 species of butterflies, and many plant species. The park also has massive crater carved radically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kasinga channel that connects lakes Kyoga and Edward with its banks good sighting view of hippos, buffaloes, and elephants and many species of water birds. The ishasha sector of the park is located in the southern section of the park; it’s a famous place to see the tree climbing lions sited on fig trees, is the biggest attraction at Queen Elizabeth national park, lions really climb trees but in queen national park intentionally climb tree, this is a truly unique phenomenon.Tourist activities at the park

Game drives

Game drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drives are superb at the park as there very may viewing spot to various species of wildlife, the tracks through Kasenyi the north Kazinga plains and the Ishasha sector offers virtually guaranteed views of over 10,000 buffalo population, elephant population of about 2, 5000, warthogs, different species of antelopes and various species of primates like baboons, among others. Game drives can be arranged either in the morning to catch up with early species rushing out from their hide outs or in the evening when their rushing to their hide outs. Guides are readily available at no pay to take you through all the animals you find on your way during the game drive.

Chimpanzee tracking

Chimp tracking is an interesting activity done at the park, meeting our close relatives the chimps face to face is unforgettable moment difficult to forget. Chimps in Queen Elizabeth national park can be tracked at the Kyambura Gorge. The Kyamburo Gorge also teaches visitors about the ecosystem of Kyabura Gorge’s atmospheric ‘’underground’’ rain including vegetation types birds and chimp. Maramagambo forest is also a good sighting area of not only chimps but also other various primate species like baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, various species of birds among others forest dwellers. The ranger guide is readily available to take you through the forest; he helps in guiding you when with the chimps and also giving you relative information on any forest flora and fauna in order to make tracking more attractive.

Launch trip

This two hours launch trip is so breathtaking; it takes place on the Kazinga channel that connects lakes, Kyoga and Edward. The kazinga Channel is a refuge for many of the charming species that inhabit the park, the launch cruise gives chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffaloes while elephants remain on the shorelines along with various species of birds that feed on and around the lake.

Launch trip at Queen Elizabeth

Birding

For birders Queen Elizabeth national park is the best place to visit as it hosts over 600 species of birds a number of which are rarely seen elsewhere. This is the greatest of any eastern national park and a phenomenal number for such area. You are reminded to come with a first camera as most of these birds can be seen in the thick forest which requires quick shot. The park has kin bird watchers who are not only good at spotting but also passionate in the field; they will take you through all the paths in the forest in order to meet at least all species of birds that live in the forest.

Nature walks

Exploring the park on foot is magnificent as during the walk various species of birds, primates, butterfly and tree species will be met. Move through the Maramagambo forest, Mweya Peninsula with its picturesque views and also the Ishasha river here you will have chance of seeing schools of hippo in a close range.

Cultural encounter with the local people

during the cultural walk you will meet the energetic dancers of the Kikorong Equator cultural performers, a traditional Banyaruguru hut or an agricultural village, you will enjoy as these people will entertain you through their cultural songs and dance, and these cultural songs are guided by those who know them best-local community leaders.

Exploring the caves

This is another activity queen Elizabeth offers tucked beneath the shady canopy in the maramagambo forest (Bat caves)

Where to stay

Luxury accommodation

Mweya Safari Lodge; this type of accommodation is located within the heart of the park at the peninsular overlooking the kazinga channel that connects lakes Kyoga and Edward. The location of the lodge provides a clear view to various species of wildlife like hippo, buffaloes, and crocodiles around the kazinga channel. The lodge consists of 50 rooms (standard, deluxe and presidential)

Mweya Safari Lodge

Katara lodge; it is located on great valley escarpment and it is just a drive of about 20 minutes away from the main entrance gate of the queen Elizabeth national park. The lodge has a clear view of the savannah, Lake Edward and the virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges and beyond. While at the lodge many activities are arranged from here like game drives, boat cruise, birding activities, and chimpanzee tracking among others. It’s very comfortable for up market travellers.

Jacana safari lodge: this is located at the edge of the largest Crater Lake, in the heart of the Maramagambo Forest in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is grew out in the forest in harmony with nature, it has luxury rooms suitable for luxury travelers.

Mid-range type of accommodation

Ihamba Lakeside safari lodge: the lodge is strategically located for those who want to experience the calmness of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism on the shores of Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, near Kahendero Fishing Village.

Kyabura Game lodge; kyabura game lodge is located at the Kichwamba escapement on the eastern boundary of the Park. It was built using locally sourced, environmentally friendly materials that were fitted and made by local community workmanship, the lodge has a swimming pool for relaxation it is suitable for both luxury and midrange travelers. Many activities can be arranged in the area including game drives, boat cruise, and chimpanzee tracking in kyambura George.

Budget

Simba safari camp: this is a budget safari accommodation located on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park only 2 kms from the equator. It has affordable guest rooms, self-contained cottages and dormitories good for a budget traveller. The park offers impressive views of Lake George, Lake Kikorongo and the savannah plains. It offers game drive activities along the kasenyi area of the park good for spotting lions and many more other wildlife.

Ishasha wilderness camp: this budget type of accommodation is the only exclusive camp in the ishsha sector of the park. This area of the park is suitable for spotting the tree climbing lions, and the lodge is situated on the Ntungwe River. It is the only exclusive camp in the Ishasha sector, allowing guests to enjoy their game viewing without the hustle and bustle of lots of other vehicles and people

Enganzi Lodge: the lodge is located within Queen Elizabeth national and it is situated in farmland on the escarpment overlooking the north-eastern part of the reserve, it’s suitable for budget travelers.

Hippo hill Lodge: the camp is located in the buffer zone of Queen Elizabeth National Park-Katwe town. It is stunningly well-built on a hill overlooking Kitako and Kabazimu Islands. It neighbours Lake Edward, the Katwe salt Lake and Munyanyange crater Lakes that contain lots of flamingos, Hippos, buffalo and other animals, it is the only luxury camp in Queen Elizabeth national park. Indeed it worth its price.