Queen Elizabeth National Park

Scenic and biodiverse, Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is Uganda’s most famous protected area. Diverse ecosystems, including sprawling savanna, shady forests, sparkling lakes and lush wetlands, provide ideal habitats for the classic big game, forest primates, and birds.

These varied habitats support a wealth of wildlife with more mammal species (95) than any other Ugandan park and over 600 bird species – an unprecedented number for such a small area. Expect to see safari favourites such as elephants, buffaloes and hippos while the chances of finding lions on the plains of Kasenyi and Ishasha are good.

An abundance of magnificent vistas includes the jagged backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains; rolling hills pocked with extinct volcanic craters; open, rift valley grasslands at Kasenyi and Ishasha. The hippo-lined Kazinga Channel; and the Mitumbe mountains in Congo rising above the distant, western shore of Lake Edward QENP was initially named Kazinga National Park in 1952 but was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

What to Do:

  • Game drives in the Kasenyi Plains
  • Wildlife viewing at Mweya Peninsula
  • A boat safari on the Kazinga Channel
  • Exploration of the Crater Lakes
  • Chimp tracking in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
  • Forest Walks in Maramagambo Forest
  • Finding tree climbing lions in Ishasha

Getting There:

  • Charter flight can be arranged to airstrips at Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha
  • Drive from Kampala

Best Time to Visit:

All-year-round. Thanks to the location on the equator, Uganda has a tropical climate. Rainfall occurs regularly, with a peak in the months of April-May and November.