QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular game park for Uganda safaris and certainly one of the most scenic. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 590 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa.
The park has a diverse ecosystem of scattered savanna, shady, humid forests, scintillating lakes and fertile wetlands, which makes it the optimal habitat for classic game life, ten primate species including the spectacular chimpanzees. On top of this, the park has big history and the visitors have an opportunity to meet the local communities and enjoy dances, storytelling, music and more. It was born in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth ¡¡.
Queen Elizabeth habits the enormous big Game, and close to 600 species of birds driving you all south, north, east and west to come close to such astonishing nature. Having had all the big game, special left are the rare Tree climbing Lions in the Ishasha plains up the fig trees ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
How to get there
Queen Elizabeth national park can be accessed by road most easily from Kampala. the tarmac road from Kampala to Mbarara town and Bushenyi leads to the center of the park, passing just 22km from Mweya peninsula, the main tourism hub. Accessing the park from the south through Mbarara covers a distance of 420km while from the north through Fort portal covers a distance of 410km.
The park can also be accessed by air to existing airstrips of Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha.
The most stunning game drives gets you an opportunity to the classic African safari experience in the tracks through Kasenyi, the north Kazinga plains and the Ishasha sector. Birding activities, chimp tracking in the Kyambura gorge, hiking/nature walks, launch trip, cultural heritage and nature trail and wildlife research tours.
A number of Luxury, Midrange, Budget, and shoestring accommodation facilities align all around the park by names of Ishasha jungle lodge, Mweya safari lodge, Mweya hostels, Hotel margarita, Ihamba safari lodge, king fisher lodge K Kichwamba, Bush camp, Katara lodge, Queen Elizabeth safari camp, Lake Chibwera camp, Kyambura tented camp and many others.