From the 1950’s, queen Elizabeth national park has been one of the most popular nature reserves in Uganda and east Africa. It boasts an incredible biodiversity rating and has landscapes including savanna, forests, wetland and bush-land. Queen Elizabeth national park covers 1978 sq.km of land in the western part of the country. The savanna game reserve was declared a national park in 1952 as Kazinga channel national park and the name was later on changed to Queen Elizabeth in 1954 after the visit of the queen of England II.
The highlight for travel to the park is wildlife viewing. About 96 species of mammals call this place home, including elephants, Uganda kobs, buffaloes, waterbucks, leopards, lions, hyenas and large populations of healthy hippos among others. Off the beaten track in the far southern sector- Ishasha, offers great chances of watching the tree climbing lions, which has made the park a unique place to visit. Queen Elizabeth national park is also home to 10 species of primates, over 30 reptile species and an exciting checklist of 612 bird species.
Besides wildlife, the park has a number of interesting landscapes worth watching; craters such as Lake Katwe, Lake Bunyampaka, Kyambura gorge and more.
Attractions and activities to do in queen Elizabeth national park
- Game drive in Kasenyi plains
- Game drive in Ishasha
- Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
- Chimp trekking in Kyambura gorge
- Crater drive in Katwe
- Nature walk at Mweya
- Lion tracking in Kasenyi
- Bird watching at Mweya
- Bat cave viewing at Maramagambo forest
How to get to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is situated in a location where it can be accessed using two alternative routes; Mityana-Mubende-Kasese highway or Masaka-Mbarara-Ishaka-Kasese highway from Kampala.
From Kampala to Queen Elizabeth national park via Mityana and Mubende the 410km distance takes about 7 hours. This route takes you through Fort Portal, the Tourism city with various attractions to watch en route such as Toro Palace, the Rwenzori Mountains and flourishing plantations of tea.
The alternative route of Masaka-Mbarara-Ishaka road is 420km by road from Kampala. It takes you via the equator where you can straddle and be in two hemispheres at the same time.
The difference in the two routes is insignificant and they both offer interesting road trips. You can choose to use any of the two depending on other destinations on the itinerary.
It is possible to fly to Queen Elizabeth national park direct to Mweya airstrip or fly to Kasese airstrip and connect to the park by road. The flight takes approximately 3 hours.
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