This Park borrows its name from Queen Elizabeth The Second of England and it is about 6 hours’ drive from Kampala in Western Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park forms part of the vast Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area that includes Kyambula and Kigezi Wildlife Reserves. The Park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga Channel National Park but the name was later changed to Queen Elizabeth in 1954 and is Uganda’s second largest park after Murchison Falls National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its biodiversity which includes a huge profusion of wildlife notably Buffalos, Elephants, tree-climbing Lions, Hippos, Nile Crocodiles, Warthogs, Leopards, Antelopes such as Waterbucks, Bushbucks, banded Mongoose, Bush Pigs and many more. Also present here are several primate species specifically the Olive Baboons, red-tailed Monkeys, black and white Colobus Monkeys and so forth. Additionally, birdlife is abundant here with over 600 species recorded in different habitats and of special interest are the pin-tailed Whydah, slender-tailed Nightjars, the African Mourning Dove, Swamp Fly-catchers, collard Pratincole, grey-headed Kingfishers, Flamingos, black rumped button Quails, whitetailed Lark, African Skimmer, pink-backed Pelicans, African Broadbill, palm-nut Vultures, African Fin-foot, rufous-bellied Heron, Pel’s fishing Owl, Papyrus Gronoleks, black Bee-eaters, Caspian Plovers and the great blue Turacos.
Other attractions to explore inside Queen Elizabeth National Park includethe Lake George-Ramser wetland Site, Explosion Craters, Katwe Salt Lake, Mweya Peninsula and Kazinga Channel.
Amongst the activities worth mentioning are: –
- Game Drives
- Bird Watching
- Launch Cruising
- Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
- Nature Walks
- Cultural Experiences
Accommodation facilities for visits to this park include: –
- Mweya Safari Lodge
- Kyambura Gorge Lodge
- Katara Lodge
- Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge
- Kasenyi Safari Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Lodge