Stretching from the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward, to the remote Ishasha River in the South, Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably the most popular and certainly one of the most scenic national parks in Uganda.
While Uganda has numerous attractions worth seeing, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the country’s most visited destinations for a reason. Not only is it easily accessible, but it provides a medley of wonders! From its incredible biodiversity, to the myriad of different safari activities on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy there.
Why visit Queen Elizabeth National Park:
Few reserves in the world can boast such a diverse ecosystem. With landscape including sprawling savannah, bushland, wetlands, sparkly lakes and lush forests, the park is also home to most of the big game found in the more famous East African parks, but without the crowds. The park also boasts 619 bird species, the second highest of any park in Africa, making it the perfect destination for wildlife and bird lovers alike.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge
Dubbed ‘The Lost Valley’ by BBC, Kyambura Gorge is home to a small, seasonal chimpanzee population. The gorge forms part of the Western Rift Valley and although chimp sightings can never be guaranteed, the scenic wonders of this rich tropical rainforest are worth the visit alone.
Tree Climbing Lions
The Ishasha sector, in the far south of Queen Elizabeth National Park, is famous for its tree-climbing lions. While there are other areas in Africa with tree-climbing lion prides, the Ishasha plains, where the lions spend most of the day lazing in fig trees, is one of the best places to witness the spectacle.
Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
The Kazinga Channel is a 40km long natural channel that connects Lake Edward in the west, to Lake George in east. A sunset cruise along the river is always a highly rewarding experience as it offers the opportunity to view hundreds of water birds, as well as large number of wild animals such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants.
When to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national Park is open to tourists throughout the year. Conditions are more difficult during the rainy season (March-May) but nothing a 4×4 can’t handle! The best time to see wildlife is during the dry season (June-August and December-February).
If you’d like help planning your trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, then get in touch with us and we’ll create a tailored safari to suit your interests, budget and schedule.