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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination.

Destination Overview

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

What to see and do

The major tourist activities in the Queen Elizabeth National park include game viewing typically around the kasenyi area and game drives in the Ishasha sector in search of the tree climbing lions, chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge and the nearby Kalinzu forest reserve, Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel rewards you with sights of a diversity of bird species as well as wildlife, there are also forest walks in the Maramagambo forest which has a bat cave. Queen Elizabeth national Park is surrounded by communities where cultural interactions are possible.

How to get there

Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed from Entebbe/Kampala by driving to the west through Mbarara to Katunguru and then to Mweya. One can as well pass through Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is approximately 6-7 hours drive. From Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, its just 2-3 hours drive to Ishasha wilderness camp. You can as well fly from Entebbe to Mweya Airstrip, Kihihi or Kasese. The flight time from Entebbe international Airport to Queen Elizabeth National Park is approximately one hour or more depending in on connections made by the craft on any given day.

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