Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park in located in the western side of Uganda. The Park is 1978 square kilometers (1230 square miles). The Equator crosses the Park.

The Park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed to the current name two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth includes Lake Edward and Lake George which are linked by Kazinga Channel.
From Kampala, this Park can either be accessed through Mbarara or through Fort Portal. Both routes take approximately 6 hours of driving.

The sprawling savanna, humid forests, lakes and fertile wetlands, make the Park ideal habitat for big game, birds and ten primate species which include chimpanzees.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is habitat to 95 mammals and over 600 species of birds. The plains wildlife found here are Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, topi, warthog, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as African elephant. At Ishasha, a region in the southern part of the Park, are the tree climbing lions, a major attraction in the Park. Primates are found in Kyambura Gorge in addition to Maramagambo forest. Birdlife include African skimmer, flycatcher, pink-backed pelicans, papyrus canary, shoebill stork, martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail as well as the greater flamingos.

Kazinga Channel

Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George, is 40 kilometers (25 miles). A Cruise in this Channel provides the best opportunity to view wildlife. There is a huge concentration of mammals, birds and reptiles lined at the banks of the Channel all year round.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance and music.

Queen Elizabeth National Park can be conveniently included on an itinerary that takes in iconic safari destinations such as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Serengeti in Tanzania or even beach holiday in Lamu Island or Zanzibar. Browse our recommended tours and safaris or contact us and we will tailor-make a personalized safari itinerary for you.

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