Park at a Glance
Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. The Katwe explosion craters mark the park’s highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.
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.
As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders! The park also contains tropical forests; Kyambura Forest gorge and Kalinzu Forest which are home to chimpanzee and primates. Queen Elizabeth national park offers game viewing and chimpanzee tracking making it Uganda’s most visited park. On clear days, views of the rift valley and snowcapped peaks of Ruwenzori Mountains are spectacular. There are also several explosion crater lakes including the ancient salt mining Lake Katwe where you can spot flamingos and also interact with local women.
Lion Research Tracking
No matter how much documentation and research that has been made about the Lions, there remains a great deal to explore about the king of the jungle and his family. Over the years many people trekked their way into queen Elizabeth national park with an aim of setting their sight on these wonderful beings.
However, it was often a hard venture to trace the king of the Jungle and his family, until initiative was taken to put trackers in all the lions in the park. Unlike the normal game drives where this service of using trackers is invalid, a lion research tracking tour offers you the opportunity to have detailed specific information mainly for the lions in queen Elizabeth and how it is evolving over the years.
The tour is only limited to a few people, hence booking in advance is a must in case you are considering this wonderful adventure.
Queen Elizabeth national park is the second park in Uganda where you are assured of a boat cruise experience. Home to over 5000 hippos which makes it one of the areas in Africa with the highest concentration of hippos, Kazinga channel offers a more than two hours boat cruise Safari where you can see , crocodiles, monitor lizards,hippos, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes and many hundreds of different kinds of water birds.
The boat cruise safari remains a spectacular way to explore the diversity of animals and birds in queen Elizabeth national park.
The park is gifted with over ten primate species including but not limited to; Chimpanzees in the commonly known as “the lost valley” or “the valley of the apes”, black and white collabus monkeys, vervets, red-tailed monkeys among others.
However if your primary interest is tracking chimpanzees, you may also proceed to Kalinzu forest which is relatively cheaper for chimpanzee tracking compared to Kibale National Park .
The park is home to four of the Africa’s big five including the African Elephant, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards. It is on record that the population of elephants in this park has increased over the years regardless of the fact that they still face a problem of poachers who do it in quest for ivory.