The Park covers 2000 sq. km and includes a remarkable 57 varieties of eco-systems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah and swamps. Queen Elizabeth is believed to be the outstanding treasures of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park has recently been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO
Tacked on the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth is a habitant to dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channelwith 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 & do in Queen Elizabeth NP
The park contains over 95 mammal species have been recorded here, the highest for any Ugandan national park. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions, the Uganda Kob and other antelope species, as well as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, baboons and chimpanzees. The Rare Giant Forest hog is often seen here.
612 bird species have been sighted in Queen Elizabeth making this park truly unique for it has one of the highest numbers in the world for such a relatively small reserve. The species include the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-eater, 11 types of Kingfishers and a variety of raptors, including several falcons and eagles.
In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward is a memorable way to view the abundant game in Queen Elizabeth and to see an astounding number of bird species.
Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee walk where visitors can climb down the 100m-deep gorge through tropical forest and catch sight of a variety of primates, especially chimpanzees.The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment: it teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation. Visitors stand a pretty good opportunity of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they are habituated.
In the more isolated Ishasha sector, visitors can move through the woodlands in search of tree-climbing lions perched on the boughs of ancient fig trees. To the southeast, travelers can explore newly opened trails in the Maramagambo forest.
Where to stay in Queen Elizabeth
Tourists have got a variety of accommodations made available for you ranging from high end facilities, these offer first class premium serves to guest especially those that wish to spend a luxurious lifestyle while on holiday. The mid range facilities are as well available, these offer moderate service to their guest and they are very affordable. For visitors that wish to spend less on accommodation, staying at budget facilities is very ideal, these offer are very safe, clean and with good food
- Mweya Safari Lodge – up-market facility
- Jacana Safari Lodge – up-market facility
- Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp – mid to up-market
- Kingfisher Camp Kichwamba – mid-market
- Katara Lodge –up market facility
- Ihamba Safari Lodge –mid lodge facility
- Enganzi Lodge –mid lodge facility
- Bufallo Safari Resort-Budget facility
- Bush Lodge camp-budget facility
- Simba Safari camp-budget facility
- Ishasha wildness camp (Ishasha Section) up market facility
- Savannah Resort hotel-mid market facility
- Ishasha Jungle Lodge -mid market facility
- Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp
- Kyambura Game Lodge
- Kyambura Gorge Lodge