The Park was Founded as Kazinga National Park in 1952 till 1954 when it changed its name to the Royal Colonial Identity after the Visit of Queen Elizabeth 11 of England, hence Queen Elizabeth National park.
Its 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.
The Park is 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 rolling plains, whose fig trees hide Tree Climbing lions (Big Cats Of Africa) ready to race hunt the herds of innocent looking Uganda kobs. 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 since it is the Only Park that has been gazetted as a Biosphere Park. The Park also spans the equator line hence monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00.
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. The Park permits special Chimpanzee Trekking through the Kyambura Gorge as well as the famous night and day Game Drives, Boat Cruise on the mighty 40km stretch of Kazinga Channel that Joins lakes Edward and George as well as Unique Night and day Nature walks and crater drives to the breath taking Volcanic affected Areas of the Park
Activities & Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is the one Most Popular activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game Drives are conducted in Early Dawns and Late Dusks to Target the Animals while on their Mission To Hunting their Prey, it is very Important to Take It in Mind that Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be Done in any Part of the National Park due to its Vast Number of Animal/Mammal Species Dotted all over the Park, however, the Park has advised specific sites where interest is emphasized to Conduct Game Derives:
The Key sites include the vast savannah of Kasenyi which attracts huge herds of Uganda kob, African Buffalo, Warthogs, elephants and a huge number of Bird species that attract prides of lions, Leopards and Hyenas hence the Distribution of the Most Rare wontedly to be spotted Predators such as the Lions, Leopards and Hyenas in The National Parks Of Uganda depend on the Distribution of their Preys thus the Theory of Ecology.
Game Drives are too conducted in the remote southern region which is Visited by fewer visitors than the north, but those who venture this far may be rewarded with sightings of Ishasha’s most famous Unique residents – the tree climbing lions – lounging in the branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob. The Sector is also home to many buffalo, elephants, the rare shoebill as well it a convenient region to pass through on the way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Boat Cruise/Launch Trips
The Panoramic memorable activity takes Place on Part of the 40km stretch of the Mighty ‘’Oasis’’ of the Kazinga Channel that Joins Lakes George and Edward cocooning it to Form a Peninsular where the Park Visitor Information centre and One of Uganda’s recognized fascinating luxury accommodation facility has been erected. The Fascinating species that inhibit the Park are viewed while on a Boat Tour that gives Visitors a Chance to be Cruised meters from hundreds of the Big Aquatics such as the Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards as well as common Visitors of the banks that include the African Elephants, African Buffalos, Giant Forest Hogs, Lions and Bird species that Include the African Fish Eagle, African skimmers, lesser pelicans, and Various storks
The Kyambura Gorge gives a Breath taking View of Queen Elizabeth National Park and a unique experience in discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment – the Underground thick forest which is about 100m below the Kichwamba escarpment elevates a gorge which is best known for its resident chimpanzees – some of which are habituated and can be tracked through the forest with trained Uganda Wildlife Authority professional guides. However, walking through the gorge, may lead one to spot other primates and some of the many birds found in the forest hence other activies that can take Place within the Gorge Include:
> Organized Picnics that take Place at the entrance of the Gorge due to its Beautiful spectacular nature
> Birding Excursions
> Nature Walks and Hikes
> Primate View/watch
Crater Visits reveals the panoramic Topographic features that were formed due to volcanic activities in the way back decades; the craters have recently been filled up with pools of waters and surrounded by savannah vegetation as well as forests to crate food and habitat for mammals and Birds hence craters attract a good number of Fauna and Flora attraction as well as activities to be undertaken such as;
The Beautiful craters of the reserve Located to the East of Kyambura Gorge offer excellent opportunities to observe many water birds that include great egrets and the seasonal lesser and great pink flamingoes from lake Nakuru in Kenya and lake Naivasha.
The Explosion Craters that total up 72 huge round basins scattered across the equator are evidence of the Albertine Rift’s bubbling volcanic past, and are a must-see for those with a particular interest in the region's fascinating geological history. The 27km drive between Kabatoro gate and Queen’s Pavilion takes in views of the enormous craters such as Nyamunuka and Munyanyange that have offered water and a relaxing beach to African solitary Buffaloes as well as grass for food
The Katwe Crater Lake is one of the most famous lookout points in Uganda found in Katwe-Kabatoro community on Katwe Salt Lake where traditional salt mining has been practiced since the 16th century. The neighboring Lake Munyanyange is a bird sanctuary, as well as a migratory location for the lesser flamingo from August to November every year.
Nature treks/ Hikes are one of the more active ways to explore the landscapes and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are various sites where nature walk activities can take place thus:
Thick Rainy Maramagambo forest while on primate watch
Mweya Peninsula with its scenic views
Ishasha River, where you may spot a variety of forest and savanna species as well as having a unique opportunity to get extremely close to hippos - on foot
Maramagambo Forest is a Home of primates, including chimpanzees, baboons and several monkey species; thus it is one of the best sites for Primate Watch in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest is also a home of numerous birds including the rare Forest Flycatcher, White-naped Pigeon and the striking Ruwenzori Turaco. However, another attraction includes:
The "cormorant house’’- a large tree that has been turned white by the birds that roost here at night.
The "Bat Cave’’ where many of the resident bats as well as African Pythons can be Viewed from a small room
Queen Elizabeth National Park has been classified among the best Birding destinations in the world with International Birding Association (IBA) identifying it as an important Birding area with over 612 species of Birds ranking it to be the greatest of East African National Park despite the Small area coverage. There are Various Birds that are seasonally/permanently destined to Queen Elizabeth National Park due to Climatic Conditions of the Country and the region providing a Conducive environment for Breeding and feeding purposes thus attracting the Afro -migratory, immigratory that includes the pleatic Birds and Native Birds hence all these types of Birds make This Park to be the best Birding destination/site in Uganda. Birding can move hand in hand with various activities such as Nature walks, trekking, hiking, game drives, boat cruise, primate watch among others.
Community/ Cultural Encounters
Uganda is best well known for its Polite Climate, the Hospitality of the Natives as well as the Political environment that has made policies that favor both the natives, Tourists and Investors – making its premier attributes as one of its key attractions that have attracted a great Tourist influx in the Country. Every Community in Uganda has a very strong Cultural personality besides the hospitality hence while in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Visitors are always chanced to encounter with;
> traditional cultural dancers at the Equator
> Bunyaruguru traditional huts
> Traditional way of Mining salt
> Agriculture Village with traditional methods of Fishing
It is very important to Note that Cultural encounters are very instrumental and experimental and therefore very Memorable.
Wildlife Research Tours
Queen Elizabeth National Park is well known for its vast various 57 Vegetation types that harbor different fauna and birdlife hence making it the best Wildlife research destination about flora and fauna in the region. It renders the best rewarding research trip due to its well experienced, professional and skilled Research and Monitoring team that give guidance about the exotic and indigenous fauna and flora species in the Park. The team trains researchers on how to use a locating devices, learn habituation calls as well as monitoring weather, surrounding and behavior of the animals among others.
|LUXURY / HIGH-END||MID-RANGE / MODERATE||BUDGET|
|Mweya Safari Lodge||Bush Lodge||UWA Hostel|
|Ishasha Wilderness Camp||Hippo Hill Lodge - Kitandara||UWA lower Cottages/ QNEP Safari Camp|
|Jacana Safari Lodge||Ihamba Lodge||Simba Safari Camp|
|-||Ishasha Jungle Lodge||Camp site|
|-||Ishasha Ntugwe River Camp||-|
|-||Ishasha Tented river Camp ( UWA)||-|
|-||Simba Safari Camp
|-||Jacana Safari Lodge