Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park, formerly known as Kazinga National Park, is in the Western Region of Uganda, stretching across the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri.

This park border Kibale National Park, Kigezi Game Reserve, and Kyambura Game Reserve, all in Uganda. It also borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

QENP stretches from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest and include Kazinga Channel which connects the two lakes and home to a number of hippos.

It is the most Uganda’s popular tourist destination and is under the protection of Uganda Wildlife Authority. It is home to a variety of mammals and many species of birds.

Queen Elizabeth National Park habitat consists of sprawling savannah, shady and humid forests, beautiful lakes and wetlands. The equator line 00 cuts across it.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Attractions

Why is this park popular? Here are Queen Elizabeth National Park facts.

  • It has a variety of wildlife-big game and several primate species.
  • Abundant birdlife
  • Kazinga Channel -which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, and has a big number of hippos and attracts wildlife along its banks
  • Lake George-whose papyrus swamps provide a home to the semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope and a wide species of birds
  • Explosion crates-which are viewed as you drive from Kabatoro Gate to Queen’s Pavilion
  • Katwe Salt Lake-where traditional salt mining has been practiced since the 16th Century
  • Kasenyi Plains-which offers the ultimate Africa wildlife safari experience where huge herds of Uganda Kob attract pride of lions. Other animals to enjoy viewing in these savannah plains include the warthogs, buffalos, guinea fowls, and huge dark elephants.
  • Mweya Peninsula– offers spectacular views of the Kazinga Channel and the surrounding savannah. It also has a Visitors Centre, a luxury lodge, a hostel, a restaurant, and a departure point to the Kazinga channel and Kasenyi Plains
  • Kyambura Gorge-home to Chimpanzee and other primate species
  • Kyambura Wildlife Reserve-home to beautiful crater lakes and offers excellent bird watching to water birds including the greater and the lesser flamingos
  • Maramagambo Forest-home to a wide variety of birds and the primate species including the Chimpanzee, Baboon, and monkey
  • Ishasha Sector-home to the rare tree-climbing lions, elephants, buffalos, and the rare shoebill

Queen Elizabeth National Park Animals/Wildlife

Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a large population of big herbivores which include over 5,000 hippos, 2,500 elephants, and over 10,000 buffalos. Other herbivores include; the warthog, waterbuck, Uganda kob, topi, and the Sitatunga antelope.

Primate species include; the chimpanzee, black and white colobus, Vervet monkey and the baboons.

Big cats include the Lion, Leopard, Civet, Genal, and Serval cats

Birds are also abundant-over 600 species of birds

Things to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park

You can indulge in a number of activities in this park which include:-

  • Game viewing –in the Kasenyi Plains, Kazinga Plains and Ishasha sector
  • Chimp tracking-in the Kyambura Gorge
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural visits-to the neighboring communities and enjoy their rich culture and way of life
  • Caves exploration-the Bat Cave in the Maramagambo Forest where you can observe bats and pythons
  • Hiking and nature walks-in the shady Maramagambo Forest, Mweya Peninsula, and the Ishasha River

Queen Elizabeth National Park Climate & weather

Temperature: Temperature ranges from 18-28°C during the day. Nights are cooler.

Rainfall:

Wet Seasons: rain is at peak from March-May and from August-November

Dry Seasons: rain is low from December-February and from June-July

Best time to Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park

The best time to visit the park is during the dry seasons where you can have spectacular views of the wildlife i.e. in December, January, February, June, and July. It is, however, important to note that the park is at its best during the wet season.

How to get there

By Road

Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed from Kampala via Mbarara town and Bushenyi; a distance of 410 km from Kampala.

By Air

There are three Airstrips-at Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha where chartered flights can be arranged from Kampala and Entebbe.

What to Carry/Wear on Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scotching sun
  • Waterproof bags
  • Walking & Hiking boots, wet and warm weather clothing
  • A friend(s)
  • Flashlight-few places have electricity 24 hrs.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Entrance Fees/Charges

Entry Fees is as follows:

East African Citizens (UGX): Adult 20,000 Child 5,000
Foreign East African Residents (USD): Adult 30 Child 10                
Non-residents (USD): Adult 40 Child 20

Queen Elizabeth National Park Contacts

You can reach Uganda Wildlife Authority through

Telephone: +256312355000 / +256414355000

Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation

  • Bush Camp
  • Ishasha Jungle Lodge
  • Park View Safari Lodge Kyambura
  • White House Hotel
  • Virina Garden Hotel       
  • Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge
  • The Baboon Safari Resort
  • The Village Eco Lodge
  • Spring Resort Hotel
  • Simba Safari Camp
  • Rwenzori The Gardens
  • Sandton Hotel
  • Rwenzori International Hotel
  • Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp
  • Hippo Hill Lodge
  • Mweya Safari Lodge Ishasha
  • Hotel Margherita Ltd
  • Ntungwe River Camp
  • Ishasha Jungle Lodge
  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Lake Chibwera Camp
  • Kyambura Tented Camp
  • Kyambura Game Lodge
  • Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba
  • Katara Lodge
  • Ishasha Tented Camp
  • Ishasha River Camp
  • Ishasha Wilderness Cam
  • GeoLodges Jacana Safari Lodge

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