Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders, located in Kasese District western part of Uganda. The national park has various ecosystems made up of sprawling savannah, shadowy, moist forests, lakes and wetlands, which makes it a good h ome to various species of wildlife.
Queen Elizabeth National Park gives a great view to the legendary mountains of the moon thus Rwenzori Mountains with stunning and panoramic sightseeing that are made up of various crater lakes. These lakes are carved dramatically into the green rolling hills.
A visit to the park rewards you with magical sights of the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward and George plus other crater lakes of the area like Katwe. The Kazinga channel shores are infested with hippopotamuses, elephants and buffaloes. Explore the Savannah plains of Ishasha, whose fig trees obscure tree climbing lions that are ever ready to knock on herds of the famous Ugandan Kob.
Queen Elizabeth national park was established in 1952 and was originally called Kazinga National Park, later after the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 1954, the name changed. Formation of Queen Elizabeth National Park has long ensured the conservation of its ecosystems for decades, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
National park activities include wildlife viewing (primary activity) in Kasenyi, Mweya and Ishasha sectors, Chimpanzee trekking in the exhilarating Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu forest and Maramagambo forest, Hot air ballooning, boat cruise, and local community visits.
Other interesting activities include hiking and nature walks, bird watching, lion tracking, a visit to the explosion crater and a visit to the Katwe salt works.
The park is popularly known for its tree climbing lion in the ishasha sector. Tree climbing lion experience is a rewarding activity in the wilderness, lions rest for more than 20 hours giving the viewers a chance to watch them in their natural habitat.
Queen Elizabeth is the most visited/famous and popularly known national park
when heading for gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi impenetrable national park, stopover at ishasha for the rewarding game drive to see the tree climbing lions. This route connects fast to Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla national park gorilla and golden monkey trekking respectively.
Reaching the park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated about 5-6 hours drive by road from Kampala passing via Mbarara, Bushenyi and can also be reached from Bwindi or kampala ,Mubende fort portal kasese route. It’s accessible by public or private transport.