Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is one of Uganda’s 10 National Parks famously known as Uganda’s most popular tourist destination.

At fast glace, the park is 1,978 square kilometres and spans the equator line with monuments on either side near the road.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda  was founded in 1952 originally as Kazinga National Park is one of Uganda’s oldest National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has a diverse ecosystem of sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands.

Home to over 95 mammals species, ten primates including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

weaver birds as seen during birding experience in Uganda
Birds of Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National park also seats against the backdrop of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains giving you breathtaking views.

The park’s pleasing views include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills.

It’s also home to the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo, and elephants not forgetting the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob which are the lions’ favorite meal.

Queen Elizabeth National park Uganda -African cape Buffalos as seen during wildlife safari in Uganda

With fantastic cultural history and communities that live in the park is undeniably a whole destination package.

Some of the activities you can do in Queen Elizabeth National Park are the game drive which gives you a classic African safari experience, nature walks, coffee tours, meeting locals for storytelling, music, dance, and drama which directly benefits their communities.

Others are Bird Watching, a Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, a Chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura Gorge, famously known as the valley of Apes and visiting the Katwe salt works.

The Hot air balloon ride is another recent addition to the list of activities in Queen Elizabeth National park.

When is the best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National park Uganda?

Queen Elizabeth National park Uganda is an all-year-round destination. Because of its location in the western part of the country. The weather here is great and almost all year round.  There are many activities that one enjoys and pretty much cater for everyone. For those interested in a short safari experience you will e spoilt for choice. But also others who are doing a multiday best of Uganda safari experience can have queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda as part of their itinerary.

How far is queen Elizabeth National park from Kampala?

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is about 6 hours drive from Kampala or Entebbe. There are several routes by road Kampala -Mityana Mubende route is one and the other is the Kampala Mbarara route. The route you take will depend on the activities you have on your itinerary. If you have chimps trekking as part of your itinerary- Kampala Mityana -Mubende Route will be your best bet. However, one may decide to go the Kampala -Mbarara route and go via Lake Mburo National park home to zebras and giraffes. 

Whichever route you or your guide drive chooses there will always need to have a good reason, and those reasons need to be part of creating an enhanced travel experience.

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