Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park which is described as “Uganda’s Great Rift Valley” by Andrew Roberts is the second largest national park in Uganda spanning in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. The park was established in 1954 and it covers almost 1,978 square kilometers. It is bordered in the West by Lake Edward and in the North by the Rwenzori Mountains, and is separated into two parts, the Northern and Southern park. This fertile equatorial area has very nice scenery comprised of Tropical Rain Forests and two lakes connected by a channel over looked by a high peninsula. It’s also a world bio-sphere reserve (UNESCO, 1979),a RAMSAR wetland site and an Important Bird Area (IBA) .
The outstanding national park was named after Queen Elizabeth II and later renamed Ruwenzori before it returned to its royal name. It’s very popular for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe where salt is mined. The national park consists of Maramagambo Forest and neighbors Kigezi and Kyambura Game Reserves, Kibale National Park plus the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kasese lying on its north-western wing.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is undeniably Uganda’s most famous tourist destination. The park’s 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 bird species include the black bee-eater, 11 types of king fisher, Shoebill storks and several species of falcons, eagles and other raptors.
Conveniently set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s fascinating 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 plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.More information about Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Explosion Craters
- Ishasha Sector (Tree Climbing Lions)
- Kazinga Channel
- Other Attractions
- The Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion
- Bird Watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge
- Game Drives
- Launch Trip
- More Tourist Activities