Queen Elizabeth National Park has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under the auspices UNESCO. Located in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth covers approximately 2,056 sq. km. You will find a remarkable variety of ecosystems within the park; from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows,
Savannah and swamps, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the home of a species including: the famous tree-climbing lion and the Uganda Kob, antelope species, elephants, baboons, hippos, buffalos, chimpanzees and over 500 species of birds. The park would definitely make you a wonderful Uganda birding Safari.
Queen Elizabeth records a large number of animals, including 95 mammal species like some big five and others respectively-Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Rhinos and Giraffes- leopards, Uganda kobs, jackals, spotted hyenas) and 10 primate species, like chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white Columbus, olive baboons. The list of birds is of 606 species recorded, possibly the highest in any African National Park and in the world.
The famous launch trip along Kazinga Channel for a wonderful wildlife experience: expect to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, warthog and many water birds species. Game drives in Kasenyi Plans (Northern Sector) and in Ishasha (Southern Ishasha sector, searching for the typical lions climbing the fig’s trees). “Chimpanzee tracking” in Kyambura Gorge and bird watching in Maramagambo Forest.
This park can be accessed most easily from Kampala. The tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara town-Bushenyi leads to the par centre passing a mere 22 km from Mweya Peninsular, the main tourism hub .Approaching the park from the south via Mbarara covers a distance of 420km while the north through Fort Portal covers a total of 410 km.
En-route to the famed park, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy short detours to Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National park renowned for chimpanzee tracking. The park can also be accessed from the south from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Charter flights can be arranged to a choice of airstrips at Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha.