Introducing Queen Elizabeth National Park
Home to the greatest collection of mammal species in Uganda, this park (2000 sq km) is bordered to the north by the Rwenzori Mountains and to the west by beautiful Lake Edward. It once boasted massive herds of elephants, buffalos, kobs and hippos but, like Murchison Falls, much of its wildlife was wiped out during the civil war. It’s worth visiting to see the huge numbers of hippos and some of the 500 and more species of bird.
Take a boat trip (US$15, two hours, 3pm guaranteed, 9am, 11am and 5pm US$150 shared by all comers) up the Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Lake Edward to see hippos and pelicans.
The stunning Kyambura (Chambura) Gorge, in the eastern corner of the park, is home to a variety of primates, including chimpanzees. The best way to visit this little Eden is on a walking safari (US$30 per person, three to five hours), organised at the ranger post there.
Rangers are available for wildlife drives at US$10/20 per vehicle per half-/full day.
Queen Elizabeth National Park destination guides
Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks
A close encounter with gentle giants on a gorilla safari in Rwanda is an extraordinary African experience that will always stay with you - and it's just one of the many wildlife spottings this unforgettable African overland adventure has to offer.
Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure
Meet mountain gorillas and the other amazing wildlife on this 2-week overland adventure. Spot wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.