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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda's most popular park offers superb chimpanzee treks and a landscape that ranges from savanna to wetlands.

Fast Facts

Major Attractions
  • Over 606 bird species
  • 100 mammal species
  • 10 primate species
  • Chimp trekking
  • Bird watching
  • 1978 sq km
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park is located a 5-6 hour drive(400kms west) from Uganda's capital Kampala.


The park contains about 1978 sq kms of tremendous scenic variety, including volcanic crater and crater lakes, grassy plains, swamps, rivers, lakes and tropic an forest. The snowcapped Ruwenzori Mountains lie to the north but are bot part of the park itself. The park is home to large herds of hippo and various waterfowl often seen while boating through Kazinga Channel. There is a population of chimpanzee and other primate species often found in the Chamburra Gorge area. The Ishasha region to the south of the park is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. Other game present in the park include elephant, buffalo, leopard, sitatunga, giant forest hog, Uganda kob and Defassa waterbuck. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also excellent for bird watching.


With 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species, this National Park makes superb safari territory.The park is best known for its primate population, most noticeably its chimpanzees.  Among the mammal species found are elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula, which also boasts a marvellous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Elsewhere, the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree climbing lions, the Kyambura Gorge harbours habituated chimps, the Maramgambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds, and flocks of flamingo are resident on the crater lakes.

For the bird enthusiast, the parks boasts 606 species, and an incredible 54 of these species belong to the raptor family.


The climate is tropically warm with high temperatures throughout most of the year. There are two rainy seasons, the first of which is between  March and May and the other between October and November.


As the wet periods often meet heavy rainfall which blocks unpaved  roads of the area, travelling to Queen Elizabeth National Park is best done between December and February or between June and September.

Accommodation at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Uganda, SafariHQ

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, SafariHQ

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

The lodge has stunning views over the Gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.

Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Mweya Safari Lodge

Located on a peninsula within the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical and majestic Rwenzori Mountains, aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon.’

Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

The lodge is conveniently situated for wildlife viewing and chimp tracking with animals such as elephants and hippos often wandering in and out of camp.

Simba Safari Camp, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Simba Safari Camp

Whether your wish to explore the beautiful surroundings of Queen Elizabeth National Park with a game drive, join a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel or go in search of the chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, Simba Safari Camp is the perfect base for your safari!

Optional Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park