Queen Elizabeth got its name in 1954 when it was named after Queen Elizabeth II after her visit. The park covers an estimated area of 1,978km², of which 50% of it lies in Bushenyi district, 33% lies in Rukungiri district and 33% lies in Kasese district. The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species.
About Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited national park. Its diverse ecosystems, including sparkling lakes, fertile wetlands, savanna, shady and humid forests make it an ideal habitat for a huge range of primate species including chimpanzees, lions, hippos and over 600 species of birds. The park is situated on the sides of Mountain Rwenzori, and is also well known for its volcanic activity, with enormous crater lakes. Salt is extracted out of one of these crater lakes – namely Lake Katwe. At the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the Kazinga Channel whose banks are always lined with hippos, buffaloes and elephants. The park’s endless Ishasha Sector is home to the famous tree climbing lions, which always wait for the easy meal like antelopes. The culture of Queen Elizabeth National Park i most intriguing! There are many opportunities for tourists to meet and interact with the local communities and enjoy stories, music and dances and more. You will be filled with awe when you visit this remarkable park!
Featured Sights and Animals
Activities to look out for.
- Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel
- Tree Climbing Lions in the Ishasha Sector
- Game Drives in the Park
- Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge