There are various places of interest in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
There are several attractions that can be visited on a safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park. The easiest national parks to visit that you can combine with Queen Elizabeth National Park include
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – home to the endangered mountain gorillas. A 5 Days Safari in both parks is possible and such a trip is commonly offered by tour operators
- Kibale National Park – home to over 13 primate species. This forest park is the most popular place for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda.
- Kalinzu Forest – This is another destination hosting chimpanzees in Uganda. You can go for chimpanzee tracking in this forest.
One of the most famous look-out points in Uganda is in the Katwe-Kabatoro community on Katwe Salt Lake where traditional salt mining has been practised since the 16th century. The neighboring Lake Munyanyange is a bird sanctuary and a migratory location for the lesser flamingo from August to November. Did you know that on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park you can visit Katwe Salt Lake where you can see the traditional practice of Africa’s oldest industry?
The vast savannah of Kasenyi is the perfect setting for a classic African safari experience. Huge herds of Uganda kob attract prides of lions, warthogs graze bent down on their knees, guinea fowl scuttle through the grassland and huge dark elephants stride across the game drive tracks, providing the perfect photo opportunity for visitors.
Mweya is Queen Elizabeth National Park’s focal point. It contains the park Visitors Centre, a luxury lodge, hostel and campsite and the departure point for the Kazinga Channel launch trip – and is still jam-packed with birds and animals. As well as the lodge restaurant, there are also budget food options. Its elevated position presents visitors with gorgeous views of the Kazinga Channel and surrounding plains, as well as the Rwenzori Mountains. The peninsula’s proximity to Kasenyi and the North Kazinga plains means it is an ideal place to experience wildlife-filled game drives in the morning or evening.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
The beautiful crater lakes of this reserve, located to the east of Kyambura Gorge, offer excellent opportunities to observe many water birds including Greater and Lesser Flamingoes and the Great Egret.
This remote southern region of the park enjoys fewer visitors than the popular game circuits of Kasenyi and Mweya 100km to the north – but those who venture this far may be rewarded with sightings of Ishasha’s most famous residents – the tree climbing lions – as they lounge in fig and acacia trees while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob. It is also home to many buffalo and elephants – and offers a good chance of sighting the rare shoebill on the shore of Lake Edward. Ishasha is also a convenient and scenic region to pass through on the way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located just 70km away.