Queen Elizabeth National Park has outstanding attractions that include wildlife, fascinating cultural and historical sites. There are many opportunities for visitors to enjoy game viewing and meet the local communities on tours. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Top Things to See
The peninsula is the hub for tourism activity and accommodation in the central section of the park. A nature walk with a ranger guide enables you to explore remoter parts of the peninsula. This and other activities can be arranged from the Mweya Information Centre. This facility overlooks the scenic Katwe Bay of Lake Edward and contains a souvenir shop and exhibits that describe the national park and its rift valley setting.
The 40km-long channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward provides the park’s prime wildlife spectacle. Its shoreline attracts large numbers of birds, mammals and reptiles year round. These can be seen from two covered launches, Topi and Simba, that cruise between Mweya Jetty and the channel’s entrance into Lake Edward. The launches run at 15.00 and 17.00. Additional voyages run at 11.00 and 13.00 subject to demand.
North Kazinga and Kasenyi
The plain north of the Kazinga Channel is the primary game viewing area. A network of tracks enables you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the mosaic of grassland thickets that covers the North Kazinga area near Mweya. However lion are most reliably sighted on the open Kasenyi plain east of the Kasese road where they prey on a large population of Uganda kobo Game are most rewarding in early morning and late afterne ranger guide is recommended to help you make the rr your experience.
The Katwe Salt Lake is home to Uganda’s oldest industr has been extracted from the lake using evaporation bee the process is continued today.
Katwe Explosion Craters
This cluster of extinct volcanoes north of Mweya Safari I can be explored by the winding 27km Crater Drive be the Main and Equator Gates. This provides superb vieVl numerous craters, some filled by lovely lakes, as well as to the Rwenzori and across the rift valley floor.
The Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion
The spot where the equator crosses the Kasese road is rr by two concrete circles which provide a popular phot( The Queen’s Pavilion stands nearby at the northern en1 to the Crater Drive. A temporary shelter at this site r H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in a permanent pavilion was built in 1959 for a visit by ( Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. This was restored for a Sl visit by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2007. A new Information ( on the site includes internet facilities and a coffee shop.
A hundred Kilometres south of Mweya, the park’s remote southern Ishasha provides a true wilderness experience. Diverse hal including the Ishasha River, savanna woodland, and the rr Lake Edward Flats support a variety of wildlife incuding Ish, famous tree climbing lions, and the rare shoebill stork.
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
This area, which protects the south-eastern banks ( Kazinga Channel, contains four crater lakes, in which thousands of flamingos periodically congregate.
The dark depths of Maramagambo forest contrast starkly with the sunny plains around the Kazinga channel. One of Uganda’s largest tracts of tropical forest, Maramagambo is notable for its primate and bird populations. Trails explore the forest around Lake Nyamusigire. Wildlife sightings vary from day to day, but guaranteed events include the bat caves (with a resident bat-hungry python) and the copper-rich Blue Lake.
Habituated chimpanzees live in the 100m deep gorge carved by the Kyambura River as it flows across the rift valley floor towards the Kazinga channel. Guided walks to search for them start at Kyambura’s fig tree Cmp at 08.00 and 14.00. The 3 km road to the gorge is clearly signposted from the main highway.
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.