Queen Elizabeth National Park, located in south-western Uganda, occupies an area of 1,978 square kilometers and is one of Uganda’s oldest protected areas, originally gazetted as the Lake George and Lake Edward. Queen Elizabeth lies directly on the equator. A pair of concrete hoops marks the spot where the 00 line crosses the Kasese road.
The park is the most popular tourist destination in Uganda. The diverse ecosystems within the park include savanna, humid forests, lakes and fertile wetlands; it is a perfect habitat for the big game (100 mammals), 10 primate species, including Chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
A visit to Kazinga Channel is a must; here its banks are lined with hippos, buffaloes and elephants. Also the Ishasha Plains are a must; the famous tree climbing lions hide in the fig trees, ready to pounce on their prey. The Kyambura Gorge is home to the habituated chimps, and the Maramagambo Forest is full of forest monkeys and birds. The crater lakes are home of the flocks of flamingos.
The activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park are extensive, the most popular being the Game Drives, there is also excellent birding opportunities, unique cave exploration, hiking, nature walks, chimp tracking, launch trips on the Kazinga channel to see the hippos, buffaloes and elephants can be very exciting. Wildlife Research tours are available to participate in, as well as Cultural heritage guided tours.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a diverse park and one needs a few days to cover it all!!