Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular savannah reserve and has the widest variety of wildlife of any Ugandan park. The variety of habitats includes grassland savannah, forests, wetlands and lakes. This provides the setting for an extensive range of large mammals and primates. Four of the Big Five are present (rhinos are absent) and chimp tracking is available.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural past in addition to its superb wildlife attractions. There are several opportunities for visitors to interact with local people and participate in activities such as storytelling, dancing, and music. The park’s gazetting has guaranteed that its ecosystems are preserved, which benefits the local populations.
This is the most reliable park in Uganda for lions, which are particularly common on the grassy Kasenyi Plains, but is more famous for its tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. Huge herds of buffalos and elephants are found in the savannah areas of the park, and an amazing number of hippos inhabit the Kazinga Channel on which daily boat trips are conducted.
The park is set against a backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. Additional scenic points are Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George and at least 10 crater lakes. The most accessible part of the park is open savannah, but large forest areas are open to the public. These include the forested Kyambura Gorge and the extensive Maramagambo forest in the southeast.