The park covers 2.056 kms of land; it is located in South of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering Congo and including two lakes, George and Edward that are connected by the famous Kazinga Channel which supports the experiential boat cruise. It is an ecosystem made of wetland and open savannah areas, on an altitude of 910m at Lake Edward. A World bio-sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site, the park is situated astride the equator and located in south western Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward.
The national park borders Democratic Republic of Congo on its western side. It is sometimes referred to as the pearl of Africa. In Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park is basically known for the big four animals that is the Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes and the Leopards. It is also classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birdlife International.
Animal Species in the Park
Queen Elizabeth records a large number of animals, including 95 mammal species like some big five and others respectively-Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Rhinos and Giraffes- leopards, Uganda kobs, jackals, spotted hyenas) and 10 primate species, like chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white Columbus, olive baboons. The list of birds is of 606 species recorded, possibly the highest in any African National Park and in the world.
Tourist Activities in the Park
The famouslaunch trip along Kazinga Channel for a wonderful wildlife experience: expect to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, warthog and many water birds species. Game drives in Kasenyi Plans (Northern Sector) and in Ishasha (Southern Ishasha sector, searching for the typical lions climbing the fig’s trees). Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge and bird watching in Maramagambo Forest.
This park can be accessed most easily from Kampala. The tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara town-Bushenyi leads to the par centre passing a mere 22 km from Mweya Peninsular, the main tourism hub .Approaching the park from the south via Mbarara covers a distance of 420km while the north through Fort Portal covers a total of 410 km.
En-route to the famed park, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy short detours to Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National park renowned for chimpanzee tracking.
The park can also be accessed from the south from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Charter flights can be arranged to a choice of airstrips at Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha.
The park has quite good number of lodge that provide good services to clients and these include Mweya safari lodge, Jacana Lodge, Katara Lodge (Luxury) and Simba Safari Camp, Ihamba Safari Lodge, Ishasha Ntungwe River Lodge, King fisher lodge, Savannah resort hotel, Mweya hostel (Mid-range accommodation).