Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The vast Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uganda. Its fame is partly due to its unique combination of ecosystems: open savannahs, flourishing forests, placid crater lakes and rich wetlands.

Incredible flora and fauna

The northern part of the park was set aside as a game reserve in 1906. Over the years, more surrounding areas were declared as restricted until in 1952, the area was declared as the Kazinga National Park. Two years later, it was renamed as Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The sprawling 1978 sq. km. park is home to several species of mammals, reptiles and birds. This is a place where you won’t want to even blink just in case you miss any of the magnificent specimens of Cape buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, chimpanzees, hyenas, giraffes, baboons, Uganda kobs, zebra to name a few. The park also plays host to over 600 species of birds. However, what everyone truly comes to see here are the famed tree-climbing lions of the vast Ishasha plains.

Cruise down Kazinga channel

The Kazinga Channel is a 40 km. long natural channel that winds through the park from Lake Edward in the west to Lake George in the east. You can choose to cruise down this channel and, admittedly, this is one of the best ways to view the spectacular animal-life at the park – from big cats to hippos and crocodiles to buffaloes.

As you wrap up your trip, do visit Lake Katwe, a crater lake from which salt is mined. You might also drop by a few of the local communities before you visit the equator line that runs through the Queen Elizabeth National Park.