Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular safari destination and rightly so, for there are very few places on earth that can rival the scenery of this park, the only one in Uganda crossed by the equator. To its north and south, the Ruwenzori and Virunga mountain ranges form a stunning backdrop. In the centre of the park is the Kazinga Channel connecting two Great Lakes, Edward and George, and the northern section of the park is dotted with serene crater lakes and bubbling hot springs that are carved into rolling green hills.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has the highest number of both mammal species (96) and birds (619) of any Ugandan national park, is divided into 3 sectors: Mweya Peninsula the hub for tourist activity, Kyambura Gorge to the east of Mweya and Ishasha in the remote southwest. The park’s wide savannahs, wetlands and lush lowland forests are inhabited by a diverse spectrum of wildlife; in the Ishasha plains to the south-west, the famous tree-climbing lions are the star attraction and in the breathtaking Kyambura Gorge, habituated chimpanzees steal the show. The Mweya peninsula and the Kasenyi plains provide, visitors with the most chance of seeing game when they visit. Queen Elizabeth National Park has big game in abundance, with about 5000 hippos, 3000 elephants and over 10,000 Cape Buffaloes.

Named in honour of the coronation of the reigning Queen Elizabeth of England in 1964, the park was initially gazetted as a reserve called Kazinga National Park. It is also a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a conservation area that is considered typical of the balanced relationship between people and nature.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Location

Did You Know?

The 36km Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes Edward and George is home to the world’s largest density of hippos.

Queen Elizabeth Park Top Experiences

Game Viewing


Chimpanzee Trekking

The Predator Project

Crater Lakes

What You Need To Know

Location And Getting There

Queen Elizabeth National Park lies 910m – 1,350m above sea level and occupies an area of 2,000sq. km in Kasese, Bushenyi and Bundibugyo districts in southwestern Uganda. You can get there by driving 5hours over 350kms from Kampala by road via Mbarara and Bushenyi. It is also accessible by chartered flight from Entebbe International Airport via Kasese airstrip. Close by is Lake Mburo National Park.

Climate And When To Visit

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located on the low-lying rift valley floor and is hotter and drier than most parts of Uganda with a mean maximum temperature of 28°C (80°F). The park experiences two rainy seasons in March – May and August – November, but is an all year destination.

Featured Safaris

Discover Uganda’s Top Experiences

Gorilla Trekking & Habituation

Chimpanzee Trekking & Habituation


Primate Trekking

Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls

Hiking & Mountaineering

Coffee & Tea

Game Viewing