Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated astride the equator in south western Uganda. It is the second largest national park in Uganda covers an area of 1,978 square kilometres. The Park has varied habitats that include grass savannah, dense bushes, forest, swamp and lakes. This landscape offers magnificent game viewing experiences, a memorable launch trip and spectacular bird watching opportunities.
The Park has over 100 species of mammals among which lion, elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob, warthogs, hyena, and leopards are the main larger species. There are over 606 bird species many of which are to be seen along the the Kazinga channel to the Mweya peninsular. The Kazinga channel joins Lake Edward to Lake George where a boat trip allows visitors a close up encounter with many wildlife species.
Northern Crater Area
This region of the Park is dominated by huge volcanic craters, some containing salt lakes. These unique ecosystems attract buffalo, elephant and, on occasion, many thousands of flamingos; a sight to behold.
This huge forest just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the biggest forests in Uganda. It covers a total area of 280 square kilometers comprising both primary and secondary forest, and 5 species of primate, including chimpanzees. The Blue Crater Lake at the Jacana Lodge is an impressive sight.
The gorge is within the savannah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 16-kilometer-long scar in the earth is home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and birds. Organised chimpanzee trekking can be undertaken in the 100m deep. Bird watching, nature walks and sight-seeing can be enjoyed from the visitors centre.
The Ishasha Sector
This is the sector in the southern part of the Park famous for its population of tree climbing Lions, often to be seen in large fig trees in the plains.