Queen Elizabeth National Park located approximately 393Km (6 hours and 40 minutes’ drive or 35 minutes flight) from Entebbe International Airport to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with size of 1,978km², the park spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00. A home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species, the Park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Set against the backdrop of the pointed Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions (with the rare specie of climbing lions) ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game viewing, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!
Activities and attraction. The activities and attractions within and around Queen Elizabeth National Park that offer a great experience to wildlife enthusiast and holiday travellers include; Wild game drives (including sighting of lions and other cats) in the Kasenyi Plains, wildlife viewing at Mweya Peninsula, boat safari on the Kazinga Channel, Exploration of the Crater Lakes, chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Nature forest Walks in Maramagambo Forest, finding the rare specie of the tree climbing lions in Ishasha and Crossing the Equator line.