With more than 600 bird species, 5,000 hippos, 2,500 elephants, over 10,000 buffalo, and primates such as chimpanzees, it is no wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most visited national park in the country; game drives, birding safaris, and primate safaris in this park are one of the best you’ll find in Uganda. Amidst other famous national parks in the country such as Kibale National Park (known for its chimpanzee population), Semuliki National Park, and Rwenzori Mountains National Park, visiting this part of the country will provide you an unforgettable African safari experience which is difficult to replicate anywhere else.
Queen Elizabeth national park is spread over a massive area of 1,978 km² and gets its highly diversified flora and fauna from ecosystems existing around Lake George & Lake Edward that make northern-eastern and southern-western boundaries for the park. These two scenic lakes are connected to each other through the Kazinga Channel which is home to several riveting animals and birds that could be sighted with the boat trips. Kazinga Channel is 40 km long and provides astounding views coupled with sighting of big animals such as hippos, buffalo, and elephants.
If you love game drives, then you’ll enjoy Kasenyi Plains which is an open savannah located in the northern-eastern region of the park. The Uganda Kob is frequently sighted in this area that has led to the increased number of lions. Mweya Peninsula is where the visitors centre is located and this is the place from where many boat rides and game drives take off in the morning or evening. For chimpanzee tracking safaris, don’t forget to visit Kyambura Gorge and Maramagambo Forest. Ishasha Sector in the far southern part of the park will introduce you to magnificent creatures such as lions, buffalo, and elephants.