facts about queen elizabeth national park

Introduction

he national park is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. Its location is approximately 376 kilometers (234 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.

Traditionally overshadowed by the more famous grassland parks of Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda’s savannah parks are unique among safari destinations on the African continent.

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP, or Queens) is Uganda’s most visited national park and is often paired with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and/or Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest. The park is famous for its big cats, including tree-climbing lions and leopards. Game drives in will reveal the parks range of big game including elephants, buffalos, antelopes and warthogs.

Boat safaris take you across the Kazinga Channel that links Lakes Edward and George. Here you’ll find buffalo and elephant coming down to the shore, pelicans rafting together in the sunshine, and plenty of hippos.

There are over 600 species of recorded birds in Queens, and you can even pair a game drive or boat safari with chimp trekking in the mystical forests of Kyambura Gorge.

2. Queen Elizabeth National Park Entry Fees

You must pay a small conservation fee as you enter Queen Elizabeth National Park. The fee is used to support the conservation projects of the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

The fee varies for different groups, so you must remember to take identification. Travellers are required to show their passports, foreign born Ugandans must show a one-year work permit, and Ugandan citizens must show national identification cards.

At the time of writing, the fee for travellers is US$40. Foreign born Ugandans must pay US$30. Ugandan citizens are charged UGX150,000. If you book with us, all of this is taken care of for you.

Queen Elizabeth National Park grasslands.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a plethora of wildlife.

3. Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth national park

 Its varied habitats include grassland, woodland, moist tropical forest and wetlands, both freshwater rivers and lakes and saline lakes. Of this almost 40,000 hectares is covered by medium-altitude semi-deciduous forest.  Queens has plenty of big game with approximately 5,000 hippos, 2,500 elephants and 10,000 buffalo. Big cats also live here and the Ishasha sector is home to tree-climbing lions. You’ll findchimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, and extraordinary diversity in bird life. 

  1. Get off-road in search of tree-climbing lions and leopards.
  2. Find elephants, buffalo, antelopes, and warthogs on the savannah plains.
  3. Take to the waters and find buffalo, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and pelicans. 
  4. Enjoy the stunning scenery combining dense forests with miles of savannah grasslands.
  5. Track chimpanzees in the mystical forests of the Kyambura Gorge.

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