Queen Elizabeth National Park Safaris

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Situated at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park protects almost 2000sq km of Rift Valley savannah, interspersed with patches of forest and crater lakes. The main geographical feature is the 32km Kazinga Channel, which links Lake Edward and Lake George.

Tree climbing lion at Ishasha, on a Queen Elizabeth National Park safari Queen Elizabeth NP - Photo from Jacana Lodge Isasha Queen Elizabeth - Ishasha Wilderness Camp

One of Uganda's most popular game viewing areas, enjoy thrilling game drives to discover 95 species of mammal, with healthy populations of Uganda kob, buffalo and hippo, along with a strong elephant population, said to be around the 1000 mark. On a Queen Elizabeth National Park safari boat trips along the Kazinga channel can be particularly special; there's always the chance of leopard or giant forest hog coming down to drink at the water's edge. The Ishasha plains of the southern sector are a particularly interesting place to visit, owing to its rather eccentric population of tree climbing lions. The reason for their unusual behaviour is very much up for discussion, although it's thought to be a means of escaping the irksome Ishasha flies. To the north of the park is the spectacular Kyambura Gorge, which you can descend into in the early morning for superb chimpanzee encounters with the park's only habituated group.

To get closer to some of the park's other primates walks through Maramagambo Forest are perfect. You will have the chance to see black and white colobus along with rarer sightings of the L'Hoest's monkey.

Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, adjacent to Queen Elizabeth, is also well worth a visit. The reserve's main focus is a number of impressive crater lakes, one of which is particularly popular with lesser and greater flamingos that flock to it in their thousands.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights

  • Boat trips along the Kazinga channel
  • A large number of elephant and other big game
  • Eccentric population of tree climbing lions
  • Superb chimpanzee sightings at Kyambura Gorge
  • Kyambura Wildlife Reserve's crater lakes, popular with greater flamingos

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Selected Queen Elizabeth National Park Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Queen Elizabeth National Park

All Uganda Itineraries
Tree climbing lion in Queen Elizabeth NP - Photo by Akorn DMC

Classic Uganda Safari

Days
11
Cost Per Person
From $8,060 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Uganda
Locations
Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale, Lake Mburo
Baby gorilla - Photo by Gorilla Doctors

Ultimate Uganda Safari

Days
14
Cost Per Person
From $8,870 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Uganda
Locations
Entebbe & Kampala, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls
Hippos at Queen Elizabeth NP - Photo by Volcanoes Safaris

Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Big Game Safari

Days
10
Cost Per Person
From $6,250 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Uganda
Locations
Entebbe & Kampala, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo
Chimp baby

Western Uganda Family Safari

Days
12
Cost For Family of 4
From $34,370 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Uganda
Locations
Chobe, Entebbe & Kampala, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls

Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommmodation

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  • Ishasha Wilderness Camp
    Dining outdoors

    Famous for it's tree climbing lions discover plenty more species besides in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stay in one of 10 canvas tents, nicely set along the Ntungwe River and embark on game drives and guided walks to explore.

  • Kyambura Gorge Lodge
    Grass-thatched cottage interior

    Expect magnificent views from this stunning property set on the edge of Kyambura Gorge. Stay in comfortable bandas and enjoy thrilling activities, including a boat trip on Kazinga Channel.

  • Mweya Safari Lodge
    Pool

    Discover magnificent scenery with views of the Kazinga Channel and a backdrop of the Mountains of the Moon. Relax in the infinity pool or the spa and embark on exciting activities with boat trips and nature walks.

  • Hippo Hill Safari Lodge
    Exterior

    Set on a hill in the Mweya region of Queen Elizabeth National Park, explore this stunning wilderness in search of over 600 bird species and big game. Enjoy cruises along the Kazinga Channel ad treks in Kyambura Gorge.

  • Ishasha Ntungwe Tree Lion Safari Lodge
    Sitting out front

    A great base from which to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park set overlooking the Ntungwe River and alongside an elephant track for some casual game viewing.

  • Katara Lodge
    Pool

    Situated just outside of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this cosy lodge acts as the perfect springboard to exploring its vast wilderness. Stay in one of 7 comfortable cottages, spot hundereds of differet bird species and visit the impressive Kyambura Gorge.