Queen Elizabeth National Park Safaris

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
  • 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

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.

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