Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular savannah reserve and has the widest variety of wildlife of any Ugandan park. The variety of habitats includes grassland savannah, forests, wetlands and lakes. This provides the setting for an extensive range of large mammals and primates. Four of the Big Five are present (rhino are absent) and chimp tracking is available.
This is the most reliable park in Uganda for lion, which is particularly common on the grassy Kasenyi Plains, but is more famous for its tree-climbing antics in the Ishasha sector. Huge herds of buffalo and elephant are found in the savannah areas of the park, and an amazing number of hippos inhabit the Kazinga Channel on which daily boat trips are conducted.
Despite the diversity of its wildlife – ranging from hundreds, sometimes thousands, of Ugandan kob in the northern Kasenyi Plains, to chimps at Kyambura Gorge in the east, tree-climbing lions at Ishasha in the south and over 600 species of birds in between – Queen Elizabeth National Park is quiet and quite serene. True, the wildlife may not be as copious as some Kenyan or Tanzanian parks, but the Big Five are all here aside from rhinos.
The park is set against a backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. Additional scenic points are Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George and at least 10 crater lakes. The most accessible part of the park is open savannah, but large forest areas are open to the public. These include the forested Kyambura Gorge and the extensive Maramagambo forest in the southeast.
Acessibility of queen elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park can be visited all throughout the year but best during the dry season between June-mid September and December -January, the grasses tend to be shorter and routes ,less slippery, it can be accessed by road taking approximately +/-7 hours drive to arrive at the destination charter and scheduled flights can be arranged to land at the Kasese airstrip and a ground transfer to the respectable hotel facilities, it is an amazing destination with available accommodation ranging from the best budget to Luxury, example facilities include ishasha wilderness camp, buffaloes safari lodge to mention a few.