Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western Uganda in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. The park is the second largest after Murchison falls national park, occupying an estimated area of 1,978 square kilometers. The park area extends from Lake George in the North East to Lake Albert in the South West and it includes the Kazinga channel that connects the two lakes. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and in 1952; it was renamed after Queen Elizabeth 2 when she visited the park, to commemorate the Queens visit.
Queen Elizabeth national park is a home to the famous tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector. It’s also an excellent place to sight large game such as the Savannah elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos and different species of antelopes, chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge, bird watching on the Kazinga channel. The park is the most scenic making it the most visited with big variety of habitat including savanna grassland mixed with various kinds of trees and grassy plains but also tropical rain forest, different swamps and volcanic features comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many crater lakes such as Katwe craters. Tourist activities carried out in park include game viewing, boat safaris, exploration of crater and kyambura gorge.
The park can be accessed from Kampala from the south through Mbarara approximately 420km and in the north through Fort portal approximately 410km. the park can also can be accessed through domestic charter flights from Entebbe airport to existing airstrip of Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha.
Queen Elizabeth national park is not only the most popular Uganda safari destination but also one of the best spots for wildlife viewing in Uganda. The park boasts with herds of wildlife, various species birds and primates. It is definitely worth a visit for any traveler planning a wildlife viewing expedition in Uganda.