Covering a total area of 1,978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth, in western Uganda, is the second largest national park in Uganda. Located in Kasese district, western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park boarders Kibale Forest National Park (home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees), and Virunga National Park in DR Congo as well as Bwindi Park – both homes of mountain gorillas.

The Park inaugurated in 1952 as Kazinga Channel National Park as a result of the beautiful Kazinga Channel that resides in the Park. However, two years later, following the visit of Queen Elizabeth II the Park’s name changed from Kazinga Channel to Queen Elizabeth as a way of commemorating the Queen’s Visit!

The park extends from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west, with the beautiful Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes. The Park is famously known for its varied wildlife, including four of Africa’s big five; African buffalo, Savannah Elephant, African Leopard, and African Lion. Among the other wildlife species in the Park include; Ugandan Kob, hippopotamus, giant forest hog, warthog, Nile crocodile, Waterbuck, Topi, Bushbuck, chimpanzee, and over 600 bird species.

More fascinating and unique with this Park is its Ishasha province that inhabits the amazing tree-climbing lions – famous to tourists. Besides, the park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.

The beautiful Kazinga Channel in the centre of the Park is one of the highlight of any trip here. The channel hosts a very large number of animals every day, offering tourists a stunning view especially during their boat cruises along the channel. Among the regular visitors at the shorelines of the channel include Cape buffaloes, Savanna elephants, waterbucks together with the permanent residents in Nile Crocodiles and Hippos.

Among the famous safari activities in the Park include; game drives, Lion tracking in the Kasenyi plains of the Park, chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge, boat trips on Kazinga channel, tree climbing lions’ drive, cultural encounters and community visits, nature walking, bird watching, photographing, and many others. The Ishasha province of the park is also with in a close proximity to Bwindi’s Buhoma province, granting you a chance to go for the memorable treks of endangered mountain gorillas as well. There are very many accommodations in the Park for visitors who will have overstays, among them include; Mweya Safari Lodge, and many more.