Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the southwestern region of Uganda along the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  It is Uganda’s most visited national park.

The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest area while sharing borders with the Kyambura Game Reserve, the Kigezi Game Reserve, and the Kibale National Park in Uganda.  As noted above, it also shares a border with Virunga National Park of the DRC.

Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of 764 square miles (1,978 sq km).  The park stretches between Lake Edward in the south up to Lake George in the north with the two lakes being connected by the Kazinga Channel.

Although the national park is a coveted destination for viewing wildlife, it also offers visitors with aesthetically beautiful landscapes of volcanic cones, craters, and crater lakes.  Some of the more popular wildlife include lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, chimpanzee, hippo and crocodile.

Highlights:

  • Seeing tree climbing lions in the trees
  • Watching chimpanzee graze, play, rest, and chase one another
  • Abundant wildlife

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular destination in Uganda because of the abundant wildlife encounters.  There are almost 100 species of mammals of which the tree-climbing lions are the pinnacle encounter.  This is one of the few places in the world where lion regularly climb trees.

 

Sources: 

Britannica, Queen Elizabeth National Park, https://www.britannica.com/place/Queen-Elizabeth-National-Park, retrieved July 2019.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, https://www.queenelizabethnationalpark.com/, retrieved July 2019.

Uganda Wildlife Authority, Queen Elizabeth National Park, https://www.ugandawildlife.org/explore-our-parks/parks-by-name-a-z/queen-elizabeth-national-park, retrieved July 2019.