Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres. It is located in the Western Region of Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubiriziand and Rukungiri, extending from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west, including the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes. Uganda's capital and largest city Kampala, south-west of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, is approximately 400 kilometres by road.

The Queen Elizabeth National Parkcrosses the Ecuator Line with monuments on either side of the road marking the exact spot where latitude 00 actually crosses.

The Katwe explosion craters mark the park's highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.

The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big gameas well as ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.