Located in Western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the best places to go birding in Africa. The park is situated in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rukungiri and Bushenyi. The park location is located approximately 376 kilometers by road, southwest of Kampala, which is Uganda’s capital and the largest city. The town of Kasese also lies outside the northeastern edge of the park, while the town of Busheyi is also situated just outside the National Park.
The park also occupies an estimated 1978 square kilometers of which 17% lies in the district of Kasese, 50% in Bushenyi district and 33% lying in Rukungiri District. The area of the park also extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest and includes the kazinga channel which connects the two lakes. This park has also attracted many people to come for safari tours to Uganda.
This park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954, the park was later renamed Ruwenzori before it returned to its royal name. It’s also known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda Tanzania War. The many species which are found within the park include; the hippopotami, elephants, leopards, lions and the chimpanzees which are found in Kyambura Gorge Reserve. It’s also a home to 95 species of mammals and over 500 species of birds. The Ishasha sector is also common for the safari tree climbing lions, whose males sport black manes which is a feature unique to the lions in this area.
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted. This national park also includes the Kigezi Game reserve, Maramagambo Forest, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park which is also found in Uganda, virunga National Park which is found in the democratic Republic of Congo. The queen Elizabeth Country Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park are twinned in a project of cultural exchange, mutual support and has its main emphasis on supporting conservation through working closely with the local communities.
Queen Elizabeth National park has also got many tourist activities that tourists enjoy on their Uganda safaris through this park. These include; a boat cruise which is carried out on Kazinga channel were you will view many animals including the crocodiles, hippos, water birds and many more, the game drives can also be carried out with in the park and the animals which can be viewed in this park also include; the buffalos, antelopes, elephants, lions, kobs, and many more, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge, and many more activities like the nature walks and the night game drives.