Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kalinzu Forest

Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kalinzu Forest

Queen Elizabeth National Park enjoys a fabulous rift valley setting between lakes Edward and George at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains. A variety of habitats including savannah, acacia, woodland, forest, wetland, and open water support a wide range of mammal and bird species. Enjoy the best possible introduction to African birding as you seek Queen Elizabeth’s 604 species. Check off birds, mammals, and reptiles galore while you cruise across the Rift Valley on the Kazinga channel.

Meander between extinct volcanic craters, their fiery cores now filled with lakes, forests and grass. Get up early to find Kasenyi’s lions breakfasting on Uganda Kob. Follow chimpanzees through the forested Kalinzu Forest, one of the most diverse natural forests, home to over 70 primates. Look up to find Ishasha’s lions resting in the boughs of shady fig trees.

Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

QENP offers a variety of activities to do ranging from safari game drives to walking safaris, boat safaris, and chimpanzee trekking in the spectacular Kyambura gorge forest.

Boat cruises on the Kazinga channel

One of the most activities to do in the park is the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel which connects Lake Edward and Lake Gorge and during the dry season large herds of wildlife are attracted like elephants, buffalos, and hippos and crocodiles are permanent residents in the area.

Game drives

Queen Elizabeth is one of the popular safari destinations attracting a lot of travelers, the Kasenyi plains offer spectacular game viewing in the park that borders about 11 fishing villages, Lions, elephants, and leopards can be sighted in the vast savannah plains.

Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge

The Kyambura gorge is a magnificent strip that sits in the heart of the park that has become a home to several primate species like black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkeys, and the chimpanzees that free moving between the gorge and the Maramagambo forest

Guided walks in the Maramagambo forest

Housing one of the biggest bat caves and spectacular savannah- forest bird species, the Maramagambo forest walk is one of the superb activities to do in the park during your visit.

Lion tracking experience

In an act to save Uganda’s lion population, the Uganda carnivore program allows clients to participate in the activities like tracking the collared lions and the funds are directed towards the communities to help protect the predators

Mongoose tracking experience

The Banded Mongoose is native to Africa and is mainly distributed south of the Sahara. This range extends across Africa, from the Gambia to north-eastern Ethiopia, and down to South Africa. Well, you might need a closer look and details of the Banded Mongoose.

If you desire to have an up-close encounter with the Banded Mongoose in Uganda, then a research trip also known as experiential tourism is something we greatly recommend as it will be worth the experience and a very rewarding adventure. This an exceptional experience that offers visitors an opportunity to actively directly participate in keeping an eye on the Banded Mongoose

Where To Stay?

Queen Elizabeth national park is a developed tourist national park offering quite a lot of lodging options ranging from Luxury, mid-range, and budget.

Luxury option

  • Elephant plains Lodge
  • Kyambura gorge lodge
  • Katara lodge
  • Mweya safari lodge

Mid-range option

  • Marafiki safari lodge
  • Kingfisher lodge
  • Enganzi lodge

Budget option

  • Simba safari lodge
  • Bush lodge

Best Time to Visit

QENP Park is open all-year-long, but wildlife viewing is at its best from January to February and June to July (the Dry seasons). However, this scenic park is at its most beautiful in the Wet seasons from March to May and August to December. April May, August, and September are very wet months and during that time, the rain might interfere with your safari.

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