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A group of female kob antelopes, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most popular and accessible park and with good reason.

Uganda’s most popular and accessible park and with good reason. Most famous for the tree-climbing lions, the park is also home to most of the big game found in the more famous East African parks, but without the crowds.

Kyambura Gorge is home to a small chimpanzee population and an afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel offers a different wildlife perspective. Herds of elephant come to drink at the water’s edge, whilst colourful water birds wade in the shallows alongside fishermen tending their nets in the setting sun.

Crater, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

A little more about Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley and encompasses Lake Edward and Lake George. The park is split into two areas, the northern sector in Mweya which has more game but more people, and the remote southern sector at Ishasha. The journey along the Kazinga Channel from Mweya is one of the most interesting for game viewing, as it is said to hold the world’s largest concentration of hippo.

Young male lion in tree, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Why visit Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Great game drives and a genuine East Africa safari experience without the crowds on our Highlights of Uganda holiday idea
  • Take a sunset cruise along the Kazinga Channel for birding, hippos and great photos
  • Head into the steep Kyambura Gorge to search for the seasonal troop of chimpanzees
  • Keep looking at those fig trees for lions lounging in the branches
  • Satisfy that sweet tooth with a local beehive tour and try some of the freshest honey around.

Experiences

Chimps of Kyambura

Head into the steep Kyambura Gorge to search for the seasonal troop of chimpanzees.

Wildlife Safari

Take game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park for a genuine East Africa safari experience without the crowds.

Lion Tracking

Join lion researchers on a game drive through the park, tracking collared lions. Benefit from being in the only vehicle allowed to drive off-road.

Cruise the Kazinga Channel

Spot hippos and crocodiles basking in the waters of the Kazinga Channel.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge £££££

  • Uganda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Colourful, bright and contemporary, this great little lodge feels like a Mediterranean garden home, livened up with coloured glass and even more colourful fabrics. The airy and light rooms, make clever use of light bamboo and simple furnishings to combine comfort and style. Huge, open living spaces in the main area, incorporate weathered pieces collected from around the site of the lodge in its former life as a working coffee plantation. A delicious, lazy lunch can be taken in the shade of the pergola outside, before lounging in the huge cushions and hanging chairs, looking out across the commanding views of the Rwenzoris and the gorge after which the lodge is named. At night, the candles add atmosphere and whilst the food is always good, the goat curry is out of this world.

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp £££££

  • Uganda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River. The only upmarket accommodation in the area, it is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Each of the camp’s ten spacious Meru tents is situated in a wooded area beside the river. All are comfortably furnished and have private en suite facilities. The camp’s central lounge and dining area, also under canvas, is a comfortable, relaxed spot, while the outdoor shaded area beside the river offers al fresco dining and an evening fireplace to sit and watch the world go by. Perhaps most importantly, the camp is set in an unspoilt wilderness famous for the tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Combined with excellent game viewing opportunities for buffalo, elephants, kob, topi and other species of antelope, the camp provides the ideal location for a midway break, between gorilla viewing in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the other areas of QENP or Kibale Forest.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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