Queen Elizabeth National Park created in 1952, lies in the Great Western Rift Valley. The park covers an area of 1978 km² and enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between lakes George and Edward. Lake George is connected to Lake Edward by the 32 km long Kazinga channel, which roughly bisects the park northern and southern sectors. To the north, Queen Elizabeth National Park is contiguous with Kibale National Park and with Kyambura Wildlife reserve to the north east. Kyambura was gazetted as a controlled hunting area and then promoted to the status of Game reserve in 1965.
This parks wildlife once suffered from heavy poaching, but recent conservation efforts have restored much of the game as it is now revered as one of the best places on the continent to see high concentrations of hippo. Other animals found in this park are chimpanzees, olive baboons, and tree climbing lions, giant forest hog, elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob and a variety of antelope. The park also boasts of a remarkable 612 species of birds making it a birders paradise.
The best time of the year to visit the park is just after the rains, between October and November and March and April when high concentrations of animals roam the whole area. However, it is also fine if you visit in any of the other months.
By Road: Queen Elizabeth National Park is approximately 460 km from Kampala and can easily be accessed by road either through Fort Portal or Mbarara.
By Air: Chartered planes can be booked for your flight to Mweya Airstrip or to Kasese Airfield / Ishasha Airstrip and then by road to Mweya.
Accommodation ranges from budget to up market facilities. Camping is available at the Mweya peninsula and other campsites along Kazinga Channel.
Recommended lodges and camps include Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Jacana Safari Lodge and Mweya Safari Lodge.