Queen Elizabeth National Park

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WHY GO

One of the world’s most biologically diverse wildlife reserves, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is an excellent combination with your gorilla trek in Uganda. Located a morning’s drive from gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest, the QENP conserves a mix of savannah, forest, wetland, and river habitats; the result is wildlife ranging from elephants and hippos to big cats and chimpanzees plus a bird list of an almost unbelievable 600 plus species.

A Queen Elizabeth National Park safari is a multi-experience offering. Game drives in specially- adapted game viewing vehicles tend to be the main focus and the park’s famous tree-climbing lions are among the most sought after sightings. But a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel – a wonderland of birds and animals – is a must-do activity and there are opportunities to go chimpanzee trekking in the park’s Kyambura Gorge as well as go on hot-air balloon safaris and birding trips.

Accommodation is available in the national park as well as close by; there’s a good range of options – small boutique lodges, larger hotels and intimate hideaways – plus family-friendly lodges with larger or interconnecting rooms and all offer en suite comfort and great views.

The best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park coincides neatly with the best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. In a country where you can expect rain at any time of year, it is best to visit during the two dry seasons – December to February and again between June and September. These two periods offer the most comfortable and rewarding conditions for gorilla trekking and as well as for game viewing in Queen Elizabeth NP as wildlife is concentrated at water sources.

We’ve listed below our favourite things to do during a Queen Elizabeth National Park safari as well as our recommended accommodation. Browse through our choices or visit our Itinerary Ideas for inspiration; alternatively, simply contact us with your requirements and we’ll tailor-make a gorilla trek and Queen Elizabeth safari for you.

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TOP EXPERIENCES

WHAT TO SEE & DO ON A QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

1. GO ON A GAME DRIVE

Early morning & late afternoon game drives with a guide reveal the wealth of wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park: elephant, buffalo & hippo are among the heavyweights with lions, crocodiles, leopards & hyenas making up the predators.

2. CRUISE THE KAZINGA

A great chance for photographers to get close-up shots of big animals & many different bird species, a Kazinga Channel motor boat cruise is one of the wildlife highlights at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

3. GO CHIMPANZEE TREKKING

Head for the forests of the park’s Kyambura Gorge for wild chimpanzees & encounters with habituated chimps; you can also add on a chimpanzee trek at nearby Kibale Forest, one of the country’s best chimp destinations.

4. FIND TREE-CLIMBING LIONS

No-one is quite sure why they do it but the lions in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park have taken to climbing trees; they don’t look especially comfortable but it makes for charming wildlife photography.

5. GO BIRD WATCHING

Home to two thirds of Uganda’s bird species, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the world’s top birding destinations & the best time for birding there coincides with the December to February gorilla trekking season!

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ACCOMODATION

OUR RECOMMENDED QUEEN ELIZABETH SAFARI LODGES

KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE
MWEYA SAFARI LODGE
MWEYA SAFARI LODGE
In Short: Prime position in the park
Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park
An unbeatable riverside location at the heart of the park means great wildlife viewing by vehicle & boat at Mweya. It’s a larger lodge offering suites, cottages & luxury tents plus family accommodation – all with panoramic views over the hippo-filled Kazinga Channel.
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