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About Queen Elizabeth National Park

Approximately 1,978 sq km, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi and Rukungiri, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda.

The park stretches from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest. It also includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes.

Named after Queen Elizabeth II, the park was established in 1954. Known for its wildlife, the animal population recovered after many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War. Today a thriving population of hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees call the park home.

The land around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is known for its tree-climbing lions. These lions are also proud owners of black manes; a feature unique to the lions in this area.

The park has its fair share of volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes like Lake Katwe.

The Maramagambo Forest is inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kigezi Game Reserve runs along the park’s border, as well as Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The park borders Kigezi and Kyambura Game Reserves, Kibale National Park, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Budget Travel Highlights:

• Game viewing • Bird watching • Lake Katwe crater lake • Maramagambo Forest

Queen Elizabeth National Park Budget Travel

Queen Elizabeth National Park, also known as QENP, is situated in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park budget travel is one of the most popular tour options in Uganda, and is a highly recommended stopover.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Budget Safaris

Queen Elizabeth National Park budget safaris have a number of lodgings available, including camping - making it great for budget travel.

Game to be seen in the park includes hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees, as well as some 500 species of bird.

Other attractions in the park include a range of crater lakes, including Lake Katwe, as well as as the beautiful Maramagambo Forest.

Safety Tips

• Keep valuables out of sight and secure in a moneybag under your shirt

• Avoid travel to areas near borders of Sudan, DRC or other areas

• Avoid traveling to northern Uganda, where the Lord's Resistance Army is in occupation


There are a variety of designated tracks for safari vehicles throughout the grassland plains which support a variety of animals. Predators which can be seen roaming the plains include lions, leopards, side stripped jackal and spotted hyena… among others, of course.

A variety of Antelope species are present within the park. These include the kob, bush buck, topi and water buck. If you venture out to mweya peninsular are you have a good chance of spotting buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and hippos. A selection of primate species also call the park home, some of these being, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, the blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey and olive baboons. The Ishasha secton of the park is well-known for its tree climbing lions and is also known for being the place where the world's highest concentration of hippos are.


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