Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park is home to classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose lions regularly climb the fig trees. The park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Why we like it

Superb game viewing and birdlife; Tree-climbing lions; Primate species

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1,978 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Tree-Climbing Lions
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kasese

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Ishasha Wilderness Camp offers quality accommodation in the unspoilt, remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. It’s an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. The camp is next to the Ntungwe River, nestled under shady trees. Each of the ten spacious canvas rooms is comfortably furnished and boasts a large…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

6-day Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

This comprehensive safari tour takes you through two of Uganda's most exciting national parks- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. In Bwindi, you will have the opportunity to track and interact with endangered mountain gorillas- a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will embark on game drives, and have a chance to spot a…

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Duration: 6 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

7-day Uganda Primate Tour

The best Uganda primate tour for those with time constraints, Safari Index's 7 Day Uganda Primate Tour is the perfect solution. Do a lot in a short period of time with highlights including visiting 3 of Uganda's premier national parks (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibali Forest and Queen Elizabeth) in search of gorillas, chimpanzees and Africa's traditional big game species. One…

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Duration: 7 Days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Affordable Gorilla Encounter Overland Tour

Although the gorilla trekking is the main focus of this popular overland camping tour, there is also chimpanzee trekking, boat cruising, pygmy visits, orphanage visits, bird-watching and other activities to keep you entertained. The tour departs from Uganda's capital Kampala before travelling down to Lake Bunyonyi with its dramatic island scattered views. After this its time to search for the…

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Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Uganda Kob
Giant Forest Hog
Colobus Monkey
Spotted Hyena

Key Species


African Skimmer
Pink-backed Pelican
Papyrus Canary
Martial Eagle
Palm-nut Vulture

Nile Crocodile
Three-horned Chameleon

Acacia sp
Wild Fig

Acacia Woodland
Swamp Vegetation

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8
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