Holidays to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Within the Queen Elizabeth National Park, amidst the dry savannah, traditional African bushveld and humid forests, lies a world of opportunity to enjoy real-life, up-close encounters with some Uganda’s most interesting wildlife. The 1,978-square-kilometre park boasts 96 different species of mammal, from the proud lion to the dextrous chimpanzee.

Speaking of chimpanzees, these incredible animals are always a sight to behold, hence chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity for tourists visiting the park. While actually finding a troop of these impressive primates isn’t guaranteed, the thrill of the adventure is sure to make for an exciting day out nevertheless. Increase your chances of success by heading out in the morning when the chimps are more active, as opposed to later in the afternoons when they're likely nestled up in a tree taking a nap.

The Kazinga Channel, which links Lake Edward and Lake George, is another main attraction at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. In order to make the most of it, there's an opportunity to enjoy a two-hour boat ride up the channel. Along with the beauty of the surrounding African landscape, there’ll also be a chance to see a variety of the park’s most notable animals, including hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and any other majestic beast that might fancy a quick, refreshing drink from the riverbank. Have your camera ready as you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a lion! However, remember to look up into the trees as well as the ground. This part of Uganda is famous for its unique Ishasha tree-climbing lions.

Bird watchers can enjoy a laid-back nature walk through the Maramagambo Forest. Along with plenty of feathered friends, hikers will also be able to investigate the forest’s infamous bat caves and crater lakes, as well as observe nine different species of primate, including red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys and baboons.n Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Highlights

  • Go on a boat trip up the Kazinga Channel

  • Track and find the park's playful chimpanzees

  • Trek through the Maramagambo Forest

  • Try spot the elusive Ishasha tree-climbing lions

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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Queen Elizabeth National Park trip ideas

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Map of Queen Elizabeth National Park