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Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in Western Uganda. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and later renamed Queen Elizabeth National Park to commemorate a visit by Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England, in 1954.

Apart from its popular history, Queen Elizabeth National Park is well known for its rich plant and animal life, in the various climate zones.

Wildlife such as Buffalo, Ugandan Kob, hippos, forest hogs, elephants, lions, chimpanzees, and so many others make this a popular destination for visitors to Uganda. The Park has more than 600 different species of birds.


On your visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can enjoy any or all of the following activities.

  • Launch Trips on the Kazinga Channel
  • Bird Watching
  • Game drives
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Wildlife Research & Study
  • Exploring Caves
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Community Visits

When To Visit

You can visit Queen Elizabeth National Park all year round. The dry season months of June to August are very popular because many animals can easily be found near places with water.

Because the park is popular, visitors go to Queen Elizabeth National Park at all times of the year.

Related article: Best time to visit Uganda.

Getting There

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located 380 kilometres from Kampala. The access by road is very easy, using well-tarmacked roads from Entebbe/Kampala Via Masaka, Mbarara and Bushenyi.

Fort Portal can also be used as an alternative route - especially if one wants to visit Kibale or Semuliki National Parks along the way.

Local chartered flights from Entebbe go directly to Queen Elizabeth National Park or the nearby Kasese Air Strip. These flights are great when you only have a few days in Uganda, or you do not like long car rides.

Where To Stay

There are so many options of where you can stay when Visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park. From inexpensive camping sites to very luxurious hotels and lodges, you will have plenty to choose from.

The Nearby local towns also offer accommodation that can be a little bit more flexible in price.

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