Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s most popular national parks and certainly a most scenic one. Teemed with wildlife, this protected area is bounded by the high mountains of the Rwenzoris in the north, stretches along the shores of Lake Edward in the west and hides the remote area of Ishasha in the south.
The natural beauty is overwhelming and diverse: green savannah plains with small acacia and euphorbia trees are varied with sunken crater lakes and swamps, bounded by the snow-covered peaks of the Mountains of the Moon. Not less than 57 different vegetation types have been identified, which can be summarized as the following five: forest, grassland, bushy grassland, Acacia woodland and swamp vegetation. Besides, the park is home to 95 types of mammals and the highest number of bird species found in any protected area in Africa!Rich variety in birds
Wildlife in the national park includes elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, warthogs, giant forest hogs, lions, leopards and hyenas. On the shores of the Kazinga Channel you will encounter large herds of hippopotamus and some crocodiles. Topis are found in the southern sector of the park, while different primates can be viewed in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and Maramagambo Forest.
The remarkable diversity of Queen Elizabeth National Park is reflected in its bird list of over 600 species. The open grassland is not only an area for excellent game viewing but is a birders paradise as well. The plain supports large flocks of White and Abdim’s Storks, Saddle-billed Storks, Lesser Masked Weavers, Grey-headed Kingfishers, African Mourning Doves, Black-headed Gonoleks and Red-chested Sunbirds. Raptors are well represented including the Brown Snake Eagle, Whalberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, African Harrier Hawk and Grey Kestrel. Moreover, the Kazinga Channel is a magnet for water birds with species such as the Great White and Pink-backed Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Open-billed Stork, Knob-billed Duck, African Jacana, African Fish Eagle, African Skimmer and Grey-headed Gull.
Facts about the park:
District: Rukungiri, Bushenyi and Kasese
Elevation: 900 – 1845 meters
Size: 1978 sq km
Habitat: Medium altitude moist semi-deciduous forest, moist thicket, riparian forest, riverine bush land, open woodland, open grassland, seasonal and permanent swamps, lakes and rivers.
Status: National Park
Best time to travel: All year round. Thanks to the location on the equator, Uganda has a tropical climate. Rainfall occurs regularly, with a peak in the months of April-May and November.
For more information about Queen Elizabeth National Park and other protected areas
in Uganda, please visit the website of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Map & Directions
Simba Safari Camp is located just off the Mbarara-Kasese highway. Coming from Kasese you will drive towards the Equator until you reach Kikorongo trading centre. Here you will see a sign post for Simba Safari Camp. Take the road to the right that leads to Bwera, the border with Congo, and after 1.2 km you will find the camp on your right side.
Coming from Mbarara you will follow the main road to Kasese and pass the Equator. Only 1 km after the Equator you will find Kikorongo trading centre where you turn left, taking the road towards Bwera. After 1.2 km you will find the camp on your right side.
Map Queen Elizabeth National Park and surroundings