Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular tourist attraction sites in Uganda with a variety of flora and fauna creation. The diverse ecosystem includes; a humid forest vegetation, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands. It harbors big game animals and 10 primate species like chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge. It’s located against the jugged back drop of Rwenzori Mountain, which provides the best over view of Kazinga channel. The banks of this channel harbor a school of hippos, elephants and buffaloes. The ishasha plains also are lined up with fig trees which accommodate a group of climbing lions in the southern area of the park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is bestowed with a unique cultural biography where its local community value the essence of traditional behavior for example; storytelling, music & drama, preparing local meals. Formerly the park was known as kazinga national park by 1952. However 2 years later, the park obtained its new knew to commemorate a visit of Queen Elizabeth 2 in Uganda. Every tourist who visits the park is expected to participate in birding activities, chimp tracking at kyambura gorge and bat cave in the shady camp of maramagambo forest room. Game drive is conducted at the plains of ishasha in the southern sector of the park, hence enabling the tourist spot lions climbing the fig trees, laying on the branches.
A visitor also gets a chance of getting close to the hippos on the Ishasha River.Launch trips are conducted on the kazinga channel where visitors will be able to view a school of hippos along the shores, buffaloes, elephants and bird species like pelicans. Cultural heritage and nature trial is also conducted on the katwe salt lake. Tourists are also guided on a traditional bunyaruguru hut and are guided mostly by the traditional guides. Research tours for wild life are also conducted in Queen Elizabeth national park. The activity helps the visitors to participate in monitoring some of the wild life of the park especially birds and mammals in the park by the use of locator devices and also learn the habitual calls for different animals and birds, how they interact in the environment that they live in as well as their behaviors.
Queen Elizabeth national park can be accessed by either road or air. By road the visitors may use mityana – kasese to katunguru gate or through masaka- bushenyi to Queen Elizabeth national park. A chattered aircraft can also be arranged from Entebbe international airport or kajjansi airfield to kasese airfield.