VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the valley separating Lake Edward and Lake George in western Uganda, bordered to the North by the Rwenzori Mountains. It is a mostly very scenic 6 - 7 hour drive northward from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and so combines well with the gorilla trekking there, and also serves as a good resting place for a few days on a journey toward the Kibali Forest.
Terrain around this area is varied and diverse: There is higher ground toward the South which then leads onto expansive open savannah grasslands through the basin associated with the Kazinga Channel, a thick section of largely untouched forest trees in the Kyambura Gorge, and some very scenic hillside areas around a collection of craters north of this channel.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has very high bio diversity and used to have amongst the highest numbers and diversity of wildlife on the African continent, but sadly a fair amount of this was destroyed during the Uganda Civil War in the late 80s. Go there to see a combination of savannah wildlife and tropical forest primates: although not as plentiful, there are still some predators around, as well as plains game indigenous to the area such as the Ugandan Kob. Birdlife has fared slightly better and this park is a birdwatchers paradise with over 600 species of birds to be found here. We highly recommend a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, and from here you can expect some close encounters with some of the parks many hippos.
Accommodation choices in this area are fewer than are available in nearby countries to the East and South, but comfortable reliable accommodation can still be found. Our pick of the available options is Volcanoes Kyambura Lodge.