The Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s premier savannah park, with vast open expanses of grassland savannah broken by the occasional acacia tree, with the Rwenzori Mountains forming a distant backdrop of grey. It holds decent numbers of elephant, buffalo and lion as well as stranger mammals like the Giant Forest Hog, Topi and the Ugandan Kob. Birdlife, shore side Buffalo, hippo and crocodile are the stars of the boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is an absolute “must do” feature of any visit here. This National Park is classified as an important birding area and the diversity of habitat offers refuge to over 600 species of bird – more than any other East African park. Kyambura Gorge will even offer up the possibility of a Chimpanzee sighting, with the adventurous trek to track them down being another highlight. Increasingly synonymous with the East African Safari – the hot air balloon ride over the savannahs of the Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great way to see the expanse and enjoy the solitude of space.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is enormous and as such offers a wonderful sense of escape and true wilderness. All year round the area serves up great sightings. The rains of April, May, October and November bring flushes of verdant green and exceptional activity too. If birding is your primary reason for visiting here, then plan your trip to coincide with the flood of migrant birds from September to April each year. As regards the “typical” safari offerings in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, one can expect to find it all here. Active prides of Lion, migratory herds of Elephant from a population that numbers into the 5000’s, and Leopard are amongst a myriad of other interesting sights and sounds on show in the National Park.