Queen Elizabeth National Park is not a big national park, but it is rich in animals and has a surprisingly diverse nature.
The most visited areas for safaris are the northern part of the park around the Kazinga channel, which stretches from Lake George to the north to Lake Edward to the south.
Neither Lake George in Uganda nor Lake Edward which is half in DR Congo is completely inside the national park.
Lake George’s southern and eastern beaches are located outside the park and the lake is used by local fishermen. Lake Edward is also used by fishermen.
The northern part of the park, on both sides of the Kazinga channel, is dominated by the open savannah. This area is popular for game drives and safaris by boat on the Kazinga channel.
In the area there are a lot of big animals including elephant, spring boar, buffalo, Uganda cob (a kind of antelope), lion, hyena and a variety of birds.
The area is very popular with birdwatchers as the many lakes, spring fields and rivers attract unbelievable amounts of birds.
In the afternoons, many animals descend to the Kazinga Channel to drink and cool, especially during the driest season, June to October. A boat trip on the canal gives chance to see lots of animals and birds.
South of the park lies Maramagambo Forest, which is mainly visited by birdwatchers, but besides birds, it is home to some large mammals and a variety of monkeys.
Along the eastern border of the national park lies the Kyambura Gorge, this is popular for chimpanzees. They are also easier seen in Kibale Forest National Park a few hour drive north of QENP.
Along the south in the park is again the open savannah in the area called Ishasha. Ishasha is known to be one of the few places where lions often climb trees.
Queen Elisabeth National Park is unique in such a way that the animals share the park with the people in four small fishing villages that are completely in the park.
When the park was created in 1964, these villages were allowed to remain. Those living in the villages live mostly on fishing.(Uganda, The Pearl of Africa)