Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda is the country’s most visited national park.
The Park covers an area of almost 2,000 square kilometers, which compared to many reserves and national parks in East Africa is quite small, yet is home to an incredibly rich animal and plant life.
There are over 100 mammals in the park and more than 600 bird species have been observed here, most of which are endemic to the Albertine (the western part of the Rift Valley).
This park borders several reserves and national parks including Kibale Forest National Park and the Kyambura Game Reserve in Uganda, as well as Virunga National Park in Congo Kinshasa.
Among the large mammals that are found in the park are lions, hippos, elephants, leopards and chimpanzees.
Climate in the Queen Elizabeth National Park
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is located far west in Uganda and the climate is Central African rather than East African.
This means that there is a dry season (June to October) and a rainy season (November to May) but rain occurs throughout the year.
The coolest months are May, June and July and the hottest November to March. During the warmest months, afternoon temperatures are above 30 degrees, but there are even days when it’s a little cooler. Even in the coolest months, the temperature in the afternoons is usually around 25 degrees.
Best time to travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be visited any time of the year though; March, April and May can be very rainy.
The best months for safari are July to October, as it is dry and the animals gather around lakes, streams and, mostly the Kazinga channel.
Even June and November to March are good months but rain occurs and high grass makes it sometimes difficult to see the animals in some areas of the park.
How to get to the Queen Elizabeth National Park
To make it to this adventurous park, you will travel by road and by means of a four wheel drive (usually private safari jeep with guide) directly from Kampala or as part of a longer safari.
The car journey from Kampala takes about 6 hours and goes over good asphalt road. On our safaris for both Uganda and Rwanda, you will come to QENP from Kibale Forest in the north.
The car journey from Kibale to QENP takes two to three hours.
African Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s best safari park in the sense that it offers the best opportunities for the big African mammals such as, for example, buffalo, elephants etc.
Some animals such as Uganda Copper, you cannot see in the East Africa’s more famous safari parks such as Serengeti, Masai Mara and Selous.
It is a safari park that can be visited on a 2-4 day safari, but it is usually part of a slightly longer trip which includes, for example, Bwindi, Kibale Forest and Murchison Falls.
Why visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park is worth visiting on any trip to Uganda, as it is Uganda’s most beautiful park and by far the best park for a classic East African safari.
In addition, the park is between Uganda, in our opinion, of all the main tourist attractions of Kibale Forest and Bwindi.
So if you travel to Uganda to see chimpanzees in Kibale and Gorillas in Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth is a perfect stop on the road between these two parks.
And also a different nature experience with open savannah, rivers and lakes.(Uncategorized)