Things to do (and animals to see) in Queen Elizabeth National Park
There's so much to see and do in Queen Elizabeth National Park. In fact, its abundance of animals and birds borders on the ridiculous! From visiting beautiful craters to going on boat safaris and forest walks, this game park in southwest Uganda has it all.
Map of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Top six things to do in the park
1. Visit the Explosion Craters
A journey to the Explosion Craters is a game drive as well as a scenery fest.
2. Go on a game drive on Kasenyi Plains
A game drive in the Kasenyi Plains is an absolute must for anyone visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park!
3. Do a boat safari on Kazinga Channel
Top tip: you or your tour operator should book in advance if you want to do a boat cruise in the peak months of June to September.
4. Go chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Top tip: you or your tour operator should book your chimp trek in advance to ensure you get a spot.
5. Go on a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest
6. Look for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha
Note that you need a lot of time to get to Ishasha to see the lions.
What animals live in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Four of the Big Five
Bush elephants – around 3,000 of them! African lions – around 200 African leopards – around 250 African buffaloes – around 15,000
Spotted hyenas – they're both predators and scavengers Side-striped jackals – they're nocturnal, so aren't easy to spot
Other big 'uns
Hippos – these wallowers are easy to spot on a boat safari Giant forest hogs – they're the largest species of the wild pig family Warthogs – a smaller species of wild pig Nile crocodiles – these are regularly spotted on boat safaris
Giant forest hogs are often spotted in the park, both on game drives and on boat safaris.
Red-tailed monkeys L'Hoest's monkeys Black-and-white colobus monkeys Uganda grey-cheeked mangabeys Golden monkeys
Ugandan kobs – there's around 20,000 of them! Bushbucks Topis Defassa waterbucks Sitatungas – they like the papyrus swamps around Lake George Duikers – there are four species living in Maramagambo Forest Bates’s pygmy antelopes – these also live in the forest
Serval cats Civets Banded mongooses
If you're into birdspotting, then you should know that Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best locations in all Africa for seeing as many species as possible!
Whalberg’s, long-crested, martial, bateleur, brown snake and African fish eagles Palm-nut, hooded, African white-backed, Rüppell's and lappet-faced vultures Grey kestrels
Lesser and greater flamingoes Winding and Carruthers's cisticolas Abdim’s, African open-billed, saddle-billed and shoebill storks Great white and pink-backed pelicans
Verreaux’s eagle and Pel's fishing owls Scarlet-chested and red-chested sunbirds Yellow-throated, red-chested, black, African emerald and diederik cuckoos Ross's, black-billed and white-crested turacos
Rufous napped, flappet and white-tailed larks African wattled, crowned, Senegal and Kittlitz’s plovers (or lapwings) Black-bellied and Denham's bustards
Millions of migratory birds come to the park every year to escape the harsh winter in Europe.
cheetahs zebras giraffes wildebeests
Best time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park
The best months for game spotting in Queen Elizabeth National Park are June to September and January to March.
winter (June to September) summer (January to March)