QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
The park covers 2,056kms of land; it is located in South of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering Democratic Rebulic of Congo and including Lake George and lake Edward that are connected by the famous Kazinga Channel which supports the experiential boat cruise. It is an ecosystem made of wetland and open savannah areas, on an altitude of 910m at Lake Edward.
A World bio-sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site, the park is situated astride the equator and located in south western Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward.Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line, monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is basically known to be a home to over 95 mammals species and over 600 bird species. Animals like Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes and Leopards are a must see. It is also classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birdlife International.
How to get there
This park can be accessed most easily from Kampala.The tarmac road from Kampala via Mbarara town-Bushenyi leads to the par centre passing a mere 22 km from Mweya Peninsular, the main tourism hub .Approaching the park from the south via Mbarara covers a distance of 420km while the north through Fort Portal covers a total of 410 km. En-route to the famed park, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy short detours to Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National park reknowned for Chimpanzee tracking .The park can also be accessed from the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.