Queen Elizabeth National Park
Located between Kibale Forest and Bwindi National Parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s premier destination for viewing big game. The park’s volcanic cones, craters, crater lakes, grassy plains, swamps, rivers, lakes, and tropical forest are home to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, sitatunga, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, crocodile, hippo, and several primate species.
Perhaps what is most distinguishable about Queen Elizabeth National Park is its birdlife. With well over 600 recorded species, the park has one of the highest concentrations in the entire world. Notable species include the giant and dwarf kingfisher, nectar-feeding sunbirds, red-throated bee-eater, piapics, Ross’s turaco, shoebill, and flycatchers.
A 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel affords excellent opportunities for viewing hippo, elephant and buffalo, as well as a great variety of waterfowl at close range. Venturing into the park's Ishasha region gives guests a good chance to see tree-climbing lions. In addition, there is a small chimpanzee population within Kyambura Gorge.