Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most popular national park. It is a good place for game viewing and boat rides.
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Cristianne
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Queen Elizabeth national park is large. Large enough that we needed a whole 2 days for it, you can probably get a good feel for it in less time, but I would make sure to have time to go to Ishasha to look for tree climbing lions, to the Kaziga channel and to the park itself.
We started in Ishasha and were lucky enough our guide spotted two young male lions on a tree resting. We were able to watch them for a while as they enjoyed their resting time, looked like they had had a nice meal a little bit before.
After that stop, we drove to the main section of the park, the rangers at the gate were nice and friendly and had all the COVID procedures in place.
We did a couple of game drives, in the evening and the morning, and a boat cruise in the Kaziga channel. All super worth it!
If you have a chance to do game drives at different times of the day, do it, it is crazy how different things looks with the changing light, and it gives you more chances to see amazing animals.
There are a good number of roads under construction in the park, and we were challenged with getting from one point to another because other roads were very muddy due to all the rain, but that added to our adventure! and our guide was great at navigating ( we worked with Lucci from Gorilla Trek, highly recommended)
We really enjoyed our time at QENP, it is the largest NP in Uganda, and the most 'humanized' we visited, but it was still magnificent, recommend visiting!
Written December 27, 2020
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Joost G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands670 contributions
Friends
Enjoyed two safaris here and saw some great wildlife. It’s a 4/5 though because the park lacks some usual suspects (zebra, giraffe) and the ranger we hired was rather disappointing (we ended up spotting more ourselves than he did). The key draw of the tree climbing lions is a sight to behold.

All in all a solid park, but not as allround as many other national parks.
Written August 23, 2021
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Sammy M
Nairobi, Kenya241 contributions
Queen Elizabeth National is a fascinating part of the Western Branch of the Rift Valley. There are many animals ex. birds, wildebeests, zebras, lions and elephants. Our guide made sure we enjoyed the visit. His knowledge of the area and the animals captivated us throughout the game drive. The view of the Rwenzori Mountains in the horizon was breathtaking.
Written February 19, 2022
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David R
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Was extremely unhappy that we spent so much time and money in Uganda, and in particular this national park without seeing any lions. It would appear based on the news reports that the local population have killed most of them ( poisioned ) and there are hardly any left like in most of Uganda. Uganda seems to have a major problem generally of decimating its own wildlife. Go to the Masai Mara in Kenya if you want to see big game.
Written July 22, 2022
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Brent
Austin, TX326 contributions
Friends
This was the most disappointing part of our trip. The animals in this park seem extremely under populated. We went hours at a time not even seeing one animal. We did have one positive experience seeing a tracked leopard meaning it has been collared and tagged. It was beautiful! But other than that we were sorely disappointed with this park and expected so much more. We read that many of the animals were destroyed in the war and haven’t fully re populated. They had another option for an “experiential” tour for $110 per person to bring a tracker in the car to track lions and leopards, which seemed extremely disappointing after the very expensive cost for the safari in Uganda. Looking back had we known, we might have skipped. We also did not get to see any lions or climbing lions in this park. Nature is nature and we get that, but it was very underpopulated.
Written June 15, 2022
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Jamesnilo
Regensburg, Germany243 contributions
Couples
We spent two days and three excruciating game drives at the Ishasha area, hoping to see the famous lions sleeping in the trees. Unfortunately, however, the park administration burnt down large areas of the grassland, leaving nothing but more or less dry trees in barren black surrounding. Consequently all mammals deserted the place with nothing left feed upon. Hence, no lions anywhere, not a single cat.
Written July 25, 2022
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Mario Miskovic
Groningen, The Netherlands65 contributions
Couples
Queen Elizabeth NP was a difficult one. I really enjoyed the boat trip on the Kazinga channel. We saw a lot of elephants taking a bath that day. Most of the animals we saw in the park, were near the water during the boat trip.

The next morning we did the lion tracking. That was not really special. Once we found the lions, it was not really amazing to see just because they wear a collar. I know they need the collar to be tracked, but still. It looks like a big pet cat this way. Being allowed to go off track is pretty cool.

During the lion tracking we also saw a leopard. That made my day and it made the whole experience worth going to. Wow, what a beast.

The game drive after the lion tracking was pretty poor. There were almost no other animals (I also noticed this during the lion tracking) so we ended that one pretty quick.

For safaris I would recommend spending more time in Murchison Falls and not in Queen.
Written January 28, 2020
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HevaGManc
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I took a morning boat rise with Bwamye. It was incredible. He was extremely knowledge and we go up close to elephants, hippos, chimps and a huge array of birds.
In the afternoon I took a game drive with Mustafa and got totally ripped off which left a bitter taste to an otherwise lovely day. He first of all put me in a car with someone who didn’t know directions, let alone how to find the animals. I found myself sitting in the back of a Jeep with a. Close driving round and round in circles screaming “where did you say the lion was!?” Down the phone. It turned out that the lion had abandoned a fresh kill in order to leave the vicinity.
When I was finally put in a car with Mustafa who was, admittedly, very knowledgable, he finished the drive an hour early. I questioned this and was told that 3pm until 6pm is actually 4 hours. Speechless.
The park itself is great, just watch out for getting ripped off. Mustafa is one of the official guides and was recommended by a ranger.
Written February 12, 2021
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,736 contributions
Whilst Queen Elizabeth NP is half the size of Murchison Falls NP we saw far more wildlife at Murchison Falls, although QE is beautifully situated in the Rift Valley - best seen from above.

We took several game drives, including within the Ishasha sector and did spot several herds of elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, kob, topi, hippo and some lions, but the sightings were far more spread out and we spent more time driving. We failed to find any of the infamous tree climbing lions.

If you are limited for time, the 2 hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel (the 3pm trip is best) which is easily accessible within the park will enable you to see the animals listed above quickly, except lion, along with a number of birds.

I would also add that despite the photograph Trip advisor have used, there are no giraffes in QE!
Written February 19, 2022
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Craigmac35
Lubowa, Uganda147 contributions
Family
Whilst murchison offers a much great diversity of animals - queens still had a lot to offer on safaris. Having been here a few times now, the density of animals has improved as has the conservation of the big cats.

I find the scenery around the park very appealing, there are also other activities such as the explosion craters and boat trip which is a must to keep you busy.

The tracks need to be further e
Developed and possible some more tracks made - as atm people are pretty much just using the same track over and over again.

The improved roads to queens also means that the trip is around 6 to 6 1/2 hours form
Kampala - on lastly good roads
Written December 30, 2020
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