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The recovery of the wildlife population at Queen Elizabeth National Park is a remarkable success story. Great herds of Ugandan kob roam the grasslands, giant forest hog are bold and unwary, and nearby Kyambura Gorge is home to a family of habituated chimpanzees.

Along the Kazinga Channel you will be able to approach herds of elephant, Cape buffalo and hippo by motor launch – an outstanding opportunity for photographers to obtain close-up shots of these mammals. You should also be able to get very close to a wide variety of waterbirds on the channel cruise, amongst them both white and pink-backed pelicans, a variety of herons, storks and waders, and graceful African skimmers.

Other mammals here include: lion, leopard, warthog, bushbuck, Defassa waterbuck, topi, and spotted hyena – though the latter are shy and more nocturnal than those found in many of east Africa’s reserves. Amongst the numerous open-country birds that you may see are a variety of vultures, tawny, and martial eagles, red-necked spurfowl, little bee-eater, and a good selection of larks, cisticolas, flycatchers, weavers and finches.

Near to Queen Elizabeth National Park is Kyambura Gorge, where dense tropical forest harbours a large family of habituated chimpanzees, red-tailed and black and white colobus monkeys and a good selection of forest birds, including black bee-eater. Walks through the forest here will often come across the fast moving, noisy and elusive chimpanzees as they swing through the canopy above. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable, but the walk is always enchanting.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated on the Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, to the south of the great Ruwenzori Mountains.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black bee-eater, chimpanzee, giant forest hog, red-tailed colobus, Ugandan kob
  • Where: Kasese District, Uganda

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Gorillas & Chimps

Take a unique primate safari, gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and Bwindi National Park in Uganda, as well as tracking the equally fascinating chimpanzee in Uganda’s Kibale Forest. Observing these magnificent apes in their natural habitat is a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

In the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River, the luxurious Ishasha Wilderness Camp accommodates guests in ten well-appointed en suite tents. On a clear day you can see the Virunga Volcanoes lying to the south, and the Rwenzori Mountains to the north.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Situated on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, this small lodge has stunning views over the surrounding lush savannah, with the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. From here you can go chimp tracking and enjoy vehicle safaris or boat trips, and there are also guided walks.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge is a large, first class accommodation, located on a peninsula within the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. All rooms have en suite facilities and boast private balconies looking out across the famous Kazinga Channel with its large hippo population.