Queen Elizabeth National Park

Park at a Glance

Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00.

The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species.

The Katwe explosion craters mark the park’s highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo, and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music, and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!

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Park Activities

What to do

Park Accommodation

Where to stay

Bush Camp

Hippo Hill Lodge

Hotel Margherita Ltd

  • Tel: +256 772 695808, +256 483 444015 
  • Email: info@hotel-margherita.com
  • Website: http://www.hotel-margherita.com
  • Price Range: Prices vary depending on room/suite facilities, and which meals are included. Please see our website for more details.

Ihamba Safari Lodge

Amadinda House,
Plot 13B First floor,
Room 18, Parliament Avenue,
P.O Box 26320, Kampala, Uganda.
TEL: +256-312 513 675, +256- 414 254 647
Email: info@ihambasafarilodge.com

Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Off Katokye Gate, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kameme Road, Kameme – Kihihi
Booking office: Uganda Jungle Lodges
Pan Africa House 5th Floor, Kimathi Avenue
PO Box 2874 Kampala

These are the current tariffs:

Double room full board 310 USD
Single room full board 200 USD

Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp

 Ishasha Tented Camp / Ishasha River Camp  (UWA Concession)
  • Contact UWA for reservations

Ishasha Wilderness Camp (UWA Concession)

  • Mobile: +256 772 502155, +256 772 721479, +256 772 741718
  • Email: reservations@ugandaexclusivecamps.com
  • Website: http://www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com
  • Price Range: Luxury (full board)

GeoLodges Jacana Safari Lodge (UWA Concession)

  • Tel: +256 414 258273, +256 312 260758
  • Email:info@geolodgesafrica.com,
  • Website: www.geolodgesafrica.com
  • Price Range: Midrange – Luxury (full board)

Katara Lodge

  • Mobile: +256 773 011648, +256 712 zz812560
  • Email: info@kataralodge.com
  • Website: http://www.kataralodge.com
  • Price Range: Midrange (full board)

Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba

Kyambura Game Lodge

  • Tel: +256 414 322789
  • Mobile: +256 782 526636, +256 702 526636
  • Email: reservations@kyamburalodge.com,
  • Website: www.kyamburalodge.com

Kyambura Tented Camp (UWA Concession)

  • Contact UWA for reservations

Mweya Safari Lodge (UWA Concession)

Mweya Hostels and Cottages 
(Under UWA Management)

  • Tel: +256 200 905 446, +256 782 387 805
  • Email: info@ugandawildlife.org
  • Accommodation Types: Self catering, Bed and Breakfast.

Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp

  • Mobile: +256 070 305553
  • Email: njendahayo@yahoo.com
  • Price Range: Budget (room only) and shoestring (camping)

Rwenzori International Hotel


Rwenzori The Gardens

  • Tel: +256 772 466461, +256 702444655
  • Email: rwenzorigardens@yahoo.com
  • Website: http://www.rwenzori-hotel.com
  • Price Range: Shoestring – Budget (b&b)

Sandton Hotel

  • Tel: +256 701489055, +256 752963185
  • Email: sandtonhotelkasese@yahoo.com, info@sandtonhotelkasese.com
  • Website: http://www.sandtonhotelkasese.com
  • Price Range: Shoestring – Budget (b&b)

Simba Safari Camp

  • Tel: +256 414 267153
  • Mobile: +256 772 426368
  • Email: info@ugandalodges.com
  • Website: http://www.ugandalodges.com
  • Price Range: Shoestring – Budget (b&b), Midrange (full board), Shoestring (camping and dorms, room only)

Spring Resort Hotel

The Village Eco Lodge

The Baboon Safari Resort
  • Tel: +256 751 690 094, +256 775 418 485
  • Email: kyamburaheritage@gmail.com
  • Website: thebaboonsafariresort.com
Virina Garden Hotel

Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge

White House Hotel

  • Location: Plot No. 46 Henry Bwambale Rd, Kasese Town
  • Mobile: +256 782 536263
  • Price Range: Shoestring (room only)

Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Off Katokye Gate,

Queen Elizabeth National Park Kameme Road, Kameme – Kihihi Booking office:

Uganda Jungle Lodges Pan Africa House 5th Floor,

Kimathi Avenue

PO Box 2874 Kampala

 Park View Safari Lodge Kyambura

  • Tel: +256 392 178 731, +256 200 907 201, +256 772 377 954
  • Email: reservations@parkviewsafarilodge.com
  • website: http://www.parkviewsafarilodge.com
  • Price range: Mid-range luxury (Full board) and camping