This is a wonderful national park this fertile equatorial area is especially scenic, with two lakes connected by a channel overlooked by a high peninsula. You will also find volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forests.
Because of this it has one of the highest biodiversities in the world. Hunting exhibits such as stuffed animals and elephants tusks may still be found decorating some lodges in the park but the emphasis is more on shooting with a camera rather than a gun. Much of Uganda’s wildlife was poached out 50 years a go, especially elephants, but now the area is protected and elephants numbers are expanded by those fleeing from the Congo where poaching is still a problem. Several of the National Parks and lakes have changed their names more than once since independence in 1962, and not all maps have kept up with the changes. For example the Queen Elizabeth National Park was called the Ruwenzori National Park for many years until it returned to its royal colonial name. Meanwhile the Ruwenzori Mountains to the north of Queen Elizabeth N.P. were formed into the new Ruwenzori National Park in 1991.
The wide bio-diversity of habitats means that Queen Elizabeth National Park contains the most astonishing number of species – almost 100 types of mammal and 606 different birds! The Kasinga Channel alone is said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos. Other wildlife includes warthogs, buffalo, rare aquatic sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog, beautifully horned Uganda kob, topi, waterbuck, elephant and leopard.
There are no giraffe, zebra, impala or rhino. But the park comes complete with chimpanzees who crash about and clamor high up in the trees. With so many chimps and other monkeys your almost guaranteed seeing these magnificent creatures in the natural habitat.
The Maramagambo Forest, south of the Kasinga Channel is also home to large numbers of chimps, plus a number of other monkey species. Some rare and odd birds inhabit this park and keen birders come from all over the world to clock up a sighting of the peculiar, shoebill stork. This giant bird stands 4-foot high and looks like something you would find in Jurassic park! This and a myriad of other birds and animals are best viewed from a boat on the Kasinga Channel.