Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the south western part of Uganda. It covers an area of 1,978 sq km. It is the most popular national park in Uganda with abundant game which attracts thousands of tourists interested in viewing big game. Its vegetation which varies from open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, make it a little wonder that it is the highest biodiversity conservation game reserve in the world.
This Park derives its name from Queen Elizabeth II; the park is situated south west covering the whole of the Kazinga channel that connects Lakes Edward and George. Set majestically in the shadow of the Rwenzori, flanking Lakes Edward and george, the lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National park offers prime grazing to buffalo, elephant and various antelope. The park is well-known for harboring a large number of species ranging from predators, herbivores, antelopes, birds and other small organisms.
A game drive in the park usually boosts sights of animals like the Lions, Leopard, buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, bush bucks; side stripped jackals, and hyenas. A checklist of over 606 bird species testifies the extra ordinary ecological diversity of this park. The Primates here include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. The park is also gifted with reptiles including; the African Rock Python, Spitting Cobra, Gabon Ripper, Puff adder, Green Mamba, turtles and crocodiles, which are frequently sighted on the Mweya Peninsula.