Queen Elizabeth National Park

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

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems include sprawling savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, primates and over 600 species of birds. The park is a World Bio-sphere reserve (UNESCO 1979) that includes a RAMSAR wetland site and is classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Bird Life International.

Park at a Glance

Size: 1,978km².

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

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.

Location

Wild Tracks overland camp is located on the boundary of Queen Elizabeth National Park along Bwera Road, Kikorongo, and three (3) kilometres from the Equator.  The campsite can be reached either by flight to Kasese from Entebbe in less than 2 hrs, or you can choose to take an adventurous drive via Kampala and Fort Portal in 08 hrs (With various stop overs) or through Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara through Bushenyi in 10hrs.