Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest park in Uganda and is best known for the big four animals: elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards. Rarely seen tree climbing lions are also found in the Ishasha sector.
Guided walks take place in the kyambura Gorge in search of habituated chimps, the Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys, chimpanzees, bush babies, baboons, vervet monkeys, and red-tailed monkeys. Due to its location, Maragambo has a high diversity of birds, flocks of flamingo on the crater lakes and those that can be viewd on the chanel with 600 species of birds, including african mourning dove, grey-headed kingfisher, swamp fly-catcher, grey-capped warbler, black-headed gonolek, collard pranticles, Gabon and Slender-tailed nightjars, great and long-tailed cormorants, black-rumped buttonquail, common squaco heron, malachite and pied kingfishers, african skimmer, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, great white and pink-backed pelicans, white-winged terns, and the rarest of all the bird species, the shoebill stork.
The park is bordered to the southwest by Lake Edward and to the northeast by Lake George with the Kazinga Channel connecting the two. It stretches from the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest.
The Kazinga Channel (40km) boat cruise is one of the highlights of a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Large numbers of hippos, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles and water birds.