Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the famous National Parks, which has an extensive land of approximately 400 kilometers (250 mi) by road south-west of Kampala.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is found in the Western Region of Uganda and covers the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri. Kasese town is just outside the northeastern edge of the park, while the town of Rubirizi is just outside the park’s southeastern boundaries.
Queen Elizabeth National park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders the Kigezi Game Reserve, the Kyambura Game Reserve, and the Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park. It was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
It’s is known for its wildlife, including Cape buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, Congo lions, and chimpanzees. It is home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds.
The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes. Poachers killed six elephants in the park in 2015, triggering both anger and frustration within the Ugandan conservation community.
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.
Services in the park include a tele-center run by Conservation through Public Health and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, neighboring the Queen’s Pavilion, park lodges, game and scenic drives, and boat launches.
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