Queen Elizabeth National Park at a glance
In western Uganda, roughly 250 miles from Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park (often abbreviated to QENP or shortened to Queens) is Uganda's most visited national park.
Renowned for its amazing landscapes and home to the famous tree-climbing lions and leopards, the park is not just a wildlife reserve (as with many popular safari destinations found in Kenya or Tanzania), it is also home to a significant human population.
The park has amazing biodiversity, and is home to hippos, buffalo, and elephants, as well as warthog, antelope, and a wide range of spectacular birds. The only ‘big five’ animal not found here is the rhino, although there is no evidence that they ever existed north of the Kagera river and south of the Nile.
Getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Driving directly from Kampala will take at least eight hours along a tarmac road. There are two routes from Kampala, via Mbarara to the east of the park (covering a distance of 250 miles), or Fort Portal to the north (slightly longer at 260 miles). Most visitors choose to include stops at other parks along the way rather than driving direct from Kampala to Queens.
For those on their way to gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queens is a natural stop on the journey from Kampala or Entebbe to Bwindi. From Queens, you can drive south from the Mweya Peninsula to Buhoma, the entrance town in northern Bwindi. This drive is roughly four hours along a gravel road.
Queen Elizabeth National Park can be reached by air from both Entebbe International Airport, the country's international airport and your most likely starting point, and the Kajjansi Airfield near Kampala. The closest airports to Queens are Kasese, Mweya and Ishasha.
Uganda’s domestic flight network offers a range of scheduled direct flights, and aircraft can also be chartered. The flight time is generally an hour or two.
Popular Trips Including Queens
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Uganda's Epic Southwest
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
Safaris & Gorillas of Uganda
Combine safaris in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with a 4 day gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Top and tail with overnights in the bustling capital of Kampala.…
- 12 Days
The Very Best of Uganda
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
- 20 Days
The full western circuit complete with luxury lodges, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, and the best safaris Uganda has to offer. Close out your adventure with kayaking and canoeing on the rapids of the river Nile.…
- 16 Days
Lakeside Retreats, Safaris & Adrenaline Activities
Light adventuring and charming safaris in Lake Mburo National Park coupled with lakeside retreats and days of reflection and exploration around Lake Mutanda. Close out the trip with a few days canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more in Jinja, Uganda's…
- 12 Days
Luxury Safari and Gorilla Habituation
Spend 4 hours in the company of a gorilla family by joining the habituation trek. Combined with a luxury safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park, this trip offers truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife…
- 7 Days