From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this a superb safari territory, while elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula- which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Elsewhere, the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree-climbing lions, the Kyambura Gorge harbors habituated chimps, the Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds, and flocks of flamingo are resident on the crater lakes.
Size: Covers approximately 1,978 sq km
When to Visit: Any time of the year.
How to get there: The Park lies 5-6 hours from Kampala on a surface road via Mbarara, and can be reached on a dirt road from Bwindi. It is also accessible by public transport.
Activities: Launch trips on the Kazinga Channel offer great game viewing, as do the game drives around Mweya. Bird watching is excellent. Also available are chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge and guided walks in Maramagambo Forest.
Southwest, near Kasese.
Accommodation: At Mweya there is an up market lodge, a campsite and budget hostel. Another up market lodge fringes a crater lake in Maramagambo Forest. A low key camp is found in Ishasha Sector. Accommodation is also available in Kasese, about 64km from Mweya.