Inside Queen Elizabeth National Park

I can’t wait to get to the mountain gorillas, but first we spend two more days in  Queen Elizabeth National Park. (Zum deutschen Beitrag.)

This post contains unpaid advertising. This trip was self-paid for and this report only reflects my opinion. It also contains affiliate  links. If you buy something there, you don’t pay more, but I get a small commission that helps to continue my blog.

a view over the green Rwenszori Mountain Range

From Kibale  National Park we drive along the  green  Rwenzori Mountain Range. Green mountains line up and I can hardly believe how many different shades of green there are!

street life in Uganda

As soon as we leave the mountainous area near  Kasese,the savannah of the Queen Elizabeth National Park welcomes us. In the northern part, close to the equator, the Katwe  Explosion Craters  line up  next to each other. Through the  Kasenyi  Gate we drive into the park.

Inside Queen Elizabeth National Park

Joseph has received a hint from the rangers at the gate and is already jetting off. But he doesn’t tell us what it’s all about.

an waterbok in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Everywhere we see the bizarre cactus trees, which are not dissimilar to my cactus at home,  just much, much bigger. Joseph does not give us much time to observe the buffaloes, hippos and antelopes, we realize he wants to continue.

Tree-climbing lions

Then he turns, across the tall grass. The jeep stops in front of a cactus tree and what we see then makes us marvel! A lioness literally hangs out! She has made herself comfortable in a branch fork, about 2 meters above the ground and next to her a lion cub peeks out. Behind her, quite invisible another lion cub.

sleeping beauty on a cactus tree

We stop right in front of the tree, which does not seem to bother the lioness at all. She doesn’t even blink. On the other hand, one cub is all the more curious and observes us as fascinated as we  do. The lioness wears a tracking transmitter, perhaps the rangers had just “tracked” her via GPS and could therefore tell Joseph where she was.

tree-climbing lioness and curious cub

Such a cute picture. We can hardly tear ourselves away, but we don’t want to disturb the three of them unduly and there is also a boat waiting for us to get us  through the  Kazinga  Canal into Lake Edward.

her little offspring

The Kazinga  Canal

The Kazinga  Canal connects Lake Edward with Lake George. It is only 3 to 4 meters deep, so enough to be able to ride on it with  small   barges or something like an excursion boat.   In total, the natural canal is 32 kilometers long and here you will find one of the highest concentrations of hippos and nile crocodiles, as well as countless bird species.   Lake George is very shallow with a depth of barely 3 meters, the  much larger Lake Edward averages 17 meters, but its deepest point,close to the  Congolese  border, is 112 meters.

elephants eat from papyrus in Kazinga Canal

In the channel

here starts the Kazinga Canal cruise

Our excursion boat is not very full, as there are still not too many tourists coming to Uganda. So we have a lot of space and can switch from one side to the other. Our ranger explains and shows us the flora and fauna of the area.  Often, we have to look twice before we see the bird that her trained eyes have long since spotted.

marabu and pelicans

Many hippos are in the water, some are fighting for supremacy in the harem  and so the captain prefers to keep his distance. Arguing hippo bulls are even more dangerous than they already are. With these leisurely looking animals you should be very careful and keep a good distance on land and water. Even on land, they are much faster than a human!

one of the huge nile crocodiles

At the end of the canal a small village is situated, the fishermen have long since brought their catch ashore. We don’t quite drive all the way into Lake Edward, but we can see it well in front of us.

hippos at Kazinga Canal

The Enganzi  Lodge

The afternoon is already well advanced and so Joseph now drives us directly on the well-developed road to our next stay, the  Enganzi  Lodge.

It is built entirely on a slope, with a fantastic view over the savannah. With luck you can see elephants down in the distance. Here we are not the only guests and so we only get bungalows quite far down and have to climb many steps.

sunset over Queen Elizabeth national Park from Enganzi Lodge

The rooms are fixed tents with a brick bathroom and a beautiful veranda overlooking the setting sun.

Unfortunately, even some palm-sized spiders find this accommodation quite comfortable and so the night becomes very restless for me, although of course there are mosquito nets.

On safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The whole next day should be a safari day. So it starts early again. Unfortunately, the big cats are probably not where we are today, so we enjoy all the other animals we encounter.

Lake Muyenyange

Joseph drives us to Lake  Muyenyange around noon. Pink salt is extracted in this crater lake, which of course we like to take home with us. But something else is pink here, namely the flamingos that we meet here. The lava mud is said to have healing powers, as a local salt farmer explains to us. Animals with skin problems or wounds also come here. They wallow in the mud and soon they would feel better.

flamingos in Lake Muyenyange

In the early afternoon we convince our driver that we would like to spend an afternoon at the small pool or on the terrace.

We don’t have to drive ourselves, but also the hours of rocking in the jeep and the exhausting search for animals makes us tired.

In the evening there is a cake and a serenade after dinner in the lodge, because our accompanying friend celebrates his birthday today.

Ishasha Park

Ishasha  Park is a small part of Queen Elizabeth National Park,located in the far west. To get to our next destination, from where we can finally visit the gorillas, we have to drive through here.

This area of the Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, as we saw it the day before yesterday. Here there should only be more of them and they are lounging on huge fig trees.

good morning, Queen Elizabeth National Park

To see that, we have to get out very early. The park is not so far, but we experience the worst roads since we have been here. Many of the  potholes  are so deep that I take my breath every time Joseph tries very carefully and very slowly to drive around them.

Even in pitch black night we see eyes in the light of the headlights on the roadside and we are already past the hyena.

On the way we see some herds of elephants in the distance and the sun rises glowing red.

Do we see lions now?

Well, today luck is probably not with to us. Apart from us, there are still some jeeps here so early in the morning. Information is exchanged, but today there is no lion in the imposing trees. That’s a pity, but we’re not in the zoo either. However,a very imposing male has  just made himself comfortable with his prey under a shrub. He is so full that he  looks at us, but does not see us as threatening to his food source. We take some photos and then leave him alone.

he is full!

Why the lion population likes to hang out in the trees here, one does not know exactly, because normally lions do not like to climb   trees so much.

Late in the afternoon we finally arrive in

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

and are happily welcomed at the Gorilla Safari Lodge.

More about this in the next part of my report of our Uganda trip.

two on a boat

If you want to know if we have really seen gorillas, then subscribe quickly to my newsletter! Then you will be informed about it first!

Have a look at my pages on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Here you will always find up-to-date photos and short reports. Here and there I am happy about your “Like” and your  comment.

Follow me!

What did we do the previous days? You´ll find it here!

heading to work? A typical scene in Queen Elizabeth National Park
that´s pure joy!

Would you like to learn more about my travels? I would be happy! Just follow me on my Facebook page. Your “like” is very much appreciated!

Recent Comments


  1. March 29

    Thank you for visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park here in Uganda, we will be glad to see you again

    • Gabriela
      March 29

      Hi Jerry,
      we really liked it. It was a great experience and can absolutely recommend the visit.
      Kind regards

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.