Sometimes called the "Pearl of Africa," Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most-visited national park, established in 1954 and covering an area of 2,000 square miles on the west side of the nation. Protecting nearly 100 mammal and more than 600 bird species, this game reserve is known for its crater lakes, such as Lake Katwe, and other volcanic geographical features. You will also find grassy plains, swamps and tropical forest here, generating one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world.
Leopards, lions, chimpanzees and hippopotamuses thrive in the park, while elephants roam between Queen Elizabeth National Park and neighboring Kibale National Park. Other wildlife includes monkeys, buffalo, antelope, warthogs, storks and many other bird species.