The Queen Elizabeth National Park
(QENP) is Uganda
's most-visited game reserve.
The national park is located in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese
. Its location is approximately , by road, southwest of Kampala
, Uganda's capital and largest city. The town of Kasese
lies just outside the northeastern edge of the park, while the town of Bushenyi
, is situated just outside the park's southeastern boundaries. The coordinates of the park are:00 12S, 30 00E (Latitude:0.2000; Longitude:30.0000).
Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated , of which, about 17% lies in Kasese District
, 50% in Bushenyi District
and an estimated 33% lies in Rukungiri District
. The area of the park extends from Lake George
in the northeast to Lake Edward
in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel
that connects the two lakes.
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II
and was established in 1954. QENP is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War
. Many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses
; it is now 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
, a feature unique to the lions in this area.
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