Wildlife & Animals – Queen Elizabeth NP

Elephant and buffalo are very common, and lion are surprisingly easy to spot. Hyena can occasionally be spotted, while giraffe and zebra are absent. There are many interesting antelope species such as Uganda kob, topi and bushbuck. Hippo and crocodile are common in Kazinga channel. A troop of chimpanzee has been habituated for tracking. Nine more primate species are found, including the black-and-white colobus monkey.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ChimpanzeeOccasional
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
HippoAbundant
BuffaloCommon
ZebraNone
ElephantCommon

Wildlife highlights

Tree-climbing lions are a specialty of the Ishasha sector of the park, where they can often be found in huge fig trees. Giant forest hog, is unusually easy to see in the park, both on drives and from a boat trip. Buffalo are particularly attractive as they are often reddish brown due to interbreeding with forest buffalo from neighboring Congo. Chimp tracking is available in the steamy, tropical forest of Kyambura Gorge.

Best time for wildlife viewing

Queen Elizabeth National Park can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is the Dry season (from June to August and January to February) when animals are concentrated near rivers and waterholes. Some of the roads can become impassable after heavy rain.

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