Queen Elizabeth National Park 365

Located at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park extends over an area of around 2 000 square kilometres and various types of terrain, from open savannah to lush forests.

Along with lion, leopard, elephant, and various antelope species, the park is home to the rare Ugandan kob, as well as the tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha region whose males sport black manes – a feature unique to lions in this area. In addition to the variety and density of wildlife are 600 species of bird (a quarter of Africa’s total birdlife).

You can choose to do safari by road, or by boat – cruises on the Kazinga Channel will yield sightings of enormous Nile crocodiles and the world’s largest concentration of hippos. As it’s largely devoid of crowds, your experience here is as remote and peaceful it gets. There are also hot-air balloon safaris on offer (most lodges will facilitate this at an extra charge).

The roads are decent, but you can also fly into the park from Bwindi or Entebbe. As far as accommodation goes, there are lodges both inside the park and on its borders, but a private safari lodge inside the park is recommended.