Queen Elisabeth National Park spreads over an area of 1978 km2 in the western arm of the Great East Rift Valley. It is home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda Kob, baboons, chimpanzees, and a large variety of birds including the famous crowned crane, all typical of riverine and savannah habitats.
In the southern part of the park is the Ishasha area with the climbing lions and the Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The northen part of the park is traversed by the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes with number of flamingoes on occasion.
A launch trip from Mweya lodge along the Kazinga channel which joins lake Edward and Lake George provides a great experience of the park and is excellent for bird watching.