The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park. It was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Kazinga channel is a wide, 32 km long natural channel connecting the two Lakes; Lake Gorge and Lake Edward. This channel is among the most important features in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The channel gives one the best view of the most important wildlife ventures within Queen Elizabeth National Park.
On the Eastern side of the Kazinga Channel is Lake George a tiny lake with an overall depth of 2 – 3 meters and 250 sq km. this lake is fed by streams flowing from the Rwenzori Mountains just north of this lake. The outflow from Lake Gorge flows through this Kazinga Channel and drains west into the adjacent Lake Edward which is among the main fresh-water lakes in Uganda and covers a area of 2 000 sq km.