Experience the best Uganda has to Offer
Meet Uganda’s Top National Parks
Uganda also known as ‘The Pearl of Africa‘, attracts many visitors each year who become fascinated with its rich culture, diversity of people, exotic wildlife and rich ecosystems, the captivating rolling hills, the sparkling crater lakes, adrenaline activities on the mighty River Nile and so much more awaits for your glance. The country is richly endowed with beautiful national parks that are home to a great combined bio diversity. Uganda is gifted with ten National parks that will make you fall in love with it.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park
Bwindi impenetrable National park, lies in south-western part of Uganda on the edge of the rift valley. Its thick – misted hillsides are blanketed by Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, protecting an estimated 400 mountain gorillas which is more than half of the world’s remaining highly endangered mountain Gorilla population making it a famous tourism destination world wide. These typical tropical rain forests receive heavy rains at climax from March to April and from September to November there by providing shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons, chimpanzees, elephants and antelopes, around 350 species of birds, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Discover local Bakiga and Batwa pygmy cultures through performances workshops and village walks.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga national park commands majestic natural scenic and enchanting beauty that welcomes visitors each year. the park is also one of the four gorilla parks in the world that protect the endangered mountain gorillas with Approximately 300 mountain gorillas with The Nyakagezi group of mountain gorillas being a major attraction to the area. This park enjoys stunningly diverse range of biodiversity including 76 mammal species such as the black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, elephants, and habituated golden monkeys. Gorilla trekking, endangered golden monkey tracking, mountain hiking and sight-seeing, bird watching, are the main tourism activities commonly done here. The park is home to three conical extinct virunga volcanoes which are Mgahinga’s most striking features: Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo, whose forests and luscious slopes provide excellent opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and wildlife spotting, abundant wildlife, and inspiring caves.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This park lies North of Bwindi forest National Park, turning out to be Uganda’s most popular tourist destination.
The park home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. The park boasts of the four BIG FIVE, and a large diverse ecosystem , which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, which make it the ideal habitat for classic Big game, with steadily increasing populations of lions, elephants and leopards as well as great herds of buffaloes.
The park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters curved dramatically into rolling green hills, the panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffaloes and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to devour herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
Kibale forest National Park
Located in south -Western Uganda with a tropical rainforest that harbors quite a number of wildlife species. Uganda in total has about 4,850 chimpanzees and Kibale holds about 1,500 chimpanzees with 375 bird species for example the Red-Winged Francolin, Red-chested Flufftail, Whited-napped pigeon, Green Brested pitta, Joyful Greenbul and so many more.
The park is also home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee, Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’hoest’s gentle and Red tailed monkey is more likely to be found in open areas adjacent to the forest.
They are a lot of good activities found or to be done while at Kibale National Park.
- Chimpanzee Tracking and Habituation
- Birding in Bugodi just a place in Kibale
- Hiking and Nature walks and cultural encounters
Semliki National Park
Situated in the remote corner of southwestern Uganda, The national park sprawls across the floor of the Semiliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests, one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.
the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri.
While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
Lake Mburo National Park
This is Uganda’s smallest national park and closest to Kampala and Entebbe. Lake Mburo is a special place with a vast ecosystem and nature prevails in its western.
Like many lakes, this is an addition to the formation of beautiful sceneries hence attracting many tourists to see the hidden treasures of this park. Lake Mburo harbors 68 mammals, species though it does not have elephants or lions, this enables tourists to freely move close to the animals walking or biking and horse riding through the park.
The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, African leopard, and over three hundred (300) bird species.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. Known for its magnificent breathe taking powerful fall that gushes out large volumes of water about 300 cubic meters per second at a very powerful pressure that cause the surrounding to tremble.
This is the most visited park because of its diverse safari activities and rich wildlife. The park is home to more than 451 bird species and 73 animals species among which are four of the BIG FIVE including buffaloes, leopards, lions and elephants where the other big five(rhino can also be viewed out of the park at ziwa rhino sanctuary which is only a few hours from Murchison falls national park,
the park also has three-quarters of the world’s population of Rothschild giraffes plus a healthy population of herbivores like the Uganda kobs which can be sighted all over the park Park’s wildlife includes, buffaloes, warthogs, lions, elephants and hippos, which can also be sited along the river during an afternoon boat ride at the delta, a total of about 610 chimpanzees and other primates in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. The Lake Albert Delta is home to rare shoebill stork which is the rare bird only found in Uganda.
Kidepo National Park
Lying in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of karamoja province on the far northern border with Sudan. kidepo valley is Uganda’s most remote national park. Few undertake the pilgrimage to the park but the spectacular beauty of this wilderness always pays off.
Kidepo valley park boasts of a bird list of over 475 species, for example the ostrich, Red winged lark, Ethiopian swallow, white bellied tit and so many more coming second to Queen Elizabeth national park, kidepo also boasts of a great number of healthy wildlife population including: Oribis in abundant in the Narrus vallay, elephants, common zebra, buffalo, water buck and kongoni predators are also plenty including spotted hyena, leopard, and lion are frequently seen. The cultural experience here is also not to be missed.
Mount Elgon National Park
Intersecting the border of Uganda and Kenya, the park is an extinct volcano with the largest surface area of any extinct in the world. The photographers and Bird watchers will have a chance to see mammals, birds, invertebrates and beautiful flora and fauna. There is also a cave with ancient paintings near the trailhead, and the hot-springs in the former volcano craters are a must see.
The mountain’s secondary forest and thick scrub along the Chebonet River supports a great number of bird species supporting bird watching in this part of the park. These mountains present an exciting setting for extended hikes, stunning waterfalls, enormous caves, scenic peaks and gorges, and hot springs.