The stunning lushness of Uganda national parks combined with Uganda’s landscapes provides the setting for some of the Africa most memorable visitor experiences. There are more the country can offer other than wild life, there is mighty Nile punctuated by the spectacular Murchison falls and the setting for some of the world’s most thrilling commercial white water rafting. There are the snow caped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountain (5109 m) which provides a tantalizing challenge to most dedicated mountaineers as well as Virunga volcanoes and Mount Elgon, both of which offer highly rewarding hiking opportunities while enjoying their beautiful sceneries. More to these there are beautiful Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi as well as forest fringed crater lakes that stud the rift valley floor and thee escarpment around.
Uganda has unique blend of savannah and forest creatures with its rare of montane and Lake Habitat makes it the best Africa safari destination.
Uganda national park that ranges 10 in number provides the best of any Africa safari destination, Mountain gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers the best viewing opportunities in the world for these rare primates, and also provides refuge to forest elephant, Chimpanzee, various Antelopes, as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift of the total 350 species of birds recorded. Mountain gorilla tracking is the highlight of any trip in Uganda.
Besides Bwindi forest, other parks include;
Mountain gorilla also form the main attraction at Mgahinga national park, which protects the Ugandan portion of the Virungas, an imposing stringof nine free standing extinct and active volcanoes that runs along the border with Rwanda and Congo
Murchison falls national park that lie in the north east of Uganda is the country’s largest protected area that support dense population of lions, buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kob, together with localized Rothschild’s giraffe and patas monkey. Immense concentration of hippos and birds can be observed from morning and afternoon launch trips along the Nile below the spectacular waterfall for which the park is named. Read More
Queen Elizabeth National Park, this is the second largest park of Uganda which offers prime grazing to buffaloes, elephants, and various Antelopes, Hippos and crocodiles that are frequently seen on the kazinga channel using the launch trip. Bird list stand up to 612 species both forest savannah and water birds including migrants Mammalian specialties include Giant forest hog, and the legendary tree climbing lions of the Ishasha southern sector. Read More
Semuliki national park, the low lying and more remote is Uganda’s extension of the Congo’s Ituri rain forest set at the northern base of Rwenzori, it’s of special interest to ornithologists for some 40Congolese bird species recorded nowhere else in the country. Nearby Semliki Wildlife reserve which abuts Lake Albert is one of the best localities for sighting of the rare and sought after bird the Shoe bill.
Kibale forest national park is the primatologist dream. It hosts over 13 Primate Species including the chimpanzee and red colobus. Here more than 1,000 chimpanzees live in this forest with elephants forest antelopes living together, Habituated communities here are frequently visited twice a day on shorter and long sessions.
Lake Mburo national park, this is the closest savannah park to Kampala, it is centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes known for their rich bird life, notably the secretive African Finfoot. The green acacia woodland surrounding the lake harbors dense population of Zebras, warthogs, giraffe’s buffalos, Impalas, and various other grazers including the last surviving Ugandan population of Elands which are the largest of the African antelopes.
Kidepo valley national park which lies in the far northeast is the remote, wild and little visited park that provide refuge to a long list of dry country species not found elsewhere in the country, including Cheetah, and greater kudu, while its perennial waters attract large number of elephants, thousand-strong buffalo herds, zebras, Giraffes, especially during the dry season. Lions, hyenasare also seen in the area as the prey on various antelopes. Birders also find it easy to identify various species within this area some of them being rare and specific in this park including the Karamoja Apalis.