National Parks in Uganda
Uganda is endowed with 10 National parks located in different corners of the country. Each one of the 10 National parks is unique in its own kind in terms of flora, fauna, location, activities and attractions. There is something interesting and spectacular in any park making it a worth visit. The National parks in Uganda are categorized into savannah, rain forests and mountainous. You will enjoy a variety of adventure and relaxed safari experiences in Uganda parks offering you a lifetime experience. Explore Uganda National Parks with Africa Adventure Safaris, the number one safari company in Uganda
Murchison Falls National Park
Located in Northwestern Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best places for wildlife viewing in the Pearl of Africa. The park was established in 1952 which makes it Uganda’s oldest park. The name Murchison Falls was derived from the strong water falls “Murchison” found in the heart of this beautiful Park. The big park also consists of the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo forests, which also shelter a variety of game and primates. The top activities in Murchison Falls National Park include game viewing, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest, nature walks, cultural tours, hike to the top of the falls and bird watching. Moreso, Murchison Falls National Park spreads over 3,893 square kilometers, which make it the largest Park in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National park
Also known as the “Medley of Wonder” Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest and popular savannah Park in Uganda. The Park was established in 1952 spreading over 1,978 square kilometers in western Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a variety of crater lakes, which make it an exception from other Parks. Also, the park is a Centre of the mighty Kazinga channels, a 40 kilometers river that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. You will also visit the underground forest in Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee trekking experience. The ishasha sector located in the Southern region of Queen Elizabeth National Park houses the rare tree-climbing lions, which aren’t found anywhere else in Uganda. Game Viewing, boat cruise, cultural tours, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking, visiting crater lakes, lion tracking and nature walks are the top travel activities in Queen Elizabeth National park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park
Located in Southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the “The Ultimate Gorilla Experience”. The impenetrable forest is home to half of the world’s total gorilla population, which make it the best place for gorilla trekking in the world. Over 500-mountain gorilla are believed to be living in this jungle Forest. In addition to gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is the initial home for the batwa pygmies who were later evicted after the introduction of gorilla safaris. The Park also shelters a variety of birds, primates, reptiles and amphibians. Gorilla Trekking is the major activity done in Bwindi Forest complemented by other interesting activities such as bird watching, batwa community and forest walks to make a complete package. The experimental gorilla habituation experience done in Rushaga sector of Bwindi offers travelers chance to spend extended time (4 hours) with the endangered primates. Gorilla trekking permit costs $700 while gorilla habituation experience permit costs $1500.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park
Mgahinga gorilla National park is Uganda’s smallest National park covering 33.9 square kilometers of land. The park is located in Kisoro District in Southern Uganda bordered by Virunga National park in Congo and Volcanoes National park in Rwanda. Mgahinga Gorilla National park is “Where Silver meets Gold”. The gold in this slogan means mountain golden monkeys while silver means silverback gorillas. Mgahinga also hosts three of the eight Volcanoes in the Virunga Conservation Area (Mt Gahinga, Mt Muhabura & Mt Sabyinyo), which make it a best stop center for volcano climbing in Uganda. If you want to experience the traditional life of batwa pygmies, Mgahinga Gorilla National park is your best place. The top activities to do in Mgahinga Gorilla National park include mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, Batwa cultural trail, bird watching, volcano climbing and nature walks among others.
Kibale Forest National park
Explore Kibale Forest National park, the primates capital of Africa located in western Uganda. The park was established in 1993 spreading over 776 square kilometers of land. The rain forest is home to 13 primates making it the best place for primate trekking in Uganda. Chimpanzees are the common primates in Kibale, which attract a high number of travelers there. Kibale Forest is a Centre for chimpanzee trekking, chimpanzee habituation experience, bird watching, Bigodi wetland, cultural tours and butterfly watching among other interesting activities.
Mount Elgon National park
Visit Mount Elgon National Park to explore the massive volcanic dormant mountain located in Uganda borders and Kenya. Mount Elgon National park is another least visited but endowed protected area in the Pearl of Africa. In most cases, travelers to mount Elgon engage in hiking the famous Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa district. The park is named after the iconic “Mount Elgon” which stands at 4321 meters above the sea level in the heart of the park. Volcano climbing, game watching, birding and scenic viewing are the top travel activities in Mount Elgon National park.
Lake Mburo National Park
Spread over 260 square kilometers located in Kiruhura district, Lake Mburo National park is yet another interesting park to visit in Uganda. The park derives its name from the traditional “Lake Mburo” located in the heart of this savannah park. Lake Mburo is the smallest savannah Park in Uganda but which offer a variety of interesting and lifetime experiences. Some of the things to see and do in Lake Mburo include game viewing, canoeing, bird watching, horseback riding, nature walks and community visits.
Semliki Valley national park
Also known as “The True Birder’s Haven”, Semliki Valley National park is your best place to visit. The park was established in 1993 located in Bundibugyo district in western Uganda. The park is also famous Sempaya hot springs, which have healing waters. The park offers exceptional bird watching; game viewing and nature walk experience to travelers.
Kidepo Valley National park
Kidepo Valley National park, located in the far northeastern part of Uganda is the most remote park in Uganda. Kidepo Valley is the least visited due to the long distance between Kampala /Entebbe and the park. The rugged savannah park was established in 1958 covering 1,442 square kilometers. Narus River and Kidepo Rivers are the major sources of water for animals and other wildlife in this dry Park. The things to do in Kidepo Valley Park include game viewing, bird watching, visiting the IK and Karamoja communities, Kanangorok hot springs, rock climbing and nature walks among others. Flying safaris from Entebbe to Kidepo make it easier for travelers to access and explore this isolated park.
Conclusively, Uganda National Parks are worth exploring. Travel with Africa Adventure Safaris, discover the gem in Uganda Parks and enjoy the beauty of Africa’s Pearl.