National Parks

Uganda is a destination blessed with a diversity of wildlife found in its unique and lovely national parks like Bwindi and Mgahinga for endangered mountain Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison, Kibale Mburo, Semiliki, Kidepo, Mt Elgon and Mt Rwenzori suitable for mountain hiking.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer – but we should not let it distract from Bwindi’s broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. Read More…

KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Kibale Forest is one of Uganda’s major tropical rainforests.  Uganda is the place where the rainforests of West and Central Africa meet East Africa and Kibale is one of the most fantastic of Rainforests.
Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species, chimpanzees being the chief attraction here. Most visitors come for Chimpanzee Tracking (Trekking) and you can actually spend some days here with chimpanzee habituation experience of one, two days or three days.  The perfect treat for the chimpanzee enthusiast. Read More…

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
One of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. It is 1,442 square kilometres and harbours scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. ‘It could not be any better’ is a common comment on the scenery by visitors who often promise and do come back to Kidepo. Read more…

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Mburo has markedly different fauna to other reserves.
Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds.
The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Read More…

MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga is part of a larger ecosystem, the Virunga Conservation Area (434km sq) which includes two adjacent parks in Rwanda and Congo. It rises from 2227 m to 4,127m above sea level.

The park which is a cultural heritage featuring in the history, folklore and traditional healing practices for local people, covers the north slopes of the three northern Virunga volcanoes  Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo. Read More…

MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK

Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Although the mountain straddles the Kenya border, its loftiest peak, Wagagai, lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the Uganda side. Read more…….

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
The 120km Rwenzori chain is regarded to be the legendary snow-capped Mountains of the Moon, described by Ptolemy in AD150. Reaching an elevation of 5,109m, it is also Africa’s tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free-standing Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro.

The distinctive glacial peaks are visible for miles around, but the slopes above 1,600m are the preserve of hikers, who rate the Rwenzoris to be the most challenging of all African mountains. Read More…

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Murchison Falls Conservation Area covering 5,072 square kilometers is one of Uganda’s largest and oldest protected areas lying at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley.

It is named after the breath-taking spectacular water falls on the Great River Nile which in 1864,a British explorer Sir Samuel Baker chose to christen Murchison, in honor of the distinguished  President of the Royal Geographical Society. Read More…

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second biggest national park after Murchison Falls occupying close to 1,978 km square. In 1952 it was gazetted into a national park known as Queen Elizabeth National Park. The national park together with the Kyambura and Kigezi wild life reserves covers 2475 square kilometers.
A World bio-sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site, the park is situated astride the equator and located in south western Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward. Read More…

SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK
Semuliki National Park is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of the forest continuum during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene, this is one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa. (Especially for birds)

Semuliki National Park is situated in the remote corner of extreme west of Uganda, in bundibugyo District. It lies on Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border within the western arm of the East African Rift Valley. Read More…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *