While it lacks the recognition of its big-name neighbors like Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Masai Mara National Park in Kenya and Kruger Park, Uganda’s national parks boast all the wild animals sought after by tourists, minus the crowds thus offering the best experience of watching wildlife on an off the beaten track. From renowned national parks that are wonderful homes to incredible and unique wildlife such as elephants, tree climbing lions in the Ishasha Sector, chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and more to lesser known parks, Uganda has it all for an adventure enthusiast!
Murchison Falls National Park, located in the northwest part of Uganda is one of the most scenic places on earth! This park is Uganda’s largest and to many it is Uganda’s finest. It is one of the few parks where you can follow up your morning game drive, take a launch cruise on the Nile to the base of the falls – the perfect way to spy on elephants, buffalo, crocodiles and loads of hippos while you relax with a beer on the boat. The amazing Murchison Falls found within the park are the most beautiful falls along the Nile River that snakes through South Sudan, Sudan nd Egypt before entering the Mediterranean Sea.
Kibale Forest is another amazing park that offers the rare opportunity to watch chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Located in Kabarole District in Western Uganda, the park is home to the highest density of chimpanzees in the whole world. The park is located in a very beautiful journey surrounded by lots of crater lakes. A Uganda Safari through this park also offers the opportunity to see other primates (13 primates are found within the park), forest elephants and lots of birds.
Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park renowned for a better chance of spotting the elusive leopard or otherwise its trademark tree-climbing lions and if luck is on your side you will get to see these lions up in the tree relaxing on a tree branch with no care in the world, in the after noon you can decide to go for a launch cruise Along Kazinga channel also a the perfect way to spy elephants, buffalo, crocodiles and loads of hippos and different bird species like the rare shoe bill while you relax with a beer on the boat.
Few tourists make it as far north as Kidepo Valley, but those who do are rewarded with not only the best selection of animals, but some of the most spectacular scenery in Uganda. And if you’re hoping to tick off the Big Five, add Ziwa Sanctuary to your itinerary and get up close to white rhino, which you have to track on foot
You can also decide to go an extra mile and pay a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home of the giant mountain gorillas where you can go for gorilla tracking – a glimpse of the giants doing about their daily routine is a memory worthy all the effort. Don’t just stop there head far ahead to Kibale Forest for chimps trekking; a glimpse of the man’s closest relatives swinging from tree to tree, branch to branch will leave with wonderful memories. For those who have had the opportunity of combining these two primates safaris have been left speechless.