The many wonders of nature have found a home in Uganda, one of East Africa ‘s premier tourist destinations. With landscapes that range from snow capped mountain peaks and rainforests in the west through broad savannah to arid semi-desert in the north east, as well as wetlands of international importance, Uganda is one of the best traveler destinations for safari holidays.
Uganda has 10 national parks, 10 wildlife reserves and seven wildlife sanctuaries, some of which are acclaimed as being amongst Africa ‘s best. The country’s main wildlife attraction for foreign visitors is the rare mountain gorilla, found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, both in the southwest of the country.
Many other species of primates can also be seen, including chimpanzees and monkeys. Kibale National Park alone contains 12 different types of primate, while Ruwenzori National Park is regarded as one of the most spectacular in Africa . Other wildlife is present in abundance (see the Activities section for more details on whitewater rafting, ecotourism, trekking and contact details of Uganda Wildlife Authority).
Among the ten national parks Uganda has, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are the most remarkable wildlife parks not to miss in your Uganda holiday tour program soon.
1. Queen Elizabeth National park
Nestled in the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth is definitely Uganda’s most visited and attractive wildlife park with variety of habitats including grassy plains, trees, tropical rain forest, volcanic crater features ,birds, wildlife, primates, hippos, crocodiles among others. It’s known for unique tour adventures like bird watching at the Kazinga channel, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, launch cruise on the Kazinga channel and large game viewing in Kasenyi area and Ishasha wilderness that famed to world for having rare tree climbing lions. Visitors with limited time to explore the parks beauty at least squeeze 2 days and experience nature on the Kazinga channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. This impressive channel attracts has the largest hippopotamus and crocodile concentration, birds and wildlife that is hard to miss despite your tight schedule. Chimpanzee trekking is another and game viewing the most favorite for many tourists from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
2.Kibale Forest National Park
This is a fascinating primate paradise famous for chimpanzee trekking and a home to several primate species in Africa. This park is close to the mountain of the moon just after fort portal town. Chimpanzee trekking safaris in kibale forest are very incredible giving visitors ample time to see multiple primates including white nosed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkey, L’hoest’s monkey, white colobus monkeys baboons, red tailed Guenon, bush babies ,chimpanzees and many more. For Bird lovers, Bigodi wetland a swamp in a6km distance from the forest houses around 200 bird species, butterflies and other primates. It’s worth visiting in the morning before connecting to your next safari destination or in the afternoon after morning chimpanzee trek in kibale forest. The 3 hour swamp nature walk unveils more scenic beauties of kibale, small communities and grassland. Be ready to sport other primates add more memory on your Uganda chimpanzee trekking tour.
3. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Beyond doubt Mgahinga is one of Uganda best gorilla tracking destination found at the extreme south western corner of the country bordering Rwanda and Congo. Being a home to three extinct volcanoes and, golden monkeys, birds, mountain gorillas and the Batwa people, the park has is a favorite destination for gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking as well as volcano hikes. Bird watching visitors can be able to spot many since the park has over 185 species among which include the recorded Albertine rift endemics, eminent like Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Kivu ground etc. The forest people who once lived in the forest and fed on wildlife where allowed to stay close to the park and are allowed to get a certain percentage of the park entrance fee to this park. However, once you visit this park you will not only support conservation but also the local community.
4. Murchison Falls National Park
When people think about Uganda safaris, Murchison falls National Park is one of the best places that spring to the mind. With the mass wildlife concentration and the mighty fall that flows to the bottom of the Nile makes the park look outstanding and amazing for wildlife trips. Because visitors hear can hike to the top of the falls, go fishing, birding and chimpanzee trekking, the park still offers classic adventures in line with every kind of guest interest. if you planning to visit Murchison on either private, or group wildlife tour, prepare to join hundreds of visitors and explore the most remarkable wildlife park in the magical land of nature. You may wonder how long does one need to explore the great park but a minimum of two-three days is all you need for a fun holiday in Murchison falls national park. Would recommend group wildlife safaris if travelling on strained budget but even cheap budget private tours are organized to the park and can never break your bank.
5.Bwindi Forest National Park
If you can bear to trek the jungle and search for the beautiful primates, Bwindi forest is the finest mountain gorilla trekking destination and the best for Uganda gorilla trekking tours. It’s a magnificent well conserved natural park with the largest concentration of mountain gorillas, birds, wild elephants, waterfalls, and other primate. In fact it’s still the cheapest gorilla tracking destination with cheapest gorilla permits that are offered to tourists in the months of April, May and November every year as a way of boosting gorilla tourism and conservation in the pearl of Africa. However, Bwindi gorilla permits cost $600 in the other months of the year still a lower price compared to other mountain gorilla trekking destinations in the region. Besides, there is interesting culture tourism around the park for the pygmy people of the forest known as batwa who left their former forest home for mountain gorilla conservation. This experience adds a mix of cultural experience to your general gorilla trekking life time experience.
Where to Stay in Uganda’s National Parks
A range of accommodation, from privately run lodges and tented camps to state-run campsites, is available in the parks to suit all tastes and budgets.