Uganda, Attractions

Uganda, Attractions – National Parks


When it comes to adventurous African travel that feels off the grid without being dangerous, consider Uganda. From wild white water rafting to gorilla trekking, this East African nation offers travelers plenty of options.

Uganda is the place to take a safari holiday — floating down the crocodile-flanked Nile, fishing on Lake Victoria, wandering among the elephant herds of Queen Elizabeth National Park or listening to the roar of the mighty Murchison Falls.

What Uganda lacks in volume it more than makes up with variety, an incredible array of landscapes that range from the snowcapped Mountains of the Moon and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to the semi-desert northeast and water-spangled lake district. Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park nurtures healthy populations of elephant, lion, hippo and other large mammals, and is a major stop on the migratory bird route up the Great Rift Valley. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, tourists can spend the day tracking lions with a researcher from the Uganda Carnivore Program, learning how telemetry works and venturing off road into parts of the park vehicles are normally verboten.

Home to 13 different primate species, Kibale National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see chimpanzees in the wild. Murchison Falls National Park is flush with hippo, crocodile and other animals that live in or near the water.

The holy grail of Uganda wildlife watching is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas reside. Living up to its “impenetrable” tag, the forest can only be accessed on foot, often up and over steep mountain ranges. Bwindi’s gorilla population is around 440 and growing, as reported by Uganda Wildlife Authority. This is thanks to increased protection, the elimination of almost all poaching and the fact that we have been able to show local communities how saving the gorillas is beneficial to local health and the local economy.

Get intimate with gorillas – we have a number gorilla trekking safaris to give you the experience of meeting these jungle bunch. Browse through our popular tailor made gorilla safaris below.

Urban Uganda has its own attractions. Entebbe is renowned for its popular weekend beach clubs, like a little slice of the Caribbean on the shores of Lake Victoria. Kampala’s sights range from the recently rebuilt royal tombs to a humungous mosque built by Libyan strongman Moammer Gadhafi and the ghoulish torture chamber of Idi Amin on the grounds of Lubiri Palace. The capital is also known for its vibrant nightlife, which runs a gamut from down and dirty dance clubs to sophisticated jazz venues.

Uganda has also become an adventure sports hub. Several outfitters offer whitewater rafting and kayaking trips down the Nile, past snoozing crocodiles and snorting hippos. Nile High Bungee in Jinja offers an adrenalin-packed plunge (44 meters) into the world’s longest river. You can also board surf down rapids, whoosh down rivers on jetboats and organize sports fishing trips to catch the river monster of central Africa — Nile perch that can grow up to 200 kilograms.

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Bwindi impenetrable Forest - 9 Reasons to visit Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Over half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas live here along with a huge range of rare and exotic birds. You can also spot chimpanzee and elephant hiding in this densely forested mountain range. Trekking through this forest is one of Africa’s true adventures. Bwindi is a pristine rainforest on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The terrain is a string of ridges and valleys covered in very dense impenetrable forest. Read More …

Kidepo Valley Uganda Safari

Kidepo Valley National Park

Today, the park scores highly as a wildlife safari destination due to its spectacular, wild, rugged and semi-arid landscape, some 500km from Kampala. Traversed by large sand rivers, the park is renowned for its distinctive composition of wildlife, profusion of big game and over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. In 2013, CNN Travel voted Kidepo Valley National Park Africa’s third best safari destination after Kenya’s Masai Mara and Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Read More …

Kibale forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park

TKibale is one of the best places in Africa to view many primate species. Visitors can expect to see five or six species in addition to chimpanzees. Species active during the day include vervet, red-tailed, l’Hoest and blue monkey, black-and-white colobus, olive baboon, red colobus and grey-cheeked mangabey. Other mammals including lion, elephant and buffalo are present, but rarely seen. Read More …

lake mburo national park

Lake Mburo National Park

In the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland lies one of Uganda’s most spectacular and breath taking game parks. Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert.

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Mt Sabinyo Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. Mgahinga’s most striking land features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range … Read More …

Rwenzori Mountain National Park

Rwenzori National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Ruwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Tree Lions

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably the most popular destination in Uganda. This is mainly so because of the park’s diverse ecosystems that include wide open savannah grasslands that contrast sharply to the humid forests in the park.

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mt elgon national park

Mount Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano that first erupted more than 24 million years ago. With the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world (50 km by 80 km), Mt. Elgon is the fourth highest mountain in Eastern Africa, with the second-highest peak in Uganda (Wagagi Peak – 4,321 metres). Mt. Elgon contains crater covering over 40kms at the top of the mountain, surrounded by a series of rugged peaks. Read More …

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