Uganda National Parks | The 10 Uganda Safari Parks
Uganda National Parks are considered some of the most diverse in the whole world. But, before we give you these amazing safari parks, let us know what the “Pearl of Africa” is. Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa, bordered by five countries, Kenya in the east, South Sudan in the north, Rwanda in the southwestern, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west and Tanzania in the south part of Uganda. The country was declared “the Pearl of Africa” by the first colonial visitors after seeing the source of the River Nile, the longest River in the world.
With a number of lakes and Rivers surrounded by the country such as Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake kyoga, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, Lake George, Lake Bunyonyi, River Nile, Lake Mburo, Kazinga Channel, Bujjagali falls give a great number of safari activities on any Uganda safari tour such as spot fishing safaris, white water rafting safaris, boat cruise safaris, among others giving you a life time experience in Uganda.
Uganda has a tropical rain climate since it’s located on the Equator which passes through the country at 00. The country experiences both wet and dry seasons with months from March to May and September to November through the year. Uganda’s tourism sector is on Uganda’s landscape and Uganda wildlife safaris expose diverse cultures, flora and fauna, landscape vegetations.
More on tourism, Uganda is rich with 10 national parks managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority including different activities done in the park such as Gorilla tracking safaris, Bird watching safaris; Chimpanzee tracking safaris, Nature walks safaris, cultural tour safaris, and hiking safaris, Game drive safaris, Mountain climbing safaris among others to make your Uganda safari a memorable and enjoyable.
The 10 Uganda National Parks in No Particular Order
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National park lies in the south western part of Uganda at the edge of the Great western Rift Valley Arm with 321km2 of lowland forest. The park is the most visited by travelers on Uganda safaris since it’s a home to half of the remaining world’s Mountain Gorillas and home to other animal species like elephants, antelopes, cheeky monkeys, and over 360 bird species.
The park was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and regarded as a UNESCO world heritage in 1994 with Mountain Gorilla trekking and Gorilla Habituation being the main activities at the park including other activities to enjoy on your Uganda wildlife safari tour like cultural encounters, nature walks, game drives, birding among others. For a great stay on your Uganda gorilla safari tour, the park features a range of accommodations from luxury to Budget such as Wagtail, Chameleon Hill, Clouds lodge, Buhoma lodge, Ichumbi safari lodge to make your Uganda Gorilla tour a memorable and a lifetime experience.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda boarding Democratic Republic of Congo shared by three districts, Bushenyi, Rukungiri and Kasese. Queen Elizabeth National park is the second largest park covering 1978km2, the park features different primates including the big 5 species such as elephants, leopards, buffaloes, hippos and the famous tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector to be sighted on any Uganda safari tour including a variety of activities such as Game drives, nature walks, chimpanzee trekking, boat cruise on Kazinga channel, among others. Apart from the primates and chimpanzee tracking in kyambura Gorge, the park boasts great hiking trails of which there are a lot to explore on you Uganda safari tour to Queen Elizabeth national park.
Accommodations at the park include Mweya safari lodge, Enganzi game lodge, Ihamba safari, buffalo lodge, and kyambura gorge among others. The national park can be accessed through Mbarara Masaka highway with several stops along the way such as the Equator, Mpambire drum makers, Lake Mburo national park, and tea plantations among others
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls national park is the largest and oldest protected national park; it is located in the western part of Uganda with 5663km2 of landscape managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. The park drives its name from Murchison falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge which flows down to become a placid river with various wild primates such as Hippos, buffalos, crocodiles, waterbucks; the park also covers the Bugungu Wildlife Reserves, Budongo Forest and Karuma Wildlife Reserve.
Travelers on a Uganda wildlife safari expecting the best lifetime experience, the park is close to the Equator which experiences a tropical rain climate with moderate temperatures throughout the year. The park harbors many activities that make a Uganda safari a treasure one, such as wildlife safaris, boat cruise safari around Lake Albert, bird watching with different bird species such as shoe bills, chimpanzee trekking around the Rabongo Forest and Budongo forest, flora and fauna, Game Drives, spot fish around the shores of the River Nile. The park features different accommodations such as Sambiya river lodge, Red chilli lodge, Pakuba safari lodge, Paraa safari lodge, Chobe, Murchison River lodge, Nile safari lodge among others to make a nice and memorable experience on your Uganda safari tour to Uganda
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park lies in the western part of Uganda, the park comprises of a tropical rain forest which covers an area of 795km2 and is one of the best park to visit for chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee Habituation on your Uganda safari tour with over 1500 individuals in the whole Africa.
The park has the highest biodiversity and concentration of primates in East Africa such as Chimpanzees, buffaloes, over half dozen of antelopes species, over 250 tree species, bushbucks, warthogs, giant forest frogs, LHoest’s monkeys, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys among others, the park features different accommodations to make an experienced Uganda wildlife safari a memorable one such as Kyaninga safari lodge, Ndali, Kibale safari lodge, primate lodge among others
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is situated in the south western part of Uganda in Kisoro district. The national park was established in 1991 with 33.7km2 which is known for Mountain Gorillas tracking and Golden Monkeys tracking, it is one of the park with half the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas besides the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, besides the Mountain gorillas in the park, there other animal species to make a great Uganda gorilla safari memorable such as forest elephants, bushbucks, golden monkeys, cheeky monkeys, among others
The park experiences two wet seasons February and May, September and December annually with maximum rainfall 250mm in October and minimum rainfall 10mm in July, the park is a stunning place with 3 volcanoes; Gahinga, Muhabura, Sabyinyo which allow hiking on top of them giving an experienced and memorable Uganda gorilla safari to the park. Mgahinga national park features the best accommodation around Kisoro ranging from budget to luxury with a skilled staff to assist in your stay at your lodge on your Uganda safari tour such as Mount Gahinga Lodge, Mgahinga safari lodge, Sky Blue, Virunga Hotel, Mubano Hotel, Virunga Hotel, clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge among others.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori mountains national park is situated in the western part of Uganda in districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kasese, the park lies along the Uganda’s boundary bordering the Virunga National Park in the DRC comprising of Mt. Stanley with the highest peak, Mt. Speke, Mt. Baker, Mt.Gessi, Mt. Emin, Mt. Luigi di Savoia, hosting a variety of mammals and over 217 bird species, the park is known for mountain Climbing and hiking on top of the volcanoes, other activities include birding, cultural encounters, trekking, nature walks among others.
Accommodation at the park include Equator Snow Lodge, Mihunga Safari lodge, Rwenzori Turaco view composite, Ruboni Cultural site, Tours Inn, among others
Semuliki Uganda National Parks
Semuliki national park is the newest national park established in 1993 with 220 km2, it is located on the extreme end within Bundibugyo district in the western part of Uganda with high diversity of plants, bird species and animal species such as buffaloes, leopards, hippos, monkeys, bush bucks, elephants, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and over 300 butterfly species available on your Uganda safari tour.
The park is known for its Sempaya Hot springs and variety of bird species sighted by travelers on their Uganda safari tour with activities like birding, nature walks, viewing Sempaya hot springs, cultural encounters among others. Accommodations include Semuliki safari lodge, Kirumia guesthouse, and Ntoroko game lodge among others.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo national park is located in western part of Uganda in districts of Mbarara and Masaka where an ideal environment for Uganda safari destinations. The park was gazetted in 1933 and 1963 as a game reserve, it supports a variety of habitats such as zebras, buffaloes, impalas, elands, topis, hippos, crocodiles, leopards, including a variety of bird species such as shoebill stork, papyrus yellow warbler, saddle stork, brown chested wattle plover and white winged warbler.
The park offers several activities on your Uganda safari tour such as bird watching, game drives, boat cruises, nature walks, cultural encounters, flora and fauna, wildlife safaris among others, it provides accommodation facilities such as Rwonyo Rest camp, Mihingo lodge, Lake Mburo safari lodge, Mantana tented camp, arcadia cottages among others ranging from budget –Luxury to sustain to travelers on their Uganda wildlife safari with a well trained staff to cater for your best stay at the lodge to have a memorable and experienced Uganda safari
Mountain Elgon National Park
Mountain Elgon National Park is situated at the Uganda’s border with Kenya on the slopes of Mountain Elgon in the Eastern part of Uganda with 1145 km2 known for Sipi falls and mountain climbing activities for tourists on their Uganda wildlife safari, other activities include Rock painting, Trout fishing, birding, hiking on top of the falls among others, accommodations include Sipi river lodge, Mbale Resort Hotel, Kayegi Hotel, Masha Hotel, Wimpey Hotel, Mount View Hotel,
The pack can be accessed from Kampala using Kampala-Jinja Highway to Mbale following the newly constructed Murram road to the park
Kidepo Valley National Park
kidepo National park is located in the remote north eastern corner of Uganda with 1442 km2, the park comprises of a semi-arid climate with one wet season per year which is April to September with 890 mm of rainfall in the south part of the park and 635 mm is received in the north.
The park has different activities such as game drives, birding, hiking, Nature walks, among others in well constructed and strategically located accommodations such as Nga’Moru camp, Apoka camp among others to make a joyful and interesting stay at the park on your Uganda safari tour.
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