Uganda National Parks
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National park is located in the Albertine rift valley, the park happens to be Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area amongst Uganda national parks, Murchison falls national park hosts over 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, that plunges 45 m over the remnant rift valley wall hence creating Murchison falls at the center piece of the park. At Murchison falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8 m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar, hence creating a trademark rainbow.
This stretch of the river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. regular visitors to river backs include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes, while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. Murchison falls national park offers activities such as birding, game drives, launch trips, sports fishing, cultural encounters, hiking and nature walks.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in South of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering DR.Congo, Lake George and Lake Edward that are connected by Kazinga Channel that offers a spectacular boat cruise. Amongst the Uganda national parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park is fit for an ecotourism due to it’s humid forests, shady, wetlands and open Savannah areas covering an altitude of 910 m at Lake Edward. The park is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination amongst all the Uganda national parks it happens to habitat the big five animals, 10 primate species and 600 bird species. The park’s attractions are dozens of enormous craters carved into rolling green hills, Kazinga channels, Ishasha plains that habitat tree climbing lions, hippos, buffaloes, elephants and herds of Uganda kobs. At Queen Elizabeth National Park you meet the local communities dance, music and storytelling. Activities done at queen Elizabeth national park include Birding, cave, chimps tracking, game drives, hiking and nature walks, launch trip, cultural heritage and nature trail and it’s a wildlife research centre.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers 331 sq km, is located in South Western parts of Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. This is a real tropical rain forest that is said to habitat almost a half of the world’s mountain gorillas, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. In the local language "Bwindi" (from "mubwindi") means "dark place", referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located in the South East of the actual Park, according to legends. Bwindi impenetrable national park habitats more gorillas than any other Uganda national park. The park offers several activities like gorilla tracking which happens to be the major activity done in the park, Munyanga river trail, water falls trail, Rushura hill trail, Muzabajiro, River lvi trails.
Semuliki National Park
The park covers 220 kms, lies along the Congolese border following the Semliki River, within the Western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley, in the North of Rwenzori Mountains. At an altitude of average 700 m above sea level, this park is now the number one birding destination in Uganda amongst the Uganda national parks. This largely forested park represents the eastern most limit of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin and contains numerous species associated with central rather than eastern Africa. The park offers activities such as birding, game drives, hiking and nature, hot springs and cultural encounters and trails.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The Park covers 38sq km in size, is the Ugandan part that belongs to the large ecosystem of Virunga Conservation Area, which is a jointly protected area with DR.Congo and Rwanda. It includes three extinct volcanoes: Mount Sabyinyo (3,669 m.), Mount Gahinga (3,474 m.) and Mount Muhavura (4,127 m). Mgahinga gorilla national park happens to be the only park that habitats both gorillas and gold monkeys amongst the uganda national parks.
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 Sabyinyo. The park derives its name from Gahinga Kinyarwanda word for a pile of volcanic lava stone heaps around which cultivation is carried out. Mgahinga is named after Mount Gahinga plus the initial of Mount Muhavura. Activities done from this park are birding, cultural encounters, gorilla tracking, mountain/volcano climbing and hiking and nature walks.
Kibale forest National Park
Kibale forest national park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda than any other Uganda national park. The park habitats forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzees, the Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest at the parks northern tip which stands 1590 m above sea level, while in kibale you stand a chance of sighting over 300 species of birds, forest elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs and different species of antelopes. Kibale forest national park offers different activities that include chimpanzee habituation experience, primate walk(chimp tracking), day hikes/nature walks, bird watching and night nature walks more to that they also offer children activities such as pond dipping, cyanotype photography, batik making hence learn about kibale’s ecosystem.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo valley national park covers 1442 sq km in size, is among the most spectacular parks in Uganda, though it is not very accessible, as it is located in the North-East of the country, bordering Sudan and Kenya, in the Karamoja region. Kidepo valley national park lies at an altitude range between 914 m and 2750 m above sea level.
It is much interesting to take a trip to Kidepo valley national park by use of surface road transport which provides en-route view drives and charter flights are booked from Entebbe-Kajjansi airstrip to reach Kidepo valley national park. The park is the only isolated park amongst Uganda national parks hence makes tourists to enjoy the isolated wilderness dominated by the 2750m mount morungule and transected by the kidepo and great Narus rivers. Activities done in kidepo valley national park include the following game drives, nature walks, community walks, mountain hiking, sand visits along river kidepo and bird watching.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The park covers 996 kms, protects the slopes of the famous Rwenzori Mountains, which run for 120 km along the Congo border. It is a bloke mountain they are a result of the formation of the Rift Valley.
The Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa, with six glacial peaks: Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi da Savoia and Mount Baker. The main peaks include Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5,083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The first European who climbed the peaks was in 1906 the Italian Prince Luigi Amedeo da Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi. Mount Rwenzori happens to offer activities like trekking, nature walks and peak climbing.
Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon is an extinct volcanic mountain with the largest surface area in the world (4000km2) and a caldera with a diameter of about 80km. The highest peak is Wagagayi, 4,321 m it lies at the border with Kenya. The National Park is 1,145kms in extension. The local people, Bagisu used to call the mount "Masaba", while "Elgon" is named after the Anglicization of the Masai "El Kony".The best time to visit Mount Elgon for a safari is May and September, November and December. It’s mountainous terrain introduces a variety to an otherwise monotonous regional landscape. Its cool heights offer respite for humans from the hot plains below and its higher altitudes provides a refuge for flora and fauna. Mount elgon national park activities include mountain climbing, mountain biking, birding, hiking, nature walks, rock climbing, sport fishing and cultural encounters.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park lies in the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodlands one of Uganda’s most spectacular and breath taking game parks in Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo National Park is a gem of a park, conveniently located close to the western high way that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is a very special place with a medley of habitats ranging from dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannas to forest, lakes and swamps. its sculptured landscape, rolling hills and idyllic lake shores, forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps and grassy valleys all support a wealth of wildlife in a tropical setting. The park is remarkably different from other Uganda national parks. It’s the best park to view the Gigantic, Eland, Impala, Zebras and Acacia associated birds. Common mammal species include Warthogs, Buffalos, Oribi, Defassa, Waterbucks, Reed bucks and the Eland Antelopes. Leopards and Hyenas are also present and lions have returned to the park after years of poaching and near extinction. Tabora Cisticola, Great snipe, Abyssinian ground horn bill and white winged warbler. Acacia woodland bird species are especially well represented.