Uganda’s National Parks and Top Attractions

The 10 National Parks:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda, an untouched forest and thick vegetation like its name suggests. Every day the ranger guides have to cut vegetation for trackers to access way to where gorillas nested the previous night because a lot of vegetation grows overnight. It is the true African jungle with droplets of the sun coming through the think forest cover giving you a feeling of being in paradise with zero pollution from several emissions common to our daily environment. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was…

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Mount Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano that first erupted about 20 million years ago. It has the largest intact Caldera in the world measuring 40km2. It was once Africa’s highest mountain but with erosion it was reduced to its height of 4321m making it 4th highest in East Africa. Mt Elgon has the largest base in the world at 3840km2. It is also the largest solitary volcanic mountain in East Africa located in Eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya. Mt Elgon national park covers an area of 1145km2.
The national park was declared a UNESCO Man &…

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest park in Uganda covering an area of 33.7km2. It is located in the southwestern tip of Ugandain Kisoro district. The park adjoins Rwanda’s volcano and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national parksand is part of the Virunga conservation area. The park takes its name from “Gahinga” – the local word for piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmlands. It covers an altitude between 2227m – 4127m above sea level. While in the park, you will experience six vegetation types,…

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Semuliki National Park

The Semuliki National Park protects an extension of the Ituri forest in the Democratic republic of Congo. It is located in western Uganda on the flow of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is the only tract of true low land tropical forest in East Africa. It covers an area of 220km2 with altitude of 670m-760m above sea level. It is the only host of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa and contains features associated with Central Africa rather than Eastern Africa. River Semuliki is the international boundary between Uganda and DR Congo. The park…

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Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park has the highest mountain ranges in Africa. Its highest point lies at 5109m above sea level on Mt Stanley’s Margherita peak is the third highest in Africa. It lies astride the equator with six peaks and three of these i.e. Mt Stanley, Mt Baker and Mt Speke are permanently covered with snow. The park covers an area of 996 km2. . It was recognized as a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1994 and was listed by world geographic among the best hikes in the world. It lies in western Uganda about 6 hours’ drive from…

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Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley is one of Uganda’s most spectacular and remote parks tucked in the northeastern corner bordering Kenya and South Sudan. The park covers an area of 1,442 square kilometers and has an altitude ranging between 914m and 2750m. Kidepo Valley harbors scenery that is not in any other parks in East Africa. The park has a semi-arid climate with one rainy season year in the months of April – September.
The park has two rivers i.e. Narus River and Kidepo River and the two rivers are seasonal. This means that in the dry season they dry…

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Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is located in southwestern Uganda and is the smallest of the savannah national parks in Uganda. It measures 260km2in size and lies at an altitude of 1220m-1828m above sea level. It is the closest park to Kampala only 3 hours (228km) away from the city. It is a unique park inUganda, the only park containing an entire lake and the only home of the Impala in Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is small but with varied habitats for its size. They range from acacia woodland, dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open…

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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the most attractive national parks in Uganda with varied tracts of tropical rainforest and a multiplicity of animals. It is located in western Uganda slightly off the Equator but yet a rain forest. The annual temperature ranges between 14-27oC and is generally cool unless you visit the south where the altitude is lower tending to the hot rift valley bed.
It is the “primate capital of East Africa” with more than 1,450 chimpanzee protected within its borders of 795km2. It is by far the best place to see…

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park named after Queen Elizabeth II of England after her visit in 1952. It is located in southwestern Uganda and lies astride the Equator with monuments on both sides of the road making latitude 00. It is in the Albertine region along with Kyambura and Kigezi wildlife resource, which brings together the most diverse ecosystem in Africa. The rich bio-diversity of crater lakes, forest, savannah, woodland, and acacia and numerous animal, plant, and bird species lie on an area of 1978km2. This is the most visited park in…

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park at 3840km2 is the largest park in Uganda and is named after the Murchison falls where the mighty river Nile is forced through a narrow gorge of 8m into the ‘Devils Cauldron’ creating an ever present rainbow. Samuel Baker the explorer considered the Murchison falls as “the most important object of the entire course of the river” named the waterfall in 1864. The park is only 4 hours away from Kampala the capital and with all the attractions is a destination for a weekend gate-away. The habitats range from…

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Other Uganda’s Top Attractions:

Mabira Forest Reserve

Like a coin, Mabira forest has two sides. There is the side that a passerby may see through their car or bus window; this will usually be the sight of many trees along the Kampala-Jinja highway. Behind this stretch however, is a second side, a whole different world of its own. It is flora and fauna coexisting and bringing forth the largest surviving tropical rain forest that has come to be called Mabira Forest.

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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district en route to Murchison falls national park is home to wild Rhinos in Uganda. The original wild Rhinos in Uganda were black Rhinos that became extinct after much poaching. The Rhino sanctuary is an effort to re-introduce Rhinos in the wild but currently to note there are white Rhinos. You can choose to stop by to track Rhinos on foot with a game ranger after briefing.

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Amabere Ga NyinaMwiru

Amabere ga NyinaMwiru is a cultural site with remarkable history located in western Uganda in Fort portal town. It is located near Nyakasura School a few kilometers out of Fort portal town. You can stop by while on your tour to Semuliki national park for birding safari or viewing the hot springs, to kibale national park for chimpanzee trekking or to Queen Elizabeth national park for a wildlife safari and boat excursion.

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Hot springs

There are numerous hot springs spread across the country. The locals have used them as source of medication especially for born related illnesses for centuries. You can request a visit to a hot spring while on your Uganda safari in addition to gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking.

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Source of River Nile Jinja

Uganda is the source of Rive Nile – the world’s longest river where the Nile starts its 4000 mile journey to the Mediterranean sea through Sudan and Egypt. The source of river Nile is located in Jinja about 1,5 hours from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. We offer one day Jinja trips for this excursion from the city.

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Tree Climbing Lions – Ishasha

These famous lions are mainly found in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and sometimes in Kidepo valley National park. They tend to climb up the acacia trees after having a heavy meal as the sun starts warming up.

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Uganda’s Diverse Culture

Uganda is a melting pot for different cultures. Uganda is home to four major ethnic groups, over 40 tribes. Current kingdoms are mainly Bantu Kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Busoga and Tooro.

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Lake Bunyonyi

The little lake is believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. It is located in the Kigezi – southwetern part of Uganda, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’ – a name given to it by Sir Winston Churchill upon his visit to the area. Lake Bunyonyi is dotted with 29 Islands with some inhabited and others not inhabited. Activities here include; Canoeing, Swimming, Bird watching and cultural tours

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The Baha’i Temple

The Baha’i faith has one temple per continent and for the African continent this temple is located in Uganda. In Kampala, the temple is located on Kikaaya hill which gives you views of the Suburbs of Kampala and beautiful scenery. For those interested in birds, it’s a good bird watching spot near the city.

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Uganda Martyrs Shrine – Namugongo

The Uganda Martyrs Shrine is a must visit for anyone interested in Uganda’s faith based tourism while on your Uganda safari. There is so much history in this shrine and monument. Recently a museum was added on the Protestant shrine. You will learn so much about the growth of Christianity in Uganda and history and place of Buganda Kingdom.

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Lake Victoria Uganda

Consider these items and tips as you plan your stay around Lake Victoria. The largest fresh water body in Africa and second largest in the World is home to the Ssese Islands – “the world’s best undiscovered Islands”. The lake and surrounding beaches offers a host of activities including boat trips, Kayaking, beach holidays, Canoeing and fishing.

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