Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
A great tourist spot for mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda. Bwindi national park is a home to half of the world’s remaining population of these gigantic apes with about 459 individuals. This is according to the 2018 census. This is the most popular national park in Uganda and is about 8-10hrs drive from Kampala, the capital city of the country.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and covers the entire Kazinga channel that connects Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. Queen Elizabeth National Park located in Western Uganda is the home of many wildlife species and a game drive here is pretty rewarding. The national park is also popular to be the birder’s paradise with about 611 bird species.
Murchison Falls National Park
The scenic view of the Murchison Falls is really stunning!! This park is situated at the northern tip of the Albertine Rift Valley. As one of Uganda’s oldest conservation places, a wide variety of animal and bird species are making their habitat in here. Various activities can be done while touring in the park such as chimpanzee tracking, game drive, and boat ride.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
This is known as ‘The Mountains of the Moon’, situated a few kilometers on the north of the equator in Western Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountains N.P is about 4,000 meters above the ground level of the Albertine Rift Valley. The presence of the glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls makes the park a very beautiful alpine area in Africa. The highest peak is Margherita peak (5109m) and takes a minimum of 8 Days. Also other short trips are available to different peaks of the Mountain.
Lake Mburo National Park
It is just 3hrs drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Lake Mburo National Park is tourist spot in Uganda that is popular for its abundance in biodiversity due to the various micro-climate that the area displays. Antelope species such as the Impala is abundant in the park where the name of the capital city Kampala is derived. Other animal like Zebras and bird species abound around the park.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is known for its chimpanzees and is one of the best places in Africa to see these primates. The park is home to over 1,500 chimpanzees, making it the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda. Visitors can participate in chimpanzee tracking, a guided hike through the forest in search of the chimpanzees. The park is also home to other primates, including red colobus monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is the remotest national park of uganda. Located in north western Uganda, Kidepo is one of the best national parks in Africa. No wonder it has been ranked among the best 10 National Parks in Africa by several Travel Guides including the Lonely Planet, CNN Travel and more.
Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park is a hidden gem in Uganda, located in the western part of the country. The park is home to over 440 bird species and a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, and chimpanzees. Visitors can enjoy bird watching, game drives, and hikes to the Sempaya Hot Springs, where you can witness the boiling hot water bubbling out of the earth.
Mount Rwenzori National Park
Mount Rwenzori National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in western Uganda, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was established in 1991 and covers an area of over 1,000 square kilometers. The park is known for its towering peaks, including the third highest mountain in Africa, Mount Stanley, which reaches a height of 5,109 meters. The park is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, chimpanzees, and various species of birds. One of the unique features of the park is its afro-alpine vegetation, which is found at high altitudes and includes giant heathers and lobelias. The park is a popular destination for hikers and mountaineers who come to explore the rugged terrain and experience the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park is a protected area located in eastern Uganda, on the border with Kenya. It covers an area of approximately 1,279 square kilometers and encompasses Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano with the largest surface area of any volcanic base in the world. The park was established in 1993 and was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2005.
The park is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including over 300 species of birds and a variety of mammals such as elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, and primates such as colobus monkeys and baboons. It is also home to several waterfalls, caves, and hot springs, including the Sipi Falls, one of the main tourist attractions in the park.
The mountain is a popular destination for hiking and climbing, with several trails leading to the peak at 4,321 meters above sea level. The park offers a range of activities for visitors, including bird watching, nature walks, rock climbing, and cultural visits to the nearby communities.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a protected area located in southwestern Uganda. It is part of the larger Virunga Conservation Area, which also includes two other national parks in neighboring countries. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park covers an area of approximately 33.7 square kilometers and is known for its population of endangered mountain gorillas. In addition to gorillas, the park is home to a variety of other wildlife, including golden monkeys, elephants, buffalo, and several species of antelope. Visitors to the park can go on gorilla tracking expeditions, guided nature walks, bird watching tours, and cultural tours to learn about the local Batwa community. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also a popular hiking destination, with several trails leading to the park’s three dormant volcanoes: Mount Sabinyo, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Muhavura. The park offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, which includes terraced hillsides, lakes, and forests.