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Uganda is covered by beautiful landscapes home to 10 National Parks in Uganda. The scenery is the most dramatic along the western and eastern borders. Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by South Sudan in the north, Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the south, DR Congo in the west and Rwanda in the southwest. The western Rift valley runs from north to the south along the Uganda-Congo border. Uganda’s highest point is the 5110m Mountain Rwenzori found in the rift valley areas.
Uganda is also tagged as the “Pearl of Africa” home to 50% of the only remaining mountain gorillas in the wild natural habitat, the best-known destination to see the Chimpanzees in the world, source of the world’s longest river, River Nile among other beautiful things to see here. Here below are the top National Parks in Uganda to choose for your safari in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing border with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing border with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi done throughout the year and The best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the primates offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorillas in Bwindi is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitats.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is located in western Uganda covering the districts of Kabarole, Kyenjonjo, Kamwenge and Kyegegwa. Kibale forest national park is a tropical forest and is a habitat of number of forest wildlife, about 1500 chimpanzee individuals, bird species, Tree species, reptiles, Monkeys, butterflies, Mammals and other wildlife. The road trip from Kampala/Entebbe is about 4-5hours drive. Visiting Kibale forest national Park is the biggest advantage to enjoy thrilling experiences such as chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation as the most sought activities. Chimpanzees are among the endangered species in the world, Kibale National park is referred to as the Primate capital having about 20 primate species which is the highest density in all of Africa. Chimpanzees are the second famous primates after the Mountain Gorillas, and they also have 95% human DNA.
What is the best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park?
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is best done in the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for Chimpanzee trekking in the Forest, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the chimpanzees offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact chimpanzees don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park can be done throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing the Chimpanzees.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the southern part of Uganda neighboring other national parks that is Kibale Forest National and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it is ranked as the second largest conservation area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National park, as well it is one of the best savannah national parks in Uganda for viewing wildlife and with this you have chances of seeing all the Big 4 animals on your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is also known as Kabalega National Park popularly known for having the world’s most powerful water falls Murchison Falls. It was gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 and later raised to a national park status in 1952. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the largest and oldest protected areas in Uganda covering an area of 5072 kmsq it also shares boundaries with Karuma and Bugungu wildlife reserve as well as Bundongo Forest home of chimpanzees and various primate species. The park is home to 76 species of mammals and over 400 bird species. The park is divided into two sections by the Victoria Nile that is the northern and southern section, the northern side is home to many wildlife animal species than the southern side.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park was gazette in 1991 and was recognized as a world heritage site in 1994. The park is home to 18 mammal species, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Large mammals include elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bush bucks, chimpanzees and rare leopard commonly found in the forest zone but rare to see. Mountain Rwenzori hiking is one of the unique adventure experiences in Africa that interests every adventure traveler visiting Africa, the wide variety of plant and wildlife species in the Rwenzori Mountains and the hike through the different vegetation zones creates the unique experience and lifetime memories. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rain forests, Bamboo forests, and montane forests to alpine vegetations creating breathtaking sceneries, the wildlife range from mammals, primates and reptiles which you will have a chance to see along your hike up to the Rwenzori mountain peaks.
Other national parks in Uganda include Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Semuliki National Park
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your trip to National Parks in Uganda.
At Eco Adventure Safaris we provide personalized service with the utmost dedication to the safety and enjoyment of our clients. We are committed to the well-being of our staff and guests as well as to having a positive impact on the communities and wild places that our operations reach. On all our operations and safaris, we embrace the environmental ethic “Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Only Footprints” all our packages are eco-friendly. During your travel Post Covid safety and health of our clients will be our major priority and we shall ensure all our service providers and workers implement the SOPs and healthy guidelines set for the safety and health of clients and services providers while on safari.