List of National Parks in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda & Tanzania
Uganda National Parks
Kibale National Park Uganda (for Chimpanzee Trekking)
Kibale National Park – What a majestic piece of heaven this forest is. It is the only park in Africa known to have up to 13 primate species; chimpanzees, L’hoest monkeys, bushbabies, olive baboons, bushbabies, vervet monkeys, black and white monkeys, blue monkeys, red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey.
The park is green throughout the year, and there is a reason: it receives rain for much of the year thanks to its location in the tropics.
The best part of the story is that its trails have lots of boardwalks. By the same token, the log bridges over the rivers are routinely maintained.
Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda (For Wildlife Safaris)
Kidepo Valley National Park – You will leave this 1,442km² park very impressed by the plethora of animals that live in it; 77 mammal and 475 bird species. Situated in the North-Eastern corner of Uganda, its open savannah plains are extensive and dotted with jagged mountains, towering Borassus palm trees, and clear blue skies. Before this semi-arid park was gazetted in 1962, it used to be a hunting ground for the Ik, a tribe of nomadic pastoralists.
Due to its 700km distance from Kampala (Uganda’s capital), it comes across as the least-explored wildlife estate, and that’s the beauty about visiting it. There won’t be game viewers blocking your view at a sighting.
Most unique aspect
Kidepo is the only Ugandan park where you are assured of finding wild cheetahs, greater and lesser kudu, Guenther’s dik-dik, caracal, mountain reedbuck, and aardwolf.
Of the five primate species found here, the patas monkies and olive baboons are the easiest to see. Despite their ability to camouflage with the savannah, they are so playful and restless.
Rwanda National Parks
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is a dense, lush, tropical paradise, lying across five dormant Volcanic Mountains at the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo; Mount Bisoke, Muhabura, Karisimbi, Sabinyo, and Gahinga.
Thanks to its abundance of over 180 bird species, 1,050 plant, and 85 mammal species, it has everything you imagine Africa’s most beautiful park to look like. Add to that an endearing gorilla trekking experience and you have one of the world’s natural seven wonders. It has 10 habituated gorilla families, each comprising of at least 7 members.
You will never feel in any danger for a minute at this 130 Km2 gem of Rwanda, it is absolutely safe destination.
Akagera National Park Rwanda
Akagera National Park – There is something magical about this park and the people in it. Its landscape is splendid, with wide views over lakes, escarpments, rolling mountains, savannah plains, and wetlands. Found in the northeastern region of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania, Akagera is one of the very few places in Africa where you stand a good chance of finding Shoebills and Sitatunga.
In the wet season, it is as green as lime and radiant like gold in dry seasons. The park supports developing and educating the surrounding communities in an effort to provide them sustainable sources of income.
Kenya National Parks
Aberdare National Park Kenya
Set between Mt Kenya and the Rift Valley in Kenya’s Central Highlands, Aberdare National Park is a phenomenal place to absorb the wildlife wonders of our planet. This 767sqkms paradise is found high in the clouds, at an altitude from 1829m to 4001m above sea level.
It is made of forested ravines, rolling Savannah, bamboo forest, scenic waterfalls, open moorland.
This contrasting landscape offers a refuge for all kinds of animals inclusive of those hardly seen elsewhere, like a black leopard and elusive bongo. Another multitude of wildlife found here include elephants, buffaloes, black rhinos, leopards, bushbucks, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, warthogs, black and white colobus monkeys, and on and on.
The most notable of its 250 recorded bird species include goshawks, Jackson’s Francolin, plovers, Sparrow hawks, eagles, and sunbirds.
In the moorland zone, you stand chances of encountering Melanistic serval cats above the tree line.
Aberdare National Park has multitudes of rare sightings inclusive of African civet cat, Giant Forest hog, African wild cat, bongo, blue duiker, and golden cat.
Amboseli National Park Kenya
A day’s visit to this open elephant kingdom is as good as 10 days in most Kruger National Park. It has an ecosystem like no other in the world. Here, you will see Mt. Kilimanjaro soaring above a forest of acacia trees, with elephants matching past and perhaps a colorful hot air balloon floating beautifully overheard.
It is within easy reach from Nairobi and Mombasa thanks to well-tarmacked roads.
You will see how very large herds of elephants live together like a family. You will see the circle of their life and you may even catch sight of a calf being born.
As the sunset turns to gold in the evening, the air is filled with a fog of dust in which wandering elephants appear as ghostly silhouettes.