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.
Lake Mburo National Park Uganda
Lake Mburo National Park – Lying at 1,220m-1,828m above sea level, this park in Western Uganda is one of Uganda’s Top 3 bird watching havens, it possesses 350 recorded species.
It has a wonderful combination of tranquil lakes, thriving papyrus jungles, endless grassland, and pristine woodland where giraffes crane their neck to eat leaves.
Mburo has over 5,000 zebras. Watching them cross from one side of the park to the other is like witnessing a live migration. The energy, the sound, and the stampede they cause is such a national Geographic spectacle. You will love every minute of it!
The buffaloes here play a vital role in feeding the impala, eland, defassa waterbuck, oribi, and warthogs. They do this by grazing on tough parts of the grass and leaving the soft parts for the mentioned herbivores.
The nature walk here doesn’t always deliver quantities of lion sightings that one may experience in Masai Mara or Serengeti, but the quality is on a different level. You will encounter a dizzying range of enthusiastic zebras, bushbucks, buffaloes, and topi.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda (Kisoro) – Made up of three enormous mountains that lie at Uganda’s border with Congo and Rwanda, Mgahinga is an enchanting destination for outdoor adventure. It is naturally gifted with four montane vegetation zones, endemic bird species, stunning crater lakes, and two critically endangered primates, golden monkeys, and mountain gorillas.
How it was formed and mountain climbing
The park is made up of four vegetation zones that are immensely endowed with unique flora and fauna; forest zone, a bamboo zone, moorland zone, and heather zone. All of these lie upon a lava rock that was formed over 1,000 years back as a result of a massive volcanic eruption.
On the part of mountaineering, each of Mgahinga’s three mountains offers a distinctive experience to remember. They all lie in the rift valley and soar at an altitude between 3,474, 3,645, and 4,127 meters above sea level. They are, Mgahinga, Sabinyo, and Muhavura all of which were formed as a result of volcanic eruptions.
Your hike to the summit of Mountain Sabinyo will reward you with a lifetime opportunity of being in Rwanda, Congo, and Uganda at the same time. See, the borders of these three tropical countries intersect here. You can have your feet in one, your left arm in the other, and your right arm in the last.
Mountain Rwenzori National Park Uganda
Mountain Rwenzori National Park – You can’t go wrong with hiking this mountain if you are crazy about geology or seeking to reconnect with nature. All you need is a good set of lungs and strong legs but most importantly, a positive attitude. Fast forward, Rwenzori is a snow-capped mountain that straddles the Equator at the heart of our beloved motherland, Africa. Standing at an altitude of 5,109meters above sea level, Rwenzori is a World Heritage Site.
It is 110km long and 50km wide. It was formed after a block of ancient rock was tilted and thrust up during developments of the Albertine Rift Valley, and then deeply carved by river and repeated growth of glaciers.
The trail provides a good balance of easy and challenging walks.
The guides provide an excellent service, attentive to particular requests, and trekking abilities. Their thorough understanding of the park’s ecosystem gives you lots of unforgettable encounters.
From the bottom, Rwenzori looks like it is made of one massive mountain. It is until you have set foot on it that you realize it is a complex of hundreds of mountain ranges that are separated by deep valleys.
Murchison Falls National Park Uganda
Murchison Falls National Park Uganda – You can’t go wrong with Murchison regardless of whether you visit it in the dry season or wet season. It meets your imagination of Africa in its purest form, with plentiful wildlife roaming in its 3,840km² expanses. In this case, it has 76 mammal and 451 bird species.
Found at the Northern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, it comprises Lake Albert, River Nile, Budongo forest, and a lively savannah. All these landscapes have cozy eco-friendly lodges where wildlife can be seen with ease.
The Park doesn’t have sharks or zebras, but it has thousands of elephants, buffalo, Uganda kobs, hundreds of lions, leopards, and millions of spectacular birds. Umoja Motherland Safaris is privileged to have guides who know them all, and where to find them at different times of the day.
Before spot hunting was banned here, it used to attract a huge number of spot hunters from different corners of the earth. This includes the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt who visited the park in 1909.
Thanks to undivided conservation efforts, the park’s wildlife populations have shot up over the years. At a time it is so hard to come by Rothschild giraffes across most of Africa’s parks, Murchison has over 1,200 of these endangered animals. You will have seen at least 80 by the end of your four-hour game drive.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Queen Elizabeth National Park – If you have limited time and want to see great wildlife diversity in a beautiful ecosystem, you should be here.
Situated in Western Uganda, along the same road that leads to Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth is a wonderland that has it all; gorges, huge valleys, mountain ranges, forests, and blue lakes. The cherry on the cake is 95mammal and 600 bird species.
The park is so big, and so is its variety of ecosystems—most of which can be seen during boat cruises, game drives and nature walks. You need at least three days to enjoy its diverse offerings. These include some of the world’s most beautiful crater lakes, Kazinga channel, Kyambura Gorge