Uganda National Parks have got vast species of animals and birds as well as unique features that attract tourists from around the world all year round. Visiting Uganda gives tourists an opportunity to encounter the best of Uganda wildlife as is usually the case with most Uganda Safaris. Animals in Uganda National Parks include; Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebras, Giraffes, Kobs, Hippos among many others including the rare Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.Uganda has got 10 National Parks, namely;
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Kibale Forest National Park
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park
- Semliki National Park
- Lake Mburo National Park
- Kidepo Valley National Park
- Mount Elgon National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: – is one of the most visited Uganda National Parks. Bwindi is an afromontane forest with dense under growth of fern, vines, and shrubs. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a magnificent verdant swathe of forest across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this 331 sq km ancient rain forest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
Kibale Forest National Park: – With lush tropical rain forest and a fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale Forest National Park is home to one of the most beautiful and stunning natural forests in Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park like Bwindi is one of the most popular Uganda National Parks and is certainly worth protecting as it is home to the largest number (in Uganda) of our closest living relative, the endangered Chimpanzee.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park: – Mgahinga forms a portion of the Virunga Volcano conservation area, Its the home of Mountain Gorillas, gorilla movements are affected by the distribution of plant species on which they feed hence this area was gazetted to provide a secure habitat for these massive, but gentle creatures.
Murchison Falls National Park: – One of the most spectacular Uganda National Parks and indeed in the Whole of Africa. Here is the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the River Nile hurls itself in appalling convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap.
Queen Elizabeth National Park: – It is a region of varied habitats including open grassland with thickets, thick bush, forest, swamps and lake shore and a great home of wildlife like Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, and many more. Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. 1,978 square kms, in area and is situated astride the Equator in the Western Rift valley of South West Uganda, close to the Southern most tip of the fabled, mist covered Mountains of the Moon – Rwenzori Mountains and is contiguous with Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park: – The Rwenzori Mountains lie along the Western border of Uganda and rise to a height of 5100 metres. Here are the legendary mountains of the Moon. Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies on an area of 995sq.km and covers the districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibugyo in Western Uganda. It was designated as a World Heritage site in 1994 which implies that it’s conservation is therefore not only of national and regional importance but also of great international importance.
Semliki National Park: – Semliki is a very dense forest and part of the great Ituri Forest that stretches in the the DR. Congo. It is the only park in Uganda composed primarily of tropical lowland forest. Semuliki National Park Uganda is popular for Sempaya hot springs. The park lies on 220 sq Km in Bundibugyo district, on the far side of the northern tail of the Rwenzoris. The Semliki river defines the border with DRC,and several tributaries run through the park, providing watering places and good spots to observe the animals.
Lake Mburo National Park: – Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda is not only special but also unique because you can walk with a park ranger and get very close to the animals. Lake Mburo National Park is truly a special place. Every single part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. It is possible to walk around the park accompanied by a ranger, rather than having to tour in a vehicle, and it is quite possible to get close to Zebras, Warthogs and Impala, Rothschild giraffe, elands, topi and Buffaloes, Water bucks, Reed bucks, hippos. Leopards are present but they are rare.
Kidepo Valley National Park: – It is one of the most spectacular parks with a scenery unlike any other in East Africa. Tucked into the corner of Ugandas boarder with South Sudan and Kenya, the park offers a beautiful Vista of the breathtaking savannah and mountain Landscapes which end in a rugged horizon.
Mount Elgon National Park: – This Mount Elgon Hiking Safari takes you to Mount Elgon which has the largest surface area any extinct Volcano has ever had in the world. The mountain rises through a series of gradual slopes punctuated by steep cliffs to a height of 4,321 m above sea level. The volcanic foothills, cliffs, caves gorges and waterfalls combine with panoramic views across wide plains to create some of the most spectacular scenery in Uganda. Mount Elgon Hiking Safari is one of the most popular mountain hiking safaris in Uganda.