Uganda National Parks – with about 10 National Parks found in the country, Uganda is notably one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries, habituating 13 types of primates and 330 mammals, with six of which are found nowhere else, the country is home to over 1000 bird species and also encompasses the vast range of landscape that varies from the Africa’s highest mountain ranges to the source of the world’s longest river, River Nile, and harbors the largest lake on the continent, Lake Victoria. safaris to Uganda with Acacia Safaris Limited will unfold the untold jungle secrets of the pearl of Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda National Parks
Lying in extreme Southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a well-known gorilla trekking safari destination. The 331sq.kms conservancy area is a designated UNESCO Heritage Site hosting an estimate of 360 bird species, 550 mountain gorillas as per the latest gorilla census, chimpanzees, 250 butterfly species, chameleons, frogs, 160 Guinea-Congolian Flora, black and white colobus monkeys and many others.
Located in the Northwest side of the country, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest park, approximately 5 hour drive from Kampala.
The National Park is home to abundant wildlife with over 76 mammal species and 451 bird species all residing here. While on Uganda safari in this park, you should expect to see a huge concentration of African bush elephants, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, bushbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, Topis, hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopards, primates like chimpanzees, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys.
Situated in western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest in Uganda. This 1978sq.km protected area is popular for its huge concentration of elephants, buffaloes, over 620 bird species including the shoebill stork; warthogs, antelopes, primates like the red-tailed monkeys, lions including the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha area, hippos, and crocodiles.
Kidepo Valley National Park – Uganda National Parks
Set in the extreme Northeast about 10 hours’ drive from Kampala, the National Park is one the most beautiful in the country and perhaps Africa at large. The National Park is well-known for its huge profusion of wildlife such as lions, buffaloes, leopards, cheetahs, Rothschild giraffes, eland, zebras, oribis, jackals, elephants, as well as birds that make up a total population of 475 bird species.
Lake Mburo National Park – Uganda National Parks
Lake Mburo National Park is in Western Uganda and it is shared by Mbarara, Kiruhura district. It is rated as the most accessible park, about 4 hours’ drive from Kampala capital city. The park expands up to 370sq. km and offers refuge to over 350 bird species (these include among others the green wood hoopoe, blue-napped mousebird, black-bellied bustards, southern red bishops, red-necked spur, brown parrots), impalas, zebras, hippos, leopards, lion, Rothschild giraffes, 13 lakes,
Situated in Western Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is one of the premier chimpanzee tracking safari parks – dumbed the “primate capital of the world”. The park hosts 13 primates best describing it as the primate capital of the world, 371 bird species, 351 species of trees, and several butterfly species. Over 1500 chimpanzees exist in this park alone with many habituated communities making it one of the best chimpanzee tracking safari destinations – also a popular spot for chimpanzee habituation experience.
A chimpanzee trekking tour in this park also involves spotting other primates like the red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, blue monkeys, bush babies, black and white colobus monkeys, pottos, and olive baboons. Other wildlife species that live in Kibale Forest National Park include buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, duikers, bushbucks, African golden cats, leopards, mongoose, and others.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a top spot for mountain gorilla trekking. The National Park borders other parks especially Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park which make up part of the Virunga Conservation Area (VCA).
Rwenzori Mountains National Park – Uganda National Parks
While on a safari in Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountains National Park provides the best possibility for mountaineering. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park was established in 1991 and is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers an area of 1000 sq km and provides sanctuary to 217 bird species, including the red-faced woodland warbler, strange weaver, purple-breasted sunbird, Kivu ground thrush, dwarf Honeyguide, and many others. It also supports 18 mammal species, 9 reptile species, 6 amphibian species, and 6 species of reptile.
The park takes its name from Rwenzori Mountain ranges also best known as “Mountains of the Moon” with the highest peak at 5110m.
Mount Elgon National Park – Uganda National Parks
Mount Elgon, which rises to a height of 4321 meters, gives Mount Elgon National Park in Eastern Uganda its name. The park covers an area of 1121 sq km and is home to a variety of wildlife, including bush bucks, buffaloes, forest elephants, and 300 different bird species, including the alpine chat, hunters Cisticola, black collared Apalis, marsh widow bird, Jackson’s francolin, and white starred forest robin, among others.
The Semuliki National Park lies in Western Uganda and features a low-lying forest that extends from Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. The park was established in 1932 and later became a national park in 1993. Today, this protected area sits in 220sq.kms of land making it one of the smallest safari parks in Uganda.
Hippos, buffaloes, bush babies, 441 different bird species (mostly yellow-throated cuckoos, capuchin babblers, leaf-lovers, red-billed dwarfs, and blue-headed crested flycatchers), chimpanzees, grey-cheeked monkeys, olive baboons, and black-and-white colobus monkeys are among the other wildlife species found in Semuliki National Park, but also known for its Sempaya Hot Springs.