Uganda is one of the popular safari destinations in Africa, especially for primate tracking. The country is famous for its endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. If you are planning a safari, here are Uganda’s Best safari parks or the Best places to visit in Uganda for the adventure safari of a lifetime. We will help you tailor your safari to Uganda’s Best Safari Parks and other top locations in the country for incredible adventures.
Uganda boasts around 10 National Parks and 12 wildlife reserves that are open for all kinds of travelers all year round. Most of the National Parks in Uganda are located in the western part of the country. The country is teeming with unmatched beauty that will leave you in awe. From the scenic landscapes to the beautiful primate tracking, Uganda is a charming destination that you should visit before you retire.
Uganda Safaris offers one of the best primate tracking experiences, especially for those interested in chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. For a great Uganda safari tour experience, there are top destinations that you should visit during your adventure. Here are Uganda’s best safari parks or the Best places to visit in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park is a top and perfect safari park in Uganda, that you should visit for a big game adventure. This Park is popularly visited by many visitors each year because it’s very accessible from the country’s capital – Kampala.
Murchison Falls National Park is crossed by the Nile River that forms the mighty Murchison Falls, ‘‘The world’s strongest waterfalls’’. The waterfalls and the wildlife in the park are the primary attractions for safaris in Murchison Falls National Park. The Magnificent Falls make it an interesting place to tour during your Uganda Safari/Uganda trip. For those in love with wildlife, Murchison Falls National Park is home to the African Big Four, including Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions, and Elephants. The National Park is also located just a few kilometers from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, making it possible to see all the Big Five animals on your safari.
This park has 76 different mammal species, including giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks, oribi, jackals, and many more that can be seen in the park. The park is also a good birding destination with a list of birds that count to 450 different species.
There are several activities that you can do in Murchison Falls National Park including a Launch boat trip from Paraa along the river Nile up to the Murchison Falls (17 km); a hike to the “top of the falls”, to see closer from the top spectacular Murchison Falls; Game drives North of river Nile and at Lake Albert Delta (Buligi, Albert and Queen’s tracks); Sportfishing (Nile Perch and tiger fish), on the river Nile above and below the Fall and bird watching.
Popular for its population of endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the Best places to visit in Uganda. Many visitors to the park are interested in trekking these gentle primates during Uganda gorilla safaris because of not only the amazing experience but also the ambiance and liveliness in the jungle. Bwindi is located in southwestern Uganda and can be combined with a visit to other nearby safari parks like Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to about 19 habituated gorilla families with a 98% guarantee of gorilla sighting during your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari. These gorilla families are fully habituated and safe for gorilla trekking. Bwindi is further divided into four different sectors including Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma, and Nkurungo. Gorilla trekking can be done in all these sectors in Bwindi. A visit to Bwindi is one of the best options during a Uganda safari tour or gorilla trekking tour in Uganda. Home to the real African jungle experience.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the smallest National Parks in Uganda but teeming with scenic beauty. Just like its name portrays, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a gorilla habitat, home to 1 habituated mountain gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park covers only 33.7 square kilometers and sits high in the clouds.
This park derives its name from the local word “Gahinga” which means a pile of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes. The gorilla group here is known as the Nyakagezi, a place in Mgahinga where there is a lot of sumptuous food that is attractive to the Mountain gorillas.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located within the Virunga ranges that traverse through Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. This Gorilla National Park is the only place in Uganda where mountain gorillas and golden monkeys co-exist therefore the slogan where silver meets gold. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a perfect place to visit in Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful safari parks in Africa and dubbed by CNN Travel as the best African wilderness. Kidepo Valley National Park covers 1,442 square kilometers (557 sq mi) in the far northeastern region of Uganda. The National Park was named after the Kidepo valley that crosses through the park, this is a rugged savannah also dominated by Mount Morungole (2,750 m) and transected Kidepo and Narus Rivers.
Kidepo National Park is the furthest park in Uganda, approximately 520 kilometers from Kampala –Uganda’s capital. This makes the drive to the park last about 11-12 hours, however, when you reach the park it is all worth it.
There are various activities to do in Kidepo National Park including game drives, nature walks, and bird watching. This National Park is renowned for its large numbers of wildlife which is also the major highlight for safaris. The wildlife roams through the wilderness of this safari park and can be easily spotted during safaris, especially on game drives. There are about 86 mammal species known to be within the park boundaries. Some of the wildlife in the park include the Rothschild giraffes, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, wild dogs, elephants, zebras, African buffalo, bat-eared foxes, antelopes like the elands and dik-dik.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts beautiful natural features that were formed by past volcanic activity and are now the park’s main attraction. These include Lake George to the northeast and Lake Edward to the southwest, which are connected by the Kazinga channel, another popular attraction. The park also has craters filled with forests that may remind visitors of Jurassic Park, although there are no dinosaurs here. The Ishasha sector is an ideal spot to see the rare tree-climbing lions, which are graceful predators. These and the other conservation areas in Uganda are wonderful, but for the best wildlife sightings, Queen Elizabeth National Park and other safari parks are the top choices year-round.
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