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Uganda Safari Destinations
Sprawling across both sides of the Equator, a network of 10 national parks and several other protected areas offers wildlife enthusiasts a thrilling opportunity to experience Uganda’s biodiversity.
The mesmerizing tracts of thorn-bush savannah teeming with antelope, buffalo and elephant one tends to associate with Equatorial East Africa, lush expanses of tropical rainforest, shimmering with lakes and rivers heaving with aquatic life, and the glacial peaks of Africa’s tallest mountain range, make Uganda a Wonderland Safari destination in Africa.
Below are the top ten tourist destinations of Uganda. For a perfect Uganda safari to that can take you through these beautiful destinations.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Located in South Western Uganda occupying 331 sq km. It lies on the edge of the Western Rift valley (Albertine rift) and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. The park occupies different vegetation zones but predominantly a tropical rain forest. This ancient rainforest is one of the few remaining forests in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age.
Bwindi is home to the great giant apes the gorilla and is the most visited park in Uganda. It’s situated in the southwest; 9 Hours drive from the capital city (Kampala).
These apes are identified to be endangered and are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Half of the gorillas’ population is found in Uganda and they are known to be humble and gentle primates. You can track gorillas both in Uganda and Rwanda.
More information about Gorilla tracking. More on Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This Park derives its named from Queen Elizabeth II; the park is situated south west covering the whole of the Kazinga channel that connects Lakes Edward and George.
Set majestically in the shadow of the Rwenzori, flanking Lakes Edward and George, the lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National park offers prime grazing to buffalo, elephant and various antelope.
The park is well-known for harboring a large number of species ranging from predators, herbivores, antelopes, birds, and other small organisms. A game drive in the park usually boosts sights of animals like the Lions, Leopard, buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, bushbucks; side stripped jackals and hyenas.
A checklist of over 606 bird species testifies the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. The Primates here include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
The park is also gifted with reptiles including; the African Rock Python, Spitting Cobra, Gabon Ripper, Puff adder, Green Mamba, turtles, and crocodiles, which are frequently sighted on the Mweya Peninsula. More on Queen Elizabeth National Park
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls national park was named from the mighty Murchison Falls that are formed as a result of the Calm Nile forcing its self through a narrow gorge to explode into a thunderous roar of white waterfalls which provide an outstanding scenic view of the falls.
The park which is located in the northern end of the Albertine Rift valley is one of the oldest conversations areas in Uganda.
The park is home to a large number of animals including the giraffe, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, a diversity of antelopes and several birds.
While in the park you can do activities like a game drive, chimpanzee tracking and a boat ride on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls is so rewarding. More on Murchison Falls National Park
The source of the Nile
Acknowledged by John Speke in 1862 as the source of the mighty River Nile, the area has not lost its scenic view and it has attracted many tourists into Uganda since then.
The Nile has a diversity of adventure to offer for tourists as the boat rides to the actual point (source), artifacts, bungee jumping, and white water rafting. More on The source of the Nile
Kibale Forest National Park as a Top Tourist Destination in Uganda
Kibale Forest National Park is located on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. It’s most known for its chimpanzee population although it harbors the largest number of primates in Uganda.
A walk through this tropical rainforest does not only reward you with primates but also with other animal species and also plenty of fauna.
Tracking chimpanzees in this forest is the most revealing and fascinating forest walk you will ever get. More on Kibale Forest National Park
The Kasubi tombs are also Top Tourist Destinations in Uganda
This world heritage is known to be a master piece of the Buganda cultural tradition in Uganda with one of the largest huts/Banda in the world.
Four royal tombs now lie within the “Muzibu Azaala Mpanga” (meaning “A tough one produces a Cock”), the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome and the main palace.
The tombs are the major spiritual center of the Baganda and its one of the most active places in the whole of the Buganda kingdom. It is located in Kampala, 10 minutes drive from the city center.
Uganda Museum as a Top Tourist Destination in Uganda
This is where Uganda’s cultural heritage is displayed and one can observe ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions.
It is a scenic reminder of the splendid past of the country with a compilation of musical instruments, photos, pictures, materials of the past.
The museum contains lots of materials starting from pre-colonial time. A visit to the museum usually gives tourists a clear picture of the past.
Ssese Islands one of Uganda’s Top Tourist Destinations in Uganda
Ssese Islands are a collection of 84 attractive Islands situated in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria, the biggest freshwater lake in Africa.
These Islands are an increasingly popular tourist destination in Uganda often, described as a cross between the Hebrides and the Caribbean.
The islands offer scenic views coupled with a plenty of activities including fishing, swimming, nature walks, and other sports in addition to great relaxation. Spending a weekend on this island is regarded is many as being extremely adventurous.
Lake Mburo Nationa Park
This Savanna National Park is located in Mbarara district the park is a 3 and half hours drive away from the capital city.
The park is famous for its richness in biodiversity which is attributed to the variety of micro-climates the park has.
This park is mainly known for antelopes like the Impala from which Kampala the capital city was named. It also has animal species like leopards, zebras, jackals, hyenas, buffaloes, Topis and plenty of birds.
A boat trip on Lake Mburo from which the park derives its name rewards you greatly with a view of several water birds, and lake wildlife. More on Lake Mburo National Park
The Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzoris as one of the Top Tourist Destinations in Uganda, commonly to as the mountains of the moons are found a few kilometers north of the equator, rising over 4000m above the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley, is the highest mountain in Uganda.
The region’s glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. The mountains have extraordinary flora and fauna which includes Buffalo, bushbuck, chimpanzee, elephant, giant forest hog, and leopard are present although rare.
To hike the great mountains you require a minimum of seven days for a rewarding hike. However, 10 days is the best for the hike to the peak (Margherita: 5109 m). More on The Rwenzori mountains National ParkRead More
Picture this: You and your loved one cruising down the majestic Nile River, sipping on an ice-cold cocktail, gazing and enjoying the staggering natural beauty all around you. An impossible dream? Not if you spend your holiday at the enchanting Murchison Falls National Park, North Western Uganda. An experience you’ll never forget.
Fall in love all over again in Murchison falls. As far as romantic backdrops go, they don’t come any more spectacular than this. Everything about this huge natural national park seems to provide a thrilling accompaniment to a romantic holiday.
This is the largest park in Uganda, covering over 4000 sq. km, and is one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa. Renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it gets its name, Murchison Falls NP supports an abundance of flora and fauna to delight the visitor. From rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the diversity of this park never ceases to amaze visitors and residents alike. The magnificent Murchison Falls thunders from a height of 43 meters, catching and refracting the sunlight in a never ending kaleidoscope of prismatic patterns.
The wildlife variety is amazing and can be enjoyed by taking game drives and enjoying a leisurely 3hour cruise on the Nile, viewing the animals on the banks as they come to quench their thirst. For your cultural experience you will have the delight of visiting the local community groups like the Boomu Women’s group, Asera Azola Women’s group and the Kafalo Association. Marvel at the beautiful crafts they make and you can have a chance of purchasing souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
To the avid birdwatcher the thrill of seeking out some of the 424 species identified in the park is unmatched. Try out your fishing skills by waiting patiently above and below the falls, for 20-100 kg Nile Perch. Other game fish found in the Nile include Barbel, Electric Catfish and Tiger fish. While on the delightful game drives, Cape
buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, the shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bushpig. Large carnivores found in the park include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodile and hippo will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare Shoebill stork. A boat cruise to the delta is a highlight for the avid birdwatcher.
The accommodation is as lavish as the park. Two luxury safari lodges are perched atop a gorge, towering above the mighty Nile River, an economy/budget lodge is also available. There numerous places where you can pitch your own tent and enjoy the mystery and excitement of spending a night in the wild Africa. Also a budget campsite is available. One of the things you’ll definitely enjoy is relaxing on the verandah, sipping cocktails while drinking in the panoramic sights and the atmospheric sounds of the authentic Africa.
Savor the exquisitely prepared lunches and candle lit dinners over a cool glass of wine, or leap at a chance to taste the flavors of a bush dinner. Pool side BBQs and buffets complete the menu of mouth watering ways to eat and be merry at Murchison falls NP, before retiring to bed, anticipating the beauty the morning brings.Read More
Do you love nature? Uganda is incredibly the loveliest destination for you discover the best nature walk experiences. Small as it is, but it is the most endowed country in Africa with the most magnificent tropical rain forests that offer authentic African experiences on nature walks. For ecotourists, visiting Uganda is worthy for you to explore the untouched forest reserves in Uganda as you catch a glimpse of Africa’s biodiversity. They include the following:
This lies 54 kilometers from Kampala and 20 kilometers from Jinja and its trails are majorly located along Jinja – Kampala highway. Mabira forest center is located along the boundary of Najjembe village about 500 meters north. The tourism project this spectacular forest started in 1995 with a view of promoting sustainable revenue from the forest by creating an educational resource and recreational resource for Ugandans and other residents. There are various extensive trails that have been set for tourists experiences in the forest. There is a 25 kilometer bike trail that connects the forest to the surrounding sugar and tea plantations. The popular activities that tourists participate in the forest include nature walks, birding, cycle trails, mountain biking and others can choose to relax in the while enjoying the picnic lunch at the forest centre.
This remarkable forest lies in Northwestern Uganda just 3-4 hours as you travel to Murchison Falls National Park for your wildlife safaris. For those who are interested in nature walk experiences in this incredible forest, there are several nature trails within the forest which provides tourists opportunity to explore numerous Apes like chimpanzees, red and black colobus, monkeys and others. There are also several tree species that are of significance to scientists and researchers. As well, tourists can enjoy several forest birds like white thighed horn bill together with puvel’s illadopsis species. Budongo is the largest forest reserve that offers tourists opportunity to explore its mahogany and iron forest trees in only two sectors of Kaniyo padidi and Busingiro ecotourism site which is the main tourist site in the forest.
Mpanga Forest Reserve:
For eco-tourists, Mpanga Forest Reserve can be the best place for you to realize your dreams. It is located 37 kilometers from the city western Uganda. For those traveling for gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi, Mpanga forest is an added opportunity for you to enjoy nature walk experiences. There are many trails that have been set for you to explore incredible bird species, monkeys as well as other spectacular forest species.
Kibale Forest reserve:
This is one of the most incredible tropical rain forests with spectacular biodiversity. It forms the magnificent Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. It is a renowned park with the biggest population of endangered chimpanzees together with threatened red colobus monkey and unique L’Hoests monkeys. It is credited for its 13 primate species that are all ingrained within its jungles including the black and white colobus monkeys, blue and grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, bush babies and pottos. There are also more than 325 bird species which includes yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinker bird, little green bull, breasted pitta, the African pitta and black bee eater. There are also numerous magnificent mammals like elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers and bats. For those who will be keen enough, they can sight at forest reptiles and amphibians and various beautiful butterflies. There are more than 250 tree species and over 1500 chimpanzees. Your nature will start at Kanyanchu visitor center.
In conclusion, Uganda is rich in forest reserves that offer tourists opportunity to explore the country’s untouched forest species. These forest reserves are the main habitats for various forest species that are worthy exploring while in a safari in Uganda. Enjoy your nature walks in Uganda’s dense forests.Read More