Uganda often described as the Pearl of Africa has a lot to offer and one can discover natural wonders not found anywhere else on the planet, from family of mountain gorillas that roam in Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable national parks, to the true African wilderness in Kidepo Valley national park.
If you are planning on visiting Uganda for a safari then have it in mind that Uganda has 10 national parks & 12 wildlife reserves to choose from. Uganda is alive with contrasts and thrives on diversity and below are some of the national parks you can bucket – list on your Uganda safari;
- Kidepo Valley National Park
Situated in north east Uganda on the border to South Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo park has consistently been rated as one of the best national parks in Africa due to it’s remote wild charm, big sky views and open lightly wooded Savannah, teeming with wildlife. The park shares it’s name with the famous Kidepo and Narus valleys that stretch across the border into South Sudan and contain one of the most exciting diversity of wildlife of any national park in Uganda including the greater Kudu and Eland.
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
One of Uganda’s major natural attractions and one of it’s biggest draw-cards for visitors is the incredible sighting of mountain gorillas in the wild. Over 50% of the mountain gorillas call Bwindi forest home. More so, this park is situated in south west Uganda along the border with Democratic Republic of Congo and next to Virunga national park. This park is composed of 310 sq km of mostly Montana and lowland forest and provides a habitat for about 120 species of mammals, 348 bird species and approximately 220 species of butterflies.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park which is commonly called “A medley of wonders” is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 570 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori mounatins the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with it’s banks lined with hippos, buffaloes, African elephants and the endless Ishasha plains whose fig trees hide lions.
- Kibale National Park.
Gazetted in 1932 and formally established in1993, Kibale forest is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. Kibale forest is situated in south western Uganda and boasts 13 species of primates including the localised Red Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys and endemic Uganda Mangabay thus being referred to as “The primate capital of the world”. Kibale’s major attraction is the chimpanzees the delightful apes most closet to humans than to any other living creature. These can be seen swinging in the tree branches as one treks through the forest trails.
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Author: Munyirwa Osman