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Bwindi Baby Gorilla
Kidepo Elephants
Rafting gear
Mgahinga Volcano
Mount Elgon Caves
Murchison Boat Trip
Elephant at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Boat on Lake Albert
Mother Gorilla and Baby at Bwindi
Mgahinga Silverback Gorilla
Everlasting Flowers on Mount Elgon
Murchison Falls at Sunset
Nile Crocodile at Murchison Falls
Pelicans at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Buffalo crossing a River
Hippos bathing in a River
"Yeld for Elephants" road sign in Queen Elizabeth National Park

National Parks and Safaris

Introduction
Uganda Equator LineSprawling 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: not only the mesmerising tracts of thorn-bush savannah teeming with antelope, buffalo and elephant one tends to associate with equatorial East Africa, but also lush expanses of tropical rainforest, shimmering lakes and rivers heaving with aquatic life, and the glacial peaks of Africa’s tallest mountain range.

Murchison Falls National Park
The country’s largest protected area is Murchison Falls National Murchison Falls viewPark, whose palm-studded grassland supports dense populations of lion, buffalo, elephant and Uganda kob, together with the localised Rothschild’s giraffe and patas monkey. Immense concentrations of hippos and birds can be observed from morning and afternoon launch trips along the Nile below the spectacular waterfall for which the park is named.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the eastern slopesTrekking on Rwenzori Mountains and glacial peaks of the 120km-long Rwenzori Mountains or ‘Mountains of the Moon’, a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination whose significance as a source of the Nile was first alluded to by the geographer Ptolemy circa 150 AD. Rising from the Rift Valley floor to a wintry elevation of 5,109m, the Rwenzori supports large tracts of evergreen and bamboo forest, while the higher moorland zone is known for its other-worldly cover of giant heathers, lobelias and groundsels.

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Buffalo at Queen Elizabeth National ParkSet 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. A checklist of 600-plus bird species testifies to the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. Mammalian specialities include the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog, and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Guide at Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkOf Uganda’s forested reserves, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its superb gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope, as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine Rift.

Mgahinga National Park
Golden Monkey at Mgahinga National Park Mountain gorillas also form the main attraction at Mgahinga National Park, which protects the Ugandan portion of the Virungas, an imposing string of nine freestanding extinct and active volcanoes that runs along the border with Rwanda and the Congo.

Semliki National Park
Semliki Hot SpringsThe lower-lying and more remote Semliki National Park, a Ugandan extension of the Congo’s Ituri Rainforest set at the base of the northern Rwenzori, is of special interest to ornithologists for some 40 Congolese bird species recorded nowhere else in the country. Nearby, the spectacular Semliki Wildlife Reserve, which abuts Lake Albert, is one of the best localities for sightings of the enigmatic, swamp-dwelling shoebill.

Kibale National Park
Tourist at Kibale National ParkKibale National Park is a primatologist’s dream. It hosts a population of more than 1,000 chimpanzees, of which one 80-strong community has been habituated to tourist visits, as well as half-a-dozen readily observed monkey species, including the acrobatic red colobus and black-and-white colobus, and the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey.

Lake Mburo National Park
Eland and Zebra at Lake MburoThe closest savannah reserve to Kampala, Lake Mburo National Park is centred on a series of swamp-fringed lakes known for their rich birdlife, notably the secretive African finfoot. The green acacia woodland surrounding the lake harbours dense populations of zebra, warthog, buffalo, impala and various other grazers, including the last surviving Ugandan population of eland, the largest of African antelope.

Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon CavesSet on the Kenya border near Mbale, Mount Elgon National Park encompasses the 4,321 metre mountain for which it is named, which has the largest base of any extinct volcano in the world. A lush mosaic of Afro-montane forest, grassland and moorland habitats makes this park a highly rewarding destination for hikers and other natural history enthusiasts.

Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo BuffaloIn the far northeast, the remote, wild and little-visited Kidepo Valley National Park provides refuge to a long list of dry-country species not found elsewhere in the country, including cheetah and greater kudu, while its perennial waters attract large numbers of elephant and thousand-strong buffalo herds, especially during the dry season.

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If you want to learn more about National Parks and Protected Areas in Uganda, Visit the web site of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, www.uwa.or.ug

 

 

Lioness at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Summit of Mt. Elgon

Murchison Falls

Hippo at Murchison Falls National Park

Kob at Murchison Falls National Park

Elephants at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Rwenzori Mountains

Sunrise at Kidepo

Kidepo Waterbuck

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