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5 Best Places To Visit In Uganda

Serengeti National Park a Safari haven

Given its modest size and landlocked location, Uganda may be a relatively unknown destination for most tourists looking for lovely spots to visit in Africa. Although there is no ocean surrounding Uganda, 25% of the country is covered in lakes and rivers, and there are many more amazing areas of interest that make visitors want to return. Of the top Uganda locations, the mountainous, forested Bwindi National Park is among the best places to visit in Uganda for gorilla treks. But Uganda’s tourism attractions don’t end there; the country also has enormous savannah reserves, lowland rainforests, and lovely lakes, all of which combine to provide one of Africa’s most extensive wildlife experiences.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Gorilla Trekking, Rainforest Wildlife

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, part of the vast green blanket of rainforest that covers the Rift Valley mountains shared by Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is regarded as one of Africa’s most biologically varied woods. Fortunately, it isn’t as inaccessible as its name implies. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to almost half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas and offers Uganda’s best gorilla trekking. Professional guides will lead you deep into the heart of this thriving ecosystem in search of habituated gorilla families, where you will spend an unforgettable hour with the greatest of the great apes. The success rate of discovering gorillas on a daily basis is around 90%, and the gorilla population is positively impacted by these conservation-driven treks.

Murchison Falls National Park: Game Viewing, River Cruises & Birding

Murchison Falls National Park, located in Uganda, is renowned for its diverse wildlife, stunning scenery, and a variety of activities that attract nature enthusiasts from around the world. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when visiting Murchison Falls National Park:

Game Viewing: The park is home to many wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and numerous antelope species such as Uganda kob, waterbucks, and hartebeests. The best time for game viewing is during the dry season (from December to February and June to September) when animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot.

River Cruises: One of the highlights of visiting Murchison Falls National Park is taking a boat cruise along the Nile River. These cruises offer a unique perspective of the park’s wildlife and scenery. As you cruise along the river, you can see hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species along the riverbanks. The highlight of the cruise is getting up close to the powerful Murchison Falls, where the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gorge before plunging into a pool below.

Birding: Murchison Falls National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, boasting over 450 bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. Other notable bird species found in the park include the African fish eagle, saddle-billed stork, Goliath heron, and numerous species of kingfishers, bee-eaters, and weavers. The park’s diverse habitats, ranging from savannah and woodland to riverine and wetland areas, provide ample opportunities for birdwatching enthusiasts.

In addition to these activities, visitors to Murchison Falls National Park can also enjoy guided nature walks, chimpanzee tracking in the nearby Budongo Forest Reserve, and cultural encounters with the local communities surrounding the park. Whether you’re interested in wildlife photography, birdwatching, or simply experiencing the natural beauty of Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park offers an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park: Birding, Game Viewing, Chimps & River Cruises

Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is one of the most diverse and popular safari destinations in East Africa. Here’s a breakdown of some of the key activities you can enjoy in the park:

Birding: Queen Elizabeth National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, boasting over 600 species of birds, making it one of the best birding destinations in Africa. You can spot a wide variety of birds, including the iconic African fish eagle, shoebill stork, martial eagle, and many more. Birding walks and drives are popular activities within the park.

Game Viewing: The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the famous African big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros – though the rhino population is limited), as well as other animals such as Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, and various antelope species. Game drives through the park offer excellent opportunities to spot these animals in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee Tracking: Queen Elizabeth National Park is also renowned for its chimpanzee population. Visitors can embark on guided chimpanzee tracking expeditions in the Kyambura Gorge or the nearby Kalinzu Forest Reserve to observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat. The chance to see chimpanzees swinging through the trees is a highlight for many visitors.

River Cruises: Boat cruises along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, offer a unique way to experience the park’s wildlife. During these cruises, you can see large concentrations of hippos, crocodiles, and diverse birdlife, as well as other animals that come to the water’s edge to drink.

Kibale Forest National Park: Primates, Birds & Butterflies

Kibale Forest National Park, located in western Uganda, is renowned for its rich biodiversity, particularly its primate population, diverse bird species, and vibrant butterfly population. Here’s an overview of what makes Kibale Forest National Park unique in terms of its primates, birds, and butterflies.

Primates: Kibale Forest is often referred to as the “Primate Capital of the World” due to its remarkable diversity of primate species. The park is home to around 13 primate species, including the famous chimpanzees, which are the park’s star attraction. Chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity here, allowing visitors to observe these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat. Other primates found in the park include red colobus monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and olive baboons, among others.

Birds: Kibale Forest is a paradise for birdwatchers, boasting over 375 species of birds. The diverse habitats within the park, including moist tropical forest, swamps, and grassland, support a wide variety of birdlife. Some notable bird species found in Kibale Forest include the African grey parrot, great blue turaco, yellow-spotted nicator, green-breasted pitta, and the African pitta. Guided birdwatching walks or drives are available for visitors interested in spotting some of these colorful and diverse birds.

Butterflies: The lush vegetation and diverse ecosystems of Kibale Forest provide an ideal habitat for butterflies. The park is home to over 250 species of butterflies, adding to its natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy leisurely walks along forest trails while admiring the dazzling array of butterfly species fluttering among the flowers and foliage. Some of the butterfly species found in Kibale Forest include the great orange tip, African giant swallowtail, African emperor, and many more.

Lake Mburo National Park: Serene Game Viewing

Lake Mburo is located halfway between Uganda’s capital and entry point, Kampala, and the gorilla trekking forests in the south-west, making it an ideal overnight stop for those traveling between the two sites. Although elephants are missing, the diverse combination of marsh and woodland habitats supports a diverse diversity of species and birds, and Mburo’s quiet mood and soothing views provide welcome respite after a long travel.

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