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Best Safari Parks to visit in Uganda

Uganda is an exciting destination to visit in the Eastern Part of the African Continent, bordering Kenya in its Eastern side, South Sudan in the North, Rwanda with Tanzania in the Southern part and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West.

Visiting Uganda for a Safari vacation, Entebbe international airport is where you will land and transfer up to your hotel of residence, this East African destination to go is characterized with nice exciting cities and towns comprising of beautiful places which include hotels, bars, clubs, Casinos, theatres, shopping malls, beaches and more.

Geographically Uganda is both a mountainous and flat related destination characterized with ever green tropical rainforests comprising of big tree species, montane forests, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, thick bamboo forests and fertile related Swampy areas.

It experiences both hot and wet seasons so it’s better you choose for better seasons of visiting Uganda depending on the season you prefer whether hot or wet season and how suitable are the activities you are going to perform for that season.

Uganda is popularly known for its Wildlife which include animals, plants, insects, primates, reptiles and different bird species which are inhabited in its top major Safari parks listed below rated suitably for amazing Uganda Safaris.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

This is located in the South Western part of Uganda bordering Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda inclusive of the Virunga Massif, this Park is characterized with thick tropical rainforests comprising of big tree species, Savannah grasslands, thick bamboo forests and fertile swampy areas.

It’s known to be the next Gorilla hosting destination in Uganda if not not Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with least number of Gorillas for trekking when compared with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because it has only one gorilla family for trekking named “Nyakagezi Gorilla family”.

The best way of reaching Mgahinga National Park in the western part of Uganda is by use of Kampala- Masaka-Mbarara highway with en route stopover at the equator for some brief explanation about the equator, photographs and snacks then continue with the Journey up to the Park using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari jeeps, it’s about 482 kms from Kampala up to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Other touristic features in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include Golden monkeys which are mostly found in places characterized with bamboo forests, Batwa people, Primates like monkeys which include Black & White Colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, Vervets and Baboons, Reptiles include Snakes like Black cobra, Python, Gaboon viper and more, insect species which include Butterflies, bees, tsetse flies and more plus different bird species which rates it to be a good hotspot for bird watching.

The major activities done while in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include Mountain Gorilla trekking, Batwa trail experience, Gorge walk, and Volcano climbing and golden monkey tracking.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

This is known to be the largest National Park in Uganda popularly and geographically located in the North western part of Uganda lieing along the Albertine Rift valley, this Park is characterized with thick wet and dry tropical rainforests comprising of big trees species, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, and some parts covered with Swamps mostly along the shores of the falls.

It’s known for habiting different Wildlife features which include animals, primates, insects, plants, and reptiles in its major habiting areas.

Reaching this spontaneous destination in the North Western part of Uganda from either Kampala city or Entebbe airport is by use of Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway with en route stopover in Nakitoma- Nakasongola district for the Rhinoceros in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary which goes for about 1-2 hours and after that session continue with the Journey up to the Park using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari Jeeps.

Or you can travel luxurious by use of air transport means since private charters are usually arranged from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airstrip up to Pakuba airstrip in Murchison Falls National Park, this Park is popularly known for its great Murchison Falls which rates it to be a good exciting destination to spend your holidays.

Wildlife wise reaching Murchison Falls National Park, Wild animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopard, Lions, Giraffe, Kobs, Antelopes and more, Primates like Chimpanzees in Budongo forest, Black & White Colobus monkeys, Red Colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Vervets and Baboons, insects like Butterflies, tsetse flies and more plus different reptiles like Snakes, Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and Lizards is what all you find. Major activities done while in Murchison Falls National Park include Game drives, Launch trip cruise, Bird watching, hiking to the top of the falls, Sport fishing and White water rafting.

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This is Uganda’s Silverback when it comes to its tourism because it’s mostly known for hosting variety of Uganda’s must visit and these are the shy endangered ground dwelling herbivorous Mountain Gorillas in the mist.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park popularly located in the South western part of Uganda is known to be hosting the most part of Uganda’s remaining Gorilla population with over eighteen Gorilla families for trekking and research in its four major sectors which include Ruhija sector, Rushaga sector, Buhoma sector and Nkuringo sector with each sector having more than two Gorilla families for trekking apart from Nkuringo sector which has only one Gorilla family for trekking named “Nkuringo Gorilla family”.

This Park is characterized with thick and strong impenetrable wet and dry tropical rainforests, Savannah grasslands and Swampy areas where these apes are habited.

From Kampala or Entebbe airport the easiest way of reaching this Park in the South western part of Uganda is by road using Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway with en route stop over at the equator for some photos, explanation about the equator and snacks then continue with the journey up to the Park, lunch is provided en route usually in Mbarara town.

Another option of reaching Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is by landing in Rwanda at Kigali airport and transfer from there up to this Park via Kyanika or Katuna border and this is considered to be a shorter route when compared to the other route from Kampala.

The major activities done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Mountain Gorilla trekking, Batwe people visit, Gorilla habituation experience and simple bird watching.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

When it comes to Wildlife Safaris in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the popular National Parks you should include on the list of top major sightseeing’s to spare your time because it has whatever you may need as far as Wildlife which include Wild animals, Plants, insects, Reptiles and different bird species.

It’s located in the South western part of Uganda nearing with Kibale Forest National Park, you can reach this Park in the Western Uganda by two options and option one include using stable 4×4 wheel drive Safari Jeeps from Kampala via Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway associated with en route stopover at the equator for some photos, explanation about the equator and snacks then continue with the Journey up to the Park, it’s about 389 kms from Kampala up to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Option two is when you travel luxuriously by use of air transport means since private charters are arranged from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airstrip up to Mweya airstrip in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Usually the tourism culture of Queen Elizabeth National Park dwell on its four major sectors which include the Southern Ishasha sector where the famous tree climbing lions are found, Kazinga Channel, Maramagambo forest and Kyambura gorge side where Chimpanzees are permanent residents.

It is also a good hotspot for bird watching while in Uganda with over 600 bird species recorded sightable while on a Uganda birding Safari.

Other Wild animals in this Park include Elephants, Buffaloes, Tree Climbing lions, Leopards, Kobs, Antelopes, Hyenas and more plus different primates which include monkeys like Black & White Colobus monkeys, Blue monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Red Colobus monkeys, Vervets, Baboons and more. Major activities done while in Queen Elizabeth National Park includes Game drives, Launch trip cruise, and Chimpanzee tracking.

 

Lake Mburo National Park

This is located in the South Western part of Uganda near Mbarara town, it’s also known for its ever booming different Wildlife features in its diversity.

It’s characterized with its ever green thick tropical rainforests comprising of different tree species, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, montane related forests and Swampy areas.

You can only reach Lake Mburo National park in the western Uganda by use of Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari Jeeps, this journey is always characterized with en route stop over at the equator for some photographs, explanation about the equator and snacks then after that continue with the Journey up to the Park, lunch is provided en route in Mbarara town.

Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park include Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, leopards, Zebras, Giraffe, Impala, Elands, Hyenas, Topi, Oribi and more, different tree species, insects like butter flies, tsetse flies and different bird species recorded sightable while on your birding Safari in Uganda. Major activities done include Game drives, Nature walk and Boat ride.

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Kidepo Valley National Park

This is the most isolated Park in Uganda which is far located in the North Eastern Part of Uganda popularly known for its large and wide Wildlife primates and species in its diversity.

It’s also characterized with thick tropical rainforests, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, flat and hilly areas plus Swampy related areas. There are two route options of reaching Kidepo valley National Park and these include, route one is when you use Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway to Kitgum then to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Route two is when you use Kampala- Jinja- Mbale highway but this route is considered to be longer when compared with route one. Wildlife in Kidepo Valley National Park include Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Impala, Elands, Antelopes, Kobs, Cheetah, Zebras, primates like monkeys which include Baboons, Vervet, Black & White Colobus monkeys, Blue monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Red Colobus monkeys and more.

This Park is also characterized with wide range of different bird species recorded sightable while on your Uganda birding Safari, major activities done while in Kidepo valley National Park include Game drives and bird watching.

Kibale Forest National Park

This Park is popularly known for the great Chimpanzees which are habited in its thick tropical Jungles, its located far in the western part of Uganda near fort portal town characterized with ever green vegetation, Savannah grasslands and Swampy areas are also situated in this amazing National Park.

The best way of reaching this Park in the Western part of Uganda is by use of Kampala- Mityana- Mubende- Fort portal highway using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari Jeeps which is about 358 kms from Kampala up to this Park.

While in Uganda and talk about Chimpanzee tracking all eyes will be put on Kibale Forest National Park since it’s the one mostly known to be hosting wide variety of different Chimpanzee Primate Species in its Jungles.

It’s also known to be a good hotspot for bird watching while in Uganda with different bird species recorded sightable mostly sighted in the Bigodi wetland while on a walk. Major activities done in Kibale Forest National Park include Chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience, plus bird watching in Bigodi wetland.

Semliki National Park

This is also located in the Western part of Uganda near Rwenzori National Park lieing along the Albertine Rift Valley mostly known to be the newest National Park in Uganda, it’s also known for its stunning Wildlife features in stock.

The best way of reaching it from Kampala is also by use of Kampala- Mityana- Mubende- Fort portal highway using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari Jeeps; it’s about 387 kms from Kampala up to the Park.

Some of the major attractions in Semliki include Wild animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Impala, Elands, Hyenas, primates like monkeys habited in its tropical rainforests, Savannah grasslands and the Swamps, plus its stunning different bird species recorded sightable. The main activity done in Semliki National Park is the Nature walk.

Listed above are the major exciting tourist sites to spend your once in a lifetime Uganda Safari Vacations, enjoy your time in Amazing Uganda “The Pearl of Africa”.

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