Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the rim of the Rift Valley. The hillsides which are mist-covered are sheltered by one of the ancient and very biologically varied rainforests in Uganda that dates back to more than 25,000 years, comprising of about 400 varied plant species. In addition, this impenetrable forest protects population of over 300 mountain gorillas – approximately half of the world’s population and among them are a number of habituated groups, that can be tracked by visitors. Gorilla lovers travel to Uganda from different corners of the world to enjoy this Ultimate Safari in Uganda. 3-Day gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park and the Batwa Trail Safari. The word “Bwindi” means “darkness” and taking a hike this magnificent forest will certainly unveil to you the reason why the forest was named so. You will as well be in position to fast tell why actually the forest is also regarded as Impenetrable. One requires to be realistically physically fit to take part in this mountain gorilla tracking / trekking adventure because it may involve climbing the steep terrain.
In addition to the endangered impressive mountain gorillas there are also 346 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species, about 324 species of trees, 10 of which are only found in this areas in the whole of Uganda. There is a number of habituated Gorillas Families living here (gorillas that have been trained to withstand human presence and not likely to attack), and to see them one needs to quire a permits which currently are offered at a cost of $700 per individual. No person ever complains after spending some time with these very fascinating animals.
This biologically varied region as well offers shelter to an additional of over 120 mammals, among which are various primate species like the baboons, chimpanzees, elephants as well as antelopes, about 350 bird species supported within this forest. Our 3-Day gorilla trekking and Batwa trail safari we will cover plentiful Opportunities to discover the neighboring Bakiga plus Batwa Pygmy people’s cultures which they well showcase in performances plus other guided village walks
Found in the south west, bordering Rwanda and Congo. Mgahinga comprises 3 extinct volcanoes and 3 extensive swamps. At 33.7km2, it is Uganda’s smallest National Park. It is situated in Kisoro in south western Uganda about 540 km from Kampala (Uganda’s capital city.
Mgahinga is one of two locations in Uganda in which mountain gorillas can be found; the other being Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park takes its name from “Gahinga” the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes.
Mgahinga National Park forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. It is bordered in the south by the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and to the west by the Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.
There are lots of things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. From the endangered mountain gorillas to scenic volcanoes, there is a lot to see in this amazing national park, a place where gold meets the silver! There are a number of activities to do in Mgahinga and among them include birding, hiking and nature walks and cultural encounters
The other main activity in Mgahinga gorilla national park is golden monkey trekking. In Uganda, this is the only place you can track golden monkeys, which are also endangered and endemic to the Albertine rift valley. There are an estimated 3000-4000 individuals in the Virunga area of which 40-65 are habituated in Mgahinga gorilla national park. You will start your journey to track these beautiful primates with your ranger guide after a briefing. You need to be averagely fit to transverse the mountainous area because unlike gorillas which can in the same area for a while, golden monkeys tend to move a lot.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly medley of wonders. Located Uganda in Kasese district, this Uganda safari/ Uganda tours park has various ecosystems made up of sprawling savanna, shadowy, moist forest, lakes and fertile wetlands, which makes it a good home to various species of wildlife, primate and birds making it a haven to Uganda tours/Uganda safari/trip to Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth has more mammal species than any other park in Uganda, with 95 recorded species, including both savanna and forest species. There are elephant, buffalo, hippo, giant forest hog and warthog, 10 primate species including chimpanzee, black and white Columbus monkeys, baboons, red tailed and vervet monkey, 20 predators species including lions, leopard, spotted hyena and side striped jackal, and antelope species include the kob, bushbuck, water buck, topi, Many of the buffalo found in Queen Elizabeth National Park are reddish in color, which is likely to be interbreed with the Congolese rainforest sub species, Queen Elizabeth National park is abundantly known for bird life. It has got 612 species of birds. Birds observation started in 1997 for the study of the migratory birds in Queen here along the Albertine rift valley.
Sectors in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kazinga Channel is 40km long that connects Lake George to lake Edward. Kazinga channel is situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park., where different animal species are found along the shore lines like hippo, buffalo, kob and Nile crocodile It also offers spectacular bird viewing opportunities.
Kyambura area protects the south eastern backs of the kazinga channel which consists of four crater lakes, where many flamingoes gather not found anywhere in Uganda.
Kyambura gorge is habituated for the Chimpanzees where by the gorge is carved by the kyambura river which flows a cross rift valley towards the kazinga channel. Guided walks are also one of the activities take place through the gorge
Maramagambo forest stretches up to the eastern escarpment and provides cool respite from the equatorial sun and offers a different sort of wildlife, including wild chimpanzees, enormous pythons and colonies of cave-dwelling fruit bats. Several forest trails have been established for walking around Nyamusingiri and wildlife sighting.
March 1864: “A magnificent sight burst suddenly upon us…… The fall of water was snow white, which had a superb effect as it contrasted with the dark cliffs that walled the river, while the graceful palms of the tropics and wild plantains perfected the beauty of the view. This was the greatest waterfall of the Nile.” -Sir Samuel Baker, The Albert N’yanza.
Sir Samuel Baker and Lady Florence Baker were the first Europeans to see Murchison Falls. Nearly a hundred years later, Ernest and Mary Hemingway survived after their plane plunged to the earth near Murchison Falls, only to have the rescue plane crash and burn, too, on take-off. Days later, the Hemingway’s read their own misinformed obituaries in the papers from the safety of their hotel in Nairobi.
Murchison Falls National Park is best known, though, for the most powerful waterfall in the world. Every second, the equivalent of 200 bathtubs full of water is forced through a gorge less than seven paces wide. The pressure is so great that the ground trembles around it. The water then plummets 43 meters before flowing out toward Lake Albert as a placid river whose banks are dense with hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck and buffaloes.
Murchison falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park one of the best game parks to visit while in Uganda. The park is located in the Murchison Conservation Area where we also find the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves.
The park is endowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc. Along the shores of the Nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures. There also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including baboons and several monkey species.
The Murchison falls, Uganda’s largest national park is also home to over 450 recorded bird species including the rare shoebill stork, home to 23 Albertine rift endemics given its location in the western arm of the east African rift valley.
Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking safaris and has the highest number and diversity of primates in East Africa. There are 13 species of primates including chimpanzees living within its 795km2 land cover with the most beautiful and most diversified tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. The Forest covering predominates in the central and northern part of the park on the raised Fort Portal plateau. At the park’s northern tip, Kibale is highest and stands 1590m above sea level.
Kibale National Park is located in the western part of Uganda about 348km (5 hrs. drive) from Kampala and about 26km south-east of the beautiful Fort Portal town – one of Uganda’s loveliest places to explore. Kibale’s varied vegetation offers different varieties of wildlife habitat, ranging from the moist evergreen forest (wet tropical forest) along the Fort Portal plateau, then through the dry tropical forest (moist semi deciduous), and then to the woodland and savanna along the rift valley floor. In the central part of the park, around Kanyanchu, the high forest consists of a mixture of evergreen trees and deciduous with the evergreen species being dominant.
Wildlife in Kibale National Park. With 13 different species, the number and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park is the highest in the whole of Africa. The most popular of these are the chimpanzees with over 1450 individuals living here making it the best destination to enjoy a Chimpanzee Trekking Safari. A Uganda safari will enable you to see all these primates. In addition Kibale is home to the uncommon L’Hoest’s monkeys, East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkeys, the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey cheeked mangabeys, bush babies as well as potto among many others.
There is a number of other wildlife in Kibale National Park however they are hardly seen. These consist of buffaloes, leopards, bush pigs, elephants, and duikers. A keen viewer may also be able to spot some amphibians, reptiles and a variety of colorful butterflies.
Tucked into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya and isolated from the Ugandan mainstream by the harsh plains to the north of Mount Elgon, Kidepo Valley National Park is truly stunning, boasting a real sense of wilderness that enchants visitors. Kidepo is Uganda’s second biggest National Park (1,442km²) and one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas, a tract of rugged savannah dominated by Mount Morungole and broken by the Narus Valley in the south west and the Kidepo Valley in the north east.
Perennial running water in the Narus River makes Kidepo an oasis in the semi desert. This is wild, remote country with big skies, vast Rocky Mountains and golden green plains dotted with giraffe, zebra, lion, elephant, buffalo, ostrich, antelope and numerous other mammal and bird species. While the game viewing is excellent, it is the sense of supreme isolation that distinguishes this rare slice of wild Africa.
Culturally this part of Uganda is also fascinating. This is home to two distinctive ethnic groups with highly cherished traditions; the Karamojong and the Ilk.
Discover the wonders of the wilderness in an open top safari vehicle, Kidepo Valley National Park is truly a land of unspoiled beauty. Lions, cheetah, ostrich elephants, giraffes, zebra as well as many antelope species inhabit these grasslands.
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the two parks in Uganda where you are able to get out of the vehicle and explore the savannah by foot. An armed guide will accompany you as you venture along the dry river beds, over rocky outcrops and through bush land to track the resident wildlife. Being able to reach out touch the environment and feel the African savannah beneath your feet is a truly understated experience.
The Karamojong people have been settled in Northern Uganda since 1600 A.D. Originally from Ethiopia, the name Karamojong is derived from a phrase meaning ‘the old men can walk no further’. The main livelihood for the Karamojong is cattle herding and livestock have a significant importance in the day to day lives of a Karamojong community. Apopka Lodge has established a good relationship with a nearby Karamojong community and the opportunity is there to visit the village and learn about this history of this interesting community and its culture and traditions.
Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. The attractive 158 square miles acacia-dotted savanna of Olea and Boscia is home to 68 mammal species. The Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda, including zebra and impala. The 315 bird species include the rare Shoebill Stork and African Fin foot.
Lake Mburo has a varied mosaic of habitats and landscapes: forests, rich acacia tree valleys, grass lands and seasonal and permanent swamps. The park is with 370 square km the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks.
The main part of the park is Lake Mburo. Here you can see many hippos wallowing in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the shores. Birds include cormorant, fish eagle, pelican, heron and many more.
Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Mbarara district. It is about 3.5 hours’ drive from Kampala making it the closest national park to Kampala.
The park has more than 68 mammal species, including zebra, impala, topi, eland, bush buck, buffalo, warthog, leopard, hyena and jackal. There are no elephants and lions in the park, which makes it an ideal place for walking safaris. Lake Mburo National Park is the best place in Uganda to see the leopard, especially during night game drive and safaris
Also, the park has more than 315 different species of birds including the rare shoebill stork, paprus yellow warbler, African finfoot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fish eagle, saddle billed stork and white winged warbler. The woody vegetation of Lake Mburo is dominated by Acacia species, Olea species and Boscia species.
The fringing swamps in the park also hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek; you would not want to miss.
Because of the different habitats of the lakeshore and the broad savanna, the variety seems endless..