Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazette as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45 m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centrepiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the rivers energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the river banks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge, Budongo Eco Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Kabalega wildemess Lodge ,Murchison River Lodge, Nile Safari, Pakuba Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Red chili Hideaway, Yebo Safari Camp, Sambly River Lodge , Shoebill Composite
Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda's most popular tourist destination. The park's diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Ruwenzori Mountains, the park's magnificent vistas included dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda Cob. As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazette of the park has ensured the conservation of it secosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Accomodation: River Ishasha jungle lodge Ishasha, Ntungwe River camp, Ishashs wilderness camp. Jecana safari Lodge, Kenya safari camp, Kalara lodge, Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba, Mweya safari Lodge, samba safari camp, Tembo safari lodge, Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge, Irungu forest safari Lodge.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda's borders with Sudan and Kenya 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda's most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa's finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazette area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the board Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the NarusValley the park's prime game viewing location.
Accomodation: Apoka safari lodge, Nga'Moru Wilderness Camp
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this impenetrable forest' also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas- roughly half of the world's population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury odges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmycultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Cloud Mountain, Gorila Lodge Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp. Mahogany Spring’s, Bwindi View Rest Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite and Wagtail Eco Safari Camp.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda Forest cover interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated Plateau. The park is home total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km –long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park. The Kibale fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destination to explore
Accomodation: Kibale forest camp. Primale Lodge.
Semuliki Valley Wildlife Reserve
Semilki Valley wildlife Reserve Sprawls’ across the floor of the Semiliki Valley on the remote, western sides the Rwenzori. The reserve is do hated by the easternmost extension of the great liri Forest of the Congo basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio- diverse forest one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago. The Semiliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africs. Tatched huts are shaded by the West African oil pains, the Semiliki River (which forms the international boundary 0 is a manicure version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African Wildlife species and the local population include a Batwa pygrity community that original from the lateral. As a result, this park provides hates of Central Africa without having leave lodge Uganda.
Accommodation: Semilik Safari Lodge, Ntoronto Lodge
Mount Elgon National Park
At 4,000km2 Mt Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda –Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form. 60km in diameter, rises more than 3,000 above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below with the higher attitude providing a refuge for flora and afuna. Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. Some antelopes. Forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area that has been declared a UNESCO man & biosphere Reserve. A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorland unveils a magnificient and uncluttered without the summit orient approach common to many mountains; the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the ascent to the 432 1m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km caldera.
Accommodation: Masai Backpackers (Kapkwai Village) The crows Nest 9 (Sipi Falls) Twalight Sipi Camseil (Kapckwa)
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP ) is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks and is located in Kiruhura Districts in Western Uganda. The Park is situated about 30 kilometer by roads, east of Mbrara, the largest city in the sub-region.This location is approximately 240 kilometers by road, west of Kampala, Uganda capital and largest city. The coordinates of park area 00,36S, 3057E (Latitude: 06000; Longitude 30,9500); LMNP is home to 350 birds species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, defessa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena and reedbuck. Once continuous with the plains of Northern Tanzania, Lake Mburo National Park host’s diversity found nowhere else in Uganda.The Ruizi River feeds 14 lakes and wetlands that support abundant herds of antelope. Enchanting Acacia woodland is increasingly a major part of the landscape. Alongside all the wildlife, LMNO is home to the Ankole cattle carried for traditionally by the Bahima pastoralists. Magnificent herbs graze peacefully alongside in the wildlife. There are district dry and wet seasons that determine animals movements.
Accomodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge, Rwakobo Rock, Mburo Safan Lodge, Kimbala, Arcadia cottages Leopard Rest Camp. Mburo Eagles Nest.
Ruwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzori – the fabled Mountains of the Moon – lie Western Uganda - Congo border the Equatoria snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bomboo and rich most montane forest Huge tree heathers and colorful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and everlasting flower; creating an enchanting, fairy tale scene, Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parks of 120 km - long and 65km wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albert Rift endemics, as well as some of the rarest vegetation in the world. The Ruwenzori’s are a world- ciass hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine to twelve day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Marherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.
Accommodation: Camp Norway, Ruboni community Campsite
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altide of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its suggests, it was created to protect the mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also important habitual for the endangered golden monkey. As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa Pygmies.This tribe of hunter- gatherers was the forest’s first people and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains Unrivalled. Mgahinga‘s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga, Conservation areas that include adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes slopes contain various ecosystem and are biologically diverse and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery .
Accommodation: Amajmbere LWCU camp (Ntebako), Bird Nest at Bunyonyi Resort (Bunyonyi)
Bunyonyi Overhand Resort (Bunyonyi) Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge.