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Uganda Wildlife Parks, Game Reserves & Conservancies

Uganda Wildlife Parks, Game Reserves & Conservancies

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Like a pearl, Uganda is small but precious – its luster is the bright greens of Africa’s highest mountains, spectacular waterfalls, thick forests, and dramatic valleys. But the beating heart of Uganda is its parks – the best locations for trekking to and viewing the rare mountain gorilla.

The Spectacular Parks of Uganda

Great mountain ranges, deep “impenetrable” forests, magnificent cascading waterfalls and the world’s treasure of primates – these are the rich natural heritage of Uganda’s National Parks.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – this is where you’ll trek to find the endangered mountain gorilla. A world of steep mountain rainforest, it supports over 300 gorillas, half the world’s population.

Trekking these dense forests, you may see elephants, duikers, African golden cats, and giant forest hogs. Gorillas aren’t the only primates in the park, as chimpanzees and many species of monkeys also inhabit these hills.

Queen Elizabeth National Park – the variety of wildlife here is rich and sightings are common. You’ll be watching for lions, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and elephants. The park even features unique tree-climbing lions.

The birdlife is colourful and dense, with over 611 species filling the reserve. Of special note: a side trip to Kyambura Gorge is an especially rewarding paradise alive with chimps and other primates.

Kibale Forest National Park – this is a thick rainforest overflowing with primates like the red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Forest elephants also rumble through the woodlands and a special treat – over 250 species of butterflies and hundreds of bird species.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park – this UNESCO World Heritage site offers visitors a world of waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers atop some of its mountain peaks. This beautiful but uncrowded park contains several rare plants and animals.

Kidepo Valley National Park – the lost valley encircling this park is a stunning canvas of perhaps the most beautiful landscapes in the country. You’ll find animals here not seen elsewhere in Uganda like cheetahs, aardwolves, bat-eared foxes, and lesser kudus.

Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda’s largest park contains another gift from the Nile – in the narrow gorge here, the wide river is squeezed and suddenly plummets with astonishing power down into Lake Albert. The result is an unforgettable explosion of cascade and thunder you can feel in your bones.

The park also includes strong populations of elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, buffaloes, hippos, and crocodiles.

Below we present the many parks of Uganda where you can book a once-in-a-lifetime Africa Holiday with Natural World Kenya Safaris.

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Uganda National Parks

  • Parks, Conservancies & Reserves

Queen Elizabeth National Park

'The Widest Variety of Wildlife'

Why is Queen Elizabeth National Park the most popular in Uganda? Some think it’s the dazzling variety of landforms you will discover – grassland savannah, acacia woodland, wetlands, and lakes.

But all can agree that this rich variety of scenery is the perfect habitat for a variety of safari animals unequaled in Uganda. In Queen Elizabeth park you can spot 4 of Africa’s famous “Big Five”. The reserve boasts 96 types of mammals including great numbers of elephants, lions, leopards, plus hippos, chimps, hyenas, and the Ugandan kob. To the south of the park, in the Ishasha sector, prepared to be amazed at the sight of the famous tree-climbing lions – known to spend lazy afternoons lounging in the boughs of fig trees.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Misty Hillsides, Thick Jungle, and Gorillas

How many parks can boast of having half the world’s population of gorillas? Welcome to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! Its rich rainforests host over 600 mountain gorillas – giving you plenty of opportunities for trekking and discovery. It’s a not-too-be-missed African safari experience.

Bwindi’s population of mountain gorillas is comprised of 36 families, 19 of which are habituated – that is, they are used to visitors trekking in to observe them. With a professional guide, your chances of finding a gorilla family are excellent.

Kidepo Valley National Park

'A Brilliant Wilderness of Wildlife'

Perhaps one of the most remote parks in Africa, Kidepo Valley National Park is not on everyone’s must-see list. But that would be a mistake, as Kidepo presents some of the most striking safari scenery in Uganda. Plus, there is wildlife found here that’s not seen elsewhere in the country.

Rwenzori National Park

'An Alpine Paradise'

Snowcapped Mountains? Glaciers, waterfalls, and alpine forests… in Africa? Yes – this is Rwenzori National Park, one of the most stunning mountain landscapes on the planet. And even more incredible, it is just kilometers from the equator.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unmatched natural beauty, these legendary “mountains of the Moon” feature the third highest peak in Africa, 5,109m (16,761 ft) Mt. Stanley and are the highest source of water for the iconic River Nile.

A wonderland of color, these mountains show off the richest high-altitude flora in Africa. The giant lobelias, groundsels, and heathers adorning these hills are known as “Africa’s botanical big game”, adding still more color to the area’s mountain lakes, rivers, and sparkling waterfalls.

Kibale National Park

'A Rich Rainforest with Chimps and Monkeys'

Kibale National Park offers visitors the highest density and diversity of primates in all of Africa. For chimpanzee trekking, it’s not only the best place in Uganda but perhaps the world. The lovely rainforests of Kibale National Park are a deep primeval environment of rich animal encounters unlike any you’ll see elsewhere. Make sure to add this safari park to your must-see list.

Murchison Falls National Park

'Uganda’s Largest and Most Popular Park'

What is the biggest draw to Murchison Falls National Park? Is it the remarkable population of over 73 animal species… or the renowned mighty falls?  You can decide for yourself on your African safari to Uganda’s largest and most famous park. But for variety of natural wonders and rich wildlife, few places can top Murchison Falls.

The falls roar down into the “Devil’s Cauldron” producing clouds of fog and a distinctive rainbow. So spectacular is the effect that Hollywood came to film the falls in the classic Katherine Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart film, The African Queen.

Of Africa’s famous “Big Five”, only the rhino is no longer found in the park. However, the nearby Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was established to bring back the endangered white rhino. A visit to the reserve will bring you within spotting range of the 22 southern white rhinos now being protected in this sanctuary.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

'A Haven for Dozens of Orphaned Chimps'

Imagine walking hand-in-hand through the forest with a lively chimpanzee at your side. This is but one experience visitors can enjoy with these wonderful primates at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a 100-acre refuge for over 50 orphaned and rescued chimps. On this rainforest island situated on Lake Victoria, you’ll learn about our primate cousins and help support their care in this natural habitat.

All the chimps here have been rescued, some from poachers, others were ill or mistreated -none of them can ever go back to the wilds. However, here at Ngamba Island, they are cared for, allowed to roam freely, fed twice daily, and provided with medical care and love.

The island sanctuary is a project of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust, through which you can book a half-day, full-day, or even a 3-day chimpanzee safari. Take a speedboat to the island for a quick 50-minute trip each way. Or, enjoy a more leisurely 90-minute motorized canoe trip to this island straddling the equator.

he 100-acre island is located on Lake Victoria.

Climate: Near the equator, expect warmish temperatures and lots of rain from March through May.

Location: Ngamba Island is 27 km (17 mi) by boat, southeast of Entebbe.

When to go: The island is open year-round but the best time to go is during the dry season months of June to August and December through February. The rains of March-May could affect your over-lake journey as well as some visibility and activities on the island.

Getting there: By road – you can book a tour with Natural World Kenya Safaris from Entebbe.

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