Uganda Safari Destinations – Uganda National Parks – Where to go for a Uganda Safari
The country Uganda claims some beautiful National parks that are home to the variety of plants, birds and animals to adventure on a Uganda safari in the different destinations.
10 National parks will make you fall in love with Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National park located in the west of Uganda, Rwenzori Mountains National Park located in the Rwenzori mountains, lake Mbulo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, semliki National park famous for Sempaya hot springs, Murchison falls National park, Kidepo Valley National park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Mount Elgon National park.
Uganda’s animals are quite impressive to travelers. Uganda is a home of lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos (big 5), great apes (chimpanzees which are playful human cousins and mountain gorillas).
Other primates like vervet monkeys, De brazza’s monkeys, black and white colobuses, Baboons, Blue monkeys, L’hoest’s monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, patas monkeys, gray-cheeked mangabeys, golden monkeys. Other animals include; impalas, wild pigs, beautiful zebras in lake Mburo national park and Kidepo valley national park, wild scavengers and many more.
Reptiles such a Niles crocodiles, pythons and snakes.
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Murchison Falls National Park is the only national park in Northwestern Uganda and also the largest of all the 10 national parks in Uganda.
This protected area lies in the Southwestern districts of Nwoya, Masindi, Buliisa, and Kiryandongo approximately 4-5 hours’ drive away from Kampala capital city.
It takes its name from Murchison Falls, one of the world’s powerful waterfalls which squeezes itself in a narrow gorge of about 7 meters prior to plunging about 43m down. View Details Here
Queen Elizabeth National Park takes its name from Queen Elizabeth II of England and it is remarkably one of the best Uganda safari destinations.
This park is set in Western Uganda, about 5-6 hours’ drive away from Kampala and forms part of the vast Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area which also covers Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve.
It was founded as a national park in 1952 as Kazinga Channel National Park and later, its name changed to Queen Elizabeth National Park in 1954. View Details Here
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a magical national park in Southwestern Uganda and it is approximately 8-10 hours’ drive away from Kampala and about 3-4 hours’ drive from Kigali.
This park is surrounded by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro district and it is close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
It is by far an exceptional Uganda safari park to consider a must-visit for authentic African experiences. In 1991, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. View Details Here
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and it is situated in the extreme Southwestern Uganda, approximately 9-10 hours’ drive from Kampala.
It is named after Mount Gahinga and it attained its status as a national park in 1991 mainly to offer refuge to a section of rare mountain gorillas.
The park occupies an area of only 33.7sq.kms and lies between elevation 2227 and 4127 meters. Aside from gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also hosts 3 of the 8 magical Virunga Volcanoes. View Details Here
Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the remotely rugged and Semi-arid valleys of Karamoja region Northeastern Uganda along the border with South Sudan.
Its about 10-12 hours’ drive from Kampala capital city. The park was designated as a game reserve in 1958 and became a national park in 1962.
Its remote location in the extreme Northeast makes it the wilderness haven of Africa. Kidepo Valley National Park occupies an area of 1442sq.km, comprising largely of the vast savannah grassland. View Details Here
Lake Mburo National Park is by far Uganda’s most accessible safari park compared to other 9 national parks.
It is shared amongst the western districts of Isingiro, Mbarara and Kiruhura, about 4 hours’ drive from Kampala city center and due to its close proximity to the city center, even travelers on Uganda safari with limited time have opportunity to pay a visit to it in a day and return.
Lake Mburo National Park was originally a designated controlled hunting area in 1933 before it became a reserve in 1963 and then a national park in 1983. View Details Here
The park is home to mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges (Mountains of the Moon) and is situated in Western Uganda, close to Congo border about 120kms South of Lake Albert and North of Lake Edward.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park was designated as a national park in 1991 and in 1994, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park is reachable about 5-6 hours from Kampala capital city. View Details Here
Semuliki National Park is by far the only tract of lowland tropical forest park in East Africa thus making it a unique safari destination worth exploring on Uganda safari.
It lies at of about elevation 670 to 760m and it was originally set as a forest reserve in 1932. It was designated as a national park in 1993 and incredibly, it is of no doubt one of the most magical safari parks and hidden gem not only in Uganda but in East Africa at large.
Semuliki National Park is positioned within the Semuliki valley on the western part of the Rwenzori mountain range. View Details Here