National Parks in Uganda

National Parks of Uganda still remain the dominant destination for most of the Uganda Safari tours complimented by water recreation, cultural and religious sites among others.

Uganda is gifted with a count of ten (10) National Parks that are spread across the country protecting diverse landscapes and their respective inhabitants.  However, there is concentration is majorly to the west and south west of Uganda which can be attributed to the region’s biodiversity hotspot position.

The south west of Uganda features; Lake Mburo National Park – the smallest of all savannah parks and 240km from Kampala, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the single park with the largest count of mountain gorillas in the world and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – the smallest of all parks in Uganda and yet a second refigium to Uganda’s Mountain gorillas and a home to three volcanic peaks of Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo and the endangered golden monkeys.

The Western region features; Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions of Ishasha and the Kazinga Channel, Mount Rwenzori National Park – home to the third highest peak in Africa covered by snow (5,109m), Kibale National Park – the home to 13 species of Primates including the largest group of habituated Chimpanzees and eventually Semuliki National Park – the home to the famous Sempaya hot springs both male and female that can sprout to 2m high and boil exceeding 100 degrees Celsius.

The remaining three National Parks include; Murchison Falls National Park – the home to the world’s powerful Murchison Falls and the Big five with Rhinos thriving in the adjacent Ziwa Sanctuary in the North West, Mount Elgon National Park – the home to the World’s largest volcanic mountain caldera and the fourth (4th) highest peak in East Africa to the east of Uganda and eventually the dry savannah / semi-arid Kidepo National Park – the home to the Indigenous Karimojong and verdant wild game not forgetting the sandy rivers to the north east of Uganda.

The Uganda’s National Parks are controlled by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and have official entrance gates, opening and closing times which is 7am and 7pm respectively not forgetting an entry fee which differ according to park category and the resident status of the visitor.

The activities conducted in National Parks include; mountain gorilla trekking, wild game viewing, chimpanzee trekking, boat cruises and river safaris, hiking and mountaineering adventure, horse riding, walking safaris, golden monkey tracking and Birding.

 

Mount Elgon National Park

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Mount Elgon National Park is perfectly located at an estimated distance of 235square kilometers on the Eastern part of Uganda from Kampala.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park

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The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park

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The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years

Semuliki National Park Uganda

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It is located in Bwamba County, a remote part of the Bundibugyo District in western part of Uganda. Semliki was recognized as a Uganda safari destination national park in the month of October 1993

Lake Mburo National park

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Lake Mburo National park is located in western Uganda and it’s shared by three district of Kiruhura, Mbarara and Isingiro Districts.

Murchison Falls National Park

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The area around Murchison Falls was established as a Uganda safaris national park in the year 1952 covering great expanse of land that justifies it as the largest national park in Uganda.

Mountain Rwenzori National Park Uganda

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Mountains National Park is well recognized for its diverse and beautiful flora rather than its fauna. For hikers who climb following the Rwenzori route to the peaks always pass through various altitudinal vegetation zones

Kibale Forest National Park

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Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda.

Mgahinga gorilla national park

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Mgahinga national park Uganda is located in the south-western part of Uganda near the town of Kisoro. The park is lies in the area occupied by the Virunga Mountains

Kidepo Valley national park

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Kidepo Valley Park which is 1,442 square kilometers lies in the rugged semi-arid Karamoja province valleys and its 700km from Kampala.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda, one of the leading Uganda Wildlife Safari destinations was gazetted in 1952 as Kazinga National Park by the British colonial government.