Uganda tourism travel guide – Uganda is a fast growing tourist destination due to its national endowment as a country gifted by nature together with its growing stability and hospitable communities. It continues to offer competitively priced and high quality range of wildlife products offering an experience that is worth sharing.
Uganda tourism travel guide – While mountain gorillas continue to remain the pinnacle of Uganda’s product range, rich bird diversity of over 1000 species is a fast growing niche riding on the conventional savanna park tourism attractions of Murchison falls national park ,queen Elizabeth national park, kidepo valley national park and the adjacent game reserves .the tropical forests of kibale with the highest concentration of primates in the world together with rich bird diversity have progressively emerged into a formidable tourist segment .these unique products are complemented by Rwenzori national park and mount Elgon that offer one stop combination of both volcanic and block mountain climbing experience as well as combining both tropical and temperature climate and vegetation.
Uganda welcomes you its national park areas that have in addition to the rich product range, a good infrastructure of roads, good phone coverage network, specious lodges and the communities in the neighborhood are equally hospitable because their visit to the park is complementary.
Kibale Forest National Park is located in western region of Uganda in Kabarole and Kamwenge districts. Kibale National Park is close to the Ndali kasenda crater area, Toro kingdom in western region and it is boarded with number of protected areas such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park along with Toro Semliki Wildlife reserve.
Kibale National Park is a home to our close relatives the Chimpanzees with a variety of 325 different bird species with the endemic spice the Green breasted pita, with other 12 species of primates, 351 tree species, and different species of mammals including Giant forest hogs, Bush pigs, Elephants, Buffaloes, and many other Wildlife species
Murchison falls National Park is the largest National Park among the ten we have, and it is situated in the Northwestern part of Uganda, it was started by John Speke and James Grant who were the first European to visit the present day Murchison Falls Conservation Area in the year 1862. Before it was renamed Kabalega National Parkand it was Explored by Sir Samuel and his Wife Florence in early 1863 -4, the park was later named by Baker after Geologist Roderick and turned to be Murchison Falls National Park.
Murchison Falls Conservation Area comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves. This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The Park is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland vegetation cover. Wildlife includes Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Giraffes, and Antelopes like the Jackson’s hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, and the Chimpanzees in the Budongo forest, and many bird species
National Park is one of the best destinations in East Africa which is located in North Eastern part of Uganda in Karamoja region in Kaboong district. Kidepo Valley National Park is bordered with South Sudan in the northwest and Kenya in the northeast. It covers a distance of 461.8 kilometers and takes 8-9 hours’ drive from Kampala the capital city of Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park has the best wilderness in East Africa which contains dry and hot seasons. It has got different mammal species, different birds species including the endemic Common Ostrich, butterflies, animals including Zebras, Hyenas, Cheetahs, Lions, Giraffes, different spices of antelopes and many more. The Park is wilderness and dominated of 2750 meters of mount murongole and it’s transected by the great Narus River which is on the open Savannah and hilltops that are captured by rock kopjes.
Kidepo Valley National Park is surrounded by Karamojong community who are often being called the “wild west of Uganda “and were warrior – Nomads. By the time Uganda was governed by the British Administrators they had to tell them to leave that area and go for their pride where they had to raid their cattle by those days, and half of the land become for wilderness thus resulting into Kidepo Valley National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in south west region of Uganda and is the Uganda’s most popular tourist destination which started in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and latterly on it was named Queen Elizabeth National Park after the visit of Queen Elizabeth the 11 to Uganda. It covers a distance of 420 kilometers squared by road and it takes 5-6 hours’ drive from Kampala the capital city of Uganda the Pearl of Africa.
The Park Uganda is home to 95 mammal species while the bird list is 612 species. It offers diverse ecosystems, home to big cuts like, Leopards, lions and Buffaloes, Elephants, Hippopotamus, warthogs, Primates like the Chimpanzee and different species of monkeys and antelopes and many more.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in the southwestern region of the country, on the edge of the rift valley commonly referred to as the impenetrable forest, Bwindi National Park is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the western side; Kabale town to the southeast is the nearest main town to the Park, 29 kilometers away by road. It covers an area of 331 square kilometers and is located in the highest parts of Kigezi highlands with an altitude of 1,190 to 2,607 meters above sea level and 60% of this magical park has an elevation of over 2,000 meters above sea level. The highest elevation in the park is Rwamunyonyi hill at the eastern edge and the lowest part of the park is located at its most northern tip.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest became popular to the World because of Gorilla tracking; it is a habitat for more than half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorilla population in the world. These gentle primates are highly endangered species and the forest possesses more than 360 individuals of the plausible 800 plus Mountain Gorillas in the entire world. They are highly endangered because of poaching, habitat loss and diseases. This National park generates one of the highest revenues to Uganda Wildlife Authority amongst all the National Parks in Uganda.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was established in 1991 and it features among Uganda most exceptional National Parks that you should consider visiting during your next visit to Uganda the Pearl of Africa. The National Park covers an area of about 33.7 square kilometers and it is the smallest protected area in Uganda. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with its dense forest is a home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas, the rare Golden monkeys, Bird species and many more.
With an estimate of about 80 rare Mountain Gorillas this Park has only one habituated group and ready for visitors to track. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park lies at an altitude of about 2.227m and 4.127m, south western Uganda. Besides that, the National Park also features three of the eight Virunga Mountain ranges which are Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Gahinga and Mount Muhavura). These Virunga volcanoes stretch up to the Virunga Volcano range of the East Central Africa, Albertine rift in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Uganda border
Lake Mburo National Park is the Uganda’s smallest National Park and the closest to both Kampala and Entebbe. If you are planning for a short Wildlife tour Lake Mburo is the best option. Lake Mburo National Park is a possible destination for you to spend your time especially for visitors who would really love to carry out birding safaris in Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is located approximately 240 kilometers from Kampala and only 30 Kilometers from Mbarara town the biggest town in Western Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is 290km from Entebbe and it is neighbored by four big districts of Uganda which include Mbarara, Lyantonde, Isingiro North and Kiruhura districts. Lake Mburo National Park also happens to be the nearest National Park in Uganda that is close to the President’s Home area in Kiruhura district
This park is situated about 400 kilometers away from Kampala city center, western Uganda and it is bordered by Kabarole, Kasese and Budibugyo district. This park derived its name from the scenic Rwenzori Mountain ranges which features as the 3rd highest snow peak in Africa and comprises of 6 mountains-Stanley, Emin, Gessi, Savioa, Speke and Baker. It is composed of a rare vegetation zone comprising of the bamboo, moist montane forest, moorland and others. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers an area of about 1000 square kilometers and boasts of its rare plant species, over 70 mammal species, 217 bird species 19 of which are Albertine rift endemics, waterfalls, the magical Rwenzori mountain ranges among others. A hike to the top of this mountain may last you about 9 or more days to get to the Margherita peak and it is ideal for those who are physically well.
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, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.
Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.
A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera. Contact Great Adventure Safaris for detailed information about Uganda tourism travel guide or Uganda safaris and tours.