Best 5 National Parks to Go Camping in Uganda


Uganda is exceptionally the best site that you need to pay a visit if you are planning to undertake an independent camping adventure in Africa. Camping in national parks is so exciting however, let it stay in your minds that you are not supposed to start moving anywhere you feel like going while in the wild. Wild animals cannot read signs that show the campsite and are more likely to wonder around both day and night. Make sure you look round constantly and be aware of what is around you. At night make sure you have a sufficient flashlight and extra batteries so that you can check what is around you before moving very far from the vehicle. The following are the best national parks to go camping in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the most popular of all Uganda’s national parks. Home to almost half of the world’s remaining population of the mountain gorillas, Bwindi is a place to visit if you are go gorilla tracking in Uganda. Though gorilla tracking doesn’t come cheaply, you can plan a budget camping safari in Uganda. You can book gorilla permits for this thrilling primate safari experience with one of the local tour operators listed on this website or book a fully inclusive camping safari in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park

Camping around the campsites, is the perfect way for you to interact with the community members and also have a hand in most of tourist local traditions and practices like craft making and food preparation and then connect for wilderness activities in Murchison Falls National Park. Boomu Women’s Group Campsite is one of the camping sites in Murchison Falls National Park located near Budongo Forest Reserve. It serves best for independent camping adventure undertakers on Uganda safaris.

Red Chili Rest Camp is located within Murchison Falls National Park in the southern back of the River Nile, approximately 500 meters off the Paraa ferry. A bonfire is lit most evening provided the weather allows for full safari experience. The camp offers mid budget accommodation in the park in well furnished safari tents and bandas with public or private bathrooms and the only camping facilities with up to date showers, toilets, cooking area and security lighting.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National ParkQueen Elizabeth National Park is set in western Uganda about 5-6 hours’ drive from Kampala. It is named after the former Queen Elizabeth the second of England. Queen Elizabeth National Park was established in 1954 to offer refuge to its diverse wildlife species including the unique tree climbing lions, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, over 620 birds including pelicans, shoebill, bee-eaters and others; leopards, chimpanzees, lions, buffaloes and others. The activities to enjoy while on safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park include game drive (game viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park is ideal along Kasenyi and Ishasha area), boat or launch cruise, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking, chimpanzee tracking, nature walks and others.

Simba Safari Camp is one of the most popular camps in Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is located on top of the hill that over views Lake Kikorongo. The site offers the best panoramic views beyond the park’s open savanna plains plus wildlife species and Lakes especially Lake George and the renowned Kazinga Channel. It is also strategically located along the Kasenyi plains, on the edge of Lake George which is the most famous mating ground for Uganda Kobs making it the best wildlife spotting site in the park.

The camp is also next to other areas in the northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park for instance the Mweya Peninsula and the Kazinga Channel that allow you to also undertake a boat cruise, close range game viewing and birding. Visitors can also engage in guided chimpanzee trekking around the Kyambura Gorge. This camp comes with nine twin or double rooms and two triple rooms all en-suite, two family cottages each with two bedrooms, living room, one additional bed and a shared bathroom for all and three dormitory rooms with 3, 5 and 10 double-decker beds all with a common bathroom facilities and a private campsite but you will need your personal camping gear.

In the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on River Ntungwe is Ishasha Wilderness Camp. It offers visitors on self drive adventure with authentic African experiences. Camping around this camp offers you opportunity to spot out the unique tree climbing lions as well as buffaloes, elephants, black and white colobus monkeys and many more.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Apoka Rest Camp lies North of Uganda and consists of 16 (sixteen) self contained cabins and a hostel that comprise of 14 (fourteen) bandas and each of them have two beds for budget travelers. The camp is located in Kidepo National Park but you are advised to come along with your personal tents and other necessary camping gadgets, adequate food as well as drinks, meaning you will have a chance to make camping ground for yourself. The bandas offer budget prices and they comprise of toiletries. These bandas comes with outstanding views of the open savanna in Kidepo Valley National Park. This park is perfect for wildlife viewing, birding, guided nature walks as well as community visits especially to Karamojong Manyatta house.

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