There are ten national parks in Uganda. These protected areas are jealously protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to ensure that the resources can preserved for not only the present generation but also the future generations.
Uganda protects its treasures in 10 national parks;
Murchison Falls National Park
A large wildlife reserve in Uganda with a might thunderous fall that offer a new life in paradise. Guests here enjoy all types of leisure including luxury in romantic vacations. Travellers have the option of select from various accommodation types including those close to the falls and those with just perfect views of the falls. There a many leisure activities to enjoy during your trip to Murchison falls including fishing, boat cruise, wildlife viewing, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, top of the falls visit and chilling at your lodge of residence. Every tour activity ends in joy and none of them are compulsory unless if it’s something you want to take part in. Murchison falls is a nice place for weekend gateways and short safaris in Uganda especially for travelers who need a new natural environment setting out of the city.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
A home to the impressive Kazinga channel, Queen Elizabeth is another lake destination full of savanna plains, wildlife, birds, hippos, crocodiles and forest reserves. Travelers on Luxury safaris and staying in Mweya safari lodge enjoy the best lake views since the lodge overlooks the tranquil of waters and great scenery. The boat trip is a must do if you if want to see the wildlife along the beautiful channel. Seeing many different animals, bird peacefully sharing the access to the water in the channel. The guide on the boat was very informative pointing out the different species. Seeing the fishermen in their wooden canoes leaving for a nights fishing in a lake full of hippos and crocodiles was very scary yet it’s a reality that happens on the lake every evening.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The most popular national park in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the last remaining habitats of the highly endangered gorilla. Almost half of the 700 odd gorillas left in the world live here. Located in South Western Uganda, the reserve is thickly forested and mountainous making it an exhilarating though tough place to explore. It encompasses a 331 sq km area mostly made up of tropical rain forests that are thought to have flourished even as far back as the last Ice Age. Though the gorillas are its most famous inhabitants, the place is also noted for its biodiversity and the richness of its flora and fauna. The park is a nine hour drive from Kampala. Remember to book your permits in advance as only a limited number are given a day. And be prepared for a long walk if you want to see the gorillas.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale, situated on Fort Portal plateau, is noted for its chimpanzee population and is the best place to watch these great apes in their natural environment. The tropical rainforest of Kibale shelters around 1500 chimpanzees and has the reputation for having the largest number of primates in Uganda. Endangered species like the red Colobus monkeys and the I’hoesti monkeys are frequently sighted in this park.
Lake Mburo National Park
This national park, located in the Mbarara district, is one of the smallest national parks in South Western Uganda. Home to huge herds of impala and zebra, the park is a savannah with a scattering of acacia trees and contains the Mburo Lake from which it derives its name. Other animals found in the park include buffaloes, topis, hyenas, elands and klipspringers. You also come across plenty of birds including the red necked spur, crested falcon, wood dove, African grey hornbill, brown parrot, quail, woodpecker, crowned crane and the starling. A boat trip along the lake is a great experience and the best way to spot wildlife.
The Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzoris, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, is the highest mountain range in Uganda and rises well over 3000 m. Its highest peak Margherita is 5109 m above sea level. A hike up the beautiful mountains with its glaciers, lakes and waterfalls is a thrilling experience. But it is tough too and takes about a week to climb up to the 4000 m mark as conditions can often be wet and slippery. A biodiversity hotspot, the plant and animal life on the mountains is extraordinary. Chimpanzee, bushbuck, elephant, giant forest hog and buffalo are frequently spotted and on rare occasions you also come across a leopard or two.
Semliki National Park
Located to the west of Fort Portal, the Semliki Valley is a part of the vast Ituri forest along the border with the Congo. A most scenic place with great views of rainforests, savannah and wetlands, the park lies near the northern foothills of the Rwenzoris and is bordered by the Albert Lake and the Semliki River. The biggest attractions of the park are the hot springs at Sempaya and the pygmy village at Ntandi. Ntandi, a short distance from Sempaya, is also the park headquarters. Trekking tours and hikes into the forest can be arranged here. The area is noted for numerous bird species and is home to about 300 varieties of butterflies.