National parks in Uganda

Having considered tourism as one of the priority sector s in the country, Uganda has put a side protected areas and game reserves purposely to conserve flora and fauna. 10 national parks have been so far established different regions of the country purposely to preserve various wildlife (flora and fauna).

Each national park is unique in its own in terms of biodiversity, location, history, purpose of establishment and tourism activities promoted in that specific national park. Uganda wildlife authority, a government body responsible for promoting conservation and sustainable tourism in Uganda, manages all national parks and tourism activities there. This body regulates all activities in any of the ten parks which has ensured sustainably and steady progress in Uganda’s tourism sector. The ten national parks include

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Situated in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a must visit on your Uganda safari. The park is a home to the highest population of mountain gorillas which make it a best place for gorilla tours rewarding you with a memorable experience. Bwindi was originally a forest reserve which was transformed into a national park in 1991. besides gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is best for bird watching, cultural tours, and forest walks among others. Read more

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the biggest protected area in Uganda covering about 5,025 kilo metres which comprise of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves and in the Southern part, Budongo Forest. For excellent wildlife safaris in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is a must go. The game park is recognized after the amazing falls on River Nile, which meets a gap in the Rift Valley Escarpment, then it changes into bubbles of noisy white water, a rare site in East Africa. Read more

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park offers an outstanding environment for Primate trekking and bird watching. With an area of 560 square kilometers, Kibale is a habitat to notable 13 primate species, including the much localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Kibale forest major attention-grabbing activity is the tracking of habituated chimpanzees (1,450 chimpanzees registered).Read more

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National park is one of Uganda’s most isolated and fabulous national parks. The park covers 1,442 square kilometers in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja region on the far northern Eastern part of Uganda on the border with Sudan. The park has a scenery unmatched to any other park in East Africa as well as great numbers of plant and animal species. Read more

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Well-known for being a home for the amazing endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve was set up in 1942 and afterwards elevated to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1992. Found in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest placed along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. Read more

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori Mountain is the utmost mountain range in the whole of Africa, with 6 glacial peaks that include Mount Speke, Mount Stanley, Mount Gessi, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Luigi da Savoia and Mount Baker. The main peaks can be feasibly compared to those of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. Read more

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Remarkably ideal for Gorilla trekking, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is found in a remote southwestern Uganda, neighboring Rwanda in the south and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the west, with physical land coverage of 33 square kilometers. Located 14kms from Kisoro town, Mgahinga Park covers the slopes of the three northern mainly Virunga Volcanoes, like Mountain Muhavura (4,127 m), Mountain Gahinga (3,474 m) and Mountain Sabinyo (3,645 m). Read more

Semliki National Park

Semliki National Park covers an area of 220 square km and is one of Uganda’s newest National Parks having been gazetted in October 1993. The Park occupies a flat smoothly rolling landform ranging from 670 -760 metres above the sea level. As all streams and rivers from the surrounding areas are flooded drain into the Park plus the poor drainage and topography, many areas are flooded during the rainy season. Read more

Mount Elgon National Park

Found in Eastern Uganda near Mbale and lying across the Uganda-Kenya boarder, Mount Elgon National Park is covers 1,145 square kilometers. The is known to be the fourth highest mountain in East Africa and second in having the topmost peak in Uganda, towering up to 4321 meters. Read more

Queen Elizabeth National Park

As one of the most accepted and admired game reserves for anyone with a keen interest in wildlife safaris, stunning nature and attractive view, Queen Elizabeth National was long-established in 1954 and named after Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom. Geographically, the park runs from the foothills of the Rwenzori crater in the north to the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, Lake George and Kazinga Channel, combining a widespread diversity of habitats like savanna, wetlands and lowland forests amongst others. Read more

Lake Mburo National park

Lake Mburo National Park is located in western Uganda. The park is situated about 30 kilometers east of Mbarara town. Lake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes, which, together with the nearby wetlands, make up 20% of the park’s surface area of 260 square kilometers. However, having an area of 260 square kilometers only, makes it the smallest of the Uganda’s savanna National Parks. Read more