Our National Parks

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Located about 580 kilometers from the capital city of Uganda Kampala via Kabale town and one of the most unique and important forests in Africa. Bwindi has always been a refuge where forest species could survive when the forest elsewhere have died. It is also one of the richest forests in east Africa with 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 320 species of trees and also 120 species of mammals including 10 species of primates and the only park on the continent where the two apes co-exist that is the Chimpanzees and Gorillas.

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Kibale Forest National Park

This park is located in the Southern Western part of Uganda in the districts of Kamwenge and Kabarole which are in a continuous stretch of Queen Elizabeth National Park conservation area. Initially it used to be a hunting area for the Tooro King until it was decided to be named a national park in the year 1993 after realising what potential it had to save the primates that call it home. Besides being home to the 13 primate species recorded, it also has crater lakes and has 2 rivers that pas through it that is River Mpanga and Dura. It is about 320 kilometres from the city of Kampala and takes about 4-5 hours on the road.

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Kidepo National Park

Few tourists that make it as far north as Kidepo Valley are rewarded with not only the best selection of animals, but some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. Situated up in the country’s remote north-eastern corner, Kidepo contains rolling savannas extending towards mountain ranges in three countries which are Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.  In the recent past, it has won a number of travel accolades including being named one of the best game parks in Africa by CNN. It is home to the largest buffalo herds on the continent and together with its sprawling grasslands thus creating an amazing scenic display that can’t be matched by any other park in Uganda.

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Lake Mburo National Park

This national park is the smallest park in Uganda. It is the nearest park from the capital city which is just 4 hours’ drive at about 285 kilometers on Kampala –Masaka-Mbarara road. This 370 square kilometers land is home to a rare antelope called Impala which is only found in this park in Uganda besides that there are slender mongoose, bush rats, duikers and buffaloes that can also be found in the park.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

MGNP is located in the south western corner of Uganda and is about 10km from Kisoro and is bordered to the south by the republic of Rwanda and to the west it boarders the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet on top of Mt. Sabinyo and when you reach this park in the Uganda side you can walk up to the viewpoint which takes about 15 minutes and get an overview of the area and an experience of viewing 3 countries from one point. For the last years of the century, it has been more guerrillas than gorillas in this park because of the wars in the region which is why it is important for people in all three of these countries that the park and the animals still survive.

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Mount Elgon National Park

This is another boarder sharing park between Uganda and Kenya. It is located in Eastern Uganda in the districts of Mbale Manafwa, Kween, Bududa, Bulambuli, Kapchorwa and Sironko. It is about 330 km which is 4-5 hours’ drive from Kampala.  The mountain stands at a height of 4321 meters above sea level the eighth in Africa and it is an extinct volcano. The mountain rises from the broadest base of any freestanding mountain in the world whose formation is associated with the tectonic movements that created the rift valley some million years ago. Its diameter of 8 km makes it’s the largest mountain caldera in the world and it’s dotted with small crater lakes that were created as a result of glacial activities.

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Murchison Falls National Park

This is the biggest national park in Uganda and one of the oldest parks designated in the year 1952. it is located about 300 kilometers northwards from the capital city of Uganda Kampala which is about a 4 to 5 hours’ drive through the plains of Luwero. It is the park with most of chances of viewing the 4 of the big 5 of the game as you with the exception of the Rhinoceros. This 3840 square meters big is also home to the famous and the strongest water falls in the world at Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a 6-metre gorge falling 43 meters to form the most dramatic and hardest waterfalls along its 6650km journey to the Mediterranean.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

There is a reason why Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s most visited game park. The never ending savannas, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands have drawn a wide range of wildlife to dwell in this place. In return, the classic big game, 10 primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 bird species attract many tourists to this national heritage. Queen Elizabeth National park is also the home of the legendary tree climbing lions of Ishasha. The resident lions have taken to a curious habit, climbing into giant fig trees and acacia trees. In Kyambura Gorge you see chimps while the boat ride along the famous Kazinga channel is another spectacle which allows elephants, hippos, buffalos, crocodiles and plenty of birds in the most relaxed manner possible.

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Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Located in the south western part of Uganda Rwenzori National Park is home to the third highest peak on the African continent Margarita which stands at 5109 meters above sea level on Mountain Rwenzori. This 996 square kilometers land lies across the Uganda Congo boarder with a beautiful landscape to share with its visitors. Comprised of moorland, bamboo and moist montane forests, this park is home to some of the endemic species of it’s over 217 species of birds and about 70 species of mammals some that include but not limited to the Moon Striped Mouse, Rwenzori Horse Shoe Bat, the Rwenzori Otter Shrew and the Rwenzori Turaco.  Its local name is Ruwenzori “cloud king” which was given to it by the renown explorer Henry Stanley. It is known as the mystical challenge which has been taken on by strong hearted and adventurous travelers to Uganda on a complete 9-12 days Margarita challenge that usually hikers spend discovering this snowcapped mountain. It is advisable to go for hiking during the dryer season month of June to September as it’s harder during the rainy season months.

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Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park gazated in 1993 is about 6 hours’ drive from Uganda’s capital city Kampala about 400 kilometres. Situated in the county of Bwamba in the district of Bundibugyo in the Western corner of Uganda this park provides a taste of central Africa without leaving Uganda. It is home to the Sempaya Hot springs which are some of the famous attractions of western Uganda. These hot springs bubble up from the depth of Sempaya to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that shaped the rift valley since its formation 14 million years. The culture of the area has differentiated the hot springs as they are Semuliki forest was first reserved in 1932 as it was home to mammal species like the Elephants, Buffaloes, pygmy Antelopes, Leopards, Hippos, Civets, Nine species of Duikers, and also some species of butterflies have been recorded.

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