Uganda is a small, landlocked country in Africa with a large number of famous national parks. It is one of the few places in the world where you can spend time with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Uganda is one of the safest places to visit in order to track mountain gorillas, an activity that is becoming increasingly popular, and in Uganda, you can also find the Big Five; enjoy a tremendous number of other wildlife species and discover a fascinating variety of birds endemic to the area.
Top places to visit in Uganda
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the number one destination in Uganda for tracking gorillas. It not only has almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, but about another ten species of primate as well. These include the chimpanzee, gorgeous monkey variants, such as black and white colobus and blue monkey, and olive baboons.
- Kibale National Park – Kibale is a tropical forest with mammals and birds galore, and is also popular for its 13 species of primates. You will especially love the park’s chimpanzees. At the park visitors can choose to participate in a full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience and watch the chimps as they feed, hunt, take care of their young and rest, from the morning till evening just before they start to prepare their new nest for the night. Guided walks are available, as well as birding safaris and cultural experiences at the local Batooro village.
- Lake Mburo National Park – With a gorgeous lake this national park is a place where you can go fishing, boating and game watching. Beautiful hiking and nature walks are available and even horseback safaris are offered. Lake Mburo is one of Uganda’s smaller national parks, therefore it is easier to explore and find many types of animals.
- Murchison Falls National Park – The main attraction in this national park is the spectacular Murchison Falls, a waterfall on the White Nile. On boat trips you get to marvel at the splendour of the sight and sound of the water crashing into the river below, view wildlife on the river banks and have the amazing experience of seeing hippos and crocodiles.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park – Noted as one of the most popular wildlife areas in Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park protects a moist, evergreen rainforest and is approximately 1,900 square kilometres in size. It forms a continuous forest with the Kibale National Park and is best known for its large numbers of elephants, leopards, Congo lions, chimpanzees, Cape buffaloes and crocodiles. The area is also famous for its volcanic features, such as the Katwe Crater.
- Jinja – Jinja is well known as ‘the adventure capital of East Africa’, as its list of exciting things to do is endless. It’s located near the source of the White Nile and along the northern shores of Lake Victoria. Hence, the available water activities are plentiful. They include white-river rafting, kayaking, jet-boating, Zen-tubing, steam-boat cruises and sailing. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to go bungee jumping, horse-riding, quad or mountain biking and hiking. Jinja is really a fantastic little town with extraordinarily friendly people, many cultural experiences and lovely restaurants.
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