Uganda offers more than just gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safaris, in fact, the country is saturated in colour and history all the while offering up the natural beauty of its people, landscapes, wildlife and birdlife.
On this page, albeit not as in-depth as we would have liked, we highlight just a few of the natural highlights that Uganda as a safari destination has to offer.
As a destination that offers unique wildlife and birdlife National Parks, Uganda is something extraordinary; gorillas, chimpanzees, tree climbing lions, the Nile River, white water rafting, boating and fishing on Lake Victoria, quite simply this list could go on and on.
Simply put, Uganda is fantastic and everyone who visits East Africa should include a few days or a week in the country.
Destinations In Uganda
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park covers an area size of 3,840 square kilometres, Uganda's largest national park by some stretch. The park's wildlife has mostly recovered over the past few decades from the massacre by poachers and troops under Idi Amin. A variety of antelope, elephant, lion, buffalo and giraffe are frequently seen on game drives.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its volcanic features, wildlife and of course its magnificent birdlife. One of Uganda's most popular and visited attractions. The National Park is home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species with the most famous of wildlife being the tree-climbing lions.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
There are five different vegetative zones found in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park; these are grassland, montane forest, bamboo, Heather / Rapanea and Afro-alpine moorland. Game viewing is a pleasure, with Rwenzori colobus monkey, chimpanzees, forest hog, hyrax, duiker, leopard and blue monkeys to be seen.
Semliki National Park
Semliki National Park is lower-lying and more remote than most of Uganda's national parks, located in the Bundibugyo District. The park is known for the Sempaya hot springs and has more than 400 bird species, 53 mammal species and 305 tree species recorded.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park consists mainly of three extinct volcanoes and forested slopes. The park forms part of the 'Virunga Conservation Area' or VCA and has great biological importance. Attractions of the park are gorilla tracking, hiking, birding and cave exploration.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is most renowned for half of the world's population of endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are many other animals in the park, such as the grey-cheeked mangabey, elephants, black and white colobus, red colobus, blue monkeys and chimpanzees.
Mount Elgon National Park
Mt. Elgon has the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world, and the mountain has a variety of vegetation that ranges from thick and dense montane forest and bamboo belts to intriguing heath and moorland. The wildlife to be seen includes a variety of antelope and forest monkeys, along with buffalo and elephant.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Uganda's savanna national parks and is located in western Uganda (a four-hour drive from Kampala). Lake Mburo accounts for twenty per cent of the park's surface. A variety of wildlife can be seen at the park, including buffaloes, impala, eland, zebras, topi and klipspringer.
Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park adjoins with Queen Elizabeth National Park and is the most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests. The park is famous for the opportunity to track habituated chimpanzees and is a primatologist's dream. The mammal population of Kibale National Park is dominated by primates.