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Uganda National Parks

For all its natural biodiversity, Uganda National Parks’ best asset is its wildlife. Uganda’s unrivaled collection of protected areas, endless lakes, rivers, waterfalls and wetlands make it a lush tropical haven. Sprawling across both sides of the equator, a network of 10 National Parks and several other protected areas offers wildlife enthusiasts a thrilling opportunity to experience Uganda’s biodiversity.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the largest protected area in Uganda, 5.025kms, including Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, Karuma Wildlife Reserve and, in the South, Budongo Forest. The altitude range from 619m at the delta on Lake Albert and 1.292 m at Rabongo hill.

Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable national park, 331 kms, is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an altitude range from 1.160 m to 2.607m.
This is a real tropical rainforest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. In the local language “Bwindi” (from “mubwindi”) means “dark place”, referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located the South East of the actual Park, according to legends.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park covers on 2.056 kms of land; it is located in South of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering Congo and including two lakes, George and Edward that are connected by the famous Kazinga Channel which supports the experiential boat cruise. It is an ecosystem made of wetland and open savannah areas, on an altitude of 910m at Lake Edward. A World bio-sphere reserve with a RAMSAR wetland site, the park is situated astride the equator and located in south western Uganda lying on the base of the rift valley between Lakes George and Edward.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo covers 1.442 kms in size, is among the most spectacular parks in Uganda, though it is not very accessible, as it is located in the North-East of the country, bordering Sudan and Kenya, in the Karamoja region. It lies at an altitude range between 914 m. and 2.750 m. above sea level.
This consideration, combined with the valley’s open, savanna habitat, makes it the park’s prime game viewing location.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

The contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzee. Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip which stands 1590m above sea level.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

The park covers 260 kms; it is situated in Mbarara District, with an altitude range from of 1220m to 1828m above sea level. The park is named after the lake which lies in this territory.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The Park covers 38 kms in size, is the Ugandan part of the bigger Virunga Conservation Area, which is a jointly protected area with Congo and Rwanda. It includes three extinct volcanoes: Mount Sabinyo (3.669 m.), Mount Gahinga (3.474 m.) and Mount Muhavura (4.127 m.). Mgahinga is part of a larger ecosystem, the Virunga Conservation Area (434km sq) which includes two adjacent parks in Rwanda and Congo.

Rwenzori National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The park covers 996 kms, protects the slopes of the famous Rwenzori Mountains, which run for 120 km along the Congo border. It is a bloke mountain they are a result of the formation of the Rift Valley.
The Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa, with six glacial peaks: Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi da Savoia and Mount Baker.
The main peaks, Margherita (5.109m) and Alexandra (5.083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The first European who climbed the peaks was in 1906 the Italian Prince Luigi Amedeo da Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi.

Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon is an extinct volcanic mountain with the largest surface area in the world (50km by 80km) and a caldera with a diameter of about 8 km. The highest peak is Wagagai, 4.321 m.
It lies at the border with Kenya. The National Park is 1.145 kms in extension. The local people, Bagisu used to call the mount “Masaba”, while “Elgon” is named after the Anglicization of the Maasai “El Kony”. The best time to visit Mount Elgon is May and September, November and December.
Its mountainous terrain introduces variety to an otherwise monotonous regional landscape. Its cool heights offer respite for humans from the hot plains below and its higher altitudes provides a refuge for flora and fauna.

 

The park covers 220 kms, lies along the Congolese border following the Semliki River, within the Western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley, in the North of Rwenzori Mountains. The altitude is on the average 700 m above sea level. This park is now the number one birding destination in Uganda. This largely forested park represents the easternmost limit of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin and contains numerous species associated with central rather than eastern Africa.

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