The Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda

Uganda’s Best Wildlife Parks – Places and Destinations

The Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda for a Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is one of Africa’s most beautiful places.   Uganda is like all of Best Parks and Places to visit in UgandaSub-Sahara Africa compressed into one country.

The Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda.There are 10 Parks within the Pearl of Africa, none of them are same, Savanna Parks with Wildlife in abundance, Ancient Forest with half of the mountain gorillas in the world in it. Jungle Swamps and Rainforests filled with screeching Chimpanzees and other primates. The tallest Mountain Range in Africa, Dormant Volcanoes to Climb.

Beyond the parks there is Lake Victoria, a seeming an unending sea, the Explosion Crater Lakes with their incredible beauty.  The River Nile, the longest River in the World, the scenic Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda. On top of that the Equator runs through it.

Uganda is the PearUganda-Best-Country-To-Visit-Lonely-Planet-2012l of Africa with the Best Parks and Places that await you to explore while on a safari in what many consider one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Africa and the beauty is that you can visit this without the crowds even during the peak seasons of the year.

ganda has received more awards, accolades and praised than most African countries, yet it remains – Africa – witout the Crowds.

Map-of-Uganda-ParksMap of Uganda’s Parks:

The Parks and locations in Uganda on a map give you an idea as to their location within Uganda and you can see if they are close to each other for planning your Safari.

It is good to get a lay of the land and distances between the parks.  This is quite helpful when you are planning a safari in Uganda.

Often people write to us and ask to see this or that in the country.  The problem at times is that they parks they are interested in are at opposite end of the Country.

Take a look at the map and park locations as you plan your safari in Uganda.  You will find the map with parks quite helpful.

The Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda

Murchison-Falls-Park-250Murchison Falls Park – Uganda’s Best all around Park:

Murchison Falls National Park is the best all around park in Uganda with the most powerful waterfall in the world and the historic River Nile Running through it.  Murchison Falls National Park is also the most popular and most visited park in Uganda according to recent statistics released in 2014.

On a Murchison Falls Park Safri yu can easily add on Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Tracking and Birding.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Rhino Tracking, nature walks, canoe birding.  Hiking, Birding, game drives, boat safaris on the Nile, Fishing all can be done at Murchison Falls National Park.  Uganda’s most popular national Park.

Kidepo-Valley-Park-ugandaKidepo Valley Park – remote – unvisited:

Kidepo Valley National Park is a fabulous wildlife park in Northeastern Uganda – when on a game drive you have the feeling that you are all alone here and alone you are in the most remote park in Uganda and for that matter East Africa.

Kidepo Valley Park is a rugged, beautiful park that is like the Africa that you imagined it to be, but only better.  A park not be missed.  It is a bit hard getting here, but well worth the journey.

CNN named it the Number 3 Wildlife Park in all of Africa – to us it is Africa as it was 50 years ago.

Queen Elizabeth Park – a Tapestry of Natural Wonders Queen-Elizabeth-Park-lions

Queen Elizabeth Park – one of Uganda’s favorite National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You can easily spend a week here or longer Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is simply a tapestry of natural wonder and one of its advantages is that it is conveniently located, close to Bwindi Impenetrable Park, Kibale Forest and the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

A park fit for a queen, and yes Queen Elizabeth has visited here.

Ishasha-Best Place to see Tree Climbing Lions

Bwindi-Impenetrable-Forest-boxBwindi Impenetrable Forest – Home of the Mountain Gorillas:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Southwest Uganda, home to over half of the Mountain Gorillas in the world, best spot for Birding in Africa.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is much more than Mountain Gorillas for you to partake in. (Gorilla Habituation Experience is now offered)

There are the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Hiking Trails, the Batwa Experience , Biking through the Forest and more

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to Mountain Gorillas but a UNESCO World heritage, a prime birder site and anyone that wold enjoy hiking through this ancient forest.

Rushaga – the best place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Treking

Top things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla ParkMgahinga Gorilla Park “a small Park – many activities”:

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, is one of the most scenic parks in Uganda, small but there are also many and varied activities for you to partake in while on Safari in Uganda.

There are many activities that you do here such as Volcano Climbing, Gorilla Tracking, interactive cultural walks with the Batwa People-the original People of the forest, Caving, Birding, nature walk and hikes, and visit the Golden Monkey and either  track them or spend 4 hours with them in the Golden Monkey Habituation experience where you are with researchers and guides.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park – small but, lots to things to do and see.

Kibale Forest National Park – Primates in Abundance:kibale-rainforest

Kibale Forest – Discover Nature in the Rainforest Jungle of Kibale Kibale Forest where the West African Jungle Meets East Africa Kibale Forest National Park is the best place in East Africa for Chimpanzee Tracking and is mostly known for just that.

There is however much more to Kibale Forest than the chimpanzees – there are 13 species of primates, 350 species of birds, over 200 species of butterflies, forest elephants, buffaloes, leopards and much more to be seen in this great park.

Kibale Forest is the best place in East Africa for Chimpanzee Trekking with 1500 chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates.

Lake Mburo National Park – a Taste of the African Wild:Lake-Mburo-Park

Lake Mburo closest Wildlife Park to Kampala Lake Mburo National Park – Savannah grasslands, Rolling hills, Lakes and Swamps There are many visitors to Uganda that would love to have a taste of the African Wild but only have a day or two during their time in Uganda.

Lake Mburo Park is Uganda’s smallest Savannah Park one of the best places to find zebras and the large Eland Antelopes.

Lake Mburo Park is also home to Rothschild Giraffes, there are a few lions here but rarely see, you can hear them roar, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, 3 kind of otters and more.

Semliki-Valley-ParkThe Semliki Valley – Uganda’s Scenic Wonder in the Western Rift:

Semliki National Park and Wildlife Reserve part of Uganda’s Great Rift Valley Semliki Valley – diverse, stunning beautiful, ancient, unlike anywhere else in Uganda

.As you come down the escarpment of the Western Albertine Rift Valley,  you will find the views most amazing, vast savannah grasslands, forests, bordered by the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

The Semliki Valley is a virtual treasure trove for birders and those who love tracking chimpanzees.

Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon:Rwenzori-Mountains-of-the-Moon

The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon is off of the beaten path for many since most believe that the only activities there are, are for mountaineers.

There are many activities that one can partake in that involve the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon.

You can have a village stay, hike, bird, nature walks all without the crowds, it has been some of our client’s favorite place in Uganda.

You can also conquer some of the snow-covered peaks, in 20 years the glaciers will be probably gone, so the time is now to climb them, before it is too late.

Mount-Elgon-Sipi-FallsMount Elgon and Sipi Falls – Adventures in Uganda:

Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls – part of the Eastern Wonders of Uganda – Adventure, Nature Walks, Hikes, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Trout Fishing and much more to do and see here.

This is a fantastic area with a lot of things to be discovered, great hikes, great nature walks, visit the only Jewish Community in Uganda, explore ancient rock paintings, or do like many do here, they simply relax and chill out for a few days.

The Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls area stands for adventure in Uganda – however it is also a great place to just be and relax.

Other Places of Interest in Uganda that you can include in your Safari

Entebbe Botanical Gardens:Entebbe-Botanical-Garden

Peaceful – Beautiful – Exotic – Entebbe Botanical Gardens Birds-Monkeys-Flowers-Plants-Trees beyond the Imagination at Entebbe Botanical Gardens Entebbe Botanical Gardens provides a perfect introduction to the Pearl of Africa with all of its beauty and magical splendor.

Entebbe Botanical Gardens is beautiful pearl within the Pearl of Africa – Uganda .

You can easily spend a half a day or longer here, if you are a birder this is a great place to start in Uganda.

Ssese Islands – Uganda’s Hidden Islands:Ssese-Islands-Lake-Victoria

Ssese Island–amongst the world’s best secret islands Landlocked Uganda’s Ssese Islands make the top ten list of the World’s best secret Island 84 Emerald Islands located in Lake Victoria.

We use the Ssese Islands at the end of a safari in Uganda for our clients to unwind and relax.

You can fish here, boat, hike, bike, or just read a book and relax on your own tropical island in the sun – the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria.

The Ssese Islands are off of the beaten tourist track.

Ssezibwa Falls – Culture – Legends – Scenic Wonders:Ssezibwa-Falls-near-Kampala

Ssezibwa falls- a perfect cultural and scenic outing Ssezibwa Falls – a short Distance from Kampala – include a visit here with a day at Jinja Kampala can be a most busy city, traffic jams, people moving everywhere.

Ssezibwa Falls is the very opposite, a place that is restive, cultural and scenic.

Ssezibwa Falls is a short distance from Kampala and can be included in a day-trip to Mabira Forest and  or Jinja.

You might meet up with a traditional cultural practice while here.

Mabira Forest – a Rainforest at Kampala’s Doorstep:Mabira-Forest-near-Kampala

A day in  Mabira Rainforest – A place of wonder Mabira Rainforest is not on many Ugandan Safari Itineraries making it a quiet – tranquil Forest of Discovery without the crowds Nature Walks, Mountain Biking, Birding Walks, Relaxation, Guided Hikes,Uganda Mangabey Trekking and Zip-Lining above the tree-tops.

Mabira Rainforest is just a short distance from Kampala and equally so from Jinja – the adventure capital of Uganda.

Mabira Forest will soon be the place where you will be able to track the Uganda Mangabey Monkeys.

Jinja – the Adrenaline Pumping Capital of East Africa Jinja-adventure-capital

Jinja is synonymous with Adrenaline Pumping Adventure in East Africa Grade 5 White Water Rafting, White Water Kayaking, Bungee Jumping, Family Floats, Sunset Cruises on Nile and Lake Victoria, African Queen Boat Rides, Jet-Boat Rides up and down the Rapids, River Surfing, ATV Quad Bike Rides, Horseback Riding Safaris, Bicycle Tours and much more .

Jinja is the Adventure Capital of East Africa in Uganda. Take advantage now of the White Water, if a present new dam goes up to its proposed hike, Jinja will onc again be a sleepy town and the White-Water areas a mere lake.

Itanda Falls – A place of Discovery on the Nile at Jinja Itanda-Falls-near-Jinja

Most Visitors do not know about or ever see Itanda Falls except Rafting down the Nil, at Itanda they stop and walk around the falls since they are too dangerous.

The Hidden Itanda Falls are Sights and Sounds along the historic River Nile not be missed by visitors to Jinja.

Bujagali Falls, long a tourist Destination is no more – just a few ripples – but Itanda awaits you.

Enjoy Itanda Falls 27 kilometers from Jinja.

ziwa-rhino-sanctuaryZiwa Rhino Sanctuary:

A walk with the Rhinos of Uganda Tracking Rhinos up close in Uganda at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a short 3 hour drive – about half way to Murchison Falls Park – Paraa Location – shorter if you are heading to  Chobe Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls Park.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is not only home to Rhinos but much other wildlife and an excellent birding location.

You can take nature walks, birding walks, and a boat paddled through the Lugogo swamp, one of the best locations in Uganda to spot the elusive shoebill stork.

Budongo Forest Chimpanzees – Birding – Nature Walks:Budongo-Forest-Murchison

Budongo Forest – Just 3 hours plus from Kampala Budongo Forest- is best combined with Murchison Falls Park Wildlife and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Rhino Tracking Murchison Falls National Park has a lot to offer, it is the largest wildlife reserve and park in Uganda and there  is a lot more to see here besides tracking chimpanzees.

Budongo Forest is a prime birding area in Uganda including the Royal Mile of the forest.  Even in the more norther area, birding is just great in the largest Mahogany Forest in East Africa.

You can also take Nature Walks here

Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve – the Albertine Western Rift Valley:Kabwoya-Wildlife-Reserve

Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is one of the Scenic Wonders found in Uganda Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is the perfect scenic stop between Murchison Falls Park and Kibale Forest Park Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is simply off of the map for most Safari Tour operators, they simply pass it by and tourists to Uganda miss the beauty of the Western Rift Escarpment and the quiet serenity of the area.

Here you can even go on a horseback riding Safari from Lake Albert Lodge,  You can also go on Nature walks,have a bush dinner here, visit a fishing village on the lake.

Explosion Crater Lakes in Uganda Crater-Lakes-in-Uganda:

The Explosion Crater Lakes of Western Uganda Western Uganda is dotted with dozens of extinct volcanoes called Explosion Craters Best Places to see Explosion Crater Lakes in Uganda

The explosion crater are simply beautiful behold, offer great hiking in places near Fort Portal in Western Uganda, including the famous “Top of the World Hike.

The crater lakes often become a scenic highlight for visitors to Uganda especially in the Fort Portal area and the Katwe Explosion Crater Drive that is in Queen Elizabeth Park

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:Bigodi-Wetlands-Sanctuary

Hike through the Jungle Swamp of Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Fabulous Birding & Primate Viewing Most come to this area of Kibale Forest to visit the Chimpanzees and other Primates in Kibale Rainforestl

Bigodi Wetlands Santuary is a destination in itself, it being one of the only true jungle swamps in Uganda, the primates found here and of course the birds, it is always on birders must see list.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is filled with natural wonders and surprises and not to be missed.

The Amabeere Caves:Amabeere-Caves

The Amabeere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves Some call them Amabere Caves – it is the same Place Just 8 kilometers from Fort Portal discover the ancient and legendary Amabeere Caves The Amabeere Caves and the three surrounding Explosion Crater Lakes make it a most interesting half day adventure and can be easily taken while staying in the Kibale Forest area.

The Amabeere Caves are a cultural and natural wonder.  It is a place of legends and myths, Ugandans seem to enjoy them the most.  Those legends were part of the Toro Kingdom and the kingdom still exists today with one of the youngest Kings in the world.

Kalinzu Forest – Chimpanzee Tracking – Birding – Nature Walks:Kalinzu-Forest-Chimpanzees

An African Forest waiting to be explored – Kalinzu Forest Kalinzu Forest is accessible from the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth Park – 2 hour drive Kalinzu Forest in Western Uganda is one of those special places that you have always wanted to explore.

If you are visiting Queen Elizabeth Park – Kalinzu Forest can easily be reached for your chimpanzee tracking and here children 12 years old can track Chimpanzees.

Besides chimpanzee tracking there are the hikes and birding. There is only a very basic camp here to stay overnight, it is best one stays in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lake Bunyonyi – Magical Lake in Uganda:Lake-Bunyonyi-small

Lonely Planet describes Lake Bunyonyi as “A Scene from Lord of the Rings” Lake Bunyonyi – the lake for a day or two of rest and relaxation- one of the best places to chill out in Uganda Lake Bunyonyi a feast for the eyes-and its crayfish a delight for the palate.

Lake Bunyonyi has 29 islands for you to explore and to enjoy while you discover them by a dugout canoe or motorboat voyage.

Bunyonyi means place of little birds and here there are birds of all sizes that you can spot as you take a dugout canoe ride around the Lake.  You can also take a motorboat.

Lake Mutanda in the Shadow of the Virunga Volcanoes:Lake Mutanda-small

Enchanting Lake Mutanda – in the shadows of the Mufumbiro Mountains that Cook – Virunga Volcanoes Lake Mutanda – one of the most stunning scenic lakes in Africa Southwest Uganda and for that matter Africa.

Lake Mutanda a virtually undiscovered Lake in the shadow of the Mountains that cook, the Virunga Volcanoes. Due to more and more Gorilla trekking being done in the southern end of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, more people are discovering this beautiful lake and hike to it, paddle across it.  Explore the islands, stay at one of the few lodges found here and enjoy the beauty of it all.

Uganda the Pearl of Africa awaits you – enjoy your time in Uganda and visit some of its natural wonders..


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