Wildlife Parks and Places to visit in Uganda

The Parks and Places that make Uganda the Pearl of Africa

The Parks and Places to see and not to miss in Uganda

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is one of Africa’s most beautiful places – the small cUganda-is-the-only-Pearl-of-Africaountry of Uganda is like all of Africa compressed into one country – you can find almost every thing here – Sandy Beaches on Hidden Tropical Islands, Pristine Lakes with scenery that will take your breath away, the Historic River Nile, a Mountain Range taller than the Alps, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon which is the tallest Mountain Range in Africa, Lake Victoria large enough to be an unending sea, Forests that are like jungles filled with Primates, Birds, Butterflies, endless Savannahs filled with an abundance of wildlife, Volcanoes to climb with views to live for.

Uganda is the Pearl of Africa with places and parks 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.

This year come and visit Africa and Discover Uganda and its Parks and Places…you will enjoy the Pearl of Africa….from Kampala….jon

Map-of-Uganda-ParksMap of Uganda Parks:

The Parks and locations in Uganda on a map that gives you an idea as to their location within Uganda.  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.  However it may be like Mount Elgon in the East in the country and Mgahinga Gorilla Park which is in the southwest corner of the country.

Take a look at the map and park locations as you plan your safari in Uganda.

Murchison-Falls-Park-250Murchison Falls National 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.  The nice thing about Murchison Falls Park is that you 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 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, a bit hard getting here, but well worth the journey.

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

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 a queen, and yes Queen Elizabeth has visited here.

Ishasha-Best Place to see Tree Climbing Lions

Bwindi-Impenetrable-Forest-boxBwindi Impenetrable Forest- World Heritage Site:

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 is much more than Mountain Gorillas for you to partake in.

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.

Stunning Beautiful Nkuringo in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Mgahinga Gorilla Park-smallMgahinga Gorilla Park “a small Park – many activities”:

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

Volcano Climbing,Gorilla Tracking, interactive cultural walks with the Batwa People, Caving, Birding, nature walks, and Golden Monkey Tracking.


kibale-rainforestKibale Forest National Park – Primates in Abundance:

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.

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

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.

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  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.

Rwenzori-Mountains-of-the-MoonRwenzori 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 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.

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.

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-GardenEntebbe Botanical Gardens:

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-Lake-VictoriaSsese Islands – Uganda’s Hidden Islands:

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.

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

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.

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

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, 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-adventure-capitalJinja – the Adrenaline Pumping Capital of East Africa 

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.

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

Most Visitors do not know about or ever see Itanda Falls except Rafting down the Nile 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 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.


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.

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

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.

Crater-Lakes-in-UgandaCrater 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 of visitors to Uganda.

Bigodi-Wetlands-SanctuaryBigodi 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 Rainforest and yet there is much more to do and see and Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is not always high on the list of things to do.

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

Amabeere-CavesThe 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 – a cultural and natural wonder.

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

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 done for your chimpanzee tracking.

Besides chimpanzee tracking there are the hikes and birding.

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

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.

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

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.


Uganda the Pearl of Africa awaits you – enjoy your time in Uganda and visit some of its natural wonders…from Kampala…jon

 “The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate upon Uganda – The Pearl of Africa.”  Winston Churchill (My African Journey – 1908)