The Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa

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 Sub-Sahara Africa Best Parks and Places to visit in Ugandacondensed 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 with Tropical Islands on the Equator, 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 Uganda.

Uganda is the Pearl 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.

Uganda has received more awards, accolades and praised than most African countries, yet it remains – Africa – without the Crowds.

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

The Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda.  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 Wildlife Parks in Uganda:

Kidepo-Valley-Park-ugandaNumber 1 – Kidepo Valley Park – Africa as it used to be:

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 on many people’s bucket list and yet it receives less than 10 visitors per day.  Africa without the crowds.

CNN named it the Number 3 Wildlife Park in all of Africa – to us it is Africa as it was 50 years ago. The Wanderlust Movement’s – survey among Travel Bloggers came up with Kidepo Valley Park and the Karamoja Region as the top African Travel Destination for 2017.

Number 2 – Murchison Falls Park – The River Nile runs through it

Murchison Falls National Park is the best all around park in Uganda (due to travel time) 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 parks in Uganda with the largest population of Rothschild Giraffes in Africa (over 1,000).

On a Murchison Falls Park Safari 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.

Number 3 – Queen Elizabeth Park – Home of the Tree Climbing Lions: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 wonders 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

Number 4 – Lake Mburo National Park- Zebras & Giraffes: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-ParkNumber 5 – The Semliki Valley – Jungle and Savannah:

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 chimpanzee.

Savannah, the Western Rift Valley, Jungles, forests, off the beaten track for most.

The Best Mountain Gorilla Trekking Park in Uganda:

Bwindi-Impenetrable-Forest-boxNumber 1 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park – over 400 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

The other park where Gorilla Trekking is a possibility is Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

The Best Chimpanzee Trekking Park in Uganda:

Number 1 – Kibale Forest National Park: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.

The Best Golden Monkey Trekking Park in Uganda:

Top things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla ParkNumber 1 – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

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. It is the best Golden Monkey Trekking Park 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.

The Best Mountain Alpine Park in Uganda:

Number 1 – Rwenzori Mountains Naional Park: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.

The Best Volcano Parks in Uganda:

Top things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla ParkNumber 1 – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

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. It is the best Golden Monkey Trekking Park in Uganda.

There are three volcanoes for you to climb in one day Hike – Climbs.  Mount Sabinyo, Mount Muhabura or Muhavura, and Mount Gahinga, a must for the outdoor enthusiast.

Not only is the park great for Volcano Hikes, but other hiking trails are found here.

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

Mount-Elgon-Sipi-FallsNumber 2 – Mount Elgon National Park – Sipi Falls:

Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls – part of the Eastern Wonders of Uganda – Adventure, Nature Walks, Hikes, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Trout Fishing, Volcano Climbing 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.

Mount Elgon is a 4 day climb but day trips up the mountain can be taken instead.

The Best Place for Adrenaline Pumping Adventures:

Number 1 – Jinja-adventure-capitalJinja on the River Nile:

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 once again be a sleepy town and the White-Water areas a mere lake.

The Best Tropical Islands In Uganda:

Number 1 – 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 Best Tropical Island to visit is Bulago Island where the exclusive Pineapple Bay Resort is found.  Our Mini Version of Zanzibar.

The Best Jungle Swamp in Uganda:

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 Sanctuary 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 every birders must see list.

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

One of East Africa’s Best Jungle Swamps

The Best Scenic Lakes to visit in Uganda:

Number 1 – Lake Bunyonyi: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.

Number 2- Lake Mutanda: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.

The Best Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes in Uganda:

Number 1 – Explosion Crater LakesCrater-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

Uganda – a must country to visit that should be on your Bucket List:

Uganda was not called by Accident even before Winston Churchill – who is often given the credit for the Name, other explorers became enamored with Uganda and most of them, unlike visitors today, passed through a small part of Uganda.

Uganda may be the size of the State of Oregon, and like Oregon it is a most bio-diverse place. It truly is Africa Condensed into a small country.

In our Opinion – if you are a first time visitor to Africa – Uganda should be the country that you visit. Wildlife, Primates, vast Savannas, jungle and rainforests, the River Nile, the vast Lake Victoria and one of the few places on the continent where you can still see Authentic Africa at its best, and all that without the crowds.  We look forward to welcoming you to Uganda.

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