The Best 10 National Parks in Uganda the Pearl of Africa

Posted by on September 23, 2019

Uganda’s Best National Parks-Plus other Tourist Destinations

The Best 10 National Parks in Uganda for a Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari


 The Best 10 National Parks in Uganda the Pearl of Africa. Uganda’s National Parks reflect the country’s biodiversity, Uganda is one of the World’s most biodiverse countries, and it is all of Africa Condensed into one small country.

Uganda is Africa, home to the Big-7, the Big-5, Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos plus Gorillas, and Chimpanzees.

Uganda’s National Parks are the reason that the Pearl of Africa is a complete+ African Safari Destination that remains affordable and that most often without the crowds.

Discover the Best 10 National Parks in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa on Safari. Uganda is Africa, as you imagine only better.


The Best 10 National Parks in Uganda the Pearl of Africa


 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park- Africa’s Premier Mountain Gorilla Park:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, do not let the name throw you off.  It is the Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Park so stunningly beautiful, that CNN Travel named it the most beautiful place on earth in 2019.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Gorilla Park with the most Mountain Gorillas. The only park where Gorillas and Chimpanzees live side by side. Bwindi Forest, where Forest Elephants might be seen on a Gorilla Trek. One of the best Birding Destinations in all of Africa. The Park is on CNN Travel’s Best Hikes in the World List and on Lonely Planet’s “Unusual Honeymoon Destinations.


 Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in the Virunga National Park. Trek the endangered Golden Monkeys here. Climb one of the three Volcanoes, Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga or Mount Sabinyo.

It is an outdoor enthusiast idea of paradise. A park so beautiful that it placed number three on the “must Photograph List.”

It is a small park, but there are many things to do and see here. Add to that the Park is “off-the-beaten-tourist path,” meaning fewer tourists.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park offers the Best Encounter with the indigenous Batwa People. Here you can see the forest and its inhabitants through the eyes of the First People of the Forest.


Kibale Forest National Park:

Kibale Forest National Park, where the West African Jungle meets East Africa. The Premier Chimpanzee Destination in East Africa in a Rainforest Jungle.  1,500 Chimpanzees live in the Forest plus 12 other Primates.

Chimpanzee Forest is not only a destination for Primate Lovers but Birding and Butterfly Enthusiasts. It is also home to, but rarely seen Forest Elephants, Forest Buffaloes, Leopards.

Kibale Forest National Park along the Explosion Crater Trail in Western Uganda. Next to Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. It is another excellent destination for Primate Trekkers, Hikers, Birder, Bikers.

It is the only park in East Africa where you can spend all day with a Chimpanzee Troop all year long.


 Murchison Falls National Park:

Murchison Falls National Park, the largest wildlife park is the best all-around Wildlife National Park due to its proximity to Kampala.

The most significant number of Nubian (Rothschild-Baringo-Uganda) Giraffes in the wild in Africa is found here.

Murchison Falls National Park is the only wildlife park with the River Nile running through it. The Nile creates the most powerful waterfall in the world as it cascades down the Western Rift Valley Escarpment.

The park is excellent for wildlife game drives, a boat safari up the River Nile. A Hike up along Murchison Falls.

There is an abundance of wildlife found here including a large number of Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes and various species of birds including water birds.


 Kidepo Valley National Park:

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 Africa that you imagined it to be, but only better.  A park not to be missed.  It is on many people’s bucket list, and yet it receives less than ten 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.

Some have called Kidepo Valley Park a Lost Eden, others as said, Africa as it used to be, those who visit here are overwhelmed by the Rugged Beauty, the wildlife, and Cultures.


 Queen Elizabeth Park – Home of the Tree Climbing Lions:

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

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

A park that is fit for a queen, and yes Queen Elizabeth has visited here. The park has something for everyone. There are Primates such as the Chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge, the explosion crater lakes, Kazinga Channel, and much more. One of the Star Attractions is the Tree Climbing Lions in the Ishasha area of the Park. It is one of the most visited parks in Uganda and a park not to be missed.


Lake Mburo National Park:

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest Savannah National Park, is the closest Wildlife Park to Kampala. It gives you a taste of the African Wild.

It is located halfway between Entebbe – Kampala and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you trek Gorillas.

Lake Mburo Park is also home to the endangered Nubian (Rothschild) Giraffes. /there are a few lions here but rarely see, you can hear them roar, leopards, the large Eland Antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, three kinds of otters and more.

It is a prime birding destination and a place where you can spot the Shoebill Stork.

The one thing that sets the parks apart from others is to go on a Horseback Riding, Bike Riding, or Hiking Safari within the park


 Semliki National Park:

Semliki (Semuliki) National Park and Toro-SemlikiWildlife Reserve in the Semliki Valley are part of Uganda’s Western  Rift. An area unlike others in Uganda. It is where the vast Ituri Forest spills over from DR Congo into Uganda. It is made of tropical lowland forest, savannah, jungle and bordered by the Semliki River. It is a stunningly beautiful park that is off-of the beaten Tourist Paths. It is a must for birders, a park for those that would like to experience the African Jungle in East Africa. The park is the only one in East Africa where you can experience a true lowland Tropical Forest Jungle where you find some of the richest and most diverse flora and fauna in Africa.

There are over 441 species of birds and 53 mammals found in the park. One cannot leave out the Sempaya Hot Springs which is a “must-do” for visitors to the park. Four different ethnic groups live near the park – Bwamba farmers live along the base of the Rwenzori while the Bakonjo cultivate the mountain slopes. Batuku cattle keepers inhabit on the open plains and the indigenous Batwa Pygmies, traditionally hunter gathers, live on the edge of the forest.


 Rwenzori Mountains National Park:

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 Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon are relatively close to Queen Elizabeth Park, Kibale Forest, and Semliki Park.

The Park can be explored in the Foothills, or you can climb the Peaks.


 Mount Elgon National Park:

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 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 Mount Elgon – Sipi Falls Region is on the border with Kenya, an area off-of-the-beaten-Tourist Track.


Map of Uganda’s National Parks:

The ten National Parks are located mostly in the western part of Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is in the north while Mount Elgon is in the east on the border with Kenya. Kidepo Valley Park is in the remote northeast of the country.

To include all parks in one Safari would take 14-days or more your time. Most visitors concentrate their time on Safari in Western Uganda discovering Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

To get a taste of Uganda, we suggest a Safari of seven to eight days which includes Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla Trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife, and Kibale Forest National Park Chimpanzee Trekking.


 Uganda – East Africa’s complete one-country Safari Destination:

The Best 10 National Parks in Uganda the Pearl of Africa. Uganda was not called “the Pearl of Africa” by Accident even before Winston Churchill popularized the term. Other explorers became enamored with Uganda.

Uganda maybe 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 one country that you visit. Uganda, the Big-5 plus Gorillas, and Chimpanzees. Uganda is your one-Country Safari Destination where you get as Americans say “More Bang for your Buck” whether on a midrange or Luxury Safari.

We know Uganda-we live and work here and there is only one thing that we do, “create Memorable Hakuna Matata – Worry-Free – Safe and Secure Safaris in the Pearl of Africa.


The Best 10 National Parks in Uganda the Pearl of Africa – if you like to see any of them on a safari with us – Let us know.