The Best Parks and Places in Uganda-the Pearl of Africa

Posted by on July 6, 2018

Uganda’s Best Wildlife Parks – Places and Destinations

Best Parks and Places 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 condensed into one country.

The Best Parks and Places in Uganda-the Pearl of Africa. 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.

Discover The Best Parks and Places in Uganda-the Pearl of Africa. Uganda is much more than Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees. It is Africa Condensed  into one Country and to most, it is the Pearl of Africa

The Best Wildlife Parks in Uganda:

Number 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 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 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.

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.

 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 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.

Murchison Falls Park, somewhat away from the normal Tourist Track that leads to Western Uganda, it is, however, more than the worth the extra time.  What other park has the Nile running through it?

 Number 3 – 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 longer 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.  It is a park not to be missed.

Ishasha-Best Place to see Tree Climbing Lions

Number 4 – Lake Mburo National Park- Zebras & Giraffes:

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 kinds of otters and more.

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

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

Number 5 – The Semliki Valley – Jungle and Savannah:

Semliki National Park and Wildlife Reserve part of Uganda’s Great Rift Valley Semliki Valley – diverse, stunningly 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.

At one time, Semliki Park was home to the Male Lions with the longest manes in East Africa  It is a great Savannah Park off-of-the-beaten Path.

The Best Mountain Gorilla Trekking Park in Uganda:

 N umber 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, the 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 would enjoy a scenic hike from one end of the Forest to the other.

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

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

Uganda offers you Gorilla Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes and in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

T he Best Chimpanzee Trekking Park in Uganda:

 N umber 1 – Kibale Forest National Park:

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.

Kalinzu Forest is another place with excellent Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda.

The Best Golden Monkey Trekking Park in Uganda:

Number 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 park but, lots of things to do and see.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park – the best park to Trek Golden Monkeys in East Africa

The Best Montane Alpine Park in Uganda:

 N umber 1 – Rwenzori Moutains 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.

The Best Volcano Parks in Uganda:

Number 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 of things to do and see.

Climb the Mufumbiro Mountains, the Mountains that Cook, the Virunga Volcanoes.

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

It is best combined with a visit to Jinja or a trip to or from Kidepo Valley Park through the Karamoja Region of Uganda.

The Best Place for Adrenaline Pumping Adventures:

Number 1 – Jinja 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 the Nile and Lake Victoria,  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- it draws thousands of visitors each year to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

Without the Adventure Tourism Jinja would be a sleepy town on the Nile.  There is always talk of building new dams on the Nile, best enjoy the action while you can, times the future of Adventure Tourism in Jinja has been in doubt.

You can include – Jinja and a while on the Nile there to most safaris, just let us know.

Best Tropical Islands In Uganda:

Number 1 – Ssese 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 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.

Weekdays are most relaxing on the Islands – weekends can draw many revelers from Kampala to Kalangala.

The Best Luxury 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:

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

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a destination in itself, it is one of the only true jungle swamps in Uganda, the primates found here and of course the birds, it is always on every birder 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:

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.

Lak Bunyonyi, not to be passed by if yoiu are gorilla trekking.  It is the Perfect place to relax and chill out, do some swimming, boating, Island hooping, dugout canoeing and more.

Number 2- Lake Mutanda:

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.

Lake Mutanda is a stunning, beautiful lake with lots of activities that can be done here from hiking to boating.

The Best Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes in Uganda:

N umber 1 – Explosion Crater Lakes:

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 bto ehold, 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

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

The Best Parks and Places in Uganda-the Pearl of Africa. 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.

The very Best Parks and Places to visit in Uganda – if you like to see any of them on a safari with us – Let us know.