National Park Rules

National Parks in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semuliki National Park, Kibale National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Lake Mburo National park and Mgahinga National park.

Uganda Tourism Board in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) set rules and Regulations to govern all the ten national parks in Uganda.

  • Avoid making Campfires except under the guidance of rangers – Camp fires only allowed at the officially designed camp site places. If not guided, fire can gut wild animals, birds and their habitats. unauthorized fire setting can also scare away animals.
  • Do not off track – off tracking should only be done under the guidance of rangers. Unauthorized off tracking attracts fine. Safari guides are strictly advised to drive through the legalized routes in order to protect bushes, forest, animals and birds.
  • Avoid motor horn sounds while in the park. The sound scares animals and birds and may end up turning armful. The horn sounds may also affect people with heart diseases found in the park.
  • Driving through the park at night is not allowed unless guided by the rangers. Night game in parks like Semliki are paid for and strictly guided by the rangers. This is done to avoid knocking nocturnal which move at night in the park. Also note that, the vehicle doing night game drives should be able to give maximum light.
  • Do not enter the park with pet animals like Dogs, snakes, birds among others. This is done to minimize the spread of diseases from the one animal to another.
  • Avoid carrying firearms to the park. Such ammunition can destruct the security in the park. You may be looked at as a threat to the wildlife and other visitors in the park.
  • Avoid destroying vegetation by plucking leaves, flowers or uprooting plants, setting fire in the park. Learn that, the parks are natural habitats for wildlife which should be conserved for future generation. The destroying of wild life habitat can force them to migrate to another location.
  • Lower the speed to 40km per hour (25mph) to avoid accidents in the park. Knocking animals or birds will attract fines to pay for each knocked animal.
  • Carry all your documents and present them for verification at any entry point. Move with your receipts, Identity Cards, passports, and or driver’s license for inspection.