Despite the fact that Uganda is a land locked country, it is gifted by nature. Winston Churchill called it ‘the Pearl of Africa’ which is perhaps an understatement considering its beauty, riches and among all is the favorable climate. It is home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla and also a Bird and Primate paradise. The 10 National Parks and wildlife areas play host to Africa’s ‘Big 5’: Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo without forgetting Gorilla and Chimpanzee.
The Equatorial climate provides permanent year-round temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius yet the Rwenzori mountain range, Africa’s highest, is snow capped. Uganda is also the source of the world’s second longest river, The Nile, which starts its journey at Africa’s largest lake, Victoria, dotted with tropical islands and their sandy white beaches.
Uganda National Parks & other Tourist Spots
Uganda for nature lovers is a brilliant choice for a holiday safari / vacation in Africa. The diversity of the country will surprise many and if you do visit this dynamic country famously known as the Pearl of Africa, here is a list of National Parks and other places you will want to see.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
A great tourist spot for mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda. Bwindi national park is a home to half of the world’s remaining population of these gigantic apes with about 400 individuals. This is according to the 2011 census. This is the most popular national park in Uganda and is about 8-10hrs drive from Kampala, the capital city of the country.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and covers the entire Kazinga channel that connects Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. Queen Elizabeth National Park located in Western Uganda is the home of many wildlife species and a game drive here is pretty rewarding. The national park is also popular to be the birder’s paradise with about 611 bird species.
Murchison Falls National Park
The scenic view of the Murchison Falls is really stunning!! This park is situated at the northern tip of the Albertine Rift Valley. As one of Uganda’s oldest conservation places, a wide variety of animal and bird species are making their habitat in here. Various activities can be done while touring in the park such as chimpanzee tracking, game drive, and boat ride.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
This is known as ‘The Mountains of the Moon’, situated a few kilometers on the north of the equator in Western Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountains N.P is about 4,000 meters above the ground level of the Albertine Rift Valley. The presence of the glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls makes the park a very beautiful alpine area in Africa. The highest peak is Margherita peak (5109m) and takes a minimum of 8 Days. Also other short trips are available to different peaks of the Mountain.
Lake Mburo National Park
It is just 3hrs drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Lake Mburo National Park is tourist spot in Uganda that is popular for its abundance in biodiversity due to the various micro-climate that the area displays. Antelope species such as the Impala is abundant in the park where the name of the capital city Kampala is derived. Other animal like Zebras and bird species abound around the park.