Uganda National Parks
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Lying in the south west of the country, 414 kms from Kampala, on the border
with The Congo, the park covers an area of over 330 sq kms. As the name dictates
- this park real African jungle area, with dense undergrowth, vines and a wide
variety of flowers and aphrodisiac plants.
Kibale Forest National Park
Located in western Uganda, covering an area of over 760 sq kms, Kibale Forest
National Park lies 35 kms south of Fort Portal and adjoins with Queen Elizabeth
National Park. Kibale is the perfect place to experience the the true diversity
of wildlife and flora found in a tropical rainforest. The park contains the
largest population of forest elephants found in Uganda but they are rarely sighted.
Kipedo Valley National Park
Located in the extreme North of the country bordering with Sudan and Kenya,
Kipedo Valley National Park covers an area of 1,344 sq.km. Due to it's remote
location this park is less visited, but it has the most spectacular scenery
of mountains and vast savannah landscapes. The park is home to the Karimojong
pastoralists. Animal species found in the region include; giraffe, ostrich,
elephant, cheetah, leopard, kudu, zebra, buffalo, amongst others.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park covers an area of 260 sq km and is located 420kms south
west of Kampala. It is one of the more popular parks, due to its relatively
close location to Kampala, being particularly busy with city weekend visitors.
The landscape consists mainly of savannah and the area contains four lakes.
The open valleys on the western side of the game offer the best game viewing
opportunities, with large herds of elephants and buffalo roaming the land.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga is the second home to one of the last remaining habitats of the mountain
gorilla found on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. Access to visit the gorillas
is strictly controlled , with only small groups being allowed at any one time
and always accompanied by a ranger. Booking to see the gorillas must be made
well in advance. Other wildlife found in the park include bushbuck, elephant,
leopard, aardvark, honey badger. jackal and a wealth of birdlife.
Mt Rwenzori National Park
Lying along the western border of Uganda and covering an area of over 995 sq
kms, named "Mountains of the Moon" for its mist-shrouded, snow-capped
peaks. The mountain range has six peaks, carrying permanent snow and glaciers
and offering spectacular scenery.
Mt Elgon National Park
Lying 256 kms north east of Kampala, bordering with Kenya in eastern Uganda,
Mt. Elgon covers an area of 1155 sq. kms. If offers a diverse variety of scenery,
vegetation and cultures. Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano with a gradual slopes
to the crater rim, lying at 4,321 metres above seal level. Mountaineering skills
are not required. The whole region is excellent for hikers and climbers, with
caves, rock painting, gorges, waterfalls providing excellent scenery. Sipi Falls,
at the foothills of the mountain is a favourite destination.
Murchison Falls National Park
The largest park in Uganda covering on area of over 3,840 sq kms, Murchinson
Falls park is also one of the most famous for its scenic beauty, magnificent
falls and high concentration of game. It is situated approximately 350 kms north
west of Kampala. The mighty Nile river divides the park into the north and south
sections with the spectacular Murchinson Falls dropping some 40 meters through
a narrow crevice.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park covers and area of almost 2,000 sq kms and lies between the Rwenzori
Mountains to the east and Lake Edward to the west., approx 470kms from Kampala.
This parks wildlife once suffered from heavy poaching, but recent conservation
efforts have restored much of the game and it now claims to be one of the best
places on the continent to see high concentrations of hippo.
Uganda National Parks