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Uganda Safaris, currently Uganda is a great destination for safaris  that offers affordable Uganda  gorilla safaris walking safaris in Uganda & wildlife African safaris in Uganda, Uganda is also is called the pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill and is a country of numerous attractions including green mountains, mountain gorillas, stunning lakes, streams, and rivers such as the River Nile, the world’s longest river, and wildlife species protected by numerous game parks and reserves.

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Budget Uganda Safaris, Uganda  safaris national parks is a famous, and the parks are habitat for the highest population of the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda recorded to be over 800 individuals, other famous attractions, when planing your safari trip in Uganda, Africa safari tours offers cheap Uganda safaris and tours that takes you to explore various Uganda safaris attractions that are tree-climbing lions in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park,  Uganda Chimpanzees trekking tours, best Uganda safari tour in Kibale National park, and the snow-capped mountain Kilimanjaro. and this experience proves for luxury Uganda safaris.

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Africa safari tours is Uganda tour agency that showcase Affordable Uganda safaris packages with the viewing of huge population of animal species such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, cheetah, African civet, spotted hyena, lowland gorillas, mongooses, genets, otters, bat-eared fox, jackals, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, antelopes such as eland, greater kudu, hartebeests, Oryx, defassa waterbuck, sitatunga, impala, lesser kudu, Uganda kob, reedbuck, forest duiker and many more. Primates while on an amazing Chimpanzee trek, gorilla trekking safaris, Uganda best tailored safaris packages  include mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, De brazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkeys, L’hoest’s monkey. Red colobus, patas monkey, potto, bush babies and many more that make Uganda worth visiting, safaris in Uganda is ever open for travelers/ tourist to book Uganda safaris  packages from 1 day Uganda safaris to 30 days safaris in Uganda.  our Uganda safari guide always help and  direct the client on how to book all Uganda safaris.

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gorilla uganda safarisBird watching safaris in Uganda ,  birds  in Uganda include Archer’s robin-chat, Dusky crimson wing, Dwarf Honeyguide, Fox’s weaver, Golden-winged sunbird, Grant’s bluebill, Grauer’s broadbill, Grauer’s cuckoo-shrike, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Handsome francolin, Hartlaub’s turaco, Jackson’s francolin, Karamoja apalis, Nahan’s francolin, Neumann’s warbler, Oberlaender’s ground thrush, Purple-breasted sunbird, Red-faced barbet, Red-faced woodland warbler, Red-throated alethe, Regal sunbird, Ruwenzori apalis, Ruwenzori batis, Ruwenzori double-collared sun bird and many more, for the  best Uganda safaris adventures.

Best prime attractions for Uganda safaris  are National Parks and Reserves in Uganda include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo National Park, Bwindi National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kibale National Park

Tourism destinations and attractions in Uganda.

Uganda safari activities, Uganda  is one of the richest countries with many unique destinations and attractions that attracts foreign and local tourists and that’s why it’s called the pearl of Africa. Uganda has got many [10parks] national parks with many birds and endangered Uganda safari animals like lions, elephants, buffaloes, black and white monkeys, l’hoests  gorillas/monkey, bush pigs, leopard, zebra, rhinos, warthogs, antelopes and duiker among others, wildlife reserves, cultural and heritage sites, lakes and rivers, forests among others.

Uganda as a country is the best for Africa safari tours due to its richest in having many destinations and attractions like Uganda game reserve,  around every part or region in the country for example in the central region which is the capital city, western region, eastern region and southern region which all have unique attractions. The destinations and attractions are:

Murchison falls national park.

Murchison falls national park is the oldest and largest safari park in Uganda, making it one of the most visited parks in Uganda with four of the Uganda safari big 5 animals,  It is situated at the end of the Albertine rift valley. Murchison falls national park is locally known as kabalega national park which is located 305 kilometers north of Kampala in Masindi district and can be accessed by road or flights. It covers an area of about 4000 square kilometers

Murchison falls national park has got so many endangered species was once gazetted  as a wildlife reserve In a year of 1926 and is a home of 76 different mammal species, with 451 bird species. This national park has conservation areas made up of karuma wildlife reserve, bugundu wildlife reserve and Murchison falls national park.

For  the best Africa adventure safaris Uganda Animals at Murchison falls national park are often seen while on boat safaris in Uganda and game drives in the park. The animals include elephants, Uganda kob buffaloes giraffes bushbuck warthogs hyenas, oribi, hartebeests, leopards, lions, water bucks, Rothschild among others, though crocodiles are seen lurking around the River Nile in Murchison falls national park.

Bird Uganda safaris,  Bird species, which include Albertine rifts, endemic birds, water birds and savannah birds. The birds  found in Murchison  falls national park are grey crowned crane, shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, lack headed lapwing, nightjars, marabou stork among others, murchison fall national parks offers best Uganda birding safaris.

 Activities at Murchison falls national park

Game drives

A game  drive is one of the best of Uganda safaris activities in the park. Tourists during this activity get a chance to see the four big 5 animals like lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards, but there among the 76 mammal species ,Murchison falls. This activity is carried out in the buligi peninsula where one has a great chance to view lake alert and the Victoria Nile

Chimpanzee tracking Uganda safaris. Murchison falls is one of the best places for chimpanzee tracking and this activity takes three hours [3hrs].the best time for chimpanzee trekking is from October to January. There are600 chimpanzees in kaniyo pabidi forest and budongo forest. Also this activity takes place in the morning and afternoons and always tourists must go with a game ranger.

    Boat cruise.

Boat cruise In Murchison falls   Uganda is another interesting Uganda tours and holidays activity because it takes you to the bottom of Murchison falls along Victoria Nile and can be done with a Nile boat cruise or a Delta boat cruise. The Nile boat cruise has two sessions, which is the morning session [9:00] and evening session [2:00].the Nile oat cruise costs 30 $ per person and the delta oat cruise costs 40$ per person and is best to go there in December to February. Also June to October due to the hot season, animals gather at the Nile to wash off their thirst.

    Birding.

Uganda birding safaris is also one of the activities at Murchison falls national park due to a good number of birds found in the park because it is a home of about 300 bird species for example cuckoos, woodpeckers, warbler, shoebill stork, grey heron, shrikes, geese, hamerkop, marabou stork, widow bird and so on birds for Africa adventure safaris Uganda.

Sports fishing.

Another activity in Murchison falls national park that tourists engage in due to the number of fish species that can be caught like cat fish, tilapia, Nile perch, tiger fish, electric cat fish among others. And during this activity, tourists get a chance to see some bird species like Chubb’s, great swamp warblers, blue quails, herons white headed and black billed black headed among others

Nature walks.

 For Uganda budget safaris, this is also an amazing activity at Murchison falls national park. it is done along different trails that lead to kaniyo pabidi and rabongo forests where you can see many primate species like silver monkeys, lack ad white monkeys, dent’s monkeys, Mona monkeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys among others and during the  the best of Uganda safari activity you can see other bird species like crested barbet, booted eagle, shoe bill, Amur falcon, sooty falcon among others

Hiking to the top of the falls

Uganda hiking safaris is a typical hard adventure that is quite interesting. It was carried out on the top of the falls at bakers point where sir Samuel baker stood on a huge rock that declared the beautiful falls of 1864 as Murchison falls as called now.

Other activities that take place In Murchison falls national park are cultural encounters and among others,

Accommodation.

There are a number of good accommodation facilities ranging from luxury ,midrange ,budget and camping as well for example budongo eco lodge ,chobe safari lodge, paraa safari lodge, Nile safari lodge ,red chill rest camp ,kalalo cottage inn ,bakers lodge, shoebill campsite among others.

Entrance fee,  Uganda tour cost

Foreigner non- residents – 40$

Foreigners resident s – 30$

Children from 5 to 15 – 20$

For all east African citizens- 20,000 sh

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda. it is about 321 square kilometers and is situated in three districts and those are Rukungiri, kisoro and kabale. It was first gazetted at in 1932.it and can take 9 hours from Kampala.

Bwindi lies in a range of 1160 meters above sea level in Ishasha Gorge to 2607meters at Rwamanyonyi peak. In bwindi national park mountain gorillas are the prime Uganda safaris animals that you have to visit and you require a gorilla tracking permit in order to trek them.

Bwindi national park is a home to 600 individuals living in the four sectors that make up bwindi for example Buhoma sector, Nkuringo sector, Ruhija sector and Rushaga sector. There is habituated mountain gorillas of about 19 in number for example Habyinyanja, rushegura, katwe, nkuringo, Busigye, Bweza, Mishaya, Christmas, Bitukura, Mukiza, Nshongo, kuhungye among others.

Bwindi national park has got 90 mammal species with 11 primate species, also habits 360 bird species, 200 butterflies and 324 plant species. The mammal species include elephant, bush pigs, duikers and giant forest hogs among others

The bird species found in Bwindi are 23 Albertine endemics and only 14 species in Bwindi’s impenetrable national park like Shelley’s, purple breasted among others. There is also butterflies species which are 8 albertine rift endemics.

Uganda tours and travel Directions to bwindi.

  1. Kampala to kabale to Ruhija route
  2. Kampala to kabale to kisoro to Rushaga (nkuringo)
  3. Kampala – Ntungamo- Rukungiri- kihihi-buhoma (Nyondo route).
  4. Kampala- mbarara- masaka-kabale (mbarara road)

Entrance fee to bwindi impenetrable national park.

Foreign nonresident’s adult—$40

Foreign resident’s adult—-$30

Children nonresidents—$20

Children residents —$10

East African citizens–20,000shs

Students—-3,000shs

Institutions/university—5,000shs

Uganda wildlife club—-2,000shs

Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Uganda’s Gorilla  safaris. Gorilla trekking  in Uganda is a prime  Uganda activity in Bwindi national park. During this activity the tourists must be briefed on the Uganda gorilla trekking rules guidelines and regulations. This Uganda gorilla trek, takes about 3-6hours to locate these endangered species and once they are found, tourists are only allowed to stay with them for only one hour(1hr) for example to view and take photos. It was a great experience.

Bird watching safaris Uganda,  Birding is also another interesting activity in Bwindi due to the presence of a good number of different bird species of about 350 species. These species include crimson wing, Shelley’s ,handsome francolin, purple breasted among others with butterflies and African giant swallowtail, cream banded swallowtail among others

Nature walks. Nature walks is also another interesting activity carried out in Bwindi national park for example walking from Buhoma to nkuringo trail which takes 4-5 hours of completion while walking, Rushura hill walk trail which runs through the forests between Uganda and Congo. There is even Muyanga water walk trail that leads to the magnificent muyanga waterfall and lastly the Ivi river walk trail which is 14 kilometers and this can take 7 hours while walking.

Batwa cultural tour. Batwa cultural tour is another interesting activity: walking safaris in Uganda,  Bwindi impenetrable national park. The different activities carried out like their ways of living, dance and their songs are so interesting.

Accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

When organizing any trip, accommodation must be considered first because after a long day tourists will need where to spend the night. In Bwindi there is accommodation in every sector like in buhoma sector there is buhoma lodge, Bwindi lodge, sanctuary gorilla forest lodge, mahogany spring among others. In Ruhija sector there is Bakiga lodge, Broad hill forest camp, and Agandi lodge. In Rushaga sector there is Bwindi jungle lodge, chameleon hill, Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp among others. In the Nkuringo sector there is clouds mountain gorilla lodge and Nkuringo safari lodge. All these accommodation facilities are there mostly for travelers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth national park was named as the former queen of England. This national park is located in western Uganda and it stretches through Kasese, Bushenyi and Bundibugyo district.it is also 389km from Kampala, the capital city.

Queen Elizabeth national park is well known for Uganda safari animals, tree climbing lions in ishasha sector and also has the four of the big5 animals like lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. On the big 5 list it doesn’t have rhinos.

Queen Elizabeth national park  habits many animals in the park for ample elephants, lions, big herds buffaloes, leopards ,black and white colobus monkeys, Topi, spotted hyena, chimpanzee, giant forest hog, Nile crocodile, hippopotamus, Uganda safari kob among others. There are different bird species in queen Elizabeth national park which beautifies the wilderness for example shoebill stork, lasser flamingos, great flamingo, African darter, white stork, African jacana, African spoonbill, little Egret, African open bill, black heron, hamerkop, great white pelicans, among others.

Queen Elizabeth national park is molded with unique features leave alone animals and birds, there are other features for example kazinga channel, deep craters, volcanic cones, kyambura George and lakes like lake Edward and Lake George which also has birds and animals.

Entrance fee in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Foreigner—$40

Foreign residents–$30

East Africa community–20,000shsUGX

Children below 15 years don’t pay.

Activities in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Game viewing. Game viewing is an amazing experience in Queen Elizabeth national park. This activity is best done in the morning hours and this helps to feature up close viewing of the wildlife which habits the part in the comfort of a vehicle. During the game drive you can view lion preying on an antelope in the jungle. This enables tourists to have a clear and closet view of the park.

Boat cruise. Boat cruise is an interesting activity in Queen Elizabeth national park and this activity takes place on the kazinga channel along natural water channel linking L.Edward and George is an amazing event for you in the park. During this activity you can view pied kingfisher fishing on the water to feed.

Chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking is an activity done in queen Elizabeth national park and it is carried out in

kyambura gorge which is known as the valley of Apes. This is due to the presence of chimpanzees in the valley. Kyambura gorge is located in the northern part of Queen Elizabeth national park where there is a good shade that favors their stay in the valley. To trek these endangered species you need to obtain a permit.

Birding. Bird watching is an interesting activity that is done in Queen Elizabeth national park. Since queen Elizabeth national park is the Uganda’s top birding spot with over 600 bird species, such as flamingos found at the Katwe and Bunyampaba salt lakes and other birds like pink backed pelicans, sedge warbles, yellow throated cuckoo, papyrus canary and martial eagle, among others.

Tree climbing lions of ishasha. The tree climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth national park is a unique activity from other national parks in Uganda. It is the special thing because not every day that you see lions climbing on acacia and big fig trees.

Other activities include; Nature walks around the park.

Accommodation facilities in the park.

Queen Elizabeth national park has got a number of Uganda best safari lodges facilities and in all level for ample luxury, midrange and budget accommodation for example ishasha jungle lodge, Topi lodge, Aramaga rift valley lodge, Irungu forest safari lodge, mweya safari lodge, Savannah resort hotel, kasenyi safari camp, pumba safari cottages, marafiki safari lodge, lake munyanyange cave resort, Queen Elizabeth safari lodge among others for Uganda best safari.

Mount Elgon National park.

Mountain Elgon national park is a magical Uganda safari destination found in the eastern part of Uganda that covers about 1145 square kilometers. This national park stands at an evaluation of 4321 meters and is the fourth highest peak in East Africa hence the 8th in Africa.

Mountain Elgon national park spans over about 4000 square kilometers and this national park is featuring with the largest volcanic base in the world. Mount Elgon national park is blessed with unique wild animals and vegetation in the park like mixed bamboo belts, montane forest, endemic plants for example giant lobelia and groundsels, wildlife for instance animals and birds among others.

There are different animals  in mountain Elgon national park for example elephants, buffalo, white and black Colobus monkeys, blue monkey, oribi, bushbuck, rock and tree hyraxes, Defassa water buck, forest hogs, bush pig among others.

There are also different bird species in mountain Elgon national park and these birds are; Golden winged and Tacazze sunbirds, Ross’s and Hartlaub’s turaco among others.

Entrance fee in the park. (Per person)

Foreign nonresidents—$35

Foreign residents—$25

East African citizens–15,000shs

Activities in mountain Elgon national park.

  Birding

Bird Uganda Safaris is an activity carried out in mountain Elgon national park around kapkwai forest exploration center for example sunbird, black kite, baglafecht weaver, MacKinnon’s fiscal, African blue flycatcher, African Goshawk, white chinned perinea, olive, black collared apalis among others. This activity is mainly for bird lovers.

  Hiking to sipi falls.

Hiking to sipi falls is an amazing activity in mountain elgon national park which is carried out on the bottom of the falls where you can view different species like birds, animals among others on the shores drinking water which is a beautiful section to witness.

 Sightseeing tours.

This is also an activity carried out by tourists in this destination like sipi falls, kit um cave, wildlife reserves in kapchorwa, climbing mountain Elgon and also descend from the highest point at wagaga I peak to enjoy a panoramic view of the area hence being an activity in mountain Elgon national park.

 Mount Elgon safari walks.

This is also an amazing activity carried out by tourists while in mountain Elgon national park. This involves walking around the volcanoes, viewing sipi falls and the wildlife in the park to please the vegetation in the park.

 Photograph safari tours

. Photography safari tours are also considered an interesting activity by tourists while at mountain Elgon national park. Tourists enjoy taking photos around the mountain Elgon and the sipi falls.

Other activities like rock climbing at sipi falls, the piswa trail, volcano climbing and the sasa trail, cultural encounters in Budadiri community, guided walks among others are carried out in mountain elgon national park which must be visited during a Uganda safari.

Accommodation at Mount Elgon Park.

There is classic sipi river lodge and Mount Elgon hotel which offers luxurious accommodation with the best amenities. There are also campsites for example chorlim campsite and Rongai camp however these campsites are paid per night.

Kidepo National Park.

Kidepo National Park is located in the remote Karamajong region in northern Uganda. This national park covers an area of 1442 square kilometers made up of amazing landscapes consisting of kidepo valley, rolling hills, Narus valley and hot springs like kanangorok hot spring.

Kanangorok hot spring is located in kidepo valley national park in the far north eastern part of Uganda. This hot spring is situated in the northern part of the park beyond Kidepo River boarding south Sudan. It is one of the best places to sit and relax while viewing the surroundings of the park.

Kidepo National Park is rugged Savannah dominated by the 2750meters mount morungole and transected by kid’s and Narus valleys.

Kidepo national park habits 77 mammal species and 475 bird species. The mammal species found in kidepo national park include buffaloes, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, wild dogs, Aardwolf, caracal, hunting dogs, and bat-eared fox, antelopes like defassa waterbucks, elands, and oribi among others.

Directions.

The direction from Kampala city to kidepo national park takes 9 hours and 37minutes using the Kampala-Gulu highway and also Gulu to Lokumoit gate.

Entrance fees in the park. (Per person)

Foreign nonresidents–$40, Foreign residents—$30, East African citizens–$6, Children (foreign nonresidents)–$20, Children (Foreign residents)–$1African children—5,000AHS

4WD vehicles for east Africa–$10

4WD vehicles for foreign registered safari–$50

Activities in kidepo national park.

Game drives.

Game drives are an amazing and interesting activity done in kidepo national park and is mostly done along the Narus valley since much of the wildlife gathers here. During the evening drive you shall find so many animals around water source like buffaloes among others. Lions and other cats are often sighted on top of rocks and kopjes looking out for prey in the vast plain.

  Birding.

Bird watching is one of amazing activities carried out in kidepo national park since it is one of the Uganda’s important bird areas and an incredible Ugandan birding destination. Kidepo is outstanding for its birds of prey, with 58 species recorded in the area. This park is also added to the check list of 475 recorded bird species for example Black breasted barbet and the karamoja Apali .Also this park is best for semi- arid species like ostrich.

 Nature walks.

Nature walks is an interesting activity in kidepo national park for example walking around Apoka camp at any time and this enables visitors to observe a number of animals like buffalo, elephants, zebra, Reedbuck among others. Nature walk along trails and circuits in the early morning to observe different species at a close range hence enjoying the beautiful wilderness.

  Sand bed along river kidepo.

This is also an amazing activity carried out along river kidepo and it is best in the dry season. Tourists can enjoy this wilderness experience while listening to the different beautiful bird calls along river kidepo in the kidepo national park.

 Accommodation in the park.

Accommodation facilities in kidepo national park include Apoka safari lodge, kidepo Savannah lodge, wilderness camp, Adere safari lodge, Apoka rest camp, zebra safari lodge, buffalo base among others. There are midrange accommodation, luxury and budget accommodation with the required amenities and services.

Semuliki National Park.

Semuliki national park is one of the newest national parks in Uganda which covers an area of 220 square kilometers. The park is located in a remote part western region of Uganda and is dominated by extensive Savannah grasslands, semuliki river, hot springs and lowland tropical rainforest.

Semuliki National Park also habits 53 mammal species, for example warthog, De brazza, leopard, pygmy hippos, black and white Colobus monkeys, Dent’s, Mona monkeys, rare bush babies, Uganda safari kobs, central African red colobus, waterbuck, olive baboon, buffaloes, vervet, African civet, chimpanzee, water chevrotains, grey-checked mangabey among others.

Semuliki national park also a home to a number of bird species for example shoebill stork and swamp plan bulbuls, which are found around Lake Albert. Those birds include blue-billed Mali be, African piculet, Red- billed Dwarf, lemon- bellied crombec, black Dwarf hornbill, chestnut, breasted negrafinch and so on.

Entrance fee in semuliki national park.

Foreigner nonresidents—$35

Foreign residents—-$25

Children aged 5-15 years—$5

East Africa citizens—15,000UGX

Activities carried out in the park.

Chimpanzee tracking, Game drive, Birding, Cultural encounter, Visiting sempaya hot springs, Nature walks, Hiking

Accommodation in the park.

There is a number of accommodation facilities in semuliki national park for example semuliki safari lodge, Nyati game lodge, Bumaga campsite among others.

Lake Mburo National park.

Lake Mburo National park is surrounded by their towns like Mbarara, isingiro and kiruhura and it takes 4 hours from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Lake Mburo is located in western part of Uganda and covers an area of 270 square kilometers.

Lake Mburo national park habits a number of wild animals in the park for example Giraffes, leopards, lions, elands, impalas, Burchell’s zebras, crocodiles and hippopotamus among others.

This national park is also a home to many bird species for example Grey crowned crane, Bateleur and Brown-chested lapwing, Go-away bird, Emerald-spotted wood, Coqui francolin, Rufous-bellied heron and red faced barbet among others. These species promotes birding in Lake Mburo National park.

Entrance fee in Lake Mburo national park.

Non foreign residents—$40

Foreign residents—$30

East Africa citizens—20,000UGX

Activities in the park

Birding, Boat rides, Game drives, Nature walks, Horseback riding, Accommodation in lake. Mburo National Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National park.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest national park in Uganda and is located in the extreme southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district. Mgahinga gorilla national park was a gaming sanctuary in 1930 and was formerly a national park in 1991.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the heart of Virunge volcanic mountain zone. This park covers an area of 33.7 square kilometers and is a home of wildlife like animals and bird species. The animals found in this national park include Bush babies, forest elephants, warthogs, buffalos, water bucks, giant forest hogs, duikers, golden monkeys and so on.

Entrance fee in the park.

Foreign nonresidents—$10

Foreign residents—-$10

East Africa citizens—10,000UGX

ALL children [Nonresidents and foreign residents] —–$5

Activities in mgahinga national park.

Mountain gorilla trekking, Tracking golden monkeys, Birding, Batwa community, Volcanic climbing

Accommodation facilitates in mgahinga national park.

Mgahinga gorilla national park has many accommodation facilities at all levels like luxury, midrange and budget, for example mount gahinga lodge, mount gahinga rest camp, Bwindi jungle lodge, among others.

Rwenzori mountains National park.

Rwenzori mountains national park is known as a black mountain that rises from and forms the boundaries of the western arm of the rift valley. It is one of the UNESCO wild heritage sites since it harbors a unique land feature, natural resources and wildlife.

Rwenzori mountains national park covers an area 1000 square kilometers in size and is located in the Rwenzori Mountains in southwestern Uganda in Kasese district. Rwenzori national park has the third highest mountain peak in Africa and many waterfalls, lakes and glaciers. This park has the margherita peak and this national park is 996sqaure kilometers stretching in three such as kabarole, kasese, and Bundibugyo district.

Rwenzori mountains national park has got the Highest Mountain in Africa, which has an altitude of 16700 feet above sea level and it is snowcapped. It has glaciers which are a source of water to river Nile, the longest river in the world.

Rwenzori mountains national park is extremely stunning with those amazing park for example margherita peak which is the highest, mount Speke, mount Stanley, mount baker, mount Emin pasha and mount lugida savoia which can be for climbing peaks in the park. The park has unique vegetation zones such as huge tree heathers, bamboo, moorland, colorful mosses and rich moist montane forests which blanket the slopes of the mountains at different altitude hence beautiful wilderness.

Rwenzori mountains national park is blessed with a number of attractions for example wildlife- the park harbors many mammal species in the dense vegetation of around 70 species like chimpanzee, elephants, duikers, leopards, Rwenzori otter, bush bucks, hyrax with primate like Angola black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, I’hoests monkeys among others, there is also unique reptiles like three horned chameleon and are not usually seen. Birds- there is also 217 bird species found in this park including Albertine rift species and 17 of these endemic to the park that are found in the forest zones of the park like golden winged sunbird, handsome francolin, white starred robin, long eared owl, Rwenzori turaco, montane sooty boubou, cimamon-chested bee- eater, archers robin-chat, barbets, flycatchers, Greenbul and crimson wings among others. Other attractions in rwenzori mountains national park are equatorial snow peaks like margherita, Mount Baker, mount Speke among others, lakes like Lake Mahoma, Lake Kitandara, Lake Bujuku and many other attractions.

Activities in the Rwenzori mountains national park.

Mountain climbing.

Rwenzori mountain climbing is one of the best activities in the park. Tourists enjoy this activity of climbing the mountains up to the top, for example the margarita peak which can take you 7 days to reach its top while climbing and this activity rewards clear view of the lakes, glacial, lush valleys, stunning trails and wildlife in the park.

Birding.

Since Rwenzori mountains is one of the best destinations where you can spot a number of birds because it has got over217 bird species which favor this activity for example long eared owls, bearded vultures, robins, Sunbirds, Bee eaters, Golden winged sunbirds, bamboo warblers, Rwenzori nightjar among others.

Hiking.

Hiking in the Rwenzori mountains is an interesting and amazing activity in the park which is done on the peaks like mount baker and portal peaks  where you can hike up to 2,300 meters above the sea level and  a reward to view the Margherita peak which is the highest peak hence a view of wildlife in the park.

Nature walks.

Nature walks are exciting activities that are carried out in the Rwenzori mountains national park and the trails can take you to Ruboni and Turaco communities with forest guides outside the park while viewing the wilderness.

Cultural encounters and so on

This is an amazing activity that is carried out in Rwenzori Mountains in a place of the great people called Bukozo village where you will be able to meet the Bukozo people who are hospitable. They have an interesting dance performance with amazing drumming where you can get a chance to stay with them and experience their way of living which is exciting.

Accommodation facilities in rwenzori mountains national park.

Rwenzori mountains national park has  many accommodation facilities for tourists at all levels like luxury, midrange and budget accommodation, for example sand ton hotel kasese, ihamba lakeside safari lodge, mihunga safari lodge, katara lodge, Ruboni community camp, Equator snow lodge, hotel margherita, rwenzori international hotel, tour holiday inn and rwenzori backpacker among others.

Game reserves in Uganda

Game reserves are large areas of land that are set aside as protected areas for wild animals. Uganda has got many game reserves which are homes of wildlife for example Budongo forest reserves, semliki wildlife reserve, Ajai game reserve, Aswa-lolim game reserve, Bugundu game reserve, mabira forest, katonga wildlife reserve, pian upe wildlife reserve, Ziwa rhino sanctuary, kalinzu forest reserve among others.

Bugundu game reserve.

Bugundu game reserve is one of the game reserves in Uganda, which covers an area of 501 square kilometers and is located on the edge of Murchison falls national park situated between Bulisa and Masindi district, it protects seasonal wetlands and savannah grassland at the base of the rift valley escarpment and it was gazette in 1968.

Bugundu game reserve harbors a number of wildlife species, for example large numbers of leopards, hippos, lions, Uganda kobs, oribi, elands, waterbucks, Bushbucks, the Oryx, warthogs, topis, reedbucks, elephants, Rothschild’s, Sitatunga among others. This game reserves also have primate species which are protected such as olive baboons, black and white colobus monkey, l’hoests monkeys, Patas monkeys and vervet monkeys.

This game reserve is also a home to many bird species of over 240 species which are sheltered and protected in this reserve for example shoebill stork, Black headed Gonolek, black billed wood dove, Black billed barbet, Black-headed batis, Double toothed barbet, Abyssinian, giant kingfisher among others.  This game reserve can be visited throughout the year but it is best during the dry season and that is June to September because during the dry season, the place can be bushy and muddy.

Pian upe wildlife reserve

Pian upe wildlife reserve is the second largest reserve after Murchison falls national park. It was found in the karamoja sub regions of northeastern Uganda in Nakapiripite district. Pian upe reserve covers an area 2788 square kilometers north of mountain Elgon national park.

Pian upe  wildlife reserve harbors a good number 44mammal wildlife species such as plain zebras, buffalos, lions, Topis, giraffes, oribi, greater kudus, elands, hartebeests, spotted hyenas, Dik-dik, cheetahs, Hedgehogs, Roan antelopes and jackals ,primate species like vervet monkey, patas monkey, olive baboons among others. This area bleeds with various tree species like the desert date, red acacia, red spike thorns, Harrisonia Abyssinia and shrubs such as woolly caper bush, butterfly pea and so on.

This wildlife reserve has many reptiles which are protected in this are such as water snakes, puff adders, rock pythons, lizards and so on. It has over 242 bird species, for example ostriches, the karamoja apalis, Jackson’s hornbill, fox weaver, Abyssinian ground hornbill among others. This favor an activity of bird c

The perfect time to visit Pian upe wildlife is during the dry or dry months of the year and that is from January- March in order to have a clear game views because the less vegetation cover. Travelers should not visit this place in April –October because there are issues is navigation due to heavy rains.

In Pian upe wildlife reserve, there are many amazing activities that are carried out and these are sightseeing, bird watching, game drive, mountain hikes, nature walks and cultural tours among others which makes it worth visiting.

Ziwa rhino sanctuary.

The Ziwa rhino sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district 176 kilometers from Kampala. This sanctuary was established in 2005 to further the longevity of the conservation of white rhinos Uganda after so many years of extinction. This was done by UWA called rhino fund Uganda and rhinos are one of the Uganda safari big 5 animals. The major activity carried out in ziwa rhino sanctuary is rhino tracking and there are tracking rules and guidelines that must be followed and if one deliberately refuses to abide by the rules pays a fee or fine of $100.

Activities In ziwa rhino sanctuary

There are many activities apart from rhino tracking in ziwa rhino sanctuary which also attract tourists and they include;

Rhino tracking:

Rhino tracking is the main and major activity in this sanctuary. It is best to start with this before continuing to Murchison falls national park .rhino tracking is an activity of 1-2hours guided walks or drives within the sanctuary. While walking, the guides will take you 7 foots close to these endangered species and watch them feeding on fresh vegetation not bothering about your presence. Foreigners track them at a cost of $45.

Birding

Birding and bird-watching safaris Uganda is one of the activities carried out in ziwa rhino  sanctuary and activity can take the whole day since it involves driving,  guided walks, and boat cruise through the four  birding trails. There are 350 bird species that can be spotted both residents and others coming from Murchison fall national park like shoebill stork, blue spotted dove, African fish eagle, brown parrot, booted eagle among others

Tourism destinations and attractions in Uganda.

Uganda is one of the richest countries with many unique destinations and attractions that attracts foreign and local tourists and that’s why it’s called the pearl of Africa. Uganda has got many [10parks] national parks with many birds and endangered species like lions, elephants, buffaloes, black and white monkeys, l’hoests monkey, bush pigs, leopard, zebra, rhinos, warthogs, antelopes and duiker among others, wildlife reserves, cultural and heritage sites, lakes and rivers, forests among others.

Uganda as a country is the best for safari tours due to its richest in having many destinations and attractions around every part or region in the country for example in the central region where is the capital city, western region, eastern region and southern region which all have unique attractions. The destinations and attractions are:

Murchison falls national park.

Murchison falls national park is the oldest and largest safari park in Uganda, making it one of the most visited parks in Uganda with four of the big5ainmals. It is situated at the end of the Albertine rift valley. Murchison falls national park is locally known as kabalega national park which is located 305kilometers north of Kampala in masindi district and can be accessed by road or flights. It covers an area of about 4000square kilometers

Murchison falls national park has got so many endangered species was once gazetted as wildlife reserve In a year of 1926 and is a home of 76 different mammal species, with 451 bird species. This national park has conservation areas made up of karuma wildlife reserve, bugundu wildlife reserve and Murchison falls national park.

Animals at Murchison falls national park are often seen while on a boat safari ad game drives In the park .the animals include elephants, Uganda kob buffaloes giraffes bushbuck warthogs hyenas, oribi, hartebeests, leopards, lions, waterbucks, Rothschild among others, though crocodiles are seen lurking around river Nile in Murchison falls national park.

Bird species, which include albertine rifts, endemic birds, water birds and savannah birds. The birds  found in Murchison  falls national park are grey crowned crane, shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, lack headed lapwing, nightjars, marabou stork among others.

 Activities at Murchison falls national park

Game drives.  game  drive is one of the activities in the park. Tourists during this activity get a chance to see the four big5 animals like lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards but there among the 76 mammal species ,Murchison falls. This activity is carried out in the buligi peninsula where one has a great chance to view lake alert and the victoria Nile

Chimpanzee trekking. Murchison falls is one of the best places for chimpanzee tracking and this activity takes three hours [3hrs].the best time for chimpanzee trekking is from October to January. There are600 chimpanzees in kaniyo pabidi forest and budongo forest. Also this activity takes place in the morning and afternoons and always tourists must go with a game ranger.

    Boat cruise.

Boat cruise In Murchison falls is another interesting activity because it takes you to the bottom of Murchison falls along Victoria Nile and can be done with a Nile boat cruise or a Delta boat cruise. The Nile boat cruise has two sessions, which is the morning session [9:00] and evening session [2:00].the Nile oat cruise costs 30 $ per person and the delta oat cruise costs 40$ per person and is best to go there in December to February. Also June to October due to the hot season, animals gather at the Nile to wash off their thirst.

    Birding.

Birding is also one of the activities at Murchison falls national park due to a good number of birds found in the park because it is a home of about 300 bird species for example cuckoos, woodpeckers, warbler, shoebill stork, grey heron, shrikes, geese, hamerkop, marabou stork, widow bird and so on birds.

Sports fishing.

Another activity in Murchison falls national park that tourists engage in due to number of fish species that can be caught like cat fish, tilapia, nile perch, tiger fish, electric cat fish among others. And during this activity, tourists get a chance to see some bird species like Chubb’s, great swamp warblers, blue quails, herons white headed and black billed black headed among others

Nature walks.

This is also an amazing activity at Murchison falls national park.it is done along different trails that lead to kaniyo pabidi and rabongo forests where you can see many primate species like silver monkeys, lack ad white monkeys, dent’s monkeys, Mona monkeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys among others and during the activity you can see other bird species like crested barbet, booted eagle, shoe bill, Amur falcon, sooty falcon among others

Hiking to the top of the falls

This hiking is a typical hard adventure that is quite interesting. It was carried out on the top of the falls at bakers point where sir Samuel baker stood on a hug rock that declared the beautiful falls of 1864 as Murchison falls as called now.

Other activities that take place In Murchison falls national park are cultural encounters and among others,

Accommodation.

There is a number of good accommodation facilities ranging from luxury ,midrange ,budget and camping as well for example budongo eco lodge ,chobe safari lodge, paraa safari lodge, Nile safari lodge ,red chill rest camp ,kalalo cottage inn ,bakers lodge, shoebill campsite among others.

Entrance fee.

Foreigner non- residents – 40$

Foreigners resident s – 30$

Children 5 to 15 – 20$

For all east African citizens- 20,000shs

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda.it is about 321 square kilometers and is situated in three districts and those are Rukungiri, kisoro and kabale. It was first gazetted at in 1932.it and can take 9hours from Kampala.

Bwindi lies in a range of 1160meters above sea level in Ishasha Gorge to 2607meters at Rwamanyonyi peak. In bwindi national park mountain gorillas are the prime animals that you have to visit and you require a gorilla tracking permit in order to trek them.

Bwindi national park is a home to 600 individuals living in the four sectors that make up bwindi for example Buhoma sector, Nkuringo sector, Ruhija sector and Rushaga sector. There are habituated mountain gorillas of about 19 in number for example Habyinyanja, rushegura, katwe, nkuringo, Busigye, Bweza, Mishaya, Christmas, Bitukura, Mukiza, Nshongo, kuhungye among others

Bwindi national park has got 90 mammal species with 11 primate species, also habits 360 bird species, 200 butterflies and 324 plant species. The mammal species include elephant, bush pigs, duikers and giant forest hogs among others

The bird species found in bwindi are 23 Albertine endemics and only 14 species in bwindi impenetrable national park like Shelley’s, purple breasted among others. There is also butterflies species which are 8 albertine rift endemics.

Directions to bwindi.

  1. Kampala to kabale to Ruhija route
  2. Kampala to kabale to kisoro to Rushaga (nkuringo)
  3. Kampala – Ntungamo- Rukungiri- kihihi-buhoma (Nyondo route).
  4. Kampala- mbarara- masaka-kabale (mbarara road)

Entrance fee to bwindi impenetrable national park.

Foreign nonresident’s adult—$40,Foreign resident’s adult—-$30, Children nonresidents—$20, Children residents —$10, East African citizens–20,000shs, Students—-3,000shs, Institutions/university—5,000shs,Uganda wildlife club—-2,000shs

Activities in Bwindi

Uganda Gorilla trekking safaris,  Gorilla trekking is a prime activity in bwindi national park. During this activity the tourists must be briefed on the gorilla trekking rules guidelines and regulations. This trek takes about 3-6hours to locate these endangered species and once they are found, tourists are only allowed to stay with them for only one hour(1hr) for example to view and take photos. It was a great experience.

Bird watching. Birding is also another interesting activity in bwindi due to the presence of a good number of different bird species of about 350 species. These species include crimson wing, Shelley’s ,handsome francolin, purple breasted among others with butterflies and African giant swallowtail, cream banded swallowtail among others

Nature walks. Nature walks is also another interesting activity carried out in bwindi national park for example walking from Buhoma to nkuringo trail which takes 4-5 hours of completion while walking, Rushura hill walk trail which runs through the forests between Uganda and Congo. There is even Muyanga water walk trail that leads to the magnificent muyanga waterfall and lastly the Ivi river walk trail which is 14 kilometers and this can take 7 hours while walking.

Batwa cultural tour. Batwa cultural tour is another interesting activity in bwindi impenetrable national park. The different activities carried out like their ways of living, dance and their song are so interesting.

Accommodation in bwindi impenetrable national park.

When organizing any trip, accommodation must be considered first because after long day tourists will need where to spend the night.In bwindi there is accommodation in every sector like in buhoma sector there is buhoma lodge, Bwindi lodge, sanctuary gorilla forest lodge, mahogany spring among others. In Ruhija sector there is Bakiga lodge, Broad hill forest camp, and Agandi lodge. In Rushaga sector there is Bwindi jungle lodge, chameleon hill, Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp among others. In the Nkuringo sector there is clouds mountain gorilla lodge and Nkuringo safari lodge. All these accommodation facilities are there mostly for travelers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth national park was named as the former queen of England. This national park is located in western Uganda and it stretches through Kasese, Bushenyi and Bundibugyo district.it is also 389km from Kampala, the capital city.

Queen Elizabeth national park is well known for tree climbing lions in ishasha sector and also has the four of the big5 animals like lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. On the big 5 list it doesn’t have rhinos.

Queen Elizabeth national park  habits many animals in the park for ample elephants, lions, big herds buffaloes, leopards ,black and white colobus monkeys, Topi, spotted hyena, chimpanzee, giant forest hog, Nile crocodile, hippopotamus, Uganda safari kob among others. There are different bird species in queen Elizabeth national park which beautifies the wilderness for example shoebill stork, lasser flamingos, great flamingo, African darter, white stork, African jacana, African spoonbill, little Egret, African open bill, black heron, hamerkop, great white pelicans, among others.

Queen Elizabeth national park is molded with unique features leave alone animals and birds, there are other features for example kazinga channel, deep craters, volcanic cones, kyambura George and lakes like lake Edward and Lake George which also has birds and animals.

Entrance fee in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Foreigner—$40

Foreign residents–$30

East Africa community–20,000shsUGX

Children below 15 years don’t pay.

Activities in the park.

Game viewing. Game viewing is an amazing experience in Queen Elizabeth national park. This activity is best done in the morning hours and this helps to feature up close viewing of the wildlife which habits the part in the comfort of a vehicle. During the game drive you can view lion preying on an antelope in the jungle. This enables tourists to have a clear and closet view of the park.

Boat cruise. Boat cruise is an interesting activity in Queen Elizabeth national park and this activity takes place on the kazinga channel along natural water channel linking L.Edward and George is an amazing event for you in the park. During this activity you can view pied kingfisher fishing on the water to feed.

Uganda Chimpanzee trekking safaris, Chimpanzee trekking is an activity done in queen Elizabeth national park and it is carried out in kyambura gorge which is known as the valley of Apes. This is due to the presence of chimpanzees in the valley. Kyambura gorge is located in the northern part of Queen Elizabeth national park where there is a good shade that favors their stay in the valley. To trek these endangered species you need to obtain a permit.

Birding. Bird watching is an interesting activity that is done in Queen Elizabeth national park. Since queen Elizabeth national park is the Uganda’s top birding spot with over 600 bird species, for example flamingos found at the Katwe and Bunyampaba salt lakes and other birds like pink backed pelicans, sedge warbles, yellow throated cuckoo, papyrus canary and the martial eagle among others.

Tree climbing lions of ishasha. The tree climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth national park is a unique activity from other national parks in Uganda. It is the special thing because not every day that you see lions climbing on acacia and big fig trees.

Other activities include; Nature walks around the park.

Accommodation facilities in the park.

Queen Elizabeth national park has got a number of accommodation facilities and in all level for ample luxury, midrange and budget accommodation for example ishasha jungle lodge, Topi lodge, Aramaga rift valley lodge, Irungu forest safari lodge, mweya safari lodge, Savannah resort hotel, kasenyi safari camp, pumba safari cottages, marafiki safari lodge, lake munyanyange cave resort, Queen Elizabeth safari lodge among others.

Mount Elgon National park.

Mountain Elgon national park is a magical Uganda safari destination found in the eastern part of Uganda that covers about 1145 square kilometers. This national park stands at an evaluation of 4321 meters and is the fourth highest peak in East Africa hence the 8th in Africa.

Mountain Elgon national park spans over about4000 square kilometers and this national park is featuring with the largest volcanic base in the world. Mount Elgon national park is blessed with unique wild animals, vegetation’s in the park like mixed bamboo belts, montane forest, endemic plants for example giant lobelia and groundsels, wildlife for instance animals and birds among others.

There are different animals  in mountain Elgon national park for example elephants, buffalo, white and black Colobus monkeys, blue monkey, oribi, bushbuck, rock and tree hyraxes, Defassa water buck, forest hogs, bush pig among others.

There is also different bird species in mountain Elgon national park and these birds are; Golden winged and Tacazze sunbirds, Ross’s and Hartlaub’s turaco among others.

Entrance fee in the park. (Per person)

Foreign nonresidents—$35

Foreign residents—$25

East African citizens–15,000shs

Activities in mountain Elgon national park.

  Birding

Birding is an activity carried out in mountain Elgon national park around kapkwai forest exploration center for example sunbird, black kite, baglafecht weaver, MacKinnon’s fiscal, African blue flycatcher, African Goshawk, white chinned perinea, olive, black collared apalis among others. This activity is mainly for bird lovers.

  Hiking to sipi falls.

Hiking to sipi falls is an amazing activity in mountain elgon national park which is carried out on the bottom of the falls where you can view different species like birds, animals among others on the shores drinking water which is a beautiful section to witness.

 Sightseeing tours.

This is also an activity carried out by tourists in this destination like sipi falls, kit um cave, wildlife reserves in kapchorwa, climbing mountain Elgon and also descend from the highest point at wagaga I peak to enjoy a panoramic view of the area hence being an activity in mountain Elgon national park.

 Mount Elgon safari walks.

This is also an amazing activity carried out by tourists while in mountain Elgon national park. This involves walking around the volcanoes, viewing sipi falls and the wildlife in the park please the vegetation’s in the park.

 Photograph safari tours

. Photography safari tours is also considered as an interesting activity by tourists while at mountain Elgon national park. Tourists enjoy taking photos around the mountain Elgon and the sipi falls.

Other activities like rock climbing at sipi fals, the piswa trail, volcano climbing and the sasa trail, cultural encounters in Budadiri community, guided walks among others are carried out in mountain elgon national park which must be visited during a Uganda safari.

Accommodation in mountain Elgon Park.

There is classic sipi river lodge and Mount Elgon hotel which offers luxurious accommodation with best amenities. There is also campsites for example chorlim campsite and Rongai camp however these campsite are paid per night.

Kidepo National Park.

Kidepo national park is located in the remote karamajong region in northern Uganda. This national park covers an area of 1442 square kilometers made up of amazing landscapes consisting of kidepo valley, rolling hills, Narus valley and hot springs like kanangorok hot spring.

Kanangorok hot spring is located in kidepo valley national park in the far north eastern part of Uganda. This hot spring is situated in the northern part of the park beyond Kidepo River boarding south Sudan. It is one of the best places to sit and relax while viewing the surrounding of the park.

Kidepo national park is rugged Savannah dominated by the 2750meters mount morungole and transected by kid’s and Narus valley.

Kidepo national park habits 77 mammal species and 475 bird species. The mammal species found in kidepo national park include buffaloes, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, wild dogs, Aardwolf, caracal, hunting dogs, and bat-eared fox, antelopes like defassa waterbucks, elands, and oribi among others.

Directions.

The direction from Kampala city to kidepo national park takes 9 hours and 37minutes using the Kampala -Gulu highway and also Gulu to Lokumoit gate.

Entrance fees in park. (Per person)

Foreign nonresidents–$40

Foreign residents—$30

East African citizens–$6

Children (foreign nonresidents)–$20

Children (Foreign residents)–$10

African children—5,000AHS

4WD vehicles for east Africa–$10

4WD vehicles for foreign registered safari–$50

Activities in kidepo national park.

Game drives.

Game drives is an amazing and interesting activity done in kidepo national park and is mostly done along the Narus valley since much of the wildlife gather here. During the evening drive you shall find so many animals around water source like buffaloes among others. Lions and other cats are often sighted on the top of the rocks and kopjes looking out for prey in the vast plain.

  Birding.

Bird watching is one of amazing activities carried out in kidepo national park since it is one of the Uganda’s important bird areas and an incredible Uganda birding destinations. Kidepo is an outstanding for its birds of prey with 58 species recorded in the area. This park is also added in the check list of 475 recorded bird species for example Black breasted barbet and the karamoja Apali .Also this park is best for semi- arid species like ostrich.

 Nature walks.

Nature walks is an interesting activity in kidepo national park for example walking around Apoka camp at any time and this enables visitors to observe a number of animals like buffalo, elephants, zebra, Reedbuck among others. Nature walk along trails and circuits in the early morning to observe different species at a close range hence enjoying the beautiful wilderness.

  Sand bed along river kidepo.

This is also an amazing activity carried out along river kidepo and it is best in the dry season. Tourists can enjoy this wilderness experience while listening to the different beautiful bird calls along river kidepo in the kidepo national park.

 Accommodation in the park.

The accommodation facilities in kidepo national park include Apoka safari lodge, kidepo Savannah lodge, wilderness camp, Adere safari lodge, Apoka rest camp, zebra safari lodge, buffalo base among others. There are midrange accommodation, luxury and budget accommodation with the required amenities and services.

Semuliki National Park.

Semuliki national park is one of the newest national park in Uganda which covers an area of 220 square kilometers. This park is located in the remote part western region of Uganda and is dominated by extensive Savannah grasslands, semuliki river, hot springs and lowland tropical rainforest.

Semuliki national park also habits 53 mammal spices for example warthog, De brazza, leopard, pygmy hippos, black and white Colobus monkeys, Dent’s, Mona monkeys, rare bush babies, Uganda safari kob, central African red colobus, waterbuck, olive baboon, buffaloes, vervet, African civet, chimpanzee, water chevrotains, grey-checked mangabey among others.

Semuliki national park also a home to a number of bird species for example shoebill stork and swamp plan bulbul which are found around Lake Albert. Those birds include blue-billed Mali be, African piculet, Red- billed Dwarf, lemon- bellied crombec, black Dwarf hornbill, chestnut, Breasted negrafinch and so on.

Entrance fee in semuliki national park.

Foreigner nonresidents—$35

Foreign residents—-$25

Children aged 5-15 years—$5

East Africa citizens—15,000UGX

Activities carried out in the park.

Chimpanzee tracking, Game drive, Birding, Cultural encounters Visiting sempaya hot springs, Nature walks, Hiking

Accommodation in the park.

There is a number of accommodation facilities in semuliki national park for example semuliki safari lodge, Nyati game lodge, Bumaga campsite among others.

Lake Mburo National park.

Lake Mburo National park is surrounded by towns like Mbarara, isingiro and kiruhura and it takes 4 hours from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Lake Mburo is located in the western part of Uganda and covers an area of 270 square kilometers.

Lake Mburo national park habits a number Uganda wild animals in the park for example Giraffes, leopards, lions, elands, impalas, Burchell’s zebras, crocodiles and hippopotamus among others.

This national park is also a home to Uganda birding safaris, bird species for example Grey crowned crane, Bateleur and Brown-chested lapwing, Go-away bird, Emerald-spotted wood, Coqui francolin, Rufous-bellied heron and red faced barbet among others. These species promotes birding in Lake Mburo National park.

Entrance fee in Lake Mburo national park.

Non foreign residents—$40

Foreign residents—$30

East Africa citizens—20,000UGX

Activities in the park

Birding, Boat rides, Game drives, Nature walks, Horseback riding

Accommodation in the lake. Mburo National Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National park.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest national park in Uganda and is located at the extreme southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district. Mgahinga gorilla national park was a gaming sanctuary in 1930 and was formerly a national park in 1991 and id best Uganda tour budget for the tourist that visit Uganda.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the heart of Virunge volcanic mountain zone with budget Uganda gorilla safari,  This park covers an area of 33.7 square kilometers and a home of wildlife like animals and bird species. The animals found in this national park include Bush babies, forest elephants, warthogs, buffalos, water bucks, giant forest hogs, duikers, golden monkeys and so on.

Entrance fee in the park.

Foreign nonresidents—$10

Foreign residents—-$10

East Africa citizens—10,000UGX

ALL children [Nonresidents and foreign residents] —–$5

Activities in mgahinga national park.

Mountain gorilla trekking, Tracking golden monkeys, Birding, Batwa community, Volcanic climbing

Accommodation facilitates in mgahinga national park.

Mgahinga gorilla national park has many Uganda best safari lodges facilities at all levels like luxury, midrange and budget for example mount gahinga lodge, mount gahinga rest camp, Bwindi jungle lodge, among others.

Rwenzori mountains National park.

Rwenzori mountains national park is known as a black mountain that rises from and forms the boundaries of western arm of the rift valley. It is one of the UNESCO wild heritage sites since it harbors a unique land feature, natural resources and wildlife.

Uganda tours Africa safaris, Rwenzori mountains national park covers an area 1000 square kilometers in size and is located in the Rwenzori Mountains in southwestern Uganda in kasese district. Rwenzori national park has the third highest mountain peak in Africa and many waterfalls, lakes and glaciers. This park has the margherita peak and this national park is 996sqaure kilometers stretching in three such as kabarole, kasese, and Bundibugyo district.

Rwenzori mountains national park has got the Highest Mountain in Africa, which has an altitude of 16700 feet above sea level and is snowcapped. It has glaciers which are a source of water to river Nile, the longest river in the world.

Rwenzori mountains national park is extremely stunning with those amazing park for example margherita peak which is the highest, mount Speke, mount Stanley, mount baker, mount Emin pasha and mount lugida savoia which can be for climbing peaks in the park. The park has unique vegetation zones such as huge tree heathers, bamboo, moorland, colorful mosses and rich moist montane forests which blanket the slopes of the mountains at different altitude hence beautiful wilderness.

Rwenzori mountains national park is blessed with a number of attractions for example Uganda wildlife safaris – the park harbors many mammal species in the dense vegetation of around 70 species like chimpanzee, elephants, duikers, leopards, Rwenzori otter, bush bucks, hyrax with primate tour in Uganda  like Angola black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, I’hoests monkeys among others, there is also unique reptiles like three horned chameleon and are not usually seen. Birds- there is also 217 bird species found in this park including Albertine rift species and 17 of these endemic to the park that are found in the forest zones of the park like golden winged sunbird, handsome francolin, white starred robin, long eared owl, Rwenzori turaco, montane sooty boubou, cimamon-chested bee- eater, archers robin-chat, barbets, flycatchers, Greenbul and crimson wings among others. Other attractions in Rwenzori mountains national park are equatorial snow peaks like margherita, Mount Baker, mount Speke among others, lakes like Lake Mahoma, Lake Kitandara, Lake Bujuku and many other attractions.

Activities in the Rwenzori mountains national park.

Mountain climbing.

Rwenzori mountain climbing is one of the best Uganda adventure safaris activities in the park. Tourist enjoy this activity of climbing the mountains up to the top for example the margarita peak which can take you 7 days to reach its top while climbing and this activity reward clear view of the lakes, glacial, lush valleys, stunning trails and wildlife in the park.

Bird ug    anda safaris

Since rwenzori mountains is one of the best destinations where you can spot a number of birds because it has got over217 bird species which favor this activity for example long eared owls, bearded vultures, robins, Sunbirds, Bee eaters, Golden winged sunbirds, bamboo warblers, rwenzori nightjar among others.

Hiking.

Hiking in the Rwenzori mountains is an interesting and amazing activity in the park which is done on the peaks like mount baker and portal peaks  where you can hike up to 2,300 meters above the sea level and  a reward to view the margherita peak which is the highest peak hence a view of wildlife in the park.

Nature walks.

Exclusive Uganda safaris Nature walks are exciting activities that are carried out in the rwenzori mountains national park escape tours and safaris Uganda and the trails can take you to Ruboni and Turaco communities with forest guides outside the park while viewing the wilderness.

Cultural encounters and so on

This is an amazing Uganda culture activity that is carried out in Rwenzori Mountains in a place of the great people called Bukozo village where you will be able to meet the Bukozo people who are hospitable. They have an interesting dance performance with amazing drumming where you can get a chance to stay with them and experience their way of living which is exciting.

Accommodation facilities in rwenzori mountains national park.

Rwenzori mountains national park has  many accommodation facilities for tourists at all levels like luxury, midrange and budget accommodation, for example sand ton hotel kasese, ihamba lakeside safari lodge, mihunga safari lodge, katara lodge, Ruboni community camp, Equator snow lodge, hotel margherita, rwenzori international hotel, tour holiday inn and rwenzori backpacker among others.

Game reserves in Uganda

Game reserves are large areas of land that are set aside as protected areas for wild animals. Uganda has got many game reserves which are homes of wildlife for example Budongo forest reserves, semliki wildlife reserve, Ajai game reserve, Aswa-lolim game reserve, Bugundu game reserve, mabira forest, katonga wildlife reserve, pian upe wildlife reserve, Ziwa rhino sanctuary, kalinzu forest reserve among others.

Bugundu game reserve.

Bugundu game reserve is one of the game reserves in Uganda, which covers an area of 501 square kilometers and is located on the edge of Murchison falls national park situated between Bulisa and Masindi district, it protects seasonal wetlands and savannah grassland at the base of the rift valley escarpment and it was gazette in 1968.

Bugundu game reserve harbors a number of wildlife species, for example large numbers of leopards, hippos, lions, Uganda kobs, oribi, elands, waterbucks, Bushbucks, the Oryx, warthogs, Topis, reedbucks, elephants, Rothschild’s, Sitatunga bird Uganda safaris among others. These game reserves also have primate species which are protected such as olive baboons, black and white colobus monkey, l’hoests monkeys, Patas monkeys and vervet monkeys.

This game reserve is also home to many bird species of over 240 species which are sheltered and protected in this reserve for example shoebill stork, Black headed Gonolek, black billed wood dove, Black billed barbet, Black-headed batis, Double toothed barbet, Abyssinian, giant kingfisher among others.  This game reserve can be visited thoughtout the year but it is best during the dry season and that is June to September because during the dry season, the place can be bushy and muddy.

Pian upe wildlife reserve

Pian upe wildlife Uganda reserve is the second largest reserve after Murchison falls national park. It was found in the karamoja sub regions of northeastern Uganda in Nakapiripite district. Pian upe reserve covers an area 2788 square kilometers north of mountain Elgon national park.

Pian upe  wildlife reserve harbors a good number 44mammal wildlife species such as plain zebras, buffalos, lions, Topis, giraffes, oribi, greater kudus, elands, hartebeests, spotted hyenas, Dik-dik, cheetahs, Hedgehogs, Roan antelopes and jackals ,primate species like vervet monkey, patas monkey, olive baboons among others. This area bleeds with various tree species like in the desert date, in red acacia, red spike thorns, Harrisonia Abyssinia and shrubs such as woolly caper bush, butterfly pea and so on.

This wildlife reserve has many reptiles which are protected in this are such as water snakes, puff adders, rock pythons, lizards and so on. It has over 242 bird species, for example ostriches, the karamoja apalis, Jackson’s hornbill, fox weaver, Abyssinian ground hornbill among others. This favor an activity of bird c

The perfect time to visit Pian upe wildlife is during the dry or dry months of the year and that is from January- March in order to have a clear game views because the less vegetation cover. Travelers should not visit this place in April –October because there are issues with navigation due to heavy rains.

In Pian upe wildlife reserve, there are many amazing activities that are carried out and these are sightseeing, bird watching, game drive, mountain hikes, nature walks and cultural tours among others which makes it worth visiting.

Ziwa rhino sanctuary.

The Ziwa rhino sanctuary is  the best destination for Uganda safari located in Nakasongola district 176 kilo meters from Kampala. This sanctuary was established in 2005 to further the longevity of the conservation of white rhinos Uganda is  after so many years of extinction. This was done by UWA called rhino fund Uganda and rhinos are one of the big5 animals in Uganda. The major activity carried out in ziwa rhino sanctuary is rhino tracking and there are tracking rules and guidelines that must be followed and if one deliberately refuses to abide by the rules pays a fee or fine of $100.

Activities In Ziwa rhino sanctuary

There are many activities apart from rhino tracking in Ziwa rhino sanctuary which also attract tourists and they include;

Rhino tracking:

Rhino tracking is the main and major activity in this sanctuary. It is best to start with it before continuing to Murchison falls national park .Rhino tracking is an activity of 1-2hours guided walks or drives within the sanctuary. While walking, the guides will take you 7 foots close to these endangered species and watch them feeding on fresh vegetation not bothering about your presence. Foreigners track them at a cost of $45.

Birding

birding safari Uganda or bird watching is one of the activities carried out in Ziwa rhino  sanctuary and activity can take the whole day since it involves driving,  guided walks, and boat cruise through the four  birding trails. There are 350 bird species that can be spotted by both residents and others coming from Murchison fall national park like shoebill storks, blue spotted doves, African fish eagle, brown parrot, booted eagle among others

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Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park locally known as Kabalega National Park, is situated at the end of the Albertine Rift Valley and it Uganda’s oldest and largest safari park. Murchison is located in the western part of Uganda just north of the midway part of the 

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is located in western Uganda, it is situated in the Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kasese districts, bordering Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo in the west is both a RAMSAR and

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro District and is Uganda’s smallest national park. It’s well known for its mountain  gorillas which is its star attraction . The park is part of

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth national park is understandably the most popular savanna park in Uganda  and the best place to see lions including the tree climbing lions. The park is in the western region of Uganda spanning the districts of kasese, kamwenge, Rubirizi and Rukungiri. It is located in south western

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is located in Kiruhura district in western Uganda, Lake Mburo national park is Uganda’s closest park to  both Kampala and Entebbe, and  happens to be a convenient destination for visitors who would like to experience wildlife at the shortest distance possible.  

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home of half of the world’s remaining  Mountain Gorillas, is located in southwestern Uganda in the highest parts of Kigezi highlands, The park is part of the Bwindi impenetrable forest situated along the Democratic

Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park is located in the western region of Uganda’s Bundibugyo district  and lies on Uganda’s border with DRC, Rwenzori mountains in the south east of the park, Lake Albert  in the north, its East Africa’s only tropical rainforest covering an area of 219 sq. km( 85 sq. m)

Kibale national park

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