Uganda’s National Parks

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image211Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable forest is one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa and has an altitude range between 1,160 m and 2,607 m above sea level. It has an average annual rainfall of almost 1,500 mm, and it is a vital a catchment area, the source of five major rivers, which flow into Lake Albert. It is a true rainforest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys that form the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The park is best known for gorilla tracking in that it harbors half of the world’s remaining gorillas located in Buhoma and Nkuringo. More on Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

mburoLake Mburo National Park
It is one of Uganda’s smaller National Parks which extends over 260 km2 of undulating territory with an altitude range from 1,220 m to 1,828 m above sea level. The annual rainfall figure of around 80 0m is relatively low, but roughly 20% of the park’s surface area nevertheless consists of wetland habitats. The most important of these is Lake Mburo itself, the largest of five lakes that lie within the park boundaries, and part of a cluster of 14 lakes that are fed by the Rwizi River and connected by several permanent and seasonal swamps. More on Lake Mburo National Park

imagezQueen Elizabeth National Park
The park is located in the western arm of the rift valley and covers over 2500 sq km. It covers a remarkable variety of habitats ranging from Savanna and wetlands to riverine and low land forests. The wonderfully diverse eco-systems provide a semi-deciduous tropical forest and green meadows. Queen Elizabeth National Park has 95 recorded mammal species including both savannah and forest species; 10 primate species and 20 predator species including elephant, warthogs, giant forest hog, topi, bushbuck, aardvark, buffalo, lion, leopard, civet, hyena, Uganda kob, bush babies, chimpanzee, baboon, colobus monkey, hippos, 500 bird species, flamingos, eagles, vultures, shoebill, kingfisher. In the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centred on Lake Edward and Lake George. More on Queen Elizabeth National Park

semilikiSemiliki National Park
The reserve covers 545 km2 and was gazzeted in 1932 as Toro game reserve and is still marked as such on many maps. It lies northeast of the Bundibugyo road, extending to Ntoroko on the southern shore of Lake Albert. The magnificent scenic Valley at the base of the Albertine Rift to the west of Fort Portal, where it is hemmed in by the Rwenzori foothills to the south, Lake Albert to the north and the Semliki river along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The dominant vegetation type is open acacia-combretum woodland and grassy savanna , interspersed with patches of borassus palm forest, significant belts of riparian woodland along the main water courses as well as some extensive swamps towards Lake Albert. More on Semuliki National Park

murchisonMurchison Falls National Park
This park is the largest protected area with 3,840 km2 and lies at the core of the greaterMurchison falls conservation Area, which also embraces the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves and the Budongo forest. Murchison protects a large part of untamed African Savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile. Here the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. These are some of the wildlife in the park; Elephant, aardvark, leopard, buffalo, lion, warthog, Uganda kob, bush babies, pangolin, giraffe, civet, hyena, chimpanzee, baboon, crocodile and hippos. More on Murchison Falls National Park

elgon - CopyMount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano, located on Uganda’s east border. Elgon is an important watershed, and its slope support a rich variety of altitudinal vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the only worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants. The spectacular scenery is the main attraction for hikers, a variety of monkeys and small antelopes, along with elephants and buffalos can be seen. To the birders, a checklist topping 300 birds includes many species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda. Other attractions include ancient cave paintings and hot springs within the crater. These are the activities carried out such as; Mountain climbing, bird watching, nature guided walks, caving, hot springs and Sipi waterfall viewing. More on Mount Elgon National Park

rwenzoriRwenzori Mountain National Park.
The park covers a total area of 996 km2 and protects the upper slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains which run for almost 120 km along the Congolese border west of Kasese and Fort Portal. Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa with its loftiest peaks, Margherita (5,109 m) and Alexandra (5,083 m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, both of which are extinct volcanoes standing in isolation above the surrounding plains. More on Rwenzori Mountain National Park.

mgahingaKibale Forest National Park
The park is located south of Fort Portal and covers an area of about 760sq km, at an altitude of about 1,230m above the sea level. Together with the nearby Kasenda Crater Lakes, Kibale Forest National Park are close to being an independent traveller’s dream, blessed with alluring combination of inexpensive accommodation, easy access, wonderful scenery and a remarkable variety of activities. The park is divided into 7 zones for management purposes such as natural reserve, civic-cultural, recreation, research, harvest, community and protection. More on Kibale Forest National Park

kidepoKidepo Valley National Park
lionThe park covers an area of 1,442 sq km and is located in the northern Eastern part of Uganda on the border with Sudan. Lying in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja province, the Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. It harbours scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa as well as great numbers of faunal and floral species. The vegetation can best be described as open tree Savannah which varies much in structure and composition. More on Kidepo Valley National Park

image311Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga is the smallest National park covering less than 34 km2 and forms part of across-border system of contiguous reserves in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo extending over some 430 km2 of the higher Virungas. Despite the fact that it is small, it is the most scenic park in Uganda, offering panoramic views that stretch northward to Bwindi and a southern skyline dominated by the steep volcanic cones of the Virungas, surely one of the most memorable and stirring sights in East Africa. More on Mgahinga National Park