Uganda National Parks Preview

Uganda has ten gazetted National Parks, as well as a number of Natural Forests and Natural Reserve areas, with a broad range of safaris and wildlife experiences. Among the significant attractions are: the boat – launch trips (in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo), nature walks and game drives in any park with vehicles. Different from other African countries, “safari” in Uganda means a real closeness to nature, the animals, the people, and the ambience. Safari in Uganda is a unique opportunity to experience a true, direct and uncontaminated wildlife.

Murchison Falls National Park

is simply spectacular,The Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift where the bounding escarpments fade into the anonymous expanse of northern Uganda. The park protects a chunk of untamed wildlife in its 3840 sq. Km and is bisected by the Victoria Nile as it flows west from Karuma Falls, crashing in a thundering roar as it squeezes through the narrow gorge at the Murchison falls on its way to the Albert Nile. Here the River Nile plunges into a 40-metre drop. At Karuma Falls it cascades over a breathtaking 23km of rapids. A cruise up the Nile to the fall is an unforgettable experience.

Kibale Forest National Park

protects beautiful East African tropical rainforest and is a haven for many species of primate. It is known as a fantastic location for viewing chimpanzees in the wild.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

in addition to the magnificent wildlife the parkoffers stunning views of the Rift Valley floor and Mount Rwenzori. Exploring the park from the water on a boat cruise is a highlight.

Lake Mburo National Park

with the Lake at its center is a birding paradise. Lake Mburo, together with 14 other lakes, form part of an extensive wetland area. There are over 357 species of birds to be found here including the marabou stork and the crowned crane.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

with its dense ground cover of vines and shrubs is home to about half the world’s highly endangered mountain gorillas. The forest is also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many bird species.

Kidepo Valley National Park- the true African Wilderness.

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.

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