Uganda National Parks – Safari Parks

Uganda national parks are almost all located in the East African Rift Valley or close to the Rift Valley except for Kidepo Valley and Mount Elgon National Park. The East African Rift Valley is what divides Uganda from DR Congo, and East African grasslands from the tropical forests of West Africa. The border is marked by the Blue Mountains of the north and the Rwenzoris of the central stretch. Once it reaches Rwanda, the Valley continues south along Lake Kivu, through Burundi and down the deep valley of Lake Tanganyika.

The journey through what is known as the Albertine Rift Valley, is an impressive one. The landscape changes from the grasslands and river estuary of Murchison Falls National Park in the north, to the wide plains of Semliki National Park, then on to the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains National Park), taking in lakes with strange Victorian names on the way: Lake Albert, Lake Edward and Lake George.  These lakes are part of the extensive Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) which borders DR Congo. Lake Albert and Lake Edward are actually bisected north/south by the Congolese border. The lakes mark the places where plates have moved. Indeed, the whole area is dotted with crater lakes and still experiences periodic earthquakes.

The Ugandan Rift Valley, the flat savannah between the western mountains and the eastern escarpment, is what is described as an ecoregion or biodiversity hotspot and has been recognised by UNESCO as a world bio-sphere reserve. It supports more vertebrate species than any other part of Africa, including 1061 bird species (half of Africa’s total and including 41 endemic and 25 threatened species) and 402 mammals (34 of which are endemic). It boasts 175 reptiles, 16 of which are endemic.

we organise some of the most memorable wildlife safaris to Uganda’s national parks because we believe Uganda is the most beautiful country in Africa following Winston Churchill’s description as the Pearl of Africa.

So, why come to Uganda National Parks for your holidays?

In a nutshell: beautiful landscapes, lovely weather and marvellous wildlife. Above all, it’s unspoiled. After 40 years of conflict in one region or another, Uganda may no longer have the astonishing numbers of animals found in Tanzania’s Serengeti. However, neither does it have the tourist buses queuing up to snap each hapless lion as we hear is the case in Kenya’s Masai Mara. That’s why we recommend it for the best private tours and family safaris in Africa.

Uganda National Parks

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National ParkJungle Safaris

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Kisoro – Uganda

This park protects more than half of the world’s remaining endangered specie, the mountain gorillas. One can visit this park after purchasing a gorilla trekking permit worth US$600.

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Kibale Forest National ParkJungle Safaris

Kibale Forest National Park

Fort Portal – Uganda

Kibale National Park is commonly known for its amazing chimpanzee population of about 1450 chimps. This park is one of the richest rainforest in world. Chimp Trekking safaris are popular here.

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Murchison Falls National ParkGame Safaris

Murchison Falls National Park

Amuru – Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area protecting about 76 species of mammals and 452 species of birds. In Uganda national parks its the most spectacular one.

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Queen Elizabeth Forest National ParkGame Safaris

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kasese – Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems make it the ideal habitat for classic big game birding and primate trekking.

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Rwenzori Mountains National ParkHiking Safaris

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Kasese – Uganda

The mist-shrouded peaks of the Mountains of the Moon provide a stunning backdrop to this magnificent park, located on Uganda’s western border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa.

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Semliki National ParkGame Safaris

Semliki National Park

Bundibugyo – Uganda

This Uganda safari park sprawls across the floor of Semliki Valley on the remote western side of Rwenzori Mountains. It’s one of Africa’s most ancient and bio0diverse forest that survived the ice age.

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Lake Mburo National ParkGame Safaris

Lake Mburo National Park

Mbarara – Uganda

Located between the towns of Masaka and Mabarara conviniently close to the highway that connects the Albertein Rift valley Uganda national parks, this safari park is a compact savannah gem that you wouldn’t want to drive by.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National ParkGorilla Safaris

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Kisoro – Uganda

Yet another haven for the persecuted mountain gorilla. Located on the slopes of Virunga Mountains in the extreme southwestern corner of Uganda, Mgahinga is a secure habitat for the mountain gorillas.

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Kidepo Valley National ParkGame Safaris

Kidepo Valley National Park

Bundibugyo – Uganda

The most isolated Uganda national park, but the few who make the long journey north would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

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Lake Mburo National ParkGame Safaris

Lake Mburo National Park

Mbale – Uganda

Hosts the extinct Mount Elgon on the Estern Border shared with Kenya. This Uganda national park boasts of numerous interesting features including gorges, ancient caves, waterfalls and hot springs.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National ParkGorilla Safaris

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Kisoro – Uganda

Yet another haven for the persecuted mountain gorilla. Located on the slopes of Virunga Mountains in the extreme southwestern corner of Uganda, Mgahinga is a secure habitat for the mountain gorillas.

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Kidepo Valley National ParkGame Safaris

Kidepo Valley National Park

Bundibugyo – Uganda

The most isolated Uganda national park, but the few who make the long journey north would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

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