Uganda is a great destination to view wildlife in both the forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale National Park and several other locations. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, as does the more remote Kidepo Valley National Park.
Uganda’s other famed wildlife is the tree-climbing lion, found sleeping in the big fig trees in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Safaris
We reckon Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is pretty special – particularly as it is home to one of only two populations of the majestic mountain gorilla in the world.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Safaris
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular park in all of Uganda. It is situated in the country’s western region and encompasses four districts – Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri.
Kibale National Park Safaris
Kibale National Park, situated in the south of Uganda, contains a rich assortment of landscapes, mostly moist evergreen rainforests.
Lake Mburo National Park Safaris
Lake Mburo National Park is situated in the Kiruhara District, within Uganda’s Western Region. It is about 240 kilometres from Kampala, positioned fairly close to the highway linking Uganda’s capital city to the country’s parks in the west.
Murchison Falls National Park Safaris
Murchison Falls National Park is situated in the northwest of Uganda, within the districts of Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Masindi, and Nwoya.
Kidepo Valley National Park Safaris
Kidepo Valley National Park is situated in northeast Uganda, in the Karamoja region. This is a very remote area, and worth considering for a safari well off the beaten track!
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Safaris
Forming part of the Virunga Conservation Area, Mgahinga Gorilla N.P. is a great destination for travellers interested in gorilla treks and golden monkey treks. And with its three extinct conical volcanoes, the park offers some serious hiking too!
Budongo Forest Reserve
Budongo forest reserve is situated in the Northwestern part of Uganda and it’s just 3 hour drive from Kampala via Masindi District. The reserve covers an area of about 825sq kilometres of which only 53% is forest and the remaining part is grassland forest. It has been a forest reserve since 1932. The reserve lies in the southern extension of Murchison falls National Park, which is considered the largest national park Uganda has covered over 3,840sqkm.
Semliki Wildlife Reserve
Semliki valley wildlife reserve is the oldest among other reserves in Uganda formally known as the Toro Game Reserve and it was named a Reserve in 1932. It is a 545 kilometres squared sanctuary located in Western Uganda to the northeast of the Bundibugyo road extending to Ntoroko on the southern shores of Lake Albert. The leading vegetation type is open acacia-combretum woodland and grassy savanna, mixed with patches of Borassus palm forest, significant belts of riparian woodland along the main water path as well as some extensive swamps towards Lake Albert. Semliki is mainly of interest to birdwatchers.
Katonga Wildlife Reserve
Katongo wildlife reserve is located in the districts of Ibanda and Kamwenge in western Uganda along the banks of River Katonga. It covers an area of about 211sq km. It is about 200kms which is just about a 4-41/2 hour’s drive from Kampala up to the reserve. The wildlife reserve was established in 1998 and is a recent addition to Uganda’s list of protected wildlife areas. The reserve can best be explored by canoe or by foot, it is home to over 40 species of mammals and over 150 species of birds are recorded in the area. Many of these species of animals, birds and plants in the reserve are rare to the reserve’s wetland environment.
Mabira forest is located in Buyikwe District between Lugazi and Jinja just about 54 km (1 hour) from Kampala up to the forest reserve headquarters. It has been protected as a reserve since 1932. It is covering an area of about 306 square kilometres and it’s regarded as one of the last remaining rainforests and the biggest in central Uganda. It is home to very many primate species like the red-tailed monkeys, Vertvets, and grey-cheeked mangabeys; it is home to over 315 bird species including the Cassinis hawk eagle, Grey long bill to mention but a few, 97 species of moths 218 species of butterflies, 312 species of trees among others species.
Kalinzu Forest Reserve
This forest reserve is located in the Bushenyi district in the Southwestern part of Uganda near Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo forest. It is approximately 375 kilometres which is just about 6 hour’s drive up to the reserve headquarters. The forest lies at an average altitude of about 1400m above sea level. The reserve is known for its 414 species of trees and shrubs including prunus African Ficus and Parinari among others. The forest is also famous for its six different primate species which include chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L’hoest guenon, vervet monkeys, and baboon.
Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
Pian Upe wildlife reserve is a conservation area in the Karamoja sub-region of northeastern Uganda and it’s regarded as the second largest conservation protected area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park. The reserve covers an area of about 2788 square kilometres to the north of mountain Elgon and it is now under the management of the mountain Elgon conversation area, it lies in a semi-arid county which usually receives rainfall in April and more considerable light rainfall from June to early September although in some years the rainfall is complete. Most of the Reserve is covered by undisturbed grassland and wooded grassland.
These game reserves are nice for game-viewing safaris in Uganda (also referred to as wildlife viewing) and are an alternate place where you can carry out wildlife safaris from Uganda. They might be less visited but still, they will give you the experience to explore the less explored wilderness of Uganda or carry out more activities like birding or nature walks.
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You need a visa to enter Uganda. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport or before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. You can also apply for these, and other types of visas, at the Uganda High Commission in London.
The charge for the visa on arrival is US$50 in cash while the charge for processing the E-visa application yourself via the correct Uganda government website (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) is US$52.53 including the credit card fee.
Single Entry Visa is allowed to Indian travellers who wish to stay in Uganda for a short period. … Indians who travel to Uganda for tourism purposes or business purposes or medical purposes. The applicant needs to mention the purpose of his visit. Uganda tourist visas and Uganda work visas are single-entry visas.
The official processing duration for a Ugandan visa as per the official Ugandan Consulates’ site is 14 business days. However, this duration does vary between 2 and 15 days depending on the Embassy to be contacted.