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Where to Visit In Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Uganda’s most visited park otherwise known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ is a wondrous landscape gives way to more than 70 round basins across the land and along the equator – all evidence indicative of a very active volcanic history. The park’s ecosystem exhibits great diversity and is a great model of how the east African landscape meets that of Africa’s west (rainforest meets savannah) making Queen Elizabeth’s National Park a place with one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any reserve in the world.

There are more than 600 bird species, 10 species of primates and 100 mammal species including more than 5,000 hippos, 2,500 elephants, over 10,000 buffalo, the giant forest hog, Uganda’s famous kob and tree climbing lions. The two lakes (Lake George and Lake Edward) are connected by the Kasinga Channel which will provide breathtaking scenery of hippo understood as being a site for the largest concentration of hippo. Apart from hippo, you will be able to witness other wildlife around the lakes and the channel drinking, feeding or gallivanting about the park some of which with be warthogs, aquatic antelopes, waterbuck, serval cats and civets that are nocturnal and leopard. You may have the chance of joining a walking safari, nature walks or game drives.

Kyambura Gorge.

This is a hidden gem lying in the western part of the East African Rift Valley and part of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is worth a visit. In the midst of the savannah you will come across a sunken haven of a lush and flourishing rainforest with a large variety of animal and plant life. A stream runs through the gorge providing life to the habitat of more than 600 bird species and more than 100 mammal species, including hundreds of chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions, hippos, elephants and the giant forest hog.

Spend up to 4 hours trekking chimpanzees and watching other wildlife feeding and going about their day on tree tops or between the thick forest from inside the gorge or take in the scenery standing on the edge of the rim to the gorge that is most picturesque.

Murchison Falls National Park.

Humphrey Bogart shot the film ‘The African Queen’ on Lake Albert in this magnificent setting in Murchison Falls National Park. The park is 3,840 km² north of the Albertine Rift Valley and is the oldest and largest conservation area in Uganda where you find the source of the River Nile with an astonishing throng of animals. The landscape comprises of pristine portraits of forest patches, acacia trees, riverine woodlands and the river banks that are a remarkable setting that affords sustenance for a large variety of species. There are 76 mammal species including 4 out of the Big 5 animals, giraffes, bushbucks and Jackson’s hartebeests, primates including the olive baboons, blue and red-tailed monkeys and an enormous population of 800 chimpanzees. For those avid bird watchers, the park is a host to more than 450 birds.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

327 km² of impressive vegetation draping over exhaustively cracked surface and ridges with thick forests is where you will find Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (hence the name ‘Impenetrable’). A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, Bwindi National Park is where you will find more than 320 mountain gorillas and to add to the park’s charm, the gorillas co-exist with chimpanzees in one of the very few places in the world you may be able to witness that.

You can spend the entire day(s) tracking and observing gorillas and experience their interactions first hand in their natural habitat. You will be surrounded by thick, lush and green drapes of trees and plants, a vegetation estimated to be 25,000 years old and up to 2,600m above sea level.

Here you will find 310 butterfly species, 200 plant species, 51 reptile species, 120 mammal species including 10 primate species. There are also 350 bird species most of which are categorised as globally endangered species, a perfect attraction for avid bird watchers.

When visiting Bwindi National Park remember to pack very warm clothes as temperatures range between 7-20 °C. You can visit the park at any time of the year but is recommended you plan your trip outside the rainy seasons which are March-May and September-November.

Kibale National Park.

This national park is an evergreen forest stretching to 795km² and is 1,600m above sea level. Kibale prides itself with one of the continent’s most researched sites and amongst the world’s last remaining places with both lowland and montane forests. This range in altitude between lowland and montane forests allows for an intriguing array of animal life and a great selection of habitats ranging from savannah and woodlands to tropical forests.

The park receives on average about 1,700mm of rain and is home to more than 350 species of trees (some of which are more than 200 years old) you will come across a beautifully woven canopy of trees rising to more than 50m high and many more varieties of herbs and ferns.

As a sought after destination for safari and eco-tourism this park is home to 70 mammal species including 13 species of primates most of which are endangered. There are more than 1,450 chimpanzees in Kibale which makes it one of Africa’s best places for chimpanzee trekking and if you embark on a trekking journey you will get the opportunity to see them go about their daily routines.

Keep an eye out for the very rare species of the L’Hoest monkeys, cheeked mangabeys and the threatened Ugandan red colobus monkey. Other mammals that you are likely to come across are leopards, buffalos, elephants, wild bush pigs along with reptiles, amphibians and more than 370 species of birds (including the African grey parrot).

As Kibale receives a substantial amount of rain (and this varies depending on the region of the park), your visit can be planned any time of the year but ideally outside the rainy seasons which are between March-May and September-November. On average the temperature of Kibale National Park are between 14-27°C but can be warmer in areas with lower altitudes and particularly in the savannah habitat in the Rift Valley Basin.

Chimpanzees are an intelligent and fascinating species of primates in a way that is rather reflective of human activity. Despite the friendly and charming manner of these bouncy primates, you will need to consider a number of things as a means of further facilitating eco-tourism and a sustainable environment for the hundreds of species in the park. Chimps are a species that appreciate their space, so when visiting the park keep a safe distance of at least 8metres between you and the chimps at all times as otherwise may intimidate or scare them. Do not feed the chimps under any circumstances and avoid eating near them.

Since Kibale National park is only accessible for tourists or visitors with a guide, make sure you ask your guide about rules and regulations of entry to the park before you head out for your trip as only some of the guidelines are referenced on this website.

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