Take 10 Minutes to Get Started With BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN UGANDAUganda is one of the best places to visit in Africa as well as it is also one of the best places to visit in the world. Uganda is called pearl of Africa and is fairy-tale. Bordering countries of Uganda are Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kampala is capital city of Uganda which is built around seven hills near the shores of Lake Victoria. Most of Uganda is located on a plateau. Highest point of Uganda is Margherita Peak(5,109 metres) which is covered by snow and glaciers. Second highest peak point is Mount Elgon (4,321 metres). Lake Victoria of Uganda is the second largest inland freshwater lake after Lake Superior in North America. Lake Victoria is also main source of Nile River. Other five beautiful lakes of Uganda’s are Edward, Albert, Victoria Nile, Kyoga and Albert Nile each of them provides life time experience to its visitors. There are herds of lions and leopards in animal preserves and national parks of Uganda. Lakes and rivers of Uganda provide ideal environment to Hippopotamuses and crocodiles. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees live in extreme west. Buffalo, elephants and the Uganda kob (an antelope) are in west and north. black rhinoceros and giraffes are limited to north. topis, zebras, elands, and roan antelopes are confined to the the northeastern and southern grasslands. There is large number of species of birds in Uganda’s national parks. Mostly areas of southern Uganda has been deforested but a significant areas has been placed in its 10 national parks. Murchison Falls National Park, Victoria Nile. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are most famous national parks of Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is declared as World Heritage site in 1994 by UNESCO.
Kidepo Valley National Park, Karamoja region (Uganda)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
• Buhoma gorilla sector
• Nkuringo gorilla sector
• Ruhija gorilla sector
• Rushaga gorilla sector
• Nyundo gorilla sector
• Ruburigi gorilla sector
Buhoma and Nkuringo are most visiting sectors. Best season to visit this area is from June to October and from December to March. Gorilla habituation occur in Rushaga gorilla sector.
There are 160 species of trees and 100 species of fun in this area of 32,000 ha. This World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1994 is very dense. it can be visited only on foot. This park is located in Southwestern Uganda and is known as home of hundreds mountain gorillas. There are 100 mammal species and 300 birds species in this park. Main activities of this parks are hiking, nature walks, Gorilla tracking, bird watching and mountain biking
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western (Uganda)
It is located in western part of Uganda and is most popular visiting place. There are 95 species of mammals and 500 species of birds are main attractions for tourists. game viewing, chimp tracking, nature walks in Maramagambo Forest, hiking and boat rides on Kazinga Channel are main activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is a natural surprise found in northwest Uganda. The water arises as of the Victoria Nile River. These falls are compared to the Canada’s Nahanni National Park’ falls by some people. These falls can view from top as well as from the from a boat safari. Both points provide unique view. The parks contain huge grasslands and forests. It is the most visiting point of Uganda as well as of Africa. It is the home of major mammals and explores the four out of big five. It has the largest population of Roskilde Giraffes in Africa. Chimpanzees and crocodiles are also in huge quantity in this area. This place offers over 70 African mammal species and 450 recorded bird species. From December to February and June to September are best months to visit this area. It is heaven for wildlife lovers because it is largest park of country located in Northwestern Uganda.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The Park covers hills of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes:
• Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m)
• Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m)
• Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m)
The park is part of the larger Virunga Conservation area. Virunga Conservation area spreads over the three countries and each of them has protected it’s ares.
Things to See in Mgahinga National Park
• Mgahinga National Park has a large number of things to see.
• Virunga Volcanoes
• Golden Monkeys
Main activities of this park are
• Gorilla Tracking (the most popular activity)
• Volcano Hiking
• Golden Monkey Tracking (one of the top activities)
• Batwa Trail
• Bird Watching
• Garama Cave Exploration
Best time to go for gorilla safaris during the dry months of June-October and December to March and confirm booking of gorilla passes at least 4 months before visiting this park.
Ssese Islands (Uganda)
Nyungwe Forest national park (Uganda)
- Chimpanzee Tracking
- Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
- Monkey Tracking
- Bigugu Trail
- Ngabwe Trail
- Kamiranzovu Trail
- Karamba Trail
- Isumo Trail
Nyungwe forest national park is also known as land of thousand hills. It is one of the largest forests.
The Savannas of Akagera National Park (Uganda)
Gishwati Forest (Uganda)
Eastern Chimpanzees, Blue monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, golden monkeys, hyrax, hogs and 130 bird species 20 of which are Albertine Rift endemics. Best time to visit this park is month of June to September and December to February which are dry months. Chimpanzee trekking and Hiking and nature walks are best activities of this park.
Mount Bisoke (Uganda)
• long trouser
• long sleeved shirt
• Hand gloves
• Light hiking shoes
• Walking/Hiking Stick
• Packed snacks and water
It is the most scenic provincial areas of Rwanda. Visitors can enjoy impressive scenes of the Crater Lake and pleasing sights of the Parc National des Virungas.