MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. It’s known for Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Park wildlife includes elephants and hippos, and there are chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. The Lake Albert Delta is home to rare shoebill storks. There are game fish in the cascades of Karuma Falls.
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK
Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.
The Semliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.
While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK
Kidepo Valley National park is located near Karenga in Kaabong District, in the northeastern corner of Uganda. The park is approximately 220 kilometres (140 mi), by road northwest of Moroto, the largest town in the sub-region. It is approximately 520 kilometres (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest City.
The northwestern boundary of the park runs along the international frontier with Bira,South Sudan and abuts against its Kidepo.
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KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Kibale National Park is a national park in Western Uganda protecting moist evergreen forest. It is 766 square kilometres (296 sq mi) in size and is located between 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) in elevation. it contains a diverse array of landscapes. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In Eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest.
The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve.
They are a lot of good activities found or to be done while at Kibale National Park.
Chimpanzee Tracking and Habituation
Birding in Bugodi just a place in Kibale
Hiking and Nature walks
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park is known as Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystem , which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic Big game, and over 600 Bird species
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, where the big trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting kob.
As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many chance or opportunities to meet the locals in the communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK
It’s Found way up in the clouds close to the Kisoro region is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The park is a dense forest and a natural habitat for the rare mountain gorillas and the endangered golden monkey. Not only is a tour around the park an exciting time to see rare animals, but it is a significant cultural experience. The indigenous Batwa pygmies, a tribe of animal hunters-gathers, where these people used to call it a home. Happen to come and be impressed by the park’s three conical extinct volcanoes, providing an outstanding backdrop to the already wonderful scenery.
Mount Elgon National Park
Intersecting the border of Uganda and Kenya, the park is an extinct volcano with the largest surface area of any extinct in the world. The part in Kenya is where the park was gazetted in 1968, and the in 1992 the Ugandan part was covering 1110 square kilometers (430 square miles). The photographers and Bird watchers will have a chance to see mammals ,birds, invertebrates and beautiful flora and fauna. There is also a cave with ancient paintings near the trailhead, and the hot-springs in the former volcano craters are a must see.
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