Uganda

With a diversity of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching, welcoming locals and vibrant cultural dances, Uganda packages a unique travel experience into one small country.

Uganda in East Africa was referred to by the iconic Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa' when he visited in 1908. To this day, this description still rings true.

Don't rush – take your time! This exquisite country offers some of the best sights in Africa at a great value. Explore at your leisure, Uganda has fewer visitors than longer established East African destinations.

Animal lovers will be thrilled to know that Uganda is proud to be home to more than half of the endangered species of mountain gorillas - seek them out in their high mountain misty habitats. Our magnificent national parks proudly offer viewing of the imposing Big Five on game trips and safaris.

For an adrenaline rush – how about rafting down the famous River Nile? You can choose to visit Uganda as a single destination or you can combine your trip to include other neighbouring East African countries. This has been made easy for travellers with the introduction of the East African visa.

Murchison Falls National Park

This is the oldest and Uganda’s largest national conservation area 3,840 km² with about 76 species of mammals and 45 birds. The park lies at the northern end of Albertine Rift Valley.

Apart from the great Murchsion Falls expect to catch at least four of the big fives except the rhinos. Other wildlife here include: Jackson's hartebeest, grey duiker, bushbuck, hyena, crocodile, hippo, chimpanzee and Rothschild's giraffe.

Giraffe, Uganda
Tree climbing lions, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This park covers an area of 1,978 km². It is Uganda’s most popular savannah reserve and has the widest variety of wildlife of any Ugandan park. The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species.

At least four of the Big Five are present and regularly seen though rhinos are absent. Other game here include leopards, tree climbing lions which is famously caught in the Isasha sector, herds of buffalo and elephant, hippos inhabit the Kazinga channel and hyenas are occasionally spotted.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This park is marked as UNESCO heritage site and remarkably the best place to track gorillas housing roughly 440 gorillas, half of the world’s population. The park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley covering an area of 1,160 m - 2,607 m above sea level.

The park shelters over 120 mammals, other than gorillas, several primate species such as olive baboons and chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus and l'Hoest monkey. Around 350 species of birds are hosted in this forest.

Mountain gorillas, Bwindi, Uganda
Chimpanzee, Kibale National Park, Uganda

Kibale National Park

Famously known for chimpanzee tracking, Kibale occupies an area of 795 km². Kibale national park is the best place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.

The park is also home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo is one park that is rarely visited by tourists because of its location being further north of Uganda. It lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700 km from Kampala.

Kidepo hosts over 77 mammal species and around 475 bird species. It is particularly rich in predators, including lion, leopard and bat-eared fox, black-backed and side-striped jackal, Jackson's hartebeest, oribi, eland and klipspringer and a unique karamanjo rich culture.

Lion, Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
Hippo, Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park

This is so far the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks covering an area of 370 km². The park is also located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.

350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. This is the only park in Uganda where people can view savannah animals on foot.

Semuliki National Park

The park covers an area of 220 km² with an altitude of 670-760 m above sea level. It is best for birders with at least 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammals.

It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, some catches here include but not limited to de Brazza's, vervet and Dent's mona monkey found along the forest trails, potto and bushbaby, black-and-white colobus baboon, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey grey-cheeked mangabey among others.

Monkey, Semuliki National Park, Uganda
Elephant, Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

This park covers an area of 33.7 km², making it Uganda’s smallest national park. The park was created to protect the endangered mountain gorillas as well as endangered golden monkey. There is so far one gorilla group in this park which group keeps traversing between countries making it unpredictable and unreliable to track.

However other animals can be spotted such as black-and-white colobus, buffalo, elephant, bushbuck and duiker, golden cat, side-striped jackal, giant forest hog, bush pig, buffalo and elephant though these are rarely seen.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori Mountain also known as the Mountains of the Moon are located in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border covering an area of 996 km². Highest point being 5,109 m above sea level on Mt Stanley's Margherita Peak.

Apart from mountain climbing, the park is home to variety of wildlife though difficult to spot on. Some animals include: elephants, chimpanzee, Rwenzori otter and leopard, primates such as colobus (Angola and black-and-white varieties are both present) and blue monkeys; small antelope such as bushbucks. Birders have chances of viewing barred long-tailed cuckoo, handsome francolin, slender-billed starli, golden-winged sunbird among others.

Leopard hiding in bushes, Uganda
Birding, Uganda

Mount Elgon National Park

The mountain is recorded as the oldest and largest solitary volcanic mountain in east Africa and has the largest volcanic base in the world. It’s located on boarder of Uganda-Kenya.

This extinct volcano is one of Uganda's oldest physical features; its size is 1,121 km² and home to over 300 species of birds and the endangered Lammergeyer.