Uganda definitely being the pearl of Africa, there is a reason as to why it was named so. Uganda is characterized of good and welcoming people, lakes and rivers, mountains, rift valley escarpments, abundant wildlife and above all dubbed in good weather that is favorable for everyone. Other than that, Uganda has a rich cultural history that comes with different traditions, beliefs and dishes. Uganda has a quite number of fascinating destinations that you can see on holiday. However on average there are top most loved destinations that you can see on a Uganda safari and these are the most included places in their itineraries;
Kibale Forest National Park
The moist ever green forest of Kibale National Park is one of the loved destinations because of its lowland and montane forests harboring more than 1000 chimpanzees. Kibale Forest was formerly established in 1932 and gazetted in 1933. The parks stand at 1590m above sea level covering 766 square kilometers. Kibale Forest National Park is not only home to our little cousins but also other 13 primate species including vervet monkey, black and white, L’hoest monkeys, olive baboons, Red tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, grey cheecked mangabeys among others. Other than primates there are 70 species of mammals notable ones are duikers, forest elephants, bush bucks, forest hogs e.t.c, over 350 bird species such as Yellow-rumped tinker bird, green-breasted pitta, dusky crimson wing, brown chested alethe and so many other birds not forgetting about 200 butterfly’s species. Kibale forest national park is popular for activities like chimpanzee tracking, birding and community visit and nature walks to the surrounding areas such as Bigodi wetlands.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls spans on the biggest area 3893 square kilometers covering Bugungu and Karuma wild life reserve. Murchison is known for its plunge of the thunderous Murchison falls traversing into the Nile river up to the Delta flowing into Lake Kyoga. It is situated north west of Uganda covering Masindi, Lolim, it can be accessed by road and chartered flights. Murchison falls is bisected into the north and southern sector, both sections have Ideal attractions some of them are;
The park is comprised of 76 mammal species among them are Giraffes, elephants, Buffaloes, hyenas, lions, leopards, civets, pangolin, Jackson hartebeest, bush backs, warthogs, Uganda kobs among many others. There are also primates in Murchison which include thousands of olive baboons, patus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and chimpanzees in Rabongo forest and kaniyo pabidi.
Nile river is eye catching in Murchison as waters flows from the thunderous narrow gorge of Murchison falls and uhuru falls it settles into the Nile river. The key attraction in the Nile is school of hippos near Paraa and Nile crocodiles at the banks of the river, a section of the Nile is known for having the largest fish the Nile perch, tiger fish and tilapia.
More than 450 bird species are registered with in the park among them is the rare endemic shoe bill stork at the Nile delta, saddle billed stork, red-throated bee eater, remnant winged night jar, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Malachite Kingfishers, Black-billed Barbet and several others. Exploring Murchison falls national park includes a hike to the top of the falls, game drive and viewing, cultural visits and launch cruise on the Nile river.
Bwindi Forest National Park
On average most travelers end up in Bwindi Forest National Park for gorilla tracking. Bwindi Forest National Park is known for hosting half population of the surviving mountain gorillas in the whole world. Bwindi forest national park occupies a vast area of 331 square kilometers divided in 4 tracking sectors. These sectors are Rushaga, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Buhoma with successful habituated gorilla families open for tracking. Other than gorillas, Bwindi is home to other mammal species such duikers, forest elephants, bush pig, bush bucks, primates, over 300 bird species including 23 endemics of the Albertine rift valley and i4 bird species not seen anywhere else. Bwindi forest was declared a UNESCO world heritage site because of the famous mountain gorillas.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is almost every one’s favorite on the bucket list, it one of the parks travelers can’t fail to ask about, clearly it is one of the most visited and popular destinations on the Uganda safari. The park was named after the Queen of England during her majestic visit in 1952, it is situated on the western wing of the country 398 kilometers from Kampala city.
Queen Elizabeth has quite a lot of attraction more often travelers can’t have it all in a day, it is dubbed with 95 mammal species including the four big game, lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants among other mammal species. The park also has a record of about 618 bird species, it is indeed a diverse park characterized by crater lakes, Salt Lake, reptiles, primates, and good vegetation cover covered in the shady green humid forest of imaramagambo the largest forest in Uganda with a blue lake.
Major attractions in the park are, Kazinga channel where lake Edward meets lake George. The channel is ideal for boat cruise where you spot school of hippos, buffaloes, Nile crocodiles and water bird species. Kyambura gorge, forested deep valley popular for primate walk and chimpanzee tracking. Kasenyi plains and Ishasha wilderness is known for abundant wild life mostly like to spot lions, hyenas and leopards.
Lake Mburo National Park
Its easy accessibility makes it among the most loved destinations in Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park lies on the western side that is ideal for short safari days or even one day safari while in Uganda for a number of days. The park Is small dotted with acacia woodlands, savannah Plains, rocky ridges, swamps that sits on a vast area of 370 square kilometers. Lake mburo is known for a large concentration of zebras and other mammal species such as buffaloes, kobs, elands, topis, impalas, hippos, and leopards. You also have a chance to spot the Long horned ankole cattle grazing with in the park.
Other than mammal species, lake Mburo has over 300 bird species among them include Red-headed Lovebird, Common Scimitar bill, Rufous-bellied Heron, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Green Wood-hoopoe, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Nubian Woodpecker, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Brown Parrot, Ross’s Turaco, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot and many others. These birds are mostly spotted in the swampy valleys of Miriti and warukiri and on the roadside near Rwonyo camp. The main activities in lake mburo national park are game drives and viewing, boat cruise on lake mburo walking safari and horse riding.