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5 most popular National Parks in Uganda

The lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park become quite famous for their rare behavior of climbing candelabra trees (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Are you a lover of unmatched outdoor wilderness adventures and regard yourself as some sort of a discoverer? Then you would be interested in knowing the 5 most popular National Parks in Uganda. From natural surroundings with verdant green mountain slopes, sweeping savannah plains, snowy glaciers, to the spectacular volcanic peaks

One of the most unbeaten facts about the National Parks in Uganda is that they are full of natural wonders that range from boundless natural sceneries to resplendent wildlife species and beautiful bird species. These places increase your chance of getting back and closer to Mother Nature while creating memorable experiences. Therefore, read our list of the 5 most popular National Parks in Uganda that will help in making plans for Uganda safaris.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for being one of the richest ecosystems in the African continent and therefore one of the unmissable places in the world. Travelers to this 33100-hectare Protected Area are advised to carry good cameras with enough memory space and extra batteries because the 120 mammal species, 350 bird species, 220 butterfly species, 200 unique tree species, and several species of reptiles and Amphibians are worth capturing and focusing attention on. Most interestingly, take advantage of the affordable gorilla permits (at $700 per person) to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the last redoubts of the mountain gorilla.

  1. Murchison falls National Park

One of the reasons why Murchison Falls National Park is one of the 5 most popular national parks in Uganda is the fact that it offers travellers a wonderful safari on an extraordinary River Nile adventure. This safari destination spreads inland from the pristine shores of Lake Albert around the Nile in north-western Uganda. Visitors to this destination are mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the Murchison falls formed when huge volumes of water forcefully pass through a narrow gorge of 7 meters dropping over 45 meters into a magnificent Devil’s Cauldron. Travellers are also drawn to four of the big five animals (elephants, leopards, lions, and Cape buffaloes) alongside Hippos, Uganda Kobs, Oribis, spotted hyenas, hartebeests, bushbucks, Nile crocodiles, Klipspringers and so much more.

  1. Kibale Forest National Park

Haven to one of the country’s most outstanding tropical rainforests, the lush Kibale National Park is a renowned stronghold for chimpanzees. For travellers to this popular National Park, there are many chances of getting up-close with a high concentration and diversity of primates that include grey-cheeked mangabeys, L’Hoests monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, Pottos, red-tailed monkeys, Patas monkeys, to mention but a few but most interestingly the rarest bird species that include the green-breasted pitta. Given the fact that it is a Tropical rain forest, it is always important to come prepared for downpours

  1. Lake Mburo National Park

Extending over 143 square miles and within the closest proximity of Uganda’s capital is the jaw-dropping Lake Mburo, National Park. Known for being the smallest savannah park in the country, this whisper of the wilderness is the ideal scenery for photography as well as birding tours. This Park is where the extraordinary impalas, giant elands, Defassa waterbucks, Klipspringers, and Roan antelopes are found in larger numbers than any other destination in the country.  Also sheltered here are leopards, spotted hyenas, Topis, Cape buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, Burchell’s zebras, jackals, vervet monkeys, Hippos, and Olive baboons among others, in addition to the 350 bird species to marvel at.

Besides the wildlife and birds, Lake Mburo National Park also features 500-year old metamorphic rocks that can also be explored during Uganda safaris.

Queen Elizabeth is the only park in Uganda where tree climbing lions can be found (PHOTO/File)

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nestled within the western side of Uganda, the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park derived its present name from Queen Elizabeth II of England, following her Royal visit in 1954.

This was two years after being established as “Kazinga National Park”. This majestic safari destination is a renowned haven for exotic animals that include 95 mammal species. It is a renowned home to the tree-climbing lions, although elephants, Defassa waterbucks, African lions, Oribis, chimpanzees, Topis, mongoose, black-manned lions, bushbucks, African bush elephants, serval cats, jackals, Hippos, Uganda Kobs, and others are hosted. Birding fanatics will be thrilled to discover that this popular Ugandan National Park shelters over 600 bird species.

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