National Parks & Game
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Kibale Forest N P
Kipedo Valley N
Lake Mburo N P
Gorilla N P
Mt Rwenzori N P
Mt Elgon N P
Murchison Falls N P
Queen Elizabeth N P
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - click to view recommended Tours and Safaris
Lying in the south west of the country, 414 kms from Kampala, on the border
with The Congo, the park covers an area of over 330 sq kms. As the name
dictates - this park real African jungle area, with dense undergrowth, vines
and a wide variety of flowers and aphrodisiac plants.
come to the park to catch a glimpse of the Mountain Gorillas, but the park is
home to over 120 species of mammals, including chimpanzees, black & white
colobus, blue monkey, bushpig, duiker, leopard, jackal and elephants in the
south east of the park. There are also over 350 species of bird , 202 species
of butterflies and over 200 species of trees found within the park
wheel drive vehicle is recommended to get around the park. Gorilla tracking is
limited to small groups and it's advisable to book well in advance of your
intended visit. Bookings can be made through most tour operators or directly
with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Camping facilities and a deluxe
tended camp is available a Buhoma. If you have camping equipment, camping is
permitted in designated areas in the park. There is also accommodation
available in Kabale at the Victoria Inn and Visitor's Rest
Kibale Forest N P - click to view recommended Tours and Safaris
Located in western Uganda, covering an area of over 760 sq kms, Kibale Forest
National Park lies 35 kms south of Fort Portal and adjoins with Queen Elizabeth
Kibale is the perfect place to experience the the true
diversity of wildlife and flora found in a tropical rainforest. The park
contains the largest population of forest elephants found in Uganda but they
are rarely sighted. Rich in wildlife and particularly noted for is primate
population, of 11 different species, including the red-tailed money, blue
monkey, olive baboon, chimpanzee, black, white and red colobus and white
cheeked mangabey. Other mammals found are bushbuck, red and blue duiker, Uganda
kob, Scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangloin, buffalo, waterbuck and hippo
as well as a large number of birds.
A 4 wheel drive vehicles is highly
recommended particularly during the rainy season.
There are a number of hotels in
Fort Portal, 35kms north of the park. Bigodi and Nkingo villages have basic
lodges. Inside the park camping facilities are available, there are two private
campsites with with a tent sleeping two. There are also four additional
campsites for those with their own tends and bedding. You need to bring
provisions with you.
Kipedo Valley N P
Located in the extreme North of
the country bordering with Sudan and Kenya, Kipedo Valley National Park covers
an area of 1,344 sq.km. Due to it's remote location this park is less visited,
but it has the most spectacular scenery of mountains and vast savannah
The park is home to the Karimojong pastoralists. Animal
species found in the region include; giraffe, ostrich, elephant, cheetah,
leopard, kudu, zebra, buffalo, amongst others.
It is 840km from
Kampala and although the journey can be tough, taking up to two days, the
diverse landscape past makes the journey worthwhile. There is also a light
aircraft airstrip at Akopa
At times of unrest in Sudan, the north
section of the park is closed.
Apoka Rest Camp offering
accommodation in chalets. Food and drink stocks are basic and often very
limited so it's advisable to bring your own.
There are also several
campsite located near Apoka.
Lake Mburo N P
Lake Mburo National Park
covers an area of 260 sq km and is located 420kms south west of Kampala. It is
one of the more popular parks, due to its relatively close location to Kampala,
being particularly busy with city weekend visitors.
consists mainly of savannah and the area contains four lakes. The open valleys
on the western side of the game offer the best game viewing opportunities, with
large herds of elephants and buffalo roaming the land. Other wildlife
encountered include; leopard, hyena hippo and a large variety of antelope
including the rare Impala. It is the perfect destination for ornithologists, a
huge variety of birds are found within the park particularly round the lakes,
including Bronze-tailed starling, Marabour stork, Crowned Crane and bee-eaters.
Boats are available for hire on the Lake Mburo Swamp from the Park
Office in Rwonyo
Chalet are available at the park
headquarters, where meals are available.
Lake View Hotel in Mbarara
offering rooms with private facilities, swimming pool and sports centre,
situated on land with own private lake where Marabou storks flock.
Mgahinga Gorilla N P - click to view recommended Tours and Safaris
Uganda's smallest park, covering an area of just 34 sq kms, located on the
south western tip of the country on the border with Congo (Zaire) and Rwanda,
510km from Kampala.
Mgahinga is the second home to one of the last
remaining habitats of the mountain gorilla found on the slopes of the Virunga
Mountains. Access to visit the gorillas is strictly controlled , with only
small groups being allowed at any one time and always accompanied by a ranger.
Booking to see the gorillas must be made well in advance. Other wildlife found
in the park include bushbuck, elephant, leopard, aardvark, honey badger. jackal
and a wealth of birdlife.
Three extinct volcanos rise within the
park, Mt. Muhuvura, Mt. Gahinga and Mt Sabinyo. The peak of Muhavura has a
small crater lake and is the highest point in the park rising to 4,127 metres.
A selection of Volcano Tours is available from
There are motels in nearby
Kisoro and Kabale. Mount Mghinga Rest Camp offering superb views of the Rift
Valley and lies under the towering volcanos. Accommodation is available in
tents or large bandas, each having its adjoining toile and bush shower. Meals
are served daily. There is also a camp of climbers within the
Mt Rwenzori N P - click to view recommended Tours and Safaris
Lying along the western border of Uganda and covering an area of over 995 sq
kms, named "Mountains of the Moon" for its mist-shrouded, snow-capped
The mountain range has six peaks, carrying permanent snow and
glaciers and offering spectacular scenery. In the centre of the range is
Africa's third highest mountain, Mt. Margherita reaching a height of 5,109
mtrs. This is an excellent destination for keen hikers and climbers, although
the higher slopes are demanding and require some mountaineering skills. The
best time of the year for hiking is during the dry seasons from mid December to
end of March and from June to mid August.
Wildlife encountered in
this park includes, elephant, genet, Vervet Monkey, Rwenzori Colobus,
Chimpanzee and Duiker.
There is a range of inns, guesthouses and camping sites in the
area, and hotels are available in Kasese and Fort Portal. Huts and rock
shelters are available on the mountains for climbers
House is located in Kazingo Trading Centre approx 12.5 kms from Fort Portal, on
the foothills of the National Park.
Mt Elgon N P
Lying 256 kms north east of
Kampala, bordering with Kenya in eastern Uganda, Mt. Elgon covers an area of
1155 sq. kms.
If offers a diverse variety of scenery, vegetation and
cultures. Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano with a gradual slopes to the crater
rim, lying at 4,321 metres above seal level. Mountaineering skills are not
required. The whole region is excellent for hikers and climbers, with caves,
rock painting, gorges, waterfalls providing excellent scenery. Sipi Falls, at
the foothills of the mountain is a favourite destination.
has a variety of small game including, duiker, hyena, leopard, chimpanzee,
buffalo and elephant and numerous species of birdlife.
There are five designated
campsites at Sasa River, Mude Cave, Hunters Cave, Piswa Patrol Hut and Kapkwata
with basic amenities. Visitors needs to carry their own tents and food.
Kapkwata Guest House has three main rooms with a sleeping capacity for
There are several hotels in Mbale town ranging in price
Murchison Falls National Park - click to view recommended Tours and Safaris
The largest park in Uganda covering on area of over 3,840 sq kms, Murchinson
Falls park is also one of the most famous for its scenic beauty, magnificent
falls and high concentration of game. It is situated approximately 350 kms
north west of Kampala.
The mighty Nile river divides the park into the
north and south sections with the spectacular Murchinson Falls dropping some 40
meters through a narrow crevice. The river attract large numbers of game, and a
boat ride up the river provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph
the animals. Wildlife viewed in this park include elephant, giraffe, hippo,
lion, leopard, buffalo, Nile crocodile, monkeys, and over 450 species of birds.
including the magnificent shoebill stork.
There are plenty of
activities in the park including river trips. game drives, forest walks,
fishing and bird watching.
The park has two light aircraft airstrips
operating air charter services from Kampala.
There are several lodges
within the park and camping is available at the top of the falls but visitors
must bring their own camping equipment.
Queen Elizabeth N P - click to view recommended Tours and Safaris
The park covers and area of almost 2,000 sq kms and lies between the Rwenzori
Mountains to the east and Lake Edward to the west., approx 470kms from Kampala.
This parks wildlife once suffered from heavy poaching, but recent
conservation efforts have restored much of the game and it now claims to be one
of the best places on the continent to see high concentrations of hippo. Other
animals found are elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob, variety of antelope, baboons
and chimpanzees and the famous tree-climbing lion. There are also over 500
different specifies of bird making it a excellent destination for
A boat trip along the Kazinga channel between Lake
George and Edward is a rewarding methods of game viewing. The best time of the
year to visit the park is just after the rains, between October and November
and March and April when high concentrations of animals roam the whole
is available at Mweya Lodge and along Kazinga Channel. Other lodges in the park
include Ishasha Safari Lodge and Lake George Lodge.