Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park's name derives from its famous waterfall; the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging
43m down with a thunderous roar into the "Devil's caulderon", creating a trademark rainbow.
This park is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and over 451 birds.
It is Uganda's most visited park and it is a must go place for any tourist.
Lake Mburo is the second smallest of Uganda's wildlife parks and very centrally located a few hours' drive from Kampala and less than one day's drive from the southwest of Uganda (home of the mountain gorillas). Lake Mburo has rich animal life with more than 332 different bird species
including the shoebill, African finfoot, saddle billed stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill and 68 different mammals (including impala, buffalo, leopards, hyenas, jackals, etc). Lake Mburo is also the only park in the rift valley region where you can find Burchell's zebras and the eland.
With great savanna landscapes and mountains rising up in the background, the remote Kidepo Valley NP is a true gem of Uganda's nature. The park spans 1,442 km2 and ranges from 900 to 2,750m in altitude. Because of its remote location on the border with South Sudan, Kidepo Valley is possibly the
only national park left on the whole continent where you can almost have the park to yourself (average of six visitors per day).
The park is home to the cheetah, elephants, mountain reedbucks, the baffalo, eland, stripped hyena, leopard, spotted hyena, rothschild giraffe and the tree climbing lion.
Kibale National Park, sitting on 795km2, is the most magnificent of Uganda's tropical rainforests and one of the most rewarding to explore. Established at the end of the 18th century, Kibale's main attraction is the chimpanzee. These can be seen swinging in tree branches as one treks
through the forest trails. The park boasts 13 species of primates including the localised Red Colobus and L'Hoest monkeys and over 300 bird species. It is also home to mammals like the elusive forest elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog and half a dozen antelope species making it one of the most stunning parks in Uganda.
It is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, where half of the surviving population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla lives in its jungles. The forest has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance.
Mountain Gorillas are one of the world's most endangered creatures. It is estimated that there are only about 880 gorillas left in the whole world. Half of are found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighbouring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's second most visited game reserve and certainly the most scenic. The park has a big variety of habitats including savanna grassland mixed with various kinds of trees and grassy plains, but also tropical rainforest, different swamps and volcanic features,
comprising volcanic cones and deep craters.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is an excellent place to sight large game, track the chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge, go bird watching on the Kazinga Channel, and see the famous tree climbing lions in Ishasha.
This national park covers 220 sq km of the valley floor that forms a link between the heights of East Africa and the vast, steaming jungles of central Africa. It harbours some intriguing wildlife and sulphur hot springs which can be seen on a short day walk.
The park is part of the
Guinea-Congo biome, the only lowland semi-deciduous forest in Uganda with a spectacular scenic beauty.
This park was created in 1932 and upgraded to national park status in 1993.
Semuliki national park offers the best viewing grounds for bird lovers.
Covering an area of 996km2, Mountain Rwenzori National Game Park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994. The highest point is 5,109m above sea level on Mt. Stanley's Margherita Peak.
The Rwenzoris were christened "The Mountains of
The Moon" by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150.
Most mountain climbers rate the Rwenzoris to be the most challenging of all African mountains.
The park is also home to 18 species of mammals, 217 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians.
Sitting on 33.7km2, Mgahinga National Park is the smallest of Uganda's parks. It takes it's name from "Gahinga" the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes.
The British Administration declared the area a game Sanctuary in 1930. It was
gazetted as a National Park in 1991. The park sits high up in the clouds at an altitude between 2,227m and 4,127m. It is the other place you can find mountain gorillas in Uganda.
It is an ideal place for birding, gorilla tracking, hiking, nature walks, mountain/volcano climbing and cultural encounters with the Batwa.
Mount Elgon is situated at the Eastern part of Uganda. it covers an area of 1,121Km2. At the top is the largest caldera in the world and is a solitary volcanic mountain on the border of Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya. It's vast form, 8km in diameter, rises 3000m above the surrounding plains.
Mountain Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeier. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffaloes also live on the mountain side.
The best time to climb Mountain Elgon is during the dry seasons between June-August and December-March.
Sitting in the foothills of Mt Elgon and overlooking a vast plain, Sipi Falls is arguably the most beautiful chain of waterfalls in all of Uganda. There are three levels, and though the smaller two are beautiful, it is the 95m main drop that attracts visitors to this area, and most of Sipi's lodging looks out over it.
It is well worth spending a night or two in this spectacular yet peaceful place whether it is a part of your Uganda tour or in connection with a climb of the nearby volcano.