Top Four Uganda Safari National Parks and Reserves

 


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Uganda is the mecca for seeing one of the worlds most endangered and largest primates, the mountain gorilla but there are some other national parks in the country that are well worth a visit too. These are the top four National parks in Uganda at the moment. . .

1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Most people only know about this park in Uganda because it's world famous for its population of mountain gorillas that are habituated to human presence. Spending an hour in the company of a giant silverback and the rest of his family is an amazing experience that has cemented Bwindi's reputation as one of the most popular African National Parks.

2. Kibale Forest National Park

This park is home to another endangered primate every bit as amazing as its larger cousin but more closely similar to humans. The chimpanzee roam freely through a dense canopy of forest trails here and you can track them in Kibale as they have also been habituated to humans. In fact, there are a total of 13 different species of primate inhabiting this area including the red Colobus and L'Hoests monkey.

This is also a birders paradise with 334 different species recorded and if you are very lucky you might get a sighting of the elusive forest elephant and the giant forest hog. Buffalo also call Kibale home and about six species of antelope.

3. Murchison Falls National Park

This is the largest national park in Uganda and it's named after a 43m waterfall that funnels through a small channel to plunge thunderously into a pool below. This park is also famous for its population of the very strange looking but also exceptionally rare shoebill stork. This is one of the few places in the world that you will have an opportunity to see them. You can see all of the big five here with the exception of white and black rhino and you can also track chimps in the Rabongo forest.

4. Queen Elizabeth National Park

This park is a birders nirvana with an incredible 606 bird species listed including flamingos which inhabit the crater lakes there and you will also find the shoebill stork here. There are almost 100 different types of mammals to be seen including the Uganda Kob antelope, elephants, lots of hippos and also habituated chimps in the Kyambura Gorge. Unfortunately there are no rhino, zebra, impala or giraffe to be seen due to intensive poaching of this area in the past but this reserve still boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park on earth.

Here is how to plan and execute your own gorilla trek without having to rely on a safari operator which will cost you a lot more.

Uganda safari trip reports and reviews by past visitors who have been there and written about their experience.

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