Uganda has a large variety of both fauna and flora that makes it one of the best tourist destinations in East Africa and Africa at Large as it has been described as “Gifted by Nature”. With 364 species of mammals, and 1,062 species of birds, Uganda is endowed with plentiful wildlife attractions. In Uganda, one can easily observe lions roam in the open plains in the morning and the evening in at least four of the major National Parks in the country. One can as well track the primates such as the colobus & blue monkey and chimpanzee the next day exploring the tropical rain forests plentiful of other primates and the birdlife; and then the day after steer tropical channels crowded with hippos and crocodiles before entering into the hazy mountains for the mountain gorillas. This makes Uganda the only tourist destination with a range of the wildlife, birdlife and primates plus toping the list with a checklist of over 1,000 bird species.
There is a number of wildlife that one can easily meet while on a safari in Uganda. Some of these include: Cape buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Kudu, Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Zebra, Bird life among others. One can also easily have a look at the beautiful scenery that Uganda has to offer stretching from the northern plains, through the Great Rift Valley to the snow caped Rwenzori Mountains and further south to the Kigezi highlands. All these can be accessed when you visit some of the National Parks in the country which are highlighted below.
NATIONAL PARKS IN UGANDA
Sprawling across both sides of equator, the country has excellent network national parks and other protected areas offer wildlife enthusiasts a thrilling opportunity to experience Uganda’ biodiversity, which embraces mesmerizing tracks of thorn bush savanna, lush expanses of tropical rainforest. Ten national parks of the country offer great views and birding experiences.
- Murchison falls National park is the largest park bisected by the Nile, palm studded savanna is teemed with hippos, crocodiles and immense concentration of giraffes and other mammals and birdlife can be observed
- Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime grazing to buffalo, elephants and various antelopes as well as hosting over 600 species. Mammalian specialists include giant forest hog, and the legendary tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector.
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest park is best known for its superb gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to the elephants, chimpanzee, other primates, forest duiker, various antelopes and 23 species of restricted endemic species to the Albertan rift.
- Kibale National Park hosts more than 1000 chimpanzees of which 80 strong communities has been habituated for tourism. Other primates soughted after include black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey, red colobus monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey.
- Lake Mburo National Park is the closest to Kampala and renowned for eland, zebra and birding. Boating will place a visitor in the middle of wildlife.
- Kidepo Valley National Park in the north eastern part of the country
- Mount Elgon National Park which is an extinct volcano and fourth highest mountain in Eastern Africa
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that borders Rwanda and Congo with 3 extinct volcanoes
- Rwenzori National Park that contains 6 snow-caped peaks with glaciers
- Semliki National Park located in the extreme west of Uganda with a fantastic view of the hot springs.
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