Uganda! Your Ultimate Safari and Adventure Destination
Uganda offers spectacular scenery and unique experiences to add to your incentive travel or pre-post tour itinerary. From boat cruises on Lake Victoria, to tracking gorillas, sport fishing in the mighty Nile River; balloon safaris over large herds of buffalo, to finding the elusive endangered Shoebill Stork in its papyrus habitat
the Pearl of Africa has it all!
Uganda has more than 10 national parks and reserves that between them feature all the big five – lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Uniquely, in addition to the big 5, Uganda is home to two of the world’s most iconic primates – the gentle endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi and Mgahinga, and the chimpanzee with the largest population in Kibale National Park.
Uganda is also home to over 10% of the worlds and 50% of Africa’s birds, with over 1,000 different species including some of the rarest and endemic such as the Shoebill Stork. This makes the country and its national parks a premium and sought after bird watching destination.
In Uganda – you will be spoilt for choice with a string of pearls to add shine to your itinerary!
Each of the parks and national reserves are unique in habitat and species. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a world heritage site, is mountainous and misty, whilst the rugged wild Kidepo Valley National Park in the northeast (voted 3rd Best Safari Park in Africa by CNN in 2017) is so isolated that a safari there becomes a solitary excursion into the wilderness.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular safari park, famous for its tree-climbing lions and home to an abundance of wildlife; the park is blessed with crater lakes, forested gorges, savannah plains, swamps, rivers and the Kazinga Channel offering exceptional boat cruises.
Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest park and close enough to Kampala for a short-stay visit to experience the vast herds of buffalo, topi and zebra, together with over 350 species of birds. The park has a varied mosaic of habitats and landscapes: forests, rich acacia tree valleys, savannah grasslands and swamps. Visitors to Lake Mburo enjoy boat cruises, fishing or hiking. Quad biking, mountain biking and horse riding in Lake Mburo National Park offer a unique safari experience with the ability to explore the park not on a game drive vehicle but rather up close and more personal. En-route there is a stopover at the Equator Line crossing that passes through Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks – Gorilla Tracking
Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction, and indeed one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters, is tracking the rare Mountain Gorilla in the remote forests of south-western Uganda. Found exclusively in the forests of Bwindi and Virunga National Parks, over half of the world’s mountain gorillas are to be found in Uganda. In Bwindi 19 habituated groups are available for tracking, and with only 8 permits for each group, an exclusive and intimate experience is guaranteed. In Mgahinga on the northeastern slopes of Virunga Volcanoes – gold meets silver whereby Golden Monkeys can be tracked along with the mountain gorillas Silverback.
Africa’s richest forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, has an impressive list of species with over 350 birds, 51 reptiles, and 120 mammal species including several primates for example: Black and White Colobus, Blue Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’hoest’s Monkey and both the Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla.
Kibale National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking
Kibale National Park is dubbed the “Primate Capital of the World.” Located in the western part of the country it is also the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. The forest is home to 13 species of primates including Africa’s largest population of Chimpanzees with around 1,500, East Africa’s largest population of the threatened Red Colobus, the rare L’Hoest’s Monkey, Bushbaby, Potto and the endemic Uganda Mangabay, a species of Old World monkey found only in Uganda.
Kibale’s major attraction is Chimpanzee tracking with a unique experience offered nowhere else in the world – the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. Visitors accompany researchers and habituators to follow the entire day’s routine, from the de-nesting in the early morning to the nesting in the evening. This all day experience offers a unique opportunity to observe the chimpanzees’ daily habits such as feeding, hunting, nursing, resting, patrolling.
Murchison Falls is Uganda’s most famous pearl
The centerpiece of the country’s largest national park is Murchison Falls where the rushing waters of the Nile River are dramatically forced through a narrow gorge into the Devils Cauldron. After the falls, the mighty cascade is transformed into a broad, placid river that flows across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert, giving visitors remarkable wildlife viewing experiences – elephants, giraffe, buffalo, hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds (including the rare Shoebill Stork) are permanent residents on the riverbanks. The northern section of the park contains savannah and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland, whilst the south is dominated by woodland and forest patches. Notable visitors to the park include Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British Royals.
Drift silently above the savannah plains teeming with wildlife in an unforgettable hot air balloon adventure experience that ends with a champagne bush breakfast – another of Uganda’s unique pearls.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
In 2005 the Rhino Fund Uganda re-introduced Southern White Rhinos into the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – en-route to Murchison Falls National Park. A guided walk in the 70km2 sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to encounter rhinos in the wild.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Uganda’s most isolated national park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of the northeastern borders with Sudan and Kenya; it is ranked among Africa’s finest wilderness areas, and the wild frontier region of the Karamojong hunter-gatherer tribe. The park is home to over 80 mammal species (including 28 rare endemic species such as the aardwolf, bat-eared fox, striped hyena and cheetah), over 475 bird species and healthy populations of elephant, zebra, oribi and one of Africa’s largest single herds of buffalo.
Semuliki National Park
Sprawling across the floor of the Semliki Valley the park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin – one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests to survive the last ice age 12-18,000 years ago. Home to over 60 mammals, 440 bird, 374 butterfly, 81 moth and 336 tree species the park has hot springs that bubble up from the depths demonstrating the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the Great Rift Valley over the past 14 million years. Primates, birds and sport fishing offer exceptional experiences. The traditional Batwa hunter-gatherer tribe lives on the edge of the forest.
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