UGANDA SAFARI PARKS AND SITES
Uganda offers a greater diversity of wildlife, people and landscapes than any other African destination, placing Ugandan safaris amongst the richest experiences Africa has to offer. Uganda is home to quickly varying landscapes: semi-deserts in the northeast, lush lowlands fringing the shores of Lake Victoria, the mountain rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Rwenzoris (the Mountains of the Moon) in the southwest.
Such diverse topographies create habitats for a kaleidoscope of unique wildlife. Lion, leopard buffalo, giraffe, elephant giraffe and a variety of antelope common, including the endemic Uganda kob all roam the savannahs, whilst the forests are home to chimpanzees, ten species of monkeys and the mountains are the kingdom of the endangered mountain gorilla.
Whilst the mountain gorillas are Uganda’s most talked about asset, Uganda is considered the continent’s finest birding country, with some 1,000 recorded species, and amongst them the extremely rare shoe-billed stork.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is thought to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. It has an eco system that defines the very essence of the continent and has therefore been designated as a World Heritage Site. The forest floor is damp and laden with leaf mould, matted vegetation and fallen vines, which serve to trip you as you clamber up and down the slippery slopes in search of half the world’s population of mountain gorillas.
Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa 13 species including 500 chimpanzees. There is an abundance of birds with 325 species and you will have an encounter of fluttering butterflies everywhere with the park boasting 144 different species. The swampy clearings and grasslands are home to buffaloes and antelopes, while the slopes hide the elusive forest elephant.
Located in western Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is an unspoilt area famous for where the Nile is suddenly forced through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment producing a torrent of white water. Go for an incredibly scenic boat ride on the Victoria Nile that takes you to the bottom of the falls. The boat ride will reward you with game associated with water such as crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and plenty of birds like the Kingfishers.
Queen Elizabeth National park has an astonishing number of species almost 100 types of mammals and 606 different bird species with the Kazinga channel said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos. Other wildlife includes warthogs, buffalo, antelope, giant forest hog, kob, topi waterbuck, elephant and leopard.
Lake Bunyoni means ‘place of many little birds’ due to the varied bird life that lives along the shores and on the small islands. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking in the area.