Places to visit in Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
1.Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 459 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas, and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.
Bwindi is a home to at least 200 butterfly species including the eight Albertine rift endemics. Also a home to many reptiles.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
How many gorilla families are there in bwindi?
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park population is divided into 50 gorilla families and 13 solitary individuals however, only 21 of families are habituated and can be accessed by visitors in 4 tracking regions i.e; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo.
2. Murchison falls national park
Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. It’s known for Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Park wildlife includes elephants and hippos, and there are chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. The Lake Albert Delta is home to rare shoebill storks. There are game fish in the cascades of Karuma Falls.
Many years ago the first batch of visitors to the park included Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several other British royals visited this national park.
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.
Murchison Falls hosts over 144 mammals,556 bird species,51 reptiles, and 51 Amphibians. With a great number of African elephants, Murchison falls is impressive all year round. The aerial survey noted over 900 individuals and 1,330 and is at an increase. Historically Giraffes exclusively inhabit the northern sector of the park. Buffalo populations have spiked to over 10,000 while Uganda kobs have leaped to more than 35,000.
Murchison falls Animals?
bountifully endowed with herds of buffaloes, Uganda kobs, Rothschild’s giraffes, Jacksons hartebeest, warthogs, oribis, bush bucks, jackals among others, Elephants, waterbucks, leopards, chimpanzees, Red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and black-and-white colobus are also found in the forests. If you’re lucky, you may see Pastas monkeys, which are endemic to Murchison. Chimpanzees can also be found at Murchison Falls.
Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls all at different levels and altitude found at the foothills of Mountain Elgon just at the edge of Mount Elgon National Park The falls originate from the hot springs that flow on Sipi River one of the rivers flowing on mount Elgon to the bottom pouring from a high cliff creating a series of rapids, flowing to lake Kyoga. To hike all three falls, it’ll take you roughly 3 hours. For the majority of this hike, you follow a river, making it easy to stay on track. It ‘will take you through farmlands, and local communities.
4. Kibale forest National Park.
Kibale National Park situated in the western part of Uganda about 348km (5 hrs. drive) from Kampala and about 26km south-east of the beautiful Fortpotal town, it is a popular for tourist destination to track the chimpanzees in Uganda. Chimpanzee tracking has taken place in the park since 1993, with successful tracking rates of 90%. Other popular tourism activities include the chimpanzee habituation exercise, nature walks and bird watching. The forest is a home to many mammal species aside from primates, but rarely encounter. Elephants and buffalo that roam the forest and other species present are giant forest hog, warthog, bush-pig, bushbuck, and blue, red and Peter’s duiker.
5. Kidepo National Park
wilderness impresses all that make it. Kidepo is ideal for Uganda safaris featuring wildlife. For the visiting birder, Kidepo Valley National Park boasts a bird list of over 475 species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Amongst the host of dry, eastern “specials” not found in any other Ugandan national park are some of East Africa’s rarest and most sought after birds such as Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis..